Some restaurants aspire to creating something new and innovative. Still others aspire to creating comfort and familiarity by preserving beloved food traditions. Such is the case for Kurt Fogle and Ryan Oschmann, two long-time friends who joined forces to open Bass Bay Brewhouse, a modern restaurant that preserves the comfort and community inherent to the Wisconsin supper club tradition.
On this week’s podcast, we chat with Fogle and Oschmann about their food journeys, the passions that brought them together and the aspirations that are pushing them into the future.
Along the way, they share their thoughts on the importance of tradition, the process behind perfecting classic dishes and the philosophies that drive their work. They also share insights about new projects, including Milk Can Hamburgers & Custard, Fine & Dandy fried chicken and building a restaurant group that offers its employees a healthy atmosphere and the opportunity for both professional and personal growth.
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Lori Fredrich (Lo) is an eater, writer, wonderer, bon vivante, traveler, cook, gardener and girlwonder. Born and raised in the Milwaukee area, she has tried to leave many times, but seems to be drawn to this quirky city that smells of beer and alewives.
Some might say that she is a little obsessed with food. Lo would say she is A LOT obsessed with food. After all, she has been cooking, eating and enjoying food for decades and has no plans to retire anytime soon.
Lo's recipes and writing have been featured in a variety of publications including GO: Airtran Inflight Magazine, Cheese Connoisseur, Cooking Light, Edible Milwaukee, Milwaukee Magazine and the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, as well as on the blog Go Bold with Butter, the web site Wisconsin Cheese Talk, and in the quarterly online magazine Grate. Pair. Share.