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 is an avid cook whose accrual of condiments and spices is rivaled only by her cookbook collection. Her passion for the culinary industry was birthed while balancing A&W root beer mugs as a teenage carhop, fed by insatiable curiosity and fueled by the people whose stories entwine with each and every dish. She’s had the privilege of chronicling these tales via numerous media, including OnMilwaukee and in her book “Milwaukee Food.” Her work has garnered journalism awards from entities including the Milwaukee Press Club.
When she’s not eating, photographing food, writing or recording the FoodCrush podcast, you’ll find Lori seeking out adventures with her husband Paul, traveling, cooking, reading, learning, snuggling with her cats and looking for ways to make a difference.