By Lori Fredrich Senior Food Writer, Dining Editor, Podcast Host Published Jul 31, 2022 at 9:02 AM

When Rupena's Fine Foods decided to sell their Wisconsin State Fair pavilion after 49 years, it was a landmark decision. But it also presented an opportunity for a new generation to put its mark on the fair.

This week on the podcast, we're talking with Paul Hackbarth of Hackbarth Hospitality about his plans for the new Camp Bar pavilion at the fair. During our conversation, Hackbarth shares the story of the multi-year journey to acquire the pavilion, his family history with the fair and what he hopes to bring to the to the Wisconsin Fair table in 2022 and beyond.


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Lori Fredrich Senior Food Writer, Dining Editor, Podcast Host

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.