By Lori Fredrich Senior Writer & Dining Editor Published Jun 05, 2019 at 6:01 PM Photography: Lori Fredrich

Chef Miles Borghraef might be known for his open hearth live fire cooking at Birch + Butcher; but his talents and passions for cooking take a backseat to one thing only: the Grateful Dead.

His is a love affair that began from an early age and has persisted and evolved over the years. During this week's podcast, we chat with him about the origins of his identity as a Deadhead, the albums and songs that rock his world and the ways in which the Grateful Dead have managed to influence his life and work in the restaurant industry. Listen in for passionate discussion, big laughs and a special "Grateful Dead Minute" read by Borghraef himself.

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Lori Fredrich Senior Writer & Dining Editor

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.