By Lori Fredrich Senior Food Writer, Dining Editor, Podcast Host Published Oct 31, 2021 at 9:01 AM

Everyone loves pizza. But sometimes a concept comes along that changes everything.

Few know that better than Dana Spandet, a chef whose drive to create delicious pizza and give diners a new experience during the pandemic, became a conduit for the creation of Flour Girl & Flame, a mobile, wood-fired pizza operation that not only serves exceptional pizza, but supports small local Black-, LGBTQ- and woman-owned businesses in the process.

On this week’s podcast, we sat down with Spandet to talk about her career – which has included work with The Bartolotta Restaurants, the Milwaukee School of Engineering and Tall Guy and a Grill – the challenges she has faced on her culinary journey and the values that form the foundations of her business.

Listen in for the inspiring story of how a wood-fired pizza oven not only changed the trajectory for a catering operation during the pandemic, but provided her with an opportunity to create community and change through pizza.


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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.