By Lori Fredrich Senior Writer & Dining Editor Published Feb 10, 2021 at 6:56 PM

Relationships matter. Just ask Emerald Mills, founder of Diverse Dining. For nearly three years, she’s been bringing individuals from diverse backgrounds together to share a meal and engage in meaningful conversations about race, gender, segregation and any number of related topics. Her goal? Create connections and relationships that people can leverage, not only to increase understanding, but to incite change.

On this week’s podcast, we’re talking with Mills about the importance of the programming she creates, how vulnerability plays a role in building relationships, and how those relationships can function to improve the world around us. Along the way, Mills shares her experience pivoting from in-person to virtual events during the COVID-19 pandemic, offers insights into her new book, “Rejection Uprooted,” and explains how vulnerability helps to set individuals up for success.

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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.