By Lori Fredrich Senior Food Writer, Dining Editor, Podcast Host Published Nov 28, 2021 at 8:45 AM Photography: Lori Fredrich

There’s something about a supper club, from their ubiquitous relish trays to their hearty menus, old fashioned cocktails and gracious hospitality.  They're an iconic element in Wisconsin food culture.

But where did the idea of a supper club come from? Why did the concept resonate so much in Wisconsin? Which prominent entertainers got their start performing in local supper clubs? And what makes the unique dining genre stand the test of time?

This week we’re answering all of those questions and more during our podcast with supper club expert, Ron Faiola, about his new book “The Wisconsin Supper Clubs Story: An Illustrated History with Relish.” Listen in for fun facts about these iconic Dairy State landmarks, the elements that made them popular and the nostalgic vibes that keep them chugging forward.


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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.