By Lori Fredrich Senior Food Writer, Dining Editor, Podcast Host Published Apr 10, 2019 at 6:01 PM

It all began in the back room of a popular East Side bar and restaurant. A comedian took the stage and his experience drew him into a world he'd never imagined.

In this episode we talk to hospitality entrepreneur and marketing consultant Wes Shaver about his winding journey to restaurant ownership. Along the way, we discuss the genius of "eatertainment" concepts like Punch Bowl Social, the evolving food scenes both Milwaukee and Shaver's hometown of Cleveland. and the elements that make up a great restaurant experience.

We also take a closer look at the wild world of hospitality, the challenges it presents for owner operators and the skills it takes to succeed in the industry.

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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.