By Lori Fredrich Senior Writer Published Oct 09, 2019 at 6:56 PM

It's time for Dining Month, presented by Deer District and its spooky Halloween-themed alter ego, Fear District. Throughout the month of October, we'll be serving up fun and fascinating content about all things food. The signature dish, however, is our 2019 Best of Dining poll, who's winners we will dish out all month long. Get hungry, Milwaukee! 

The choice to take on a family business is tough. And when that business has persisted for nearly 100 years, it's even more challenging.

In today’s podcast (part one of a two-part episode), we chat with Julian Kegel, the 4th generation owner of Kegel’s Inn in West Allis about the years leading up to his decision to take over the family business. During our conversation, he shares his story, from working for his dad’s business (Wheel & Sprockett) to living with Jim Hoyt, renowned mentor to bicyclist Lance Armstrong, in Texas. Along the way, he shares his thoughts on finding his own way in the world, living in Alaska and launching his photography business, a series of events which would ultimately prepare him to move back home to assume his role as owner of Kegel’s Inn.

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Lori Fredrich Senior Writer

Lori Fredrich (Lo) is an eater, writer, wonderer, bon vivante, traveler, cook, gardener and girlwonder. Born and raised in the Milwaukee area, she has tried to leave many times, but seems to be drawn to this quirky city that smells of beer and alewives.

Some might say that she is a little obsessed with food. Lo would say she is A LOT obsessed with food. After all, she has been cooking, eating and enjoying food for decades and has no plans to retire anytime soon. 

Lo's recipes and writing have been featured in a variety of publications including GO: Airtran Inflight Magazine, Cheese Connoisseur, Cooking Light, Edible Milwaukee, Milwaukee Magazine and the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, as well as on the blog Go Bold with Butter, the web site Wisconsin Cheese Talk, and in the quarterly online magazine Grate. Pair. Share.