By Lori Fredrich Senior Food Writer, Dining Editor, Podcast Host Published May 01, 2022 at 9:05 AM

Biting into a crisp, buttery croissant is an experience that has the potential to incite a sigh of gustatory satisfaction. But it takes skill and perseverance to create a well executed pastry that keeps customers coming back time and time again.

Among the places in Milwaukee which have done so is Le Reve Patisserie & Cafe, which has been gleaned accolades for its French bistro fare and well executed pastries for 15 years. 

This week, we’re sitting down with Chef Andrew Schneider, who founded the restaurant alongside Therese Hittman in 2008, to chat about the past, the present and the future of the beloved French eatery. Along the way, we glean insights into Schneider’s journey from aspiring firefighter to chef, the inspiration behind the cafe and the launch of Le Reve’s new events space and cooking school, Troquet.


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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.