Passion is the heart of nearly every conversation we entertain on the FoodCrush podcast. But few guests come to the proverbial table with a more passionate stance than Chef Luke Zahm, co-owner of Driftless Cafe in Viroqua, Wisconsin and host of "Wisconsin Foodie."
From his upbringing in a small town in Vernon County, Wisconsin to the series of events that inspired him to open Driftless Cafe, Zahm shares not only his story but his fervor for the agricultural roots that make the State of Wisconsin an epicenter for food-based industry.
Along the way, he shares stories of his development as a local food champion, the inspiration he gleaned from hometown heroes like Butch Vig, producer of the diamond-selling Nirvana album "Nevermind," his experience as a James Beard semi-finalist and his reluctant path to hosting the Emmy Award winning television show.
If that weren’t enough, you’ll hear Zahm share both his hopes and optimism for the Dairy State on its journey to recovering from the global COVID-19 pandemic.
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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.