Every chef has a unique story to tell. On this week’s podacast we chat with Mia Le Tendre, chef and co-owner of Strange Town, the globally inspired plant-based small plates restaurant on Milwaukee’s reinvigorated East Side.
During our conversation, we trace her food journey back to her childhood growing up in Central Wisconsin, her experience working her way through film school and the development of her passion for fresh, locally inspired flavors. Along the way, she shares the philosophies which guide her work at Strange Town, the inspiration behind dishes like the gorgeous sea vegetable salad and the joys of gaining diners’ trust.
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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.