By Lori Fredrich Senior Writer & Dining Editor Published Apr 03, 2019 at 6:16 PM

They're soft. They're dark. And they're undeniably handsome. We're talking about Bavarian-style pretzels, the oldest snack food known to man and – quite possibly – the best food to enjoy alongside an ice cold beer.

In this episode, we chat with Katie Wessel, the expert baker behind Milwaukee Pretzel Co., makers of the city's most traditional German pretzels. With her help, we dig into a bit of pretzel history, uncover the secrets to a truly great soft pretzel and glean insights into the ingenuity it takes to run a from-scratch pretzel bakery. And you can bet we have a ton of fun along the way.

Hungry for Milwaukee Pretzel Company pretzels? Get them here.

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Lori Fredrich Senior Writer & Dining Editor

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.