By Lori Fredrich Senior Food Writer, Dining Editor, Podcast Host Published Jul 18, 2021 at 9:01 AM

There’s nothing quite like fresh, local fare that’s been caramelized by the caress of live fire. And that’s exactly what you’ll find at Birch, the reimagined Cream City restaurant which specializes in hearth-fired cooking.

On this week’s podcast, we’re taking a closer look at all that deliciousness with Chef Kyle Knall, an accomplished chef whose commitment to fresh, local produce is as impressive as his ability to coax flavor from ingredients using one of the oldest cooking methods known to humankind. During our conversation, Knall delves into the nuances of cooking with fire, the approach he takes at the helm of the restaurant and his vision for Birch guests’ experiences. Along the way, we glean insights into his culinary background and his impressions of Milwaukee, a city he’s adopted as home.


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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.