By Lori Fredrich Senior Food Writer, Dining Editor, Podcast Host Published May 15, 2022 at 9:01 AM

Join us on Saturday, July 22 for some lakeside munchies at the second annual OnMilwaukee Food Truck Fest. Choose from a menu of 20 trucks and enjoy the live music, games and entertainment. It's the biggest gathering of the best food on four wheels.

On this week’s podcast, we’re heading behind the scenes with Ryan Hoffman, Patrice Gentile and Ricky Ramirez, the folks behind one of the most unique food truck concepts to hit the streets in the Cream City.

Unlike most trucks, Gavilán (named for the South American bird of the same name) operates without a particular theme, serving up an inventive, ever-changing menu of eccentric, bar-worthy fare. But where does the inspiration for the truck come from? What’s the synergy between Gavilan and its homebase bar, The Mothership? And how do they keep guests hungry for the truck’s next new offering? Along the way, we discuss some of the truck’s popular offerings, from the infamous pizza rolls to an East Coast sandwich that’s getting a new life at the hand of chefs in the Midwest: the chopped cheese.


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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.