By Lori Fredrich Senior Food Writer, Dining Editor, Podcast Host Published Mar 17, 2021 at 7:01 PM

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Bryant’s Cocktail Lounge has long been a training ground for great bartenders, all of whom get a taste of the industry as they work their way through the bar’s extensive catalog of cocktails and ice cream drinks. 

Among those bartenders is Jeff Kinder, a Kansas City native whose work at Bryant’s led him to a position as bar manager at The Jazz Estate and lead bartender for longterm cocktail pop-up at Zocalo Food Park during the COVID-19 pandemic.

During this week’s podcast, we chat with Kinder about life behind the bar, what it’s been like to adjust service for the pandemic and how inventive pop-ups have proven to be a good solution for serving customers while keeping them safe.  Along the way, we learn more about  Kinder himself, his career as a bartender and the drinks that inspire him.


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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.