By Lori Fredrich Senior Food Writer, Dining Editor, Podcast Host Published Sep 18, 2022 at 9:02 AM

Running a restaurant takes vision, business acumen, determination and attention to detail. But it also requires adaptability, knowledge of the market and a willingness to work hard and evolve with the times. All of those things came into play for Chef Andrew Miller, Cameron Whyte and Sam Emery as they embarked on a collective journey to open Merriment Social, Third Coast Provisions and Flourchild Pizza.

During the 150th episode of the FoodCrush Podcast(!), we’re talking with these longtime friends, colleagues and business partners about their entry into the restaurant industry and their first-hand experience creating brands that resonated with diners in Milwaukee. What made the friends decide to go into business together? How did they build the skills they needed to make it happen? From Miller’s inaugural experiences running a local Italian restaurant in Northern Illinois to the opening of their third restaurant (and marketing their adjacent frozen pizza brand), this podcast traces the careers of three friends whose restaurants helped to change the face of the dining scene in Milwaukee.

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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.