It’s been four years since SA Braai, maker of South African sausages (boerewors) and chutney, faded from the Milwaukee scene. But Wendi Horcos, who started the company with her ex-husband in 2013, is working to bring back the brand’s beloved chutney in collaboration with her son, Liam.
On this week’s podcast, we’re talking with Horcos about the demise of the business, her entrepreneurial journey to revive it, and the legacy she hopes to leave for her son. Along the way, she also talks about the struggles of small business ownership, her personal journey to food and the strong women who inspired her to begin forging her own new company, Mama Fuerte.
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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.