By Lori Fredrich Senior Food Writer, Dining Editor, Podcast Host Published May 30, 2021 at 9:10 AM

Among the many treasures which India possesses is its culinary diversity, which varies dramatically from north to south and east to west. And that which is showcased in Indian restaurants is just a glimpse of those riches.

On this week’s podcast, we’re chatting with Ruta Kahate, cookbook author and owner of Ruta’s Vibrant Indian Cafe about that diversity and what she hopes to showcase at her new restaurant. During our time with her, she tells us the story of her journey to food – from growing up in India to her experiences living and cooking in both California and India  – as well as the reasons she chose Milwaukee, Wisconsin as the home for her latest restaurant endeavor.


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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.