By Lori Fredrich Senior Food Writer, Dining Editor, Podcast Host Published Jan 20, 2021 at 6:01 PM Photography: Erin Calfa Weide of Calfa Photography

2020 was a terrible year for many bars and restaurants. But it was a particularly challenging one for Chef Barkha Limbu Daily and Jesse Daily, owners of the cheel, who found themselves watching helplessly as the restaurant they’d poured seven years into building burned to the ground before their very eyes.

In this week’s podcast, we chat with the Dailys, both of whom share their experiences from that fateful day, including the thoughts that raced through their minds in the moment and the feelings they’ve been parsing ever since. Along the way, we also discuss their new venture, Daily Taco + Cantina, the vision behind the concept and their hope for the future.

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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.