By Lori Fredrich Senior Food Writer, Dining Editor, Podcast Host Published Jul 27, 2022 at 11:02 AM

Over a dozen local chefs will use their talents to prepare dishes for a very special brunch event supporting the work of the Community Liver Alliance (CLA), a national nonprofit which has been dedicated to maximizing the quality of life for patients impacted by liver disease since 2013.

The Fresh-A-Fare Farm to Table Brunch will take place on Sunday, Aug. 21 from 10 a.m. to  3 p.m. at Halverson House, S110 W23450 County Line Dr. in Waterford.

The rustic brunch event, hosted by Dee Girard, CLA’s national director (Midwest region), will feature a multi-course brunch featuring locally sourced ingredients held  in a picturesque outdoor setting.

Participating chefs include:

  • Gregory Leon of Amilinda, committee co-chair
  • AJ Dixon of Lazy Susan, committee co-chair
  • Kevin Baumann of Halverson House, host chef 
  • Nathan Heck and Laura Maigatter of Hot Dish Pantry
  • Joe Heppe of i.d. Delafield 
  • Thi Cao of Wild Roots
  • Sarah Jonas of Lulu Cafe & Bar
  • Cuauhtemoc Tenorio of Buckley's Restaurant & Bar
  • Thomas Schultz of Lime Cantina
  • Jonathan Manyo of Morel
  • Suzzette Metcalfe of The Pasta Tree Restaurant & Wine Bar
  • Samantha Sandrin and Katie Gabert of Strega at 3rd Street Market Hall
  • Sarah Keller, pastry chef

“The funds raised through Fresh-a-Fare will remain in the community to support local patients through education, support, and resources,” says Suzanna Masartis, CEO of the Community Liver Alliance. “Our investment in local research will inspire new treatments and cures for liver-related diseases.”

Individual seats for Fresh-A-Fare are available for $150 and include a welcome gift for each attendee and two drink tickets redeemable for mimosas or bloody marys. Table sponsorship is also available at a variety of levels. Tickets and tables can be purchased online.

Guests who cannot attend the event can contribute to the work of the Community Liver Alliance by making a donation onliine.

Fresh-A-Fare is sponsored by Gilead and Exact Sciences. Additional sponsorship opportunities are available. Interested parties should contact Dee Girard at

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.