By Lori Fredrich Senior Writer & Dining Editor Published Apr 05, 2018 at 3:01 PM

In January, we reported that Hello Falafel, 2301 S. Howell Ave., would close in preparation for the restaurant to be converted into a private event space, essentially an extension for owners Ross Bachhuber and Meliss Buchholz’s Odd Duck restaurant.

After three months of preparation, the team at Odd Duck has announced that it will host its first event in the space: a Spring Foragers and Farmers dinner showcasing some of the season’s freshest and best ingredients.

The event will take place on Sunday, May 20 beginning with a reception at 6 p.m. and dinner at 6:30.

The collaborative multi-course tasting dinner will feature courses from both Executive Chef Ross Bachhuber and Guest Chef Cole Ersel of Engine Company No. 3.

The dinner will explore the best of Wisconsin, showcasing a variety of first-of-the-season farmed or foraged ingredients including fiddlehead ferns, morel and pheasant back mushrooms, spring onions, watercress, ramps, spring peas, spruce tips and rhubarb.

Cost for the dinner and accompanying wine pairings is $100 per person, plus tax and gratuity. Space is limited to 24 guests and reservations are required. To purchase seats, call Odd Duck at (414) 763-5881. If demand warrants, Little Duck Kitchen may host an additional seating on Saturday, May 19.

Lori Fredrich Senior Writer & Dining Editor

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.