By Lori Fredrich Senior Food Writer, Dining Editor, Podcast Host Published Oct 04, 2022 at 1:07 PM

Lost Whale, 2151 S. Kinnickinnic Ave., is embracing spooky season with yet another no-holds-barred Halloween pop-up.  From Oct. 28 to 30, the Bay View bar will transform into Nadja's, the gothic vampiric nightclub from the popular FX vampire comedy "What We Do in the Shadows". 

But before you start plotting out your best Nando or Laslo costume, there’s one other thing you should consider doing: signing up for the bar’s mobile blood drive, which will take place on Saturday, Oct. 29 from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.  

For months, Wisconsin has been in dire need of blood donations, with hospitals and blood banks reporting that they have less than a day or two’s supply of critical product on hand. To assist with the shortage, Lost Whale owners Dan Beres and Tripper Duval teamed up with Versati to host a mobile blood drive. 

Giving blood is a quick, simple way to give back to your community. And this year you can do it inside a vampire night club. What’s better than that?

Oh, wait. Every person who donates blood on Oct. 29 will receive a voucher for a free house old fashioned at Lost Whale.

Eligible donors are encouraged to sign up online for a time slot.  The blood donation process takes about an hour from start to finish, and more information about the process and eligibility can be found online.

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.