By Lori Fredrich Senior Food Writer, Dining Editor, Podcast Host Published Nov 29, 2019 at 11:01 AM Photography: Lori Fredrich

Beginning today, the Lux Domes on the roof of Café Benelux, 346 N. Broadway, are officially in full swing. So, if you haven’t yet made your reservations for this one-of-a-kind winter patio experience, this is your official invitation to do so.

The OnMilwaukee staff got a sneak peek at the domes earlier this week, enjoying a festive happy hour in our own private heated domes.

During our 90-minute stint, we enjoyed a nice selection of snacks, from roasted vegetables and hummus to pickled vegetables and charcuterie.

We also indulged in a selection of batched cocktails (all we had to do was add ice, spirits and garnish).

Our dome was nicely appointed with four chairs and two sherpa-covered benches, along with a few blankets to ward off any chill … or simply to make things even cozier. There was also a collection of cards and board games for passing the time.

And we all went home with a commemorative Lux Domes ceramic mug.

In the end, it was the perfect opportunity to eat, drink and catch up after a long day. Cheers, Milwaukee!

Reservations are $200 and include a 90-minute domes experience including a complimentary drink package and keepsake mugs. Additional food and beverage packages are also available to pre-order. For more information or to make a reservation, visit

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.