By Lori Fredrich Senior Writer & Dining Editor Published Jan 14, 2020 at 11:01 AM

Milwaukee is a weird and wonderful place.

And you can experience a modicum of both at the upcoming Mullers dinner at Kegel’s Inn on Feb.1, beginning at 7 p.m., a cultural experience that will both fill your belly and prepare your soul for the year to come.

The dinner, which will feature four-courses of traditional German fare, will also showcase the artful – and slightly terrifying – performance from the Muller Fasching Verein Nordamerika, an organization which preserves the rich and storied folk dancing traditions of the Tyrolean mountain village of Rum, Austria.

The unique, festive folk dance will tell the story of the seasons through dancing and music featuring a multitude of characters, from the clacking Klötzler to the colorful Melcher, Zaggler and Zottler (characters which represent the four seasons of the year). Along the way, you’ll experience the sounds of accordion, the mischief of a menacing bear and the ceremonial sweeping of the Hexe, a witch who busily sweeps away the sins of the former year.

The dance is a rare and mystifying experience, which is only performed during the Fasching (Mardi Gras season) between Three Kings Day through midnight on Fat Tuesday. And, at Kegel’s, it’s a one-night experience you won’t soon forget.

Tickets are $75 per person and include a four course meal, drinks and a donation to the Mullers.

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.