By Lori Fredrich Senior Food Writer, Dining Editor, Podcast Host Published Jan 26, 2023 at 10:01 AM

Numerous Waukesha area restaurants have stepped up to create delicious dishes using McDonald’s ingredients at  Unwrapped Waukesha Edition, a delectable food-filled fundraiser to benefit SHARP Literacy.

The event will take place on Sunday, Feb. 5 from 1 to 4 p.m. at Wisconsin Brewing Company Park, 1011 Blue Ribbon Cir. N in Oconomowoc, home of the Lake Country DockHounds.

All proceeds from the event will support the delivery of SHARP’s STEAM-based programming to K3 through 5th grade students and educators at Waukesha schools including Hadfield Elementary, La Casa de Esperanza, Prairie Elementary, Summit View Elementary and Waukesha STEM: Randall Campus.

Participating chefs and restaurants for the event will include Chef Christina Burgarino Meiers of Albanese’s Roadhouse, Bella Gusto restaurant, Chef Jeremy Chavez of Steel Tank Brewing Co., Chefs Roberto Alvarez and Tommie Hulman of Wisconsin Brewing Company Park.

“SHARP is committed to supporting students and teachers in the Waukesha area and Unwrapped Waukesha Edition gives the community an opportunity to become part of SHARP’s mission,” said Lynda Kohler, president and CEO of SHARP Literacy.

“We are so appreciative of the time and talents of Waukesha chefs and can’t wait to see how the menu unfolds with their completely individual approaches to recipe creation.”

In addition to nibbling and noshing on sweet and savory bites, guests at Unwrapped Waukesha Edition will also have the opportunity to partake in a variety of raffles for themed prize baskets. 

Event partner Wisconsin Brewing Company will also create a custom Hefeweizen beer for guests. The beer will be served at the event and available for purchase at participating Waukesha-area restaurants and bars with a portion of the proceeds donated back to SHARP Literacy.    

Tickets for Unwrapped Waukesha Edition are $50 per person and can be purchased online at or by calling (414) 410-3204.

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.