By Lori Fredrich Senior Writer & Dining Editor Published Mar 17, 2014 at 9:05 AM Photography:

Food and music lovers won’t want to miss the 2014 edition of Soundbites, a unique event during which 12 of Milwaukee’s top chefs will collaborate with Radio Milwaukee DJs to celebrate the uniting of food and music.

The event, which will take place on Thursday, April 3 from 5:30 to 11:30 p.m. at the Iron Horse Hotel, 500 W. Florida St., will feature tasting and listening stations featuring creative dishes thoughtfully paired with inspired song choices.

"A song and dish are composed of individual parts," says food lover and 88Nine DJ Tarik Moody, "But when they come together, something completely different and special is created."

Chef and DJ collaborations will include:

  • Rebecca Berkshire, Head Chef, Balzac & DJ Sarah Fierek
  • David Swanson, Chef/Owner, Braise & DJ Dori Zori
  • Thi Cao, Executive Chef, Buckley’s Bar & Restaurant & DJ Marcus Doucette
  • Justin Schneider, Executive Chef, Firefly Urban Bar & Grill & Program Director Sean Demery
  • Darin Yenter, Executive Chef, Juniper 61 & Musician Christopher Porterfield (Field Report)
  • Executive Chef Adam Siegel, Lake Park Bistro & Producer Nate Imig
  • Jan Kelly, Executive Chef/Owner, Meritage & DJ Ken Sumka
  • David Kressin, Executive Chef, The Noble & DJ / Asst. Program Director Jordan Lee
  • Kevin Sloan, Executive Chef, Pabst/Riverside/Turner Hall Ballroom & DJ Tarik Moody
  • Angela, Pastry Chef, Pastiche Bistro & Wine Bar & DJ Sarah Fierek
  • Guy Davies, Executive Sous Chef, Rumpus Room & DJ Stephen Kallao
  • Suzy Crofton, Executive Chef, Smyth & DJ Kat Froehlich

This year’s SoundBites, which raises money for 88.9 FM RadioMilwaukee, will also include a champagne reception; samples of Wisconsin-made cheese, beer, wine, craft spirits and coffee; a silent auction; a DJ spin; and live music featuring Evan Christian.

Tickets are $125 each and available at

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.