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An Arts, Food and Society podcast
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Get hungry.On the FoodCrush podcast, OnMilwaukee Food & Dining Writer Lori Fredrich and Culture Editor Matt Mueller tackle the ins and outs of dining, food facts, interesting ingredients and myriad topics related to food and beverage.Expect smart talk, lively debate and plenty of fascinating conversations with some of the scene’s most interesting people.


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Meredith Leigh on ethical meat & food advocacy
Meredith Leigh is a mother. A farmer. A butcher. A chef. She’s worked as a teacher and a non-profit director. She’s also the author of “The Ethical Meat Handbook,” and “Pure Charcuterie: The Craft and Poetry of Curing Meats at Home.” Her mission? Discover and share pragmatic solutions related to sustainable, ethical, real food.On this week’s podcast, we talk face-to-face with Leigh about some of the tough questions facing our food system including elitism in the food movement, food justice, women in butchery and the role of empathy in farming and raising livestock. We also discuss multiple topics tackled in her books, including the rationale behind -- and the skill needed -- to make delicious charcuterie at home. Along the way, Leigh shares stories about her food journey, from humble beginnings in urban America to years spent living a vegetarian lifestyle and her subsequent decision to take on farming, butchery and food advocacy. 
Jennifer Clearwater on Reviving Lovino Sangria
How did a tried and true Napa Cabernet drinker become the owner of a bottled sangria company? It’s a story we’ll explore on this week’s podcast with Jennifer Clearwater, owner of Lovino Sangria.From her fortuitous meeting with original Lovino Sangria owners Jamie and Erica Zdroik, to her journey in recreating the flavors of the latent sangria brand with the help of Craig Fletcher of Mona Rose Winery in Ashwaubenon, Wisconsin, we’ll explore the ins and outs of Clearwater’s unexpected passion project. Along the way, we’ll discuss the challenges she faced in bringing back the brand, her experience in discovering the joys of sangria and her plans for growing the business from the ground up.
Plant-based cuisine with Melanie Manuel
Mainstream demand for plant-based cuisine has resulted in 2019 being declared Year of the Vegan. Growth in flexitarian diets means plant-based alternatives have gained mass-market appeal, and even long-time meat-heavy markets like Milwaukee have seen exponential growth in access to vegetable-based fare. In this week’s podcast we chat with Melanie Manuel, chef-owner of Celesta, a relatively new East Side restaurant specializing in vegan fare. Along the way, she shares her thoughts on restaurant ownership, the inspiration behind her approach to plant-based fare, her success in making vegan food accessible to customers and her thoughts on the increased popularity of plant-based proteins like the popular Impossible Burger.
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Oct 3rd, 2018
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Aug 14th, 2019
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