By Lori Fredrich Senior Food Writer, Dining Editor, Podcast Host Published Feb 27, 2022 at 9:02 AM

This week on the FoodCrush podcast, we're catching up with Valeri Lucks, co-owner of Honeypie Cafe, SmallPie, Palomino and Comet Cafe about industry life, her career and exciting things on the horizon.

During our chat, we discuss Honeypie Cafe’s big move, the way Lucks is working toward fair compensation for both front and back of house employees and her full circle decision to re-assume ownership for Comet Cafe, a restaurant she and her brother Adam Lucks helped to transform in 2005 (and operated together for a decade). She also offers insights into what guests will be able to expect from the cafe when it reopens later this year.


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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.