By Lori Fredrich Senior Food Writer, Dining Editor, Podcast Host Published Jun 19, 2024 at 10:19 AM

The finale of “Top Chef” Season 21 takes place on Wednesday, June 19 from 8-9:15 p.m.  And we'll be watching to see if  local Chef Daniel Jacobs of Dandan and EsterEv brings home the gold for Wisconsin.

You're invited to join us at our final weekly watch party at Zócalo Food Park, 636 S. 6th St., where we'll be cheering him on until the bitter (or very sweet) end!

As usual, we'll also be broadcasting Live on Facebook after the episode to chat about all the details from the episode (tune in for that at about 9:20 p.m. on the OnMilwaukee Facebook page)

Watch a preview of this week's episode:


Special finale drink deals

There are few better places to watch the show than a food truck park that’s filled to the brim with tasty food options. (After all, watching Top Chefs preparing food is sure to make you peckish.) 

But, even better, every week we’ll give readers a special password (or phrase) that entitles them to happy hour deals at the Zocalo bar during the show and recap.

Just share the password with the bartender on duty, and you'll be eligible for "Top Chef" finale specials, including 3 Sheeps Fresh Coast IPA for just $6 and the "Top Chef" Hendrick's Basil Gimlet featuring Grand Cabaret Gin, lime juice, simple syrup and basil ($10).

The catch? You’ll have to read our article each Wednesday to get the password!

The password for this week is: WISCONSIN ROCKS

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.