The Tandem restaurant looking for new owner after the founding chef steps down

The Tandem restaurant looking for new owner after the founding chef steps down

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Each week on Radio Milwaukee, Milwaukee Magazine dining critic Ann Christenson and 88Nine’s resident foodie Tarik Moody discuss Milwaukee’s culinary and restaurant culture on This Bites.

On this week’s episode, we talk about Chef Caitlin Cullen stepping down from the restaurant she launched, The Tandem, in the Lindsey Heights neighborhood.

Cullen, who gave away more than 115,000 free meals to the community when the COVID-19 pandemic shut down in-person operations, cited personal reasons for stepping down in a recent article published in Milwaukee Magazine. But Cullen says she wants to see another like-minded chef step into the role, and she hopes The Tandem’s mission and dedication to the neighborhood will continue moving forward.

The Tandem attracted the attention from the World Central Kitchen in 2020 and netted a roughly $1 million dollar grant to distribute free meals to the community.

The ‘ethnic’ aisle

A recent article published in The New York Times about the presence of the “ethnic” aisle in most American grocery stores. But do these culinary separations propel white supremacy? We discuss the article and weigh in on whether or not the specialty food aisle contribute to otherism.

Fools Errand restaurant review

Next, Ann shares her review of Food Errand, a new restaurant from the owners of Dan Dan. The comfort-food menu sparks a “charming” nostalgia, she says, including items like Chicken Fried Chicken and aFried Bologna Sandwich. While it may not be “diet food” it certainly satisfies.

This Bites first curated event

Coming up on Thursday, September 9, This Bites will host its first-ever tasting event, Culture Clash, in partnership with the MKE Film Cultures and Communities festival.

Ryan Dearth Adrian Miller, James Beard Award winner and featured in the Netflix series High On The Hog

From the event description:

Join us at the rustic event venue Dandy for a mouthwatering evening of conversation and cuisine, curated by Radio Milwaukee’s food podcast “This Bites” and hosted by Tarik Moody. We’ll kick things off with culinary historian, barbecue judge, and James Beard Award winner Adrian Miller (featured in the Netflix series High on the Hog) discussing the rich culture of Black barbecuers, pitmasters, and restauranteurs throughout our nation’s history. Follow that up with our main course – a one-of-a-kind culinary event featuring two chefs from different backgrounds (Jason Alston, founder of Heaven’s Table Barbecue and Alex Hanesakda, founder of SapSap in Racine) coming together to create a unique menu bridging African American and Laotian cultures into a wonderful barbecue feast they’ve titled “Soul P’hunk.” This very special event will nourish your mind, body, and soul!

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