Meals on the move to Pewaukee
Food trucks, mobile food businesses to visit Koepp Park
on Sept. 8

By Christina Luick - Special to The Freeman

August 29, 2017

 Truck Meister is one of the food truck and mobile food businesses that will be at the first WaterStone Bank Food Truck Rally and Car Show in Pewaukee on Sept. 8.
Photo courtesy of Truck Meister

PEWAUKEE — Food trucks and mobile food businesses have been popping up more and more lately. Soon this craze will be rolling into Pewaukee for the first time. Food trucks will be parking at Koepp Park at the first WaterStone Bank Food Truck Rally and Car Show on Sept. 8 from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Positively Pewaukee Executive Director Elaine Kroening said there is an ordinance that doesn’t allow food trucks within the village. Positively Pewaukee had to get permission and the food trucks had to get food permits for the day.

“This is an unusual thing so that’s why we’re kind of excited about it, that this isn’t the normal occurrence,” Kroening said.

Truck Meister, Dan-O’s Donuts, Taqueria La Guacamaya, BJC Asian Cuisine & Food Truck and Belfre Mobile Kitchen will be serving at the event.

Dan-O’s Donuts is in its second season of serving hot and fresh doughnuts as a mobile food business. The main place it travels to is the Waukesha Farmers Market.

Owner Dan McNeely believes doughnuts are beneficial to mental health.

“I think doughnuts put everyone in a great mood and I like to see people’s good moods when they enjoy my doughnuts,” McNeely said.

What makes the doughnuts unique is that customers can watch their soon-to-be treats being made. The machine can make about 1,200 doughnuts in an hour.

“A lot of people enjoy my business because it’s a show as much as it is a great product,” McNeely said.

Among the specialties to be served are s’more doughnuts, Butterfinger doughnuts and lemon lavender doughnuts.

  Enjoy watching your doughnuts being made at Dan-O’s Donuts mobile food business at the first WaterStone Bank Food Truck Rally and Car Show in Pewaukee
Photos courtesy of Dan-O’s Donuts

Creative and convenient

For McNeely, this business is a creative outlet for him outside his full-time job. He has seen an increase in popularity with food trucks and mobile food businesses.

“I think it’s a great way to bring communities together because people like interesting food and more often than not, these mobile food businesses are able to provide types of food that most restaurants don’t serve,” McNeely said.

“It’s convenient, especially in a corporate setting where I come right to your door,” said Patrick Cullen, owner and head chef of Truck Meister, about why food trucks have become more popular. “They don’t leave their office to go get lunch anymore.”

Truck Meister has been selling burgers in various locations around Milwaukee and Waukesha for five years. The business also travels around the state to special events. It is on the streets around 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. for lunch in front of places such as the Milwaukee County Courthouse and a US Bank Center and Chase Bank Tower in Milwaukee.

“Our burgers are made to order with gourmet ingredients,” Cullen is quoted saying on the Truck Meister website. “We don’t skimp on quality and we don’t fuss over the wrong things. This is how burgers should taste. Stop by and grab one of our awesome menu items! We’re positive that you’ll be more than pleased.”

Cullen decided to bring his food truck to the event because he lives in Pewaukee and this is his first chance to sell his food in the area.

Kroening said the event’s purpose is to shine light on Koepp Park, a parking lot on 210 Oakton Ave. that many people don’t know about.

“We’re really excited about it,” Kroening said. “We’re getting a very good response from it so far and looking forward to it.”

In addition to the food on the go, people can bring their classic cars to show them off to others. No registration is needed and spots will be filled on a first-come basis starting at 3:30 p.m. People should park their cars on the Elm Street entrance off Oakton Avenue.

A bar will be set up for the adults and the Pewaukee Area Arts Council will be helping with some activities for kids. Positively Pewaukee is also inviting people to come early and shop at the downtown merchants sidewalk sale. Some participating merchants include Silly Willyz, Harvest Home, The Great Room, and VeloCity Cycle.