Milwaukee, WI: New Food Truck, Simmer, will Hit the Streets in May with Soups, Salads, Panini

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By Carol Deptolla | JS Online

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Milwaukee’s food trucks have slowly been rolling out — on the rare day this spring when the weather has cooperated — and a new truck called Simmer is due to join their ranks May 6.

Steve Perlstein, a chef for 12 years, most recently at Buca di Beppo, and his wife, Jennifer Block, are launching Simmer.The food truck will have made-from-scratch soups, stews, dressings and sauces for its salads and panini, and will have vegetarian and gluten-free menu items.

Some of the menu items on a given day might be cassoulet orpho, and muffaletta or cheese-tomato panini.

Soups will be 8, 12 and 16 ounces, at $4.50, $5.50 and $6.50, panini will be $7 to $9; and salads, $4.50 for a side and $8 to $10 for an entrée.

“It’s always been my dream to have my own restaurant,” Perlstein said. “My wife and I originally considered opening a brick-and-mortar soup restaurant downtown, but as we thought more about it, a truck sounded more interesting, more workable, more affordable to open, and also much cooler.”

Simmer is in the midst of a fundraising campaign online at Kickstarter, the crowd-funding site. Starting in May, it will be on the streets and at festivals and farmers markets. Perlstein said Simmer also will cater events.

Simmer is on Twitter @SimmerMKE and Facebook.