March 30, 2013

Boelter & Simple Cafe

Today I visited two places in Milwaukee for the first time - Boelter SuperStore and Simple Cafe.  Boelter is a restaurant supply store which is open to the public and also offers cooking classes.  After class, three of us (including Lisa) had lunch at Simple Cafe, which just opened this year.

I took a photo of Boelter outside today, but the current muddy March weather makes their website photo look so much better, so that's the one I'm sharing.  The cooking classes are held within the store pictured below.
The classes are taught by Chef Michael Feker of Il Mito in Wauwatosa and the new Il Mito East in Milwaukee.  I've never dined at Il Mito but have seen Chef Feker several times on the local morning news doing cooking segments and he's just as hilarious in person.

Chef Feker prepared one recipe in class which was quick pickled radishes & cabbage with arugula salad.  The salad was good but left me wishing that I liked the taste of arugula.  Eating grilled asparagus today was a great reminder that local asparagus will soon be available!

There are several more classes in April, May and June which are listed on Boelter's website, but must be registered for via phone at 414-967-4333.  Today's class sold out a couple weeks ago, so I recommend registering soon if you're interested.

Classes are $35 but the fees includes a $25 gift certificate for the SuperStore.  I found several items I've been wanting to buy and listed both the Boelter and Amazon prices below to give you an idea as to how their prices compare. 

I first heard of Simple Cafe from Erica who blogged about their restaurant in Lake Geneva and it sounded like the type of restaurant I would love, so I was excited when I saw a JSOnline article about a Milwaukee location which opened this year.

Simple serves breakfast until 3pm, so I ordered pumpkin pancakes which were outstanding!  They are buttermilk pancakes made with roasted pumpkin and topped with toasted pumpkin seed crumble and cinnamon powdered sugar.

Boelter SuperStore
Location: 4200 N Port Washington Rd - Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Hours: M-F 8:30am-5:00pm, Sat 9am-3pm

Simple Cafe
Location: 2124 N Farwell - Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Hours: M-F 6am-3pm, Sat 7am-3pm, Sun 8am-3pm is listed on their menu, but it's not up and running yet


  1. It looks like you got a pretty good haul from the store! : ) I'm in need of a few of those bottles so I'll have to pop back in there soon. Also, those pancakes look so good!

  2. Pancakes look divine. Chef Feker is so personable and Il Mito is one of my favorites. We just ate at the East location, loved the decor. Thanks for the shout-out!

  3. I go by Boelter all the time and have been meaning to stop in--interesting price comparison with Amazon. Hope you have a great Easter!

  4. I am going to have to check out both places soon - didn't know about Boelter at all and now I'm intrigued! Thanks for sharing :)