Hannah’s Kitchen has found a new home on the Karl Community Campus, offering the Milwaukee community daily kosher meals with an updated menu and weekly themes.
Hannah Sattler, the owner and lead chef of Hannah’s Kitchen, started cooking as a volunteer at Congregation Beth Israel more than 12 years ago. She started Hannah’s Kitchen six years ago.
“I was a stay-at-home mom, and with love for my synagogue and my community in general, I just had a knack for it and kept growing,” she said.
Hannah’s Kitchen — a private business that is not affiliated with the Harry & Rose Samson Family Jewish Community Center — has been renting basement space at the JCC, 6255 N Santa Monica Blvd., since August. The JCC is on the Karl Community Campus, which is owned and operated by Milwaukee Jewish Federation. Before that, she was operating out of Chabad of the East Side.
Anyone can order through Hannah’s Kitchen’s website for same day curbside pick-up from the Marcus Pavilion entrance, as well as order delivery and catering orders.
Before the pandemic, Hannah’s Kitchen was primarily a catering business that did special orders infrequently. But with a decrease in gatherings came a different business model for Sattler. Now, the Kitchen is in the midst of pivoting to a more Jewish menu and focusing on daily orders.
Hannah’s Kitchen’s most popular orders are for classic Jewish food, according to Sattler. “I am known for my challah… That’s how I got started in kitchens actually,” she said. Also popular is chicken soup with kreplach, brisket and babka, she said.
The Kitchen also offers themed menus and a Shabbat menu every week.
Sattler will be starting a challah club in late January for customers to register to get weekly challah automatically with a discount. She found that there are a lot of community members who would do a Shabbat dinner but remembering to order challah each week can be a hassle. She hopes this new club will aid these people.
While Hannah’s Kitchen is a kosher kitchen as certified by the Kosher Supervisors of Wisconsin, Sattler aims to serve both the Jewish and non-Jewish community.
Looking towards the future, Sattler hopes to continue to foster community through food.
“We have a great friendship with our customers. We know their names, and they know our names,” she said. “My biggest goal is to keep growing and seeing what the community wants.”
Hannah’s Kitchen is open for pickup Monday and Tuesday 3 – 5 p.m., Wednesday and Thursday 3:30 – 5:30 p.m. and Friday 9 – 11 a.m. Certification by Kosher Supervisors of Wisconsin. To learn more, visit HannahsKitchenMke.com or call 414–350-2086.