Milwaukee medical complex chef makes healthy food

kristine M. Kierzek

Sara Crawley is chef and manager at Hub Central at the Medical College of Wisconsin. The cafe serves health care workers from around the Milwaukee County Medical Complex.

Cooking is a continuum of care for Sara Crawley. Feeding others feeds her own needs, too. 

Crawley started out studying nursing, and while putting herself through school she worked in the restaurant industry. It quickly became clear to her that her path was meant to be in food. 

She attended Waukesha County Technical College’s culinary program, then worked her way through roles in restaurants and catering with Eddie Martini’s. 

Five years ago she took on the role of running Hub Central, managed by Eddie Martini’s Enterprises in the Medical College of Wisconsin, 8701 W. Watertown Plank Road, Wauwatosa. She found the perfect fit as the kitchen’s chef and manager. 

This isn’t your typical workplace cafeteria, and it isn’t open to the public either. 

Her customers are the people working in health care, education and at the medical facility. Eschewing overly processed foods, she doesn’t have a fryer in her kitchen and doesn’t want one. Lunch usually includes a special she’s created, often focused on comfort food with a healthy twist. Baked goods are produced daily in-house by a pastry chef. Crawley works with local farmers when possible, and approaches menus focusing on seasonality and minimal waste.

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