By Lori Fredrich Senior Writer & Dining Editor Published Jun 12, 2016 at 11:01 AM

If you keep your eyes open around town this summer, you’ll find two mobile food operations making the rounds.

Both Iron Grate BBQ Co. and Red Light Ramen, the late night ramen shop at Ardent, have begun taking their wares on the road and will serve barbecue and ramen, respectively, at various events all summer long.

Iron Grate BBQ Co. set up with its trailer and "Roxanne" portable smoker at Sierra Nevada Beer Camp this weekend and will keep regular hours at the Newaukee Night Market this summer. Chef Aaron Patin says it will also serve barbecue at the Ray’s Wine & Spirits Growler Gallery second anniversary party on June 18 beginning at 5 p.m. Watch for additional updates on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Redlight Ramen also made an appearance this weekend at Sierra Nevada Beer Camp. The mobile unit will be open for service from noon to 1:00 am, every Saturday, at Central Standard Craft Distillery located at 613 South 2nd Street in Walkers Point.

Chef Justin Carlisle of Ardent and Red Light Ramen says the ramen truck will also make the rounds this summer at various special events. Watch the Facebook and Twitter feeds for details.

Carlisle says he’s also anticipating setting up shop for Red Light Ramen in a brick and mortar location relatively soon. You can watch OnMilwaukee for details on that happy news when it comes to pass.

In the meantime, you can find Red Light Ramen beginning at 11:30 p.m. on Friday and Saturday evenings at Ardent, 1751 N. Farwell Ave.

Likewise, Iron Grate BBQ Co. serves the goods Friday through Sunday from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. at its brick and mortar location at 4177 S. Howell Ave.

Lori Fredrich Senior Writer & Dining Editor

Lori is an avid cook whose accrual of condiments and spices is rivaled only by her cookbook collection. Her passion for the culinary industry was birthed while balancing A&W root beer mugs as a teenage carhop, fed by insatiable curiosity and fueled by the people whose stories entwine with each and every dish. She’s had the privilege of chronicling these tales via numerous media, including OnMilwaukee and in her book “Milwaukee Food.” Her work has garnered journalism awards from entities including the Milwaukee Press Club. 

When she’s not eating, photographing food, writing or recording the FoodCrush podcast, you’ll find Lori seeking out adventures with her husband Paul, traveling, cooking, reading, learning, snuggling with her cats and looking for ways to make a difference.