Phillip Wanke – Monkey Business Food Truck

Let’s learn more about Phillip on a personal level.

How would you describe yourself?

One foot firmly rooted in the muck and one with toes in the clouds.


What is your biggest accomplishment?

Guest lecturer at Harvard at age 20.


Have you read any good books?

All books are good! Some challenge, some help you escape, but all serve a worthy purpose.


Who is your personal hero?

Monkees. They can fling poop at you and people still say “awww.”

Do you have a life philosophy that you live by?

Take only memories leave only footprints.


What do you like most about yourself?

I can have the best conversations in my head.


How has this pandemic affected YOU or YOUR BUSINESS?

Killed Burger Fusion Company and reborn as Monkey Business Food Truck – change is inevitable…


If you could change the world, what would you change?

Remove greed.


What do you think is the meaning of life?

Live it; all of it, the good, the bad, and the ugly…


Do you prefer working alone, or do you like working with others?

Depends on the “other”


What’s something that no one would guess about you?

I was once a Franciscan brother.


What is your deepest belief about life?

There is a purpose, there is more…


If you could wake up anywhere tomorrow, where would it be?

In my bed, hate waking up on the couch!


If you could do anything, anywhere right now, what and where would it be?

Eating anywhere, I’m hungry.


What’s the one thing you wish you could have a do-over for?

My death.


How do you work on yourself?

Deodorant and occasional showers.


What’s one thing you’ve had to overcome in your life?

The loss of my brother in Iraq.


How do you handle being in a bad mood?



Who is the most important person in your life?

My wife Julie


What question do you always want people to ask you about yourself?

What the hell?


What is your favorite music, or song?

Much like books, all music is worthy (except country, that’s just too whiny for me). I am an eighties kid with a leaning toward alternative indie…


If you weren’t here running your business or doing the work you do, what would you be doing instead?

Camping and/or hiking


What is another name you would give the Driftless?

Hollers and Hills


What is your favorite season in the Driftless & why?

Autumn of course –the most beautiful and a season of change…


Tell us of an experience /memory you had with Driftless lakes, rivers or waterways?

Meeting my now wife while sailing on Lake Pepin one evening.


Is there any place in the world you have been that reminds you of, or is similar to the Driftless?

No place on Earth is like the Driftless!


What is your best childhood memory?

Grew up in the flatlands east of Madison.


What are some of your favorite places to go for fun here in the Driftless?

Trempealeau State Park


What are some of your favorite places to eat here in the Driftless?

Lovechild for date night. Rumors Bar & Grill, Burr Oak for a friendly local bite. Any place I have not tried yet.


If you were to tell a friend to come and visit the Driftless Area, and they ask “Why” … What would you tell them?

No place on earth like it! The people and the terrain are unique.


Are you a Cat or Dog person?

Neither, but I choose Monkey


Are you an Early Bird or Late Owl?

Early Bird


If given the opportunity, would you go to outer space (moon, mars, space stations)?

Only if I can take my Monkey


What color socks are you currently wearing?



What skill or instrument would you like to learn or play?



What 1 message would you put in a bottle?

Let me out and I will grant you three wishes!


What was your very first job?

Newspaper Delivery. Camp Staff.


If any, what would be your dream job?

No job!


What does your dream vacation look like?

Flying away somewhere tropical and not having to rent a car!


Tell us a short joke or punchline.

I ordered a chicken and an egg off of Amazon. I’ll let you know which comes first.


If you could learn another language, what would that be?



I Would Rather …

Live in a tree house


By Phillip Wanke