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Madison Magazine's Top Shelf Winter Taste 2014

Madison Magazine's Top Shelf Winter Taste 2014

Madison Magazine hosts the fourth annual Top Shelf Winter Taste featuring Crown Royal Whiskey. The event is Monday March 10 at the Beacon Lounge at Bonfyre American Grille from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

 

Attendees can sip on various products out of a complimentary sampling glass and sample top shelf Whiskeys, Whiskys, and Ryes. Food from Beacon Lounge, Bonfyre American Grille, The Wise at HotelRED, Mason's on Main and Oil of the Olive will be available.

 

Each attendee will also receive a complimentary Cupcakes A-Go-Go full-size cupcake and can indulge their sweet tooth with Gelato and Gelatinis from Villa Dolce.

 

A custom craft brew called Madison Magazine's Big Red Blessing courtesy of Next Door Brewing Company will be available to sample.

 

100.5 ESPN radio broadcasts live from the party.

 

There is a $35 General Admission.

'Frankenfood' event participants could win spot on TV show

'Frankenfood' event participants could win spot on TV show

Madison-area folks are invited to take part in a funky food event next Friday with the chance to be part of a cooking reality TV show. 

Madison Area Technical College's Truax campus on Wright Street will host the "Frankenfood" event from noon to 4 p.m. in the gourmet dining room. Frankenfood is a new buzzword for a dish made up of many contrasting parts that would not normally be paired together but stitched together as one, makes sense and tastes good (or at least tastes good to you).

Food worker strike comes to Madison

Food worker strike comes to Madison

Fast-food restaurants along South Park Street in Madison were the local targets of a nationwide walkout for wages on Thursday.

Fast food workers and supporters were in front of numerous restaurants on South Park Street and are expected to rally on State Street Thursday afternoon. U.S. Rep. Mark Pocan is scheduled to speak.

Organizers said it will be the largest strike to hit the $200 billion fast-food industry.

Workers from fast food giants McDonald's, Burger King, Wendy's and Yum Brands-owned KFC are calling on their employers to pay them a minimum of $15 an hour and allow them to form unions without retaliation.

Currently, the median pay for the fast-food workers across the country is just over $9 an hour, or about $18,500 a year. That's roughly $4,500 lower than Census Bureau's poverty income threshold level of $23,000 for a family of four.

89 area restaurants to offer fare at Taste of Madison

89 area restaurants to offer fare at Taste of Madison

Madison’s annual event that gathers area eateries on the Capitol Square to offer their unique flavors to hordes of tasters is geared up for its 31st year.

Nineteen of the 89 restaurants scheduled to participate are new this year, according to the event’s website. Debuting at its first Taste of Madison affair Saturday and Sunday is Soho Gourmet Cuisines, a Madison food truck that serves a variety of authentic and fusion-style Chinese dumplings and fusion dumplings. Owner Rocky So said he joined this year because his food truck was new to Madison and the food festival is tradition.

“I grew up in Madison and I’ve always attended the Taste,” So said. “This year is my first year vending, so I have some products I want people to try. It’s hectic but exciting.”

New rib joint menu full of southern items

New rib joint menu full of southern items

EatDrinkMadison.com reviews JB’s Eat-A-Bite BBQ

The south end of Park Street seen new businesses sprout up recently, including JB's Eat-A-Bite BBQ, which opened in the winter. It took over for the space once occupied by Mario’s Pizza and is adjacent to 7-Eleven.

The menu is full of wonderful southern items, from chicken gizzards to frog legs to candied yams. Of course, it has the staples, many of which are found in the sandwich section.

Read more about the restaurant's catfish fillets, alligator bites, ribs, mac and cheese and more at EatDrinkMadison.com.

Businesses rebuild on Park Street, entice new ones

Businesses rebuild on Park Street, entice new ones

Madison's Park Street has an up-and-down past, but it seems to be going through a revival with several businesses reopening there.

A Park Street staple, Lane's Bakery, expects to reopen Sept. 1, about a year after it closed. Its new location at the south end of the Villager Mall isn't far from its original spot.

Park Street also helps connect businesses to customers because it's a gateway into Madison. But while there's potential to pick up business from people passing through, the street's revitalization instead entices everyone to stop and stay awhile.

"It's just a wonderful feeling," Imelda Perez said over the music at Taqueria Guadalajara. The family-owned business is celebrating reopening on Thursday. "It was a big issue, the whole family didn't have a job, but we made it."

The Perez family built its business on Park Street seven years ago. The family never thought about rebuilding anywhere but there.

Soglin plan underway to bring good-for-you grub to low-income families

Soglin plan underway to bring good-for-you grub to low-income families

Mayor says idea stemmed from summer ‘Meet and Eat’

A food truck experiment this summer lead to the mayor establishing a council this fall to continue work bringing affordable healthy food options for low-income families.

At the first meeting of his Madison Food Policy Council on Oct. 24, National Food Day, Mayor Paul Soglin made the opening statements explaining its importance.

“In terms of the farmers’ market, we have one of the best known markets in the world,” Soglin said. “When it comes to food policy, there is this enormous gap. I see that as an opportunity to take us to another level.”

The MFPC is an extension of the Dane County board. It joins the Dane County Food Council and Coalition, but aims more to answer the question of accessibility and affordability than connecting producers to buyers, which is the focus of the county’s council and coalition.