If you've talked to anyone who was there, or if you were among the more than 2,000 who paid to partake, last Saturday's 2012 edition of the Isthmus Beer & Cheese Festival was a rousing success. If you need further confirmation, check out correspondent Austin Duerst's report in TheDailyPage.com's "Eats" section.
Many contributed to the achievement, including 50 volunteers bolstered by Isthmus staff and, of course, purveyors of fine cheese and beer. Primary kudos would go to Isthmus' events coordinator, Chris Majchrzak and his able assistant Becca Gerber. Events have become more of a factor in the Isthmus business model, helping to offset the loss of revenue due to the diminution of classified advertising over the years.
We have more events on the horizon. Coming on April 21 is the 2012 edition of Isthmus Green Day, our annual eco-fest at Monona Terrace. Plans are already moving forward for that event, including an exciting featured speaker whose name will be announced soon. There are other new aspects to Green Day that will please you, all to be revealed in due time.
On May 11 we have a brand new event, Isthmus a la Carts, held at Olin Turville Park. This will kick off the 2012 street-food season, featuring a sampling of the food carts that will reappear on the Square and Library Mall in the spring.
There's more, but it will keep for another day. Our immediate attention shifts to The Book of Love, the Valentine's Day supplement that our readers write and illustrate. Submit your love notes and/or photos by midnight on Sunday, Feb. 6. To do so, go to TheDailyPage.com/bookoflove, which provides more detailed instructions. Remember, the answer to the musical question "Who wrote the book of love?" is you.