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Eat Smart in Germany culinary guide book launches at Essen Haus

The weather is certainly not conducive to any outdoor fun (in fact, the city has asked people to refrain from using the park fields while they're in this condition) so today, April 10, would be a fine time to head to the Essen Haus from 4-6 p.m. for the book release party of Eat Smart in Germany by Mary Bergin. It's the latest in the series of "Eat Smart" guides from Madison's Ginkgo Press. >More
 The Coopers Tavern expands upward, readies for second CSA dinner series

The Coopers Tavern, 20 W. Mifflin St., is moving fast with its second-floor expansion. It should be open in early May, "in time for Craft Beer Week," says owner Peter McElvanna. The space echoes the long, narrow first floor, but opens up at the Mifflin end with floor-to-ceiling windows that boast what may be the best unobstructed view of the Capitol on the Square. >More
 The Side Door Grill and Tap is latest restaurant below Samba

The Side Door Grill and Tap, 240 W. Gilman St., is the latest restaurant to reside downstairs from Samba Brazilian Grill, following Cafe Samba and Samba Lounge. Specialty burgers, homemade "tater tots," flatbread pizzas and 33 American microbrews on tap are the core, with a small entree menu. >More
 The Dandelion food cart closes

Sad news for fans of the popular vegetarian food cart The Dandelion. Chef-owner Braulio Maximiliano will not be vending this year and both his food carts are for sale. >More
 Alterra Coffee ready to open on the Capitol Square

The new Alterra Coffee Roasters cafe at 25 S. Pinckney St., on the ground floor of the Tenney Building, will open this Friday, April 5. Invited customers will be able to get their caffeine fix at a soft opening Thursday afternoon, though. >More
 Cafe Cortadito coming to East Wilson Street

Chatter about the bright red signs announcing "bocadillos/sandwich" in the windows of the Cardinal Bar, 418 E. Wilson St., is increasing as word spreads about who's behind the nascent eatery and what's going to be on the menu. Cafe Cortadito will be the latest from Madison restaurateurs Chris and Prentice Berge, chef Joey Dunscombe of the Weary Traveler, and chef David Oliver of Natt Spil. >More
 Mildred's sandwiches find a new home at Madtown Pizza

Madtown Pizza at 912 E. Johnson St. (across the street and down a block from Mildred's), has begun serving some favorites from the Mildred's menu, among them the Leadbelly, the Agurkai, the Workers and the "Blindstone" (aka the Blystone). >More
 ALRC to discuss licenses for Sushi Muramoto's lounge, Crescendo, Bonta, Hy-Vee Market Grille

The Madison Alcohol License Review Committee will meet Wednesday, March 20, at 5:30 p.m. As detailed in its agenda, here are some of the new establishments seeking licenses and other key orders of business. >More
 Organic food, for the baby: Madison's YumTum is growing

Madison-based baby food company YumTum is refining its product line this spring. YumTum received its official organic certification in November 2012. The duo behind the company, Jacy Eckerman and Heidi Speight, have designed new nutrition labels "so you can see how nutrient-rich YumTum is compared to other products," says Eckerman. They've adjusted the naming conventions for their products, which initially tried to play off the courses of an adult meal, to something more straightforward. >More
 Madison chefs and restaurants get five James Beard 2013 semi-finalist nominations

The semi-finalists for this year's James Beard Foundation Awards have been announced, and Madison has acquitted itself extremely well. Elizabeth Dahl of Nostrano was nominated as Outstanding Pastry Chef, Forequarter as Best New Restaurant, L'Etoile for Outstanding Wine Program, Daniel Bonanno from A Pig in a Fur Coat as Rising Star Chef of the Year (for a chef under age 30), and John Gadau and Phillip Hurley of Sardine for Best Chef - Midwest (a title won in 2012 by L'Etoile's Tory Miller). >More
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