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Chef DJ's Blair Street BBQ to revive East Wash barbecue spot

The former Blair Street Brew & BBQ is slated to reopen as Chef DJ's Blair Street BBQ & Catering. Daryl Jones, who's been catering barbecue in Madison for six years, is the new chef. His style of barbecue is Memphis-based. Jones was born and raised there, though he's called Madison home for two decades. >More
 A new way of looking at Midwestern eats in James Norton's The Secret Atlas of North Coast Food

There's some contention about whether the Upper Midwest needs rebranding as the "North Coast," largely around the precise coordinates. Schools in Indiana, Ohio and Pennsylvania comprise the Division III North Coast Athletic Conference, and Brookings Institute scholar John Austin wrote a paper in 2007 about preserving America's North Coast, though he never really defines the term. Enter The Heavy Table, a Minneapolis-based online food magazine. >More
 Blowin' Smoke BBQ to open restaurant in Waunakee

Just a little over three years after Robert Bishop launched his Blowin' Smoke BBQ cart on the Capitol Square, he is opening a brick-and-mortar restaurant at 1336 Montondon Avenue in Waunakee. The official opening is slated for January 3, 2014. >More
 Underground Food Collective to cook for second Chief Meskokonaye All Nations Camp fundraiser

The Chief Meskokonaye All Nations Camp will be back in Madison on Monday, Dec. 16 with a five-course game dinner to be held at the Lussier Family Heritage Center at Lake Farm County Park. The "Mino-Wiisinin. Mino-Bimaadaziiwin" benefit meal (the phrase means "Eat Well. Live Well") will be prepared by the Underground Food Collective. >More
 Brian Hamilton, Nick Johnson to open restaurant at the old Stamm House in Middleton

Weary Traveler bartender Brian Hamilton and his wife, Alicia, plan on opening a bistro in the former Stamm House Restaurant space, 6625 Century Ave. in Middleton. Previously, it had been reported that the two were working on a concept on Williamson Street headed for a building in front of the Broom Street Theater. >More
 Madison to host auditions for Frankenfood, a new Spike TV food competition

The non-professional side of Madison's food scene may be poised to have its profile raised a notch or two with the advent of a new Spike TV series that plans to devote at least one segment to innovative home cooks from our area. Frankenfood will be the network's first food-centric show. >More
 Holiday Artisan Food Tour gets consumers close to Madison's east-side producers

Madison Eats, the food tour company operated by Otehlia Cassidy, is conducting its second Holiday Artisan Food Tour on Wednesday, Dec. 4. Cassidy has been leading walking tours through the Willy Street and Atwood neighborhoods for the past couple of years. >More
 ALRC to discuss license for Don Pepe and city liquor ordinances

The Madison Alcohol License Review Committee will meet Wednesday, Nov. 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
 New Tip Top Tavern to serve full menu, tapas, Friday fish fry, brunch

"We decided to pursue addressing the whole building and really taking the opportunity to revitalize the entire site," says Benjamin Altschul, new proprietor of the Tip Top Tavern on North Street. "It's a total renovation. We've updated the electrical and plumbing as well as all of the mechanicals." >More
 Eating at Layla's Persian Food is like dining at a friend's

The small lower-level eatery space below the Madison Hostel at 141 S. Butler St. has a new tenant -- Layla's Persian Food has been open for a few weeks and has already done some shifting of hours. Layla's is now open for lunch from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Mon.-Fri., with dinner service available if patrons call ahead and schedule in advance. >More
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