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Roast Public House ups the ante on campus casual

Recent UW-Madison grads Doug Hamaker and Henry Aschauer are entering the area dining scene with what could be a wise concept: a convenient hangout for campus-area diners looking to eat from-scratch and local, yet on a student's budget. Roast Public House is the type of place anyone could go with friends or even a visiting mom or dad. Or to have dinner with a date, after a few rounds of ping-pong in the basement (one of my favorite surprises at Roast). >More
 Saving Mildred's Sandwich Shop

Mildred's Sandwich Shop at 827 E. Johnson St. is a Madison institution, never flashy but always a reminder that sandwiches, done well, need not resemble something coming off the assembly line at Subway. When longtime owner Nels Nelson died this past April, the future of Mildred's was in limbo. >More
 BJ's Kolaches food cart vends at Monona Menard's for winter break

BJ's Kolaches, the campus-area food cart that usually vends in front of Grainger Hall on University Avenue, is trying a new strategy while the UW is in recess. Owner Jon Carapezza was looking for a site to vend while the students were away and was inspired by the hot dog sales at Home Depot. He was able to secure a spot at the Monona Menard's, and will give vending there a trial run Friday and Saturday, Jan. 11-12, from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., near the front doors. >More
 Fair Trade Chronicles: What is really a 'fair' price for coffee? (video)

The price our importing cooperative is offering to the farmers of Maya Vinic this year is not working well for many of MV's farmers and it is putting a stress on them that we are not comfortable with. This is a big disappointment as it is well above the world market price and even the "fair trade minimum" price. >More
 Mad Town Lunch: Angela Gargano loves a simple pasta

Angela Gargano comes from one of Madison's premiere Italian restaurant families, so she knows whereof she speaks. Professionally, her passion is yoga. That doesn't mean that she forgoes a good lunch, though. >More
 Fair Trade Chronicles: Our journey begins in earnest from solemn Acteal (video)

I thought driving through the misty highlands of Chiapas in a Ford Econoline would bring back memories of touring around the American south -- my mediocre bands always had Ford vans with couches thrown haphazardly in the rear. Instead of revisiting these memories, the bumps, twists and turns have me ready to revisit last night's taco dinner. >More
 Fair Trade Chronicles: Returning to Chiapas for the start of a 1000-mile Jeep ride through Central America (video)

After a long day of touring America's airports I will find myself on the ground in Chiapas, Mexico, a place that has had an incredible impact on my life and on the way that I understand the world. Just a little over 14 years ago I traveled to the highlands of Chiapas for the first time to work with other international activists to build an autonomous school in Zapatista territory. Or at least that is what I thought we would do. >More
 What is Madison's #1 Reuben?

The origin of the Reuben sandwich is contested. Some say a Lithuanian grocer in Omaha, Neb., created it. Others argue that it came from Reuben's Delicatessen in New York. Of little doubt is that corned beef has a fabled history among the Jewish and Irish immigrants who populated Manhattan's Lower East Side. >More
 The Madison dining scene in 2012

Those who intently follow the Madison dining scene (that's my clumsy way of avoiding the increasingly irritating term foodie) could find satisfaction in the continuing emphasis on farm-to-table and nose-to-tail, and of-the-moment ingredients like fennel pollen appearing on menus. >More
 Chocolaterian puts heart and soul into its confections

Chocolaterian Cafe, the new Schenk's Corners patisserie, has two entrances. The one facing Winnebago Street has an enormous window that looks directly into the kitchen, where chocolatiers are busily making treats; it's like peeking into the Madison branch of Santa's workshop. A floor-to-ceiling glass wall affords the same view inside, and it smartly opens the space as well as connects customers to the inner workings of the business. >More
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