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The Daily

FOOD AND DRINK

Madison menus gone wild! Dishes to try as spring feels a lot like summer

The prolonged blast of warm air that toasted the Upper Midwest for most of March has culinary life here out of sync. Cocktail programs are shifting gears quickly to respond to the higher temperatures, but in kitchens, chefs are scratching their heads. What produce is local and organic right now? Unfortunately, not much; root vegetables, the first nettles and some early greens. >More
 Viroqua's Kickapoo Coffee does it right from start to finish

Kickapoo Coffee co-owners Caleb Nicholes and T.J. Semanchin go to great lengths for great coffee. Like shoved-in-the-back-of-a-Jeep, down-a-mountainside-in-Colombia great lengths. Semanchin recalls when, during one of his meetings with a farmer co-operative, an unmarked vehicle entered the premises and caused a security breach that sent the meeting on the run. >More
 Madison eats agenda: CHEW talks apples

This coming week, in events that get to your heart through your stomach. >More
 Willy Street Co-op considers moving flagship east-side store to East Washington

In a letter that is sure to strike terror in the hearts of some near-east-siders, the manager of the Willy Street Co-op floats the idea of moving its flagship store to the 800 block of East Washington Avenue, the site of a proposed commercial development by Urban Land Interests. >More
 Johnson Public House makes java three slow-brew ways

Since it moved into the space at 908 E. Johnson St. almost a year ago, Johnson Public House (coincidentally owned by a couple named Gwen and Kyle Johnson) has more or less become my office away from home. Let's be real. It's kind of a hipster joint, and take that for what you will. But it's also the type of place where conversation, study, work and even kids, at times, seem to peacefully coexist. >More
 Vasilis' Take Five to open on Willy Street

The former Corner Store, a convenience market at 901 Williamson Street that was better known for selling subs, Mexican food and home-made takeout Thai curries, is being prepped to become Vasilis' Take Five Vittles & Vices. Take Five will be serving cocktails and "Greek Fusion Comfort Food," according to the sign in the window. >More
 Madison eats agenda: Deer & Turkey Expo, Spay-ghetti & No Balls, Comeback, Polish Heritage Club Spring Festival

This coming week, in events that get to your heart through your stomach. >More
 Madison goes down the bone luge path

Bone luging has been fueled by the need to bring humor to a craft cocktail movement has been in danger of collapsing under its own weight. It was time to bring fun back, and the bone luge has offered the perfect blend of foodiness and silliness. >More
 At Mi San Juanito, indulge in a mini trip to Mexico

Mi San Juanito is a Mexican bakery, grocery and deli in the strip mall next to the Copps supermarket on South Park Street. Just inside the entrance a display case is stocked with a variety of standard Mexican pastries -- delectable things like conchas (sweet-topped bread) that will tempt you to commute through this corridor if you don't already. >More
 Let them eat sausage: The People's Bratfest returns for 2012

As history will relate it, 2011 in Wisconsin probably won't be remembered as the Year of the Proliferating Bratfests, but it's worth noting that in Madison the number did increase from one to four -- for reasons other than the sheer love of the wurst. >More
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