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FOOD AND DRINK

L.A. Weekly food critic Jonathan Gold will speak in Madison

Newspapers have restaurant reviewers. These souls will ordinarily suggest what dishes to eat and which to pass over. And then there are food writers who are operating on another level entirely. There are the philosophers, like the late M.F.K. Fisher; the scout-discoverers, like Calvin Trillin; and the zeitgeist poets, like The New York Times' Sam Sifton. The writing of Jonathan Gold, food critic for the L.A. Weekly, borrows something from all these genres. >More
 Gearing up for the inaugural Madison Craft Beer Week

Madison's first Craft Beer Week will run April 29-May 8, which, and you are correct, is actually Craft Beer Ten Days (even without counting the pre-party day). There's just that much beer spilling forth in this big event highlighting the work of craft brewers. Almost a hundred activities have been scheduled, most of which are special tastings, or pairings, or full-fledged beer dinners. >More
 Madison eats agenda: Farm Fresh Atlas, Eating Alaska, Spring Brunch

This coming week, in events that get to your heart through your stomach. >More
 Dane County Farmers' Market kicks off 2011 season amid dueling demonstrations

The Tax Day Tea Party complete with former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, as well as a corresponding counter rally, turned the opening day of the Dane County Farmers Market into a uniquely Madison blend of politics, locally-grown organic food and community interaction. >More
 Steenbock's on Orchard showcases local food with elegance

Steenbock's on Orchard is the newest arrival to Madison's fine-dining scene, though many may not know it. It's tucked in the ground floor of the new Wisconsin Institutes for Discovery building on University Avenue, a place that most Madison residents will probably never enter. It's not the most intuitive location for an upscale restaurant focused on local, sustainable food, but it is fun to walk around the building's lobby after a meal and check out the technology displays and architectural features. >More
 Caribbean shrimp cakes take off on a crabby favorite (recipe)

I'm gearing up for a trip to New Orleans next week. With visions of crab cakes dancing in my head, I decided to make a spinoff at home. So as not to spoil my appétit for the real deal, I used Caribbean flavors and shrimp, basing the cakes on coconut shrimp and orange marmalade, another favorite of mine. >More
 Cookbook cues: Food Trucks: Dispatches and Recipes from the Best Kitchens on Wheels by Heather Shouse

Mobile food, as you already know if you keep up with the foodie press, is the culinary trend from coast to coast these days. Food Trucks: Dispatches and Recipes from the Best Kitchens on Wheels by Heather Shouse (Ten Speed Press, $20) forms a tempting menu testifying to why that's the case. In the book, the United States is divided into five geographic regions: West Coast and Pacific, Pacific Northwest, Midwest, South, and East Coast. >More
 Madison eats agenda: Titanic Dinner, DCFM, Isthmus Green Day, Capital Brewery 25th

This coming week, in events that get to your heart through your stomach. >More
 The restaurants that fed Madison 35 years ago

In 1976, the year of Isthmus' birth, the Madison dining scene could largely be summed up with two words: supper club. It wasn't nostalgic or retro hipster; back then, that was really the way things were. There were Italian restaurants and a handful of Chinese spots, bars that served food and sandwich shops. And there was a glimmer of Madison's restaurant future, too. But mostly, steak and seafood reigned. >More
 Madison eats agenda: DCFM breakfast, Back Roads Brewery Tour, Breakfast on the Farm

This coming week, in events that get to your heart through your stomach. >More
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