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Madison eats agenda: Burning Socks at the Rox, Harvest for Haiti

This coming week, in events that get to your heart through your stomach. >More
 Bella Vita is the real thing

When I was in high school, the space that houses Bella Vita was home to a TGI Friday's. Some of you no doubt remember it. Friday's was a frequent destination for my group of friends, and I always ordered the same thing: fettuccine Alfredo and a vanilla Coke. I was young and ignorant of many things: cholesterol, for one, and politics, for another. >More
 Embrace cabbage, but skip the green, this St. Patrick's Day

I can't play the Irish card on St. Patrick's Day, but that's okay. I'm usually the one on the receiving end of pinches as penance for forgetting to wear green. Traditionally, St. Patrick's Day is a day off from Lent for Irish Catholics, although on a grand scale in the States, it's become a celebration of all things Irish. (How green beer is tolerable in the name of the country that produced Guinness I'm still trying to figure out.) >More
 Five dining favorites on the Capitol Square

So many downtown restaurants have recently opened, surrounding the Square in a tight culinary huddle, that it can be daunting to decide where to go and what to eat. So here is a quick, blatantly subjective guide to the crush of options: my tally of the best dish (in some cases dishes) at the new kitchens, and the plates that are actually worth your time and shrinking money. >More
 Author Amy Hatkoff on the inner world of cows and other farmyard friends

From Jonathan Safran Foer's Eating Animals to Michael Pollan's The Omnivore's Dilemma, there's no shortage of current books about the ethics of meat eating. In The Inner World of Farm Animals (Stewart, Tabori and Chang, 2009), author Amy Hatkoff takes a slightly different tack. >More
 Cookbook cues: The Essential New York Times Cookbook by Amanda Hesser

Amanda Hesser's latest and greatest book, The Essential New York Times Cookbook (W.W. Norton, $40) reminded me of that saying about a mullet hairdo: "Business in the front, party in the back." Set against today's glossy celebrity-chef volumes, it looks like the most personality-free cookbook ever. >More
 Capital Brewery turns 25

"I kind of knew we'd made it when I was driving and noticed that someone had thrown a couple of our empty bottles in the ditch," chuckles Capital Brewery's Kirby Nelson, as he thinks back over the past 25 years. To him it was a sign that his beer was actually competing with other, better-known brands. >More
 New items from the winter Dane County Farmers' Market

What's new at the Dane County Winter Farmers' Market? Plenty of good stuff to eat. Among the recently introduced products at the Madison Senior Center on Saturday mornings are the following: >More
 Madison eats agenda: A chili cook-off, a Fete fundraiser, Bockfest, Mad City Mardi Gras

This coming week, in events that get to your heart through your stomach. >More
 The Great Dane thrives on the far side of the Interstate

Sixteen years after the original Great Dane Pub and Brewery opened its doors downtown in the old Fess Hotel, the successful franchise has opened a branch east of Madison's isthmus. It joins newer iterations at Hilldale, in Fitchburg and Wausau, and even an outpost at the Dane County Regional Airport. The Dane-East has moved into the space formerly occupied by the Cloud 9 Grille and Jovian Taphaus. >More
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