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The Daily

FOOD AND DRINK

L'Etoile moves to the first floor for Second Tuesdays

A wise man once told us all to love our neighbors. But man, sometimes your neighbors are weird. Chef Tory Miller of L'Etoile has found an easy solution: prepare a meal that everyone loves, and get 'em all around the same table. Step back, and watch the magic happen. >More
 Great Dane Hilldale opening billiards room

Three Champion pool tables and an 18-foot Champion shuffleboard table will be the centerpieces of the new expansion at the Great Dane Hilldale. The billiards room is "really a beautiful space," says Great Dane director of operations Ted Peterson. >More
 Madison chocolatiers gear up for Valentine's Day

The fact that Valentine's Day falls on a Saturday is a blessing for local chocolatiers. "Having Valentine's Day on a Friday or Saturday is perfect," says Laurie Jarnigo, business manager at James J Chocolate Shop. >More
 Sun Prairie's Cannery Grill: Yes, we canned!

Less than a decade ago, this expansive space was filled with long lines of steamers and boilers and automated machines that separated sweet corn from its cobs, peas from their pods. Enormous steaming kettles prepared these and other vegetables for packing into the cans of Stokely USA, destined to line the pantries of countless American kitchens. This was the Oconomowoc Canning Company, which, for a hundred years, anchored downtown Sun Prairie. >More
 Roth Käse Gruyère reigns at the Fromagination fondue lunch

One thing to remember about cheese fondue is that it's at its best right before the cheese runs out. The concentrated gooey stuff at the bottom of the pot is known in Switzerland as the culotte de berger, basically 'the drawers of the shepherd," and is seen as the prize of the pot, says Gregg Upwood, one of the chefs at Fromagination. >More
 Pretend you're in Paris at La Baguette

I've been hearing raves about La Baguette since it opened last year, in a strip mall across from West Towne Mall. Even if I hadn't heard a word, though, I'd be hungry to try it, for two reasons. First, the bakery cum cafe (open for breakfast, lunch and early dinner) specializes in sandwiches. And the sandwich, if it's done right, can be the perfect meal. >More
 Communal dining arrives at L'Etoile and Fromagination

After decades of Americans shying away from eating out with strangers, communal tables are catching on -- outside of church basements. The trend started on the coasts and is filtering into Madison. Communal dining is all about sharing the adventure of food, community building and meeting new people. Perfect for the age of Obama. >More
 Ironworks Café at Goodman Center opens with trio of special dinners

The new Ironworks Café at the Goodman Community Center will open with a bang this Thursday, January 29, with three special dinners on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, says general manager Ben Hunter. >More
 Let the Cherry Limeades flow at the new Sonic in Madison

Opening a chain franchise isn't always easy. Fuddrucker's tried in Madison, and failed. Steak 'n Shake similarly dropped out in short order. Krispy Kreme never even got a shingle hung in Madison. Known commodity plus a new market equals a lot of expectations to be met and doubts to be cast aside. >More
 An expanded La Brioche goes beyond bakery

La Brioche True Food, opened last fall by husband and wife David Yankovich and Jackie Patricia, aims for a higher-ground culinary experience, utilizing local organic food prepared well, with just the right amount of fuss. >More
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