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2011 Madison's Favorites: People Around Town
For whom does Deejay Nink Nice toot his vuvuzela... He toots for you!
For whom does Deejay Nink Nice toot his vuvuzela... He toots for you!
Credit:Carolyn Fath

One responder to the question "Favorite Activist" wrote in: "I have to choose one? Everybody!" That was the kind of big-hug sentiment that this category evoked across the board. Your favorite club deejay, Nick Nice, also had a strong showing in the activist category. Top vote-getter Ben Masel, who died from lung cancer in April, spent nearly 40 years in Madison working on legalization of marijuana, and free speech and right-to-assembly issues. And not surprisingly, considering how close the election was, both of Madison's mayors from over the past 12 months made the list of "Favorite Public Employee."

Favorite Deejay

1. Nick Nice
2. Jeremy Thomas
3. The Real Jaguar

Favorite Wisconsin Filmmaker
1. Cory Udler
2. Rob Matsushita
3. Brian Standing

Favorite Waitstaff
1. Daisy Cafe & Cupcakery

2. Monty's Blue Plate
3. The Weary Traveler

Favorite Bartender
1. Don Wieder at Woody Anne's

2. Jake Witter at Opus
3. Peter Hunt at The Old Fashioned

Favorite Chef
1. Tory Miller (L'Etoile, Graze)

2. Shinji Muramoto (Restaurant Muramoto, Sushi Muramoto)
3. Charles Lazzareschi (Dayton Street Grille)

Favorite Activist
1. Ben Masel

2. Russ Feingold
3. Segway Jeremy Ryan

Favorite Public Employee
1. Dave Cieslewicz

2. Jon Erpenbach
3. Paul Soglin

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