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New cafe to open in King Street's Atrium space in downtown Madison

The Atrium is a unique space in Madison and almost no one knows that better than Benjamin Altschul. Altschul grew up at the site, at 111 King St., between where the Kitchen Gallery and Context Clothing are now located. Kitchen Gallery was once home to Botticelli's, the restaurant owned by his parents, Jane Capito and Dan Altschul. "My first memories are from there," says Altschul, who is now co-owner and operator of the Tip Top Tavern, a venerable Eken Park-neighborhood tap that he revitalized in 2013. >More
 Classic brick, spiced goudas please the crowd at Isthmus Beer and Cheese Fest 2015

The sixth annual Isthmus Beer and Cheese Fest has come and gone. The beer and the brewmasters take the limelight, but the cheese is the best supporting actor. And I wasn't the only person to leave the Exhibition Hall with a backpack full of hunks of cheese. >More
 Have it your way: Madison homebrewers take control of their beer

A large stainless steel pot sits on a portable propane burner on the floor of Ryan Browne's double garage. "This is a five-gallon batch," Browne explains, noting this is a typical volume produced by homebrewers that makes about two cases of beer. There are about four of these setups on the floor. >More
 UW-Madison students explore home brews with the Badger Brewing Association

Homebrewing is so popular that the Badger Brewing Association, the UW-Madison club devoted to the topic, attracts several hundred students a year, according to faculty adviser Jim Steele. It's an impressive number, since the club can't even brew beer, due to the participation of underage students. >More
 Mirch Masala downsizes on State Street

Now that Madison has a nicely filled-out dance card of Indian restaurants, how do diners choose? Should they make tracks to the one with the best food? The one with the largest menu? The one with the lowest prices? The one that's closest to where they happen to be? >More
 Gooseberry on the Square to open on ground floor of U.S. Bank building

The vacant restaurant space on the ground floor of the U.S. Bank building on Capitol Square, formerly occupied by the Sunprint Cafe, has a new tenant working toward a spring 2015 opening. >More
 The Madison dining scene breaks new ground in 2014

Madison dining seems to be heading for new territory, and that territory is (envelope please...) East Washington Avenue. >More
 Madison Area Chefs Network to host week of culinary events in March 2015

The Madison Area Chefs Network is gearing up for its next big event: a week of chef-centered events at participating restaurants slated for March 9-15, 2015. >More
 King of Falafel carries on with carryout

A reader called to suggest I check out the new King of Falafel outpost in the Amstar gas station at the corner of Olin Avenue and South Park Street. Thank you, reader. You had me at "gas station." >More
 Holiday gifts for Fluffy and Fido -- and the people who love them

Pet lovers are not going to let that most important member of the family go giftless. The furred set will be happy with any old toy or treat, but why settle for a Nylabone at the most wonderful time of the year? >More
 Everybody poops -- even Santa

I'm not sure how this happened, but friends, it's out there -- specifically the candified poop of fantastical creatures like angels, reindeer and elves. >More
 Holiday jump-start

There are two problems -- at least -- with holiday shopping these days. One is that no one seems to need or even want anything more. Deferring gratification is passé. >More
 A guide to Thanksgiving 2014 at Madison restaurants

While some have the luxury of a picture-postcard, Saveur-inspired, farm-to-table extravaganza of culinary Americana laid out on their tables come Thanksgiving, there are others who lack that -- for many reasons, from being down on their luck, to having relatives who are more interested in football than in feasting. Whatever your motivations -- no judgement! >More
 Isthmus Indie Awards 2014: Christine Ameigh of Let's Eat Out and Slide Food Cart

In a world full of MBAs trying to make apps turn a profit, Christine Ameigh's business ideas seem remarkably unstudied. The proprietor of the Slide food cart just wanted to re-create the sense of fun and excitement she'd had when she lived in Southern California and it was "food cart night" in her neighborhood. >More
 Good Food is now on top in revised 2014 Madison food cart rankings

The city of Madison's annual food cart review rankings, which were released two weeks ago, have been revised, resulting in a new top cart, although other changes overall are minor. >More
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