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Discovering the cutting edge of cocktails at the seventh annual Distill America

It was the seventh successful year for Distill America, the evening-long "celebration of American Distilling" hosted by the Madison Malt Society. This year, the event was bookended by Madison Cocktail Week, creating a happy synergy between the showcase and all things boozy. >More
 Madison College students put on a four-course formal dinner

Getting a table for the Gourmet Dining Room at Madison College's Truax campus feels a bit like trying to score a spot at a hot restaurant. It's not exactly easy. The website isn't well maintained, and it's not entirely clear that you can, in fact, get a four-course formal dinner experience for $20. >More
 The first-ever Madison Cocktail Week to launch

This year, Distill America, Madison's long-running spirits-tasting event, gets a weeklong preview. Madison Cocktail Week, organized by local bartenders, will launch on Feb. 25 with a series of 17 spirited events leading up to (and following) the Distill America tasting extravaganza (to be held at the new Edgewater Hotel on February 28). >More
 An assured Oliver's Public House dresses up the farm-to-table scene

A farm-to-table restaurant with a serious craft cocktail program -- it's so basic a formula nowadays that it elicits yawns. In big markets, menus barely acknowledge farms anymore; it's taken for granted that a decent restaurant will source impeccably and locally. And craft cocktails are a given. >More
 Mashups on tap for MACN Week

MACN Week, the Madison Area Chefs Network's new food event to take place March 9-15, is shaping up to be a kitchen-hopping extravaganza. There are still more events to be confirmed and details to iron out, but already there's much to look forward to. >More
 Restaurant picks around Madison for a low-key New Year's Eve

New Year's Eve. So much pressure. Let's say you were supposed to get reservations for Sujeo's pork and oyster extravaganza, or to Chez Nanou's intimate French meal -- but by the time you picked up the phone, they were booked. >More
 Memorable Madison menus in 2014: From brunch to Rabelasian meat dinner

"Oh, who that ever lived and loved can look upon an egg unmoved?" asked the poet and humorist Clarence Day. It's a valid question, one that I asked myself repeatedly at two fantastic brunch contenders this year. >More
 Layla's Persian Food serves distinctive and singular dishes

Layla's Persian Food is a cheery, quirky basement space appointed with eclectic odds and ends -- mirrors, rugs, mismatched furniture and bright French blue chairs. It's hidden away under the Madison Hostel, and the small room holds a scant handful of tables. >More
 Don't bog yourself down with a big wine on Thanksgiving

For Thanksgiving, think light. The meal is big, and it's often a slog, lasting for hours. What you're looking for is something to lift you along through the green bean casserole and inevitable uncomfortable political conversations. >More
 Cocktail contenders: Madison ups its mixology game for good

This year, Madison's cocktail scene reached a crucial tipping point. Two of the biggest restaurant debuts, Rare and Cento, both have a serious craft focus to their bars and are significant new contenders. >More
 Red wines for leaf piles

Wine is as seasonal as the food we eat. In the summer months, we consume a lot of bright, high-acid foods such as fruits and tomatoes. These are perfect for white wine with bracing acidity. As harvest brings its rich flavors and we start to eat more root vegetables and heavier sauces, we naturally turn toward robust reds. >More
 Hip pan-Asian joint Sujeo is on everyone's mind

Asian food has boomed in the last decade. There are not only simply more Asian restaurants in the U.S., but high-profile chefs have found inspiration in Asian flavors to create newfangled fusion cuisines. >More
 Eating on the UW-Madison campus for under $8

State Street is synonymous with UW-Madison, and some all-time favorite Badger hangouts have been on University Avenue. But when Isthmus asked our food crew to reveal their favorite campus eats under eight bucks, the choices turned out to be largely along Regent Street from Park to Monroe. >More
 Asian Sweet Bakery offers more than just pastries

Chinese baked desserts are less sweet than Western-style ones. There's no immediate sugar rush the way there is when you bite into, say, cupcake frosting or doughnut glaze. This can be a surprise for Americans, who are used to syrupy toppings and an instantaneous jolt that crescendos into a blood-sugar rush. At the same time, Chinese savory pastries can skew a bit sweet, and if you're not accustomed to honeyed meat or candied curry, the flavor combinations can short-circuit binary expectations. >More
 The Wisconsin supper club cocktail

Supper clubs are a Wisconsin birthright. The ritual of relish trays, wedge salads, prime rib and fish fries on Friday is part of the state's unique culinary and social heritage. Often family-run for generations, the establishments have a timeless quality. Much of their appeal is that the clock, suspended in an atmosphere of relaxation and tradition, is frozen at some point before the 1960s. >More
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