Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Eat Your Way Through September

September Southern Wisconsin Food Event Round-up

It’s all about storing up for winter. Storing up good times, fun events and good food. Here are a few options for food-loving Wisconsinites for the month of September. Get out while you can!

Saturday, Sept 12, 2009

1. Hold your horses, or at least your bike. MACSAC’s (Madison Area Community Supported Agriculture Coalition) Bike the Barns tour promises to be a wonderful and fulfilling event. Fully filling! This fundraiser/bike ride covers 52 miles of beautiful Wisconsin countryside with the aim of…eating for a cause. All proceeds, including pledges collected by bike riders, will support MACSAC's Partner Shares Program, which aims to increase low-income households’ access to fresh, local vegetables in southern Wisconsin. This is one bike ride that is not only worth taking, it will earn you serious karma credits.

Registration may be full, but you can enjoy the benefits of this event even if you can’t make this year’s ride. Enjoy Café Soleil’s amazing pastries and breakfasts all year on Capitol Square in Madison, WI. Or enjoy catering by Underground Food Collective at your next event. If farm-fresh food is your thing, check out the large selection of CSA options on MACSAC’s website. Remember, CSAs are not just for vegetables; enjoy egg, milk, flower and meat shares, too!

2. If you’d rather bike, or drive, to a single destination, head to Vermont Valley Community Farm for the Pesto Fest. Vermont Valley Community Farm, located not too far west of Madison in Blue Mounds, is a Wisconsin organic farm mainstay. The Pesto Fest is a great opportunity to try your hand at farming, meet some other foodie friends and eat pesto. Yum! The farm supplies basil, parsley (U-pick) and garlic, and you bring anything else you might need. Enjoy it over some fresh boiled pasta (VV provides the pasta), or with other picnic items that you bring, before you leave. Arrive between 12-3 p.m. and start picking!

Vermont Valley Community Farm
4628 County Hwy FF, Blue Mounds, WI 53517
(608) 767-3860

3. Truly the heartland of the heartland, Stoughton, WI offers a hearty sampling of local food during Local-motion: An Eat Local Crawl. This Saturday’s event features ten locally owned food spots that will be serving everything from snacks to meals, made with locally grown ingredients.

The walkable (though aptly named “Crawl” might hint at other modes of locomotion) includes the following stops:
*Cheesers (cheese) at 186 E. Main
*Montage (ice cream) 217 S. 4th St.
*Page Street Pizza (pizza) 971 N. Page St.
*The Yahara River Grocery Co-op
* Main Street Kitchen, 334 E. Main St.
* Sonny's Bar & Grill, 151 E. Main St.
* All Through the House, a cooking specialties store at 160 E. Main St.,
* Bella Roma Italian Bistro
*Fosdal Home Bakery
*Main Street Pour House

All crawl spots are within a three-block area on Main Street.

The crawl takes place from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on September 12. Each restaurant will charge $2 to $5 for its menu items. Detailed information at the Daily Page.

Monday, Sept. 14, 2009

If the weekend left you in a food coma, then you are in perfect shape for sitting back and enjoying Slow Food UW’s first Family Dinner Night of the fall semester.
This week’s dinner will feature Moroccan/Israeli dish called shakshuka. Shakshuka is a rustic tomato-based dish eaten directly out of the pan using bread as the main utensil. Leading the dinner will be Dani Rozman, a new member of Slow Food UW and world traveler.

Cooking workshop begins at 4 p.m. (for the first 12 people to volunteer). Dinner is served family style around 6:30. Dinner is served in the kitchen at The Crossing (in the basement). The dinner costs $5 for members or $7 for non-members. A home-cooked meal deal!

The Crossing
1127 University Ave. at Charter St.
Madison, WI

Saturday, September 20, 2009

Knowing the name of the cow that gave you milk puts a new twist on the concept of knowing where your food comes from. That is exactly what Sassy Cow Creamery wants its customers to know. This small dairy, which opened just a year ago in Columbus, WI, produces both organic and conventional milk which it bottles and sells. Head out to Sept 20 from 1-4 p.m. for South Central WI's Home Grown Food Festival for a farmer's market, local food tasting, ice cream social, cooking demonstration, creamery tour, education programs on growing and preserving produce, and more. Meet Maisy and Clover while you’re at it. Fun for the whole family!

Sassy Cow Creamery
W4192 Bristol Rd.
Columbus, WI 53925
608-837-7766 / 608-445-2010

Saturday, Sept 26 2009

It's time again for the annual Food for Thought Festival, with keynote speaker Michael Pollan. This event explores and celebrates our many opportunities to eat more pleasurably, healthfully and sustainably. Enjoy thought-provoking activities including kids activities, food sampling, music, food sampling, cooking demonstrations, food sampling, and more (food sampling). Just to whet your appetit, check out demonstrations by local chefs from Weary Traveler and Crema Cafe. Sample milk from Organic Valley and chocolates from Pinkoko confections. I'll welcome samples at the kid's activity tent in the morning.

Festival runs from 8 am-1:30 p.m.
Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. (off Capitol Square Madison, WI).

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