The 8th annual Madison Food and Wine Show takes place October 20-22, 2009 at the Alliant Energy Center. This is one of Madison’s premier tasting events, showcasing food and wine from all over the area. One of the most popular events at the show is the Dueling Chefs Competition, Madison’s own live, cooking reality show. Reigning champion Charles Lazzereschi of Dayton Street Grille will try to retain his winning title, but will face stiff competition from other renowned local chefs, including Barbara Wright of Dardanelles and Rob Grisham of Brasserie V.
The sampling, tasting and flying knives will be well worth the $37 and up daily ticket price. Tickets are available online.
If $37 seems like more than you can spare, head to a free wine tasting every Wednesday and Saturday at Savoir-Faire at 5 N. Pickney St. on the Capitol Square. Wednesdays’ tastings start at 6 p.m., and Saturdays’ start at 2 p.m.
Pair your free wine sampling with a delicious meal at one of 10 restaurants participating in REAP’s Local Harvest: A Taste of the Town. The 3-day event, October 13-15, 2009, is a seasonal celebration of local food and a salute to restaurants that are committed to supporting local farmers. Participating restaurants include: Greenbush Bar, Beans 'n Cream Coffeehouse, L'Etoile, The Washington Hotel Coffee Room, The Weary Traveler, Crema Cafe, Dayton Street Grille, Lombardino's, Sardine and The Dardanelles Restaurant.
If all you can manage is a trip to the store to stock up on milk and eggs, then head to Willy Street Coop, and become a member if you are not already! Willy Street is celebrating its birthday, and showing their appreciation to members every day this week by offering free samplings from various vendors, from Sassy Cow Creamery to Gail Ambrosius chocolate. Be sure to stop in for birthday cake on Saturday October 17. Check out the complete schedule here.