Friday, February 12, 2010

Valentine's Weekend, Wisconsin Style

I like to think that there is more to Valentine’s Day than chocolate. There is! There’s also beer and dairy products (and a few other sweet options). We are in Wisconsin after all. Check out some of the following tastiness around Madison, WI this weekend.

Check out more listings in the Daily Page here.


1. Free frozen yogurt?? Yep, Saturday only from 11 a.m. -2 p.m at the new Red Mango frozen yogurt outlet on State Street. The heart healthy yogurt comes in four flavors including—you got it—cocoa. But Tangomonium (“a proprietary citrus blend”) sounds intriguing. 627 State St., 11 a.m.-2 p.m., free. Call 260-0070 for more info.

2. A Valentine’s Farm Dinner sounds delicious! No, make that incredibly tantalizing. Oh my goodness, I wish I were going! Chef Earl Gesling and Chef Richard Sweed are preparing a six-course tasting menu featuring Prarie Farm Organic meats. Their menu includes Adobo pork belly braised with hickory smoke on grand queso polenta; a winter mix salad tossed in a maple vinaigrette with apple, bacon and goat cheese; poached trout with spinach, winter vegetables, couscous and lemon chive buerre blanc; pheasant breast and morel mushrooms with pheasant confit, foie gras and a risotto cake; herb-crusted rack of veal chop, whole grain mustard roasted potatoes with wilted spinach; and, Door County cherry crème brulee with a chocolate soup shooter. Guests are asked to bring a favorite wine (or beer?) to pair with the meal. Fountain Prairie Inn & Farms, W1901 Highway 16, Fall River, 6:30 p.m., $75. Call 920-988-8597 to RSVP.

SUNDAY 2/14 Dexter’s Beer tasting 1-4 pm. Dexter's Pub, featuring beer from 10 breweries and a contest featuring chocolate creations. $20 donation ($15 if bringing chocolate dish for the contest). 661-4178

Or get your beer and chocolate in one fell swoop. Take home some Down 'N Dirty Chocolate Oatmeal Stout from Tyranena Brewing Company. Robin Shepard of the Daily Page describes it, "Rich in chocolate malt, firm roasted aroma and the accent of sweetness from the cocoa nibs -- these characteristics make Down 'N Dirty a great winter beer. It might look thick and heavy, but it's lighter than it appears.” Check out her full review here.

Happy Valentine's Day Madison!

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