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Library's free cooking demo to feature risotto, chef's tips

The library's seasonal chef program will bring an east Madison eatery's leader to Monona next week. 

The Monona Public Library's may program will feature a chef from Crema Cafe at 4124 Monona Drive on May 16 at 6 p.m. 

Organizers said the free program for adults and teens will include live demonstrations, cooking tips, free samples and recipes. 

Crema Cafe will share its spring menu and recipes using local products. The May Seasonal Chef program, "Unraveling Risotto & Other Delights," will walk attendees through the steps to make wild mushroom and asparagus risotto and chili-roasted pork loin from Jordanal Farms, in Verona.

Pastry Chef Rachel DePalma will also create mini cupcakes, the library said.

Space is limited and anyone interested in the program is asked to register in advance at www.mononalibrary.org or call 608-222-6127. 

Large consignment sale offers children's, maternity items

Bargain hunters will find a variety of used maternity and children's clothes for sale at a consignment event at the Alliant Energy Center this weekend.

The Just Between Friends sale, which opens at 9 a.m.,began Friday and will continue through Sunday.

Items including clothes, books, toys, strollers, puzzles, games, shoes, nursing pillows, Diaper Genies, maternity wear and more can be found at the JBF sale.

Find more information online at danecounty.jbfsale.com.

City offers $300K to Allied grocery store prospects

City offers $300K to Allied grocery store prospects

The city of Madison said Wednesday that it's seeking proposals from companies that are interested in bringing a full service, affordable grocery store to a west neighborhood. 

Madison said it is seeking proposals from developers, property owners, and grocery store operators that will establish a grocery store in the Allied Drive neighborhood, which is considered a food desert since the Walgreen's on Verona Road closed last year.

Proposals are due June 15, but a letter of intent to apply is due May 15.

The city said in mid-January that it would provide $300,000 in financial assistance as an incentive to draw a store to the area. The funds will be in the form of a low-interest or partially forgivable loan. 

East side shop is haven for DIY fans

The next time you are looking to redecorate and have a need for salvaged material, you might want to check out a well-kept secret on Madison's east side.

Until recently, Deconstruction Inc. has only been accessible to a few people. 

"It's unique. There's always just one piece that isn't going to be like anything that your friends have," said shopper Becca Sandlin when asked about what drew her to upcycling material.

Sandlin discovered the store thanks to a recommendation from a client.

"I watch HGTV and so I'm definitely inspired by reusing old material," said Sandlin as she browsed for inspiration to decorate her new home. She had a wood-paneled ceiling and architectural pieces for her garden in mind.

Deconstruction Inc. sells materials in a more seasoned state.

Mark Raszewski is a self-proclaimed collector of everything.

"Over time, kind of honed in more on industrial things and anything vintage," said Raszewski.

WATCH: Cooking an Irish feast for St. Patrick’s Day

WATCH as News 3's Mary Jo Ola visits Brocach Irish Pub in Madison Tuesday morning to learn from one of the chefs about cooking an Irish feast for St. Patrick’s Day.

Brocach has two Madison locations, one on the Capitol Square and another on Monroe Street. 

East Washington Avenue hotels, motels form crime-fighting alliance

Aiming to decrease the number of crimes on their property, 24 hotels and motels on East Washington Avenue have partnered with police to share information about individuals they will not rent to, and assist in the arrest and prosecution of violators.

The businesses hope to decrease the amount of drug use, human trafficking and prostitution incidents in their rooms and parking lots.

"What we recognize is that a problem for one hotel is very likely a problem for all hotels," Madison police officer David Dexheimer said. "Our hope is that it develops into something that's self-sustaining between the hotels and the motels."

While antagonizers may currently be denied rooms at one place, they can take their business to another nearby hotel or motel.

By sharing troublemakers' information through an email exchange, Comfort Inn front desk supervisor Sandra Haire hopes to see less crime in general.

Area Girl Scouts ready for cookie sales season

Friday marks the first day of Girl Scout cookie sales.

News 3 Reporter Mary Jo Ola was at the Girl Scouts of Wisconsin Badgerland Council Center on Madison's south side Friday to talk to the budding entrepreneurs, a group of Daisies, Brownies, Juniors and a Cadette Girl Scout, about the coming sales season.

Visit gsbadgerland.org for more information.