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Nearly 50 restaurants offer fare for summer's 'Restaurant Week'

Nearly 50 area eateries will take part in a semi-annual area food event next week. 

Madison Magazine's summer season Restaurant Week runs July 20-25. Forty-seven restaurants from Madison, Middleton, Verona and Fitchburg will offer special menus during the week. Each menu features three courses for a fixed price that shows off the eatery's culinary specialty and offers diners the opportunity to sample new or favorite cuisines from local establishments. 

Executive Chef Charles Lazzareschi at Dayton Street Grille in downtown Madison previewed some of the restaurant's planned menu. Dayton Street Grille is offering House Cured Salmon Spring Rolls as one of three appetizer options on the dinner menu. 

'Frankenfood' event participants could win spot on TV show

'Frankenfood' event participants could win spot on TV show

Madison-area folks are invited to take part in a funky food event next Friday with the chance to be part of a cooking reality TV show. 

Madison Area Technical College's Truax campus on Wright Street will host the "Frankenfood" event from noon to 4 p.m. in the gourmet dining room. Frankenfood is a new buzzword for a dish made up of many contrasting parts that would not normally be paired together but stitched together as one, makes sense and tastes good (or at least tastes good to you).

Next Door Brewing menu includes pate, burgers

Next Door Brewing menu includes pate, burgers

EatDrinkMadison.com reviews Next Door Brewing  

Similar to the nearby One Barrel Brewing, the recently opened Next Door Brewing, at 2439 Atwood Ave., is a perfect fit for the Atwood Neighborhood in which it resides. In this particular case, the restaurant and bar seems like it was designed for the hipsters and young families (yes, high chairs are available) who likely will frequent it.

Let's talk about the beer first.

Read more about the brew offerings, corn dog, burger, beef shank, fish and more at EatDrinkMadison.com.

89 area restaurants to offer fare at Taste of Madison

89 area restaurants to offer fare at Taste of Madison

Madison’s annual event that gathers area eateries on the Capitol Square to offer their unique flavors to hordes of tasters is geared up for its 31st year.

Nineteen of the 89 restaurants scheduled to participate are new this year, according to the event’s website. Debuting at its first Taste of Madison affair Saturday and Sunday is Soho Gourmet Cuisines, a Madison food truck that serves a variety of authentic and fusion-style Chinese dumplings and fusion dumplings. Owner Rocky So said he joined this year because his food truck was new to Madison and the food festival is tradition.

“I grew up in Madison and I’ve always attended the Taste,” So said. “This year is my first year vending, so I have some products I want people to try. It’s hectic but exciting.”

Chocolaterian cafe serves sweet and savory treats

Chocolaterian cafe serves sweet and savory treats

By Dan Curd

Patinated surfaces give the illusion that it?s been here forever. Antique molds from a long-gone Baraboo candy store grace its rich red walls. A solitary tin sign advertising police apparel reveals that not that long ago a business that sold uniforms inhabited this space. Now in the best Parisian tradition, it?s a chocolate shop with steaming cups of cocoa, decadent desserts and hand-made confectionary. Since it is a cafe, Chocolaterian serves light meals?daily quiche, sandwich and soup specials?as well as wine by the glass. A welcome addition to the Schenk-Atwood neighborhood, it would be equally at home on the Left Bank.

Chocolaterian Cafe
2004 Atwood Ave.
249-1156, chocolateriancafe.com

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Madison restaurants embrace diverse Mediterranean culture

Madison restaurants embrace diverse Mediterranean culture

A canvas of brilliant blue water, white, sandy beaches and lush, green vegetation, the Mediterranean region is a popular destination for travelers and one of the most widely represented cuisines among Madison’s international restaurants. Authentic Mediterranean food cannot be distilled to just one menu because the cultural and ethnic diversity surrounding the actual Mediterranean Sea makes for a diverse regional diet.

In Madison, restaurants whose chefs and owners have ties directly back to a Mediterranean home country include Plaka Taverna, Mediterranean Cafe and Bunky’s Cafe.

Pastry shop's cookie, quiche top menu options

Pastry shop's cookie, quiche top menu options

EatDrinkMadison.com reviews Chocolaterian Cafe  

Chocolaterian Cafe, which opened late last year on Atwood Avenue, seems to have something for everyone, with its wines, Just Coffee, a window into the kitchen and weekly live music. And of course, the main attractions --  the sweet and savory items on the menu.

Read feedback on the cafe's "Ugly Cookie," lemon ricotta, brownies and even quiche.

Read more at EatDrinkMadison.com