Dining and Drink

Enjoy Mother's Day and food markets with 8 food events

Bar snacks, brunch, chocolate and more

Monday, May 8
Planning ahead is vital when it comes to attending Concerts on the Square. L'Etoile right on the square is opening reservations Monday, May 8 for the Concerts on the Square Dinner Series. A reservation will secure your spot for a three-course dinner on Graze’s patio during each concert this season. Enjoy a great view while listening to the amazing musicians and concerts from the Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra. Space is limited, so get reservations sooner rather than later! $65, letoile-restaurant.com 

Tuesday, May 9
Enjoy springtime bar food at the Robin Room. There will be pork belly nachos with avocado, Thai chile cheese sauce and pico de gallo and spring rolls with Thai basil, papaya, scallion and ramps. Try a twist on a croque monsieur with the addition of pork belly and red wine mustard. You are guaranteed to feel full and refreshed after a menu like this one. 6-11 p.m., facebook.com 

Thursday, May 11
The first of three Madison Night Markets kicks off this Thursday. More than 50 vendors will set up for the inaugural market. There will be vendors offering food, produce, arts and crafts as well as non-profit information and products. Some food vendors include BelAir Cantina, Fromagination, Short Stack Eatery, Teddywedgers and Cambridge Winery. 6-11 p.m., madisonnightmarket.com

When the words chocolate, wine and opera can all be found in an event title, it’s obviously a can’t-miss event. Join Madison Opera and Chocolaterian for Chocolate, Wine and Opera! Enjoy amazingly delicious chocolate desserts with paired wines from nearby McFarland wine company L’eft Bank Wines. As you wine and dine on chocolate, hear performances from Madison Opera’s Studio artists. $35, 7-8:30 p.m., madisonopera.org 

Tradition Children's Market and Bloom Bake Shop are partnering for the Patches & Plaid Pop-Up Class. Bloom serves a "grown-up" kids menu and drinks to enjoy while participants learn about the newest fall fashion trends for kids. Tickets include food and a pair of kid's overalls or a plaid shirt and patches to adorn on them. $35, 7-9 p.m., evensi.com  

Saturday, May 13
Get sustainable on a Saturday with Healthy Food for All Dane County. Join the organization for the first Food Recovery Dinner. A three-course meal will be prepared by Thony “Mango Man” Clark of Cafe Costa Rica. The ingredients are all recovered products, keeping with the sustainable mentality of the organization. $25, 5-7 p.m., facebook.com 

Sunday, May 14
Treat those beer-loving moms right with Mother’s Day at HopCat. Apart from the normal Bloody Mary and brunch delicacies, there will be specialty beer cocktail features for the day, made with mom in mind. Mom’s will also get a free beverage. facebook.com 

Get fancy for Mother’s Day at Capitol ChopHouse’s family friendly brunch. In addition to a savory station and sweets table, choose from a wide array of entrées. Try a prime rib benedict with poached farm eggs and creamed spinach, or French toast complete with a blueberry compote, granola and vanilla mascarpone. $36, facebook.com 


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