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The Robin Room creates a tropical paradise through two-week pop-up bar

For two weeks, The Robin Room is hosting The Tipsy Toucan featuring specialty tropical drinks.

The Cheeze Factory in Baraboo creates globally inspired all-vegan fare

While Baraboo might be located in the heart of America’s Dairyland, it is also home to one of the state’s only all-vegan restaurants, the Cheeze Factory.

Owners behind Settle Down Tavern open innovative cocktail-forward bar next door

Settle Down Tavern co-owners Brian Bartels, Ryan Huber and Sam Parker reimagined a former men's boutique into a new cocktail bar, Oz by Oz.

Broken Board Coffee found a home within east-side skateboard shop

Tucked into a corner of Focus Boardshop, Broken Board Coffee’s presence has spread since opening in March.

Program highlights Black chefs while teaching families how to cook

Through live cooking classes, the program highlights Madison-area Black chefs and utilizes locally grown produce in meal kits for free of charge.

Meatless Madison: Settle Down Tavern’s Prit’Near

Quintessential tavern food doesn't always mean delectable plant-based dishes, but Settle Down Tavern prioritized the plant-based burger on the menu.

Vengan Pa’ka is bringing ‘farm-to-cart’ vegan fare to Madison

Juan David Umaña, whose past experience includes a stint at Chez Panisse, focuses on local, sustainably grown ingredients at his food truck.

Black Squirrel Bake Shop specializes in 100% vegan treats, cakes

Alyssa Rice started her business in Kansas, but moved it north in November 2020.

From Epic to ice cream maker: Ellen Coatney creates vegan ice creams

After Ellen Coatney left her job at Epic, she went to pastry school that ultimately led her to launch her own ice cream company.

Table Wine gives back with wine fundraiser during Women’s History Month

Table Wine is celebrating women throughout March with a fundraiser for the Foundation for Black Women’s Wellness.

Roots Chocolates integrates seasonal ingredients, unique combinations into its chocolates

Ten years ago, Lisa Nelson launched Roots Chocolates after discovering she enjoys making chocolate as much as eating it.

Madison chef releases new plant-based cookbook

After writing recipes for her restaurants and receiving requests from her clients and customers, Lauren Montelbano decided to give cookbook writing a try.

Local groups and restaurants provide alternatives to drinking

If 2020 has left you feeling hungover, you’re not alone.

New Madison company creates spice blends for the home chef

While cooking at home, a family had the idea to start blending spices inspired by travel.

Meatless Madison: Duck Lips’ vegetarian gem on a chicken menu

Duck Lips Hot Chicken delivers great tofu.

Meatless Madison: Heirloom Bakery and Kitchen creates all-vegan treats

Find her sweets at Ledger Coffee Roasters and Black Locust Cafe or order them through social media.

Doggy in the Window pops up in The Ideal Bar

Find a classic Chicago dog or try one of the other combinations.

Picnics opens on the Square with a focus on takeout

Picnics opened within Boar & Barrel in mid-August.

Ahan is a takeout-focused gem on the east side

Hoang and partner Chuck Brown opened the space at the beginning of the month.

Young Blood’s taproom combines inventive street food with ‘easy drinking’ brews

The brewery opened in mid-May for to-go beer, then the taproom in mid-June.

Settle Down Tavern elevates classic tavern fare while opening during a pandemic

No one expects to open a restaurant during a pandemic but that is exactly what Brian Bartels, Ryan Huber and Sam Parker did.

More women are leading the way in the city’s brewing scene

More women are at the helm on brew days.

Vegan doughnut shop, Shanty Town, pops up throughout Madison

Enjoy plant-based treats at Johnson Public House and Ledger Coffee Roasters.

Madison’s dining community’s dedication to serving others continues during a public health crisis

Many have found creative ways to support fellow small business owners, furloughed service industry workers and essential health care workers.

Neighbor Loaves program supports bakeries, local grain and food banks

Initiative helps sudden shortage of bread at area food banks

What it’s like to be a Madison restaurant in the time of COVID-19

As the coronavirus spread throughout the country, local restaurants had to find new ways to operate.

Herbiery Brewing eschews from hops in exchange for herbs

Herbiery is a hop-free brewery.

Mother-daughter business kicks things up with African kick sauce

Ernie's African Kick Sauce launched in 2019

The first annual Femmestival celebrates culinary, visual arts

One of the goals of Femmestival is to highlight women, nonbinary people who may fly under the radar.

Bandit pops up at Porter in January before opening its doors this spring

Get a taste of Bandit before its official opening.

The Green Owl Cafe gets a menu revamp with new ownership

But don't worry, the popular favorites are still on the menu

Little Tibet creates a space for Himalayan comfort food

Before opening the restaurant in March 2019, the family ran a food cart called dZi Little Tibet for three years.

Keur Fatou Catering brings the flavors of Senegal and Gambia to the Midwest

There's nothing like Mom's home cooking.

Meatless Madison: Adamah’s Nashville ‘chicken’ sandwich

Kierce makes sure to have several vegan items

6 must-have cookies in Madison

We found a few of the tastiest. You're welcome.

Meatless Madison: Three local chefs share their Thanksgiving recipes

Each recipe is great for vegetarians at the table

Kosa combines Ayurvedic principles with food designed to heal, nourish the body

Cooking relies heavily on medicinal spices

Short Stack Eatery flips for change

Restaurant supports community, employees