Dining and Drink

Fifth annual Madison Chef Week starts Sunday

See your favorite chefs in action at 17 events

Madison Chef Week — an annual series of food events put on by the members of the Madison Area Chefs Network — showcases the talents and knowledge of local culinary experts whose abilities go way beyond their menus, says Bryan Weinstein, executive director of MACN. 
 
“Its really cool to be able to experience the food of a chef in a different style than you normally would experience,” says Weinstein. You are use to [your favorite chef] cooking Italian, now they are cooking Korean food. Or if you are use to them cooking Mexican food, now they are cooking Southeast Asian food.
 
The kickoff dinner to the fifth annual Madison Chef Week is Sunday, March 31, at the Goodman Community Center, where proceeds benefit the food pantry and the community center. This is the first of 17 events where local members of MACN come together to collaborate, cook and have fun. 
 
For instance, you can see chef Lauren Montelbano from Surya Cafe celebrate the magic of mushrooms at the “Pretty Fly Fungi” event at A Pig in a Fur Coat. You can also attend the “Honoring Our Roots: A Dinner Inspired by Odessa Piper,” where seven local chefs take over L’Etoile to pay tribute to Madison’s pioneer chef. 
 
“It started an as opportunity for the various chefs in MACN to collaborate and put on some fun events." says Weinstein. “[It] gets them out of their zone and lets them work together with their fellow chefs. There is a community here and many of our chefs are friends outside of the industry.
 
“You won’t want to miss it,” Weinstein adds. 
 
Find a list of events below or click here for more information. 

Sunday, March 31
MACN Supper Club. 6-9 p.m. Goodman Community Center 
 
Monday, April 1
Honoring Out Roots: A dinner Inspired by Odessa Piper. 6 p.m. L’Etoile
Pizza and Bingo! 5-8 p.m. Pasture & Plenty

 
Tuesday, April 2
5th Annual Sandwich Contest. 7 a.m- 3 p.m. Gotham Bagels
Dessert for Dinner: Sweets Turned Savory. 6:30 p.m. Surya Café
Italian/Chinese Dim Sum. 5-9 p.m. Osteria Papavero
Autism Benefit Dinner. 6 p.m. The Statehouse at The Edgewater 

 
Wednesday, April 3
Pretty Fly Fungi. 5-10 p.m. Pig In a Fur Coat 
The Big Night with Phillip, John, and Joey Bagels. 5-10 p.m. Gates & Brovi
Korean/Italian MASH. 6 p.m. Osteria Papavero 
Dinner on a Train. 6 p.m. Porter 

 
Thursday, April 4
Izakaya Night. 4-9 p.m. Salvatore’s Tomato Pies, Sun Prairie.
International Street Food Night. 5-8 p.m. Pasture & Plenty.

 
Friday, April 5 
From Russia with Love: A James Bond Food Inspired Late Night Experience. 10:30 p.m. RED
 
Saturday, April 6 
Culinary Ladies Collective Brunch and Jams. 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Pasture & Plenty
Saturday Big Italian Dinner. 5 p.m. and 8 p.m. Italian Workmen’s Club

 
Sunday, April 7
Fox Heritage Campy Meat Raffle Happy Hour. 3-6 p.m. Camp Trippalindee


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