Madison Magazine’s November Hot List

Pop-up dinners, musical performances and more. Check out what our editors have their eyes on this month.

Pop-up Dinner
We’re excited for the return of the winter dining trend: outdoor dome dinners. Chef Andrew Jack is hosting pop-up dinners in the Robinia Courtyard domes this winter. The experimental chef has created everything from tacos to full tasting menus for pop-ups at Robinia since 2020. Jack is a somewhat seasoned local chef who is also really into seasonings — he’s launched two food product lines, Dad Dust (all-purpose seasoning salt) and Umami Salt (a shiitake powder/sea salt flake mix). Watch Jack’s Instagram account for updates about the next pop-up dinner. @ajjack_

Fruit Mousse
Maybe it’s the Mason jar that makes Brix Cider’s fruit mousse so charming, or maybe it’s that little sprig atop the fresh whipped cream. Regardless, we’re obsessed. This Mount Horeb cidery and farm-to-table restaurant serves this dessert, created by head chef Kas Sonderberg, using whatever fruit is in season or on hand — sometimes it’s blueberries, sometimes it’s apples. Brix freezes fruit from summer, so this mousse is available on a rotating basis in the winter.

Twin Composer Festival
For a one-of-a-kind musical experience that melds Western and other music traditions, including Indian classical music, don’t miss the Twin Composer Festival on Nov. 6 at the Verona Area High School Performing Arts Center. In this event, founded by the Melharmony Foundation, Indian dance shows will precede the main act: a musical performance by maestro Chitravina N. Ravikiran, the Terra Quartet and other musicians.

Career Closet
Shantrice Solis had the great idea to open a free career closet at Goodman Community Center. The focus for the closet is on newly graduated high schoolers who need appropriate attire for job interviews. To donate items (they’re in need of shoes and accessories, like handbags, briefcases and jewelry) or shop the closet, email Solis at

Numbers Game
Here’s a gift idea for the dedicated baseball fan or coach in your life: Numbers Game, a scorekeeping notebook created by Madison-area residents John Rockwell and John Kuehl. The covers are printed at Bay View Printing Co., a Milwaukee-based letterpress shop. It’s a fun way to keep your head in the game — whether it’s high school ball or the big leagues.

Kid Kit
This drawstring bag doubles as a play mat that your kiddo can also color on with fabric markers. Creator Cass Ruge of Designed in 9 was inspired by her two kids to create the bags, which are available on her Etsy shop. “I’ve loved giving my important tiny humans a way to be creative and imaginative, whether they’re at home or on the go,” Ruge says.

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