Take a stroll through time to discover some of the hidden history of Madison’s LGBT community. Dick Wagner gives you a guided tour.
Interest group: Food & Dining
Restaurant owner Robert von Rutenberg looks back on his return to Madison and the family business.
Marcelle Richards explores the community and outreach of the abundant women-owned Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) farms in Dane County.
Jennifer DeBolt’s The Old Fashioned summons memories of classic Wisconsin taverns and supper clubs of old and welcomes us to create memories within the restaurant’s culture of happiness.
Marcelle Richards talks with local women who work the land and harvest its bounty to share with others as they enrich their own lives, too.
Claire Strader, Farm Director for Troy Community Farm and Community GroundWorks on learning to feed herself and her community today and for the long term.
Journey with Ken Monteleone on his path of self-discovery and expression to learn what went into his creation of the Madison jewel: Fromagination.
Our community boasts a variety of outdoor dining venues and locales to please every palate. In anticipation of summer, we’ve listed some of our personal favorites.
Meet Michael Dix, the man who keeps Michael’s Frozen Custard cool.
A sweet and soothing addition to the Atwood neighborhood.
“The Place Where Everybody Knows Your Name”
FairShare CSA Coalition executive director Kiera Mulvey charts her journey from snack crackers to sustainable agriculture, all while finding ways to connect people with food and the folks who grow it.
Owner of Harvest and The Old Fashioned, Tami Lax brings her passion and a family farm tradition to Madison tables.
Marcelle Richards looks back at lessons learned and relationships built exploring the Madison food community.
Farmers like to be “Liked,” too.
Learning to love the community of ice fishing and shanty culture with Tami Lax.
Robert Mahr reflects on what it took to bring back a beloved community spot, the Shamrock Bar & Grille, and the outpouring of support that made it happen.
The Cider Farm revives a tradition that provides the perfect sip for winters in Wisconsin.
The owners of Ground Zero coffeehouse and Cargo Coffee, Lindsey and Lynn Lee, eye their next location in the new Constellation development on East Washington Avenue.
Steven Lawrence’s Fried and Fabulous food cart creates smiles for customers and business-owners alike.
It’s a Whole Person thing, and it starts with simple tweaks to what and how you eat.
Sustainably built Badger Rock Middle School teaches students how to live in harmony with the environment and each other.
Connections are the icing on the cake at Daisy Café & Cupcakery.
Self-proclaimed “custard guy” Michael Dix of Michael’s Frozen Custard opens up about his often tumultuous journey toward self-love and sweet rewards.
In a profile of Milwaukee’s rollickingly queer food and entertainment joint, Hamburger Mary’s brings the fun with the feast.
Local food options expand with the new CSA Market Share program.
When searching for balance and serenity, Jill Nebeker finds it along the urban shores of Lake Monona where Williamson Street meets downtown.
As it turns out, Wisconsin Cuisine is not actually an oxymoron.
Recent Milwaukee transplant Robert Leschke finds his home in our cultural core.
Hookah dips Madison cuisine into the Mediterranean
The Mariner’s Inn is defining destination dining in Madison
Preserving the great diner tradition while offering a variety of healthier options, Monty’s Blue Plate Diner knows how to liven up the classics.
The recipe to chocolatier Gail Ambrosius’ success, Jill Nebeker finds, comes from caring as much for her team as she does her customers and chocolates.
Home to the Slow Food Movement, Harvest reconnects you to the love of the dining experience, with a passion for local sustainability.
With winter soon a memory and spring in bloom, the Betty Lou Cruises can again offer the best way to dine and experience the Madison skyline.
Black Earth Meats run out of town by Village Board, but the fight for fresh, sustainable food sources continues
Lombardino’s Italian Restaurant & Bar stays up with the times in its kitchen and its causes.
The Nau-Ti-Gal serves up casual, waterfront dining with an emphasis on fun.
Fromagination offers an intimidating selection of artisan cheeses in an environment that is anything but.
Jeanne Benink visits the new community supported cafe and grocery Cow & Quince in New Glarus and finds hospitality, farmer direct sourcing, and delicious food.
Square Wine Company makes the case for the little guy at their Capitol Square shop.
Sociologist Jaclyn Wypler explores the growing community of lesbian farmers and finds a desire for better connections and visibility.
Leanne Cordisco has walked a slightly improbable but always interesting path from caretaker to business consultant to purveyor of sweet confections and a home-away-from-home at the well-regarded Chocolaterian Café.
Classic rock and roller, trendy hipster, or funky bohemian—Willalby’s Cafe is a quintessential come-as-you-are, stand-out diner.
There’s no place like Quivey’s Grove when it comes to nostalgic, Midwestern cuisine.
Tami Lax of Harvest and The Old Fashioned takes a survey of the history and current state of Madison’s incredible farm-to-table dining and drink scene, including chefs, restaurants, farmers, brewers, bartenders, and more.
While we do have lesbian farmers in Madison, we do not have a taco truck on every corner. Yet. What we do have is a plethora of food carts, and what they lack in ubiquity they make up for in variety and social activism. More than 30 of the carts’…
Our Lives turns 10 years old this July, and this issue marks the start of our year-long retrospective. We take a look back at some of the people, stories, and changes that have marked the past decade of the LGBTQ community here in Madison, the state, and beyond.
Personal chef Jeanne Benink celebrates love of friends and family through our unifying memories of good food shared.
It’s all in the family, as Vivienne Andersen profiles the new Café Social and its owners Omar Lopez and Doug Swenson, who strive to bring Madison a truly sublime
cup of joe.
Our Lives turns 10 years old this July, and we’re celebrating with our own year-long retrospective. We take a look back at some of the people, stories, and changes that have marked the past decade of the LGBTQ community here in Madison, the state, and beyond.
Casey Thompson and Thomas Beckwith-Thompson embark on a new phase of their relationship, expanding it to include ownership of longtime State Street institution Fair Trade Coffee.
Ben Bisbach and Cody Egan felt driftless until they found organic farming, a life-work journey that’s taken them across the country and back again.
Anna Alberici grew up in Madison’s storied Greenbush neighborhood and continues to cultivate its tastes, smells, and community ethic at the Greenbush Bar.
Tommy Hanna, owner of the Mediterranean Hookah Lounge & Café, recalls his journey through family kitchens, civil wars, coming out, and becoming whole
Vivienne Andersen gives us a glimpse of a new culinary collective aimed at giving women and nonbinary people in the business a place to commiserate, collaborate, and grow.
Bills working their way through the Wisconsin Legislature aim to undo local employee non-discrimination protections, as well as other basic rights, and are backed by several area restaurant owners.
Tavernakaya has become a restaurant and a nightclub dedicated to radical hospitality and inclusivity, using tasty food, diverse entertainment options, and an “ask first” policy of consent to
Beloved east-side dessert shop Chocolaterian Cafe suffered a major fire in February and is relying on the goodwill of friends and supporters to help them survive.
Brewer Tim “Pio” Piotrowski reflects on the path less taken, hiking the Appalachian Trail, and his journey toward opening his own brewery in Madison.
Cow & Quince and Lucky Dog Farm owner Lori Stern looks back on a winding-but-thoughtful path that took her from teaching young mothers to building sustainable and safe community centered around healthy food.
Oscar Villarreal and Jordan Wegner of Fuegos restaurant talk family, loss, and finding and sharing love through a delicious alliance between innovative and traditional foods.
Great Northern offers an inclusive and local approach to the craft cocktail movement. Founder Brian Cummins answers a few questions to help you get to know what the distillery is all about.
Charles McLimans, staff, and a legion of volunteers are helping The River Food Pantry expand its efforts to offer resources and a community of respect for Dane County residents facing food insecurity
Katie Miller‘s new The Good Table shared meal series aims to provide a place for LGBTQ+ people of all ages to gather together and make connections over good food.
The old Sons of Norway building on the city’s near east side finds new life as The Winnebago, a cafe and venue space infused with an ethos of inclusion.
Get to know some of the LGBTQ-owned and/or operated food, drink, and dining businesses in the Madison area.
Started from the ground up, Vanessa Tortolano and Alla Shapiro’s kombucha culture is spreading good taste and happy bellies.
Jessica and Erika Jones of Giant Jones Brewing recount the history of their relationship and business partnership, and why the trials and tribulations along the way have all been well worth getting to where they are now—and where they’ll go next.