Jane Burns


Jane Burns

A French sheep’s milk cheese gets top honors at the World Championship Cheese Contest at Monona Terrace. But Wisconsin makes a strong showing. more

Mar 9, 2018 2:29 PM Food News


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What does it take to judge the world’s best cheeses at the World Championship Cheese Contest? Isthmus talks to some of the “Red Hats.” more

Mar 1, 2018 5:00 AM FOOD & DRINK

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Cedar Grove

Cold pack cheese is as real as curds or aged cheddars. This Wisco hit just keeps on getting better with more cheesemakers coming up with special spreadables. more

Jan 11, 2018 5:00 AM FOOD & DRINK


Jane Burns

Cheese Underground founder Jeanne Carpenter and her husband are taking over Oregon’s Firefly Coffeehouse. Guess what they’re adding to the menu? more

Nov 27, 2017 3:23 PM Food News 1 Comments


David Stluka

Wisconsin Cheese Camp is the place to learn all about artisanal cheese. Jane Burns talks to organizer and cheese geek Jeanne Carpenter. more

Nov 2, 2017 5:00 AM FOOD & DRINK


Jane Burns

Paoli jeweler John/Christine Designs finds the good luck amid the bad. John Strobel runs a gallery with wife Christine, does the art fair circuit and custom-designs pieces. more

Oct 26, 2017 5:00 AM Emphasis

The UW can’t fix the Field House fast enough for volleyball fans. Tickets for sold-out games are a hot commodity. more

Oct 19, 2017 5:00 AM Sports 1 Comments


Mary Langenfeld

While Friday nights are full of crowded bleachers and marching bands, more subdued scenes unfold on Saturday mornings when yawning teenagers board a bus to a volleyball tournament, cross-country invitational, soccer game or swim meet for the day. more

Oct 12, 2017 5:00 AM Snapshot


Keith Borden

Johannes Wallmann, UW’s director of jazz studies, is soon to release a new album with rapper Rob Dz. It’s political and personal, inspired by the court fight to legalize gay marriage. more

Oct 5, 2017 5:00 AM MUSIC

Isthmus talks to Mike Peters, frontman for ‘80s icons The Alarm, about surviving cancer and how the band’s early anthems provide a soundtrack for his life. The band is at the Barrymore on Aug. 30, for the first time ever. more

Aug 24, 2017 5:00 AM MUSIC

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Jane Burns

Diana Murphy’s cow, Nelle, is the sole producer of a cheese called Arthur. Murphy, an experienced goat cheese maker, likes the farmstead aspect of one cow, one cheese. more

Aug 17, 2017 5:00 AM FOOD & DRINK


Jane Burns

On country roads throughout Dane County and beyond, corn stands that work on the honor system dot the landscape. Piles of sweet corn sit alone, kept company by a lockbox and, every once in a while, a kid whose family runs the pop-up business for a li more

Aug 10, 2017 5:00 AM Snapshot 1 Comments


Jane Burns

A selection of area cheese boards shows a diversity of approaches. From Belgian soft cheese made by Trappist monks to a Sartori sampler, it’s all good. more

Jul 20, 2017 5:00 AM FOOD & DRINK


Sartori Cheese

Plenty of championship ribbons for @sartori_cheese, but buying a wedge doesn’t break the bank. Master cheesemaker Mike Matucheski discusses the company’s best-sellers. more

Jul 6, 2017 5:00 AM FOOD & DRINK 1 Comments

After a Google search for “Appalachian soul,” Mt. Horeb’s author Alex Bledsoe began writing a fantasy series based around song titles from a folk musician. He recently released his fifth book in the Tufa series, “Gather Her Round.” more

Jun 1, 2017 5:00 AM Books

The best of Wisconsin, themed, curated and shipped. A new Mount Horeb business, WiscoBoxes, is keeping a keen eye out for the best products. more

Jun 1, 2017 5:00 AM FOOD & DRINK

Yodelay Swiss yogurt from Markus Candinas is the real deal. After years of searching, the chocolatier finally manufactured his own: thinner, fruitier and high protein. more

May 25, 2017 5:00 AM Food News 3 Comments



The Madison Community Foundation was born in 1942 to support veterans returning from World War II. That mission quickly evolved. Now it’s celebrating 75 years with a slate of grants for future projects, including one reimagining the Monona lakefront. more

May 16, 2017 8:00 PM News


Todd Maughan

Fromagination’s new service is a dairy-centric Wisconsin meal kit. All ingredients and recipes are included. more

May 4, 2017 5:00 AM FOOD & DRINK


James Clapham

Wisconsin cheeses go spicy with peppers beyond the jalapeño. And they’re winning big prizes. more

Mar 30, 2017 5:00 AM FOOD & DRINK

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    Jane Burns

    Sylvain Diedrichs, a representative of Savencia Cheese USA, hoists the Best in Show ribbon during the finals of the World Championship Cheese Contest at Monona Terrace.

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    Firefly Coffeehouse founder Erika Weidler, left, with new owner Jeanne Carpenter.

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    John and Christine Strobel.

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    Amy and John Whitehead of Cross Plains buy corn at the Statz family self-serve stand.

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    Jane Burns

    The Grand Fromage Board at Field Table is seasonal, from its cheeses to accompaniments like strawberries.