Ruth Young

When deciding what to cook for dinner on any given night, "goat," for most of us, is likely the one of the last ideas to come to mind. Goat meat is on the rise in Madison restaurants, but it's still largely absent from home kitchens. Bruce Weinstein and Mark Scarbrough, authors of a plethora of cookbooks and the blog "Real Food Has Curves", are out to change that in their recent cookbook, "Goat: Meat Milk Cheese". more

Dec 7, 2011 8:00 PM FOOD & DRINK

The new Union South has six dining spaces that have opened fulltime only this fall. The wide selection of cuisines and the modern, clean ambiance of each eatery is an appealing change from the sub-sandwich-ridden cafes that dominate other university options. The only problem is deciding where to start. Here's a cheat sheet. more

Oct 13, 2011 2:00 PM FOOD & DRINK


Sharon Vanory

When mealtime rolls around at the UW-Madison campus, 42,000 students empty their wallets and feed their appetites. But what are these students putting on their plates? Are they filling them with produce from the Dane County Farmers' Market, with local cheeses, with apples that haven't fallen too far from the tree? Michael Pollan's manifesto "In Defense of Food" was the pick for the all-campus read in 2009, but did the book's tagline -- "Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants" -- dissuade college students from pursuing a typical diet of Pop-Tarts and ramen noodles? more

Feb 3, 2011 3:00 PM FOOD & DRINK

It seemed to pop up out of nowhere. One day the lot at the corner of University and Randall Avenues was desolate, the next day the Wisconsin Institutes for Discovery towered over campus. The building's glass walls encase an interior that's heated geothermally. It's complete with state-of-the-art research labs, computers for public use, and a zenlike, tree-filled atrium called the Towne Center. The Towne Center houses places to lounge, waterfalls that chime in response to movement, and Aldo's Cafe, the newest place on campus to grab a sustainable bite to eat. more

Jan 27, 2011 3:00 PM FOOD & DRINK


Ruth Young

North Allen Street runs for a few short blocks in the heart of Madison's near west side Regent neighborhood, and is easy to miss. The fifteen-minute walk from campus puts it mostly beyond the wandering range of the college crowd, and it's easy to pass by for commuters zipping to or from work on Regent Street or Old University. But I stumbled across it several months ago and discovered a hidden gem of a coffee shop: The Froth House. more

Aug 24, 2010 8:00 PM FOOD & DRINK


Ruth Young

Ara Lucia Ashburne rolled into Madison on her Piaggio after a long day's ride through the Midwest. With 26 days and well over 1,500 miles behind her, the bed and breakfast on the fringe of Madison's north-east side was a welcome sight. more

Aug 10, 2010 8:00 PM A & E


Ruth Young

Carandale is the longest-established pick-your-own farm in Dane County. Strawberry season, which typically runs for three weeks in June, is their busiest time. The farm attracts pickers of every kind, from locavores looking to freeze or preserve enough berries to last through the winter, to hungry people on a budget, to families eager to spend an afternoon outdoors. more

Aug 5, 2010 9:00 PM FOOD & DRINK


Ruth Young

Traveling through Madison's west side, you'll see many national restaurants and chain coffee shops. A search for a locally-owned place to enjoy a meal or meet a friend can end in frustration -- or, if you're lucky, at Yola's Café. more

Aug 3, 2010 8:00 PM FOOD & DRINK

Now that summer is in full swing, so too is smoothie season. Smoothie vendors line the Capitol Square during the Farmers' Market. Smoothies are on the menu at almost every coffee shop. Madison even has a select few smoothie bars. more

Jul 15, 2010 2:00 PM FOOD & DRINK


Ruth Young

When you think of summer and islands, most people probably don't think of places north of Madison. I set out last summer on the four and half hour drive from Madison to spend my summer on Washington Island at the tip of Door County, not knowing what to expect. While I knew pina coladas and swimming with dolphins were out of the question, Washington Island turned out to be a paradise all its own. more

Jun 30, 2010 8:00 PM Scenes


Ruth Young

Quince & Apple's flavor combinations are unexpected but pleasing. Their most popular preserve, Figs with Black Tea, is rooted in earthy flavors and accented with a slight sweetness from the figs. more

Jun 16, 2010 7:00 PM FOOD & DRINK


Ruth Young

There's no denying an important ingredient in many a successful college career is caffeine. That's why coffee shops are around just about every corner on the UW-Madison campus. While a couple of these shops offer an experience I keep coming back for, many seem like "just another place" to get a caffeine kick -- featuring mediocre coffee, passable baked goods, and no charm. more

Jun 9, 2010 9:00 PM FOOD & DRINK

What do you get when you combine a farmers' market with a lineup of talented musicians and performers, a premiere of a documentary by a local filmmaker, crafts for kids, educational workshops, and good company? Celebrate South Madison, a festival that will be held at the Villager Mall on Thursday, June 3. more

Jun 1, 2010 6:43 PM FOOD & DRINK


Ruth Young

If you drove 40 miles southwest of Madison, you would find yourself in Hollandale, Wisconsin. What's special about Hollandale? Nestled among the two hundred some residences is Pecatonica Valley Farm, one of the many vendors you can find on the Square each week at the Dane County Farmers' Market. more

May 27, 2010 7:00 PM FOOD & DRINK

The UW-Madison campus is in a city that hosts the nation's largest producer-only farmer's market, is home to three grocery co-ops, nearly 50 community gardens, and more than 200 organizations working on food or sustainability. You'd think it would be easy for students here to find a variety of local and sustainable foods at campus grocery stores and dining facilities. more

Apr 9, 2010 1:21 PM Opinion