January 2018

January 2018 Issue
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A Farmer at Heart, a Printmaker at Hand

"Omar the Dane Learns about Personal Space". 18 by 24-inch hand-colored linocut
Photo by S.V. Medaris

“I think we are slowly losing our tie to the land, as the percentage of people who live in the country is much smaller than times past.” Hearing S.V. (Sue) Medaris, you wouldn’t expect her to be a printmaker. She’s so enamored with her muses that you almost miss the way she chooses to honor them. As we talk, Sue spends almost all her time discussing farm life and her animals, or models, as she calls them. She is a person devoutly dedicated to the world she has found with art as both the vessel and vector that has led her here.

An Introduction: Sandy Eichel

Sandy Eichel
Photo by Sandy Eichel

Let me introduce you to the woman in this photo. She isn’t from the 1950s, although I understand how you could think that. She’s a pastor’s wife, professional opera singer, teaches voice lessons, and makes 20 pies for the annual church dinner each year. She’s quite the homemaker—she makes mini appetizers and tiny delicate desserts that are so darn cute. She makes everything look perfect and everyone loves her. She is Martha Stewart extraordinaire without the staff. But she has a secret. Underneath the cheerful facade, she is completely miserable. What she portrays to the world is far from who she really is. She can’t sleep, is constantly stressed, has many unexplainable health problems, and thinks she isn’t good enough at anything she does. Another secret is that the woman is me, or at least the person I used to pretend to be. The picture is from 2009, and it’s the one I sent out with Christmas cards. It isn’t a costume, it’s how I dressed daily.

Feeding Our Community: Food Trucks Make Free Summer Meals Mobile for Dane County Residents in Need

At an MMSD summer school site
Photo by REAP Food Group

It’s never too early to talk about the summer food programs for children operated by Madison Metropolitan School District (MMSD), Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction, and Second Harvest Foodbank of Southern Wisconsin. And now the conversation includes how REAP Food Group and YMCA of Dane County are using food trucks to change the way healthy food is being distributed.

Sugar River Pizza Company: Distinguished by Fresh Original Pizza and Italian Comfort Food

Sugar River Pizza
Photo by Eric Tadsen

Food meets family at Sugar River Pizza Company to make a night out feel as comfortable as a night in. Nothing is more enjoyable than eating comfort food that is just like homemade.

Vintage Brewing Company

Asian Pork Belly Bites
Photo by Eric Tadsen

Whether it’s keeping those “damn” fish tacos on the menu because your mother loves them too much or reaching out to a cousin in Nevada to join a business, there’s more to being a family-owned restaurant than just making sure all the owners are related.

From the Editor

Colorful edible flowers brighten salads and the porch
Photo by ZDA, Inc.

I don’t know about you, but I’m exhausted by the constant negative news cycle. While I understand the necessity of remaining informed, I appreciate any opportunity for escape. Fortunately, there are options where we live. Seeing as the negativity seems to grow as we look beyond our backyard, we’re fortunate that our publication focuses on our local community, allowing us to remain positive.

Financial Planning for the Finer Things in Life and Not Going Broke Getting Them

computer and calculator

Shiny car, big house, fast boat, beautiful jewelry, world travel. It could be argued that we are programmed, if not at least acclimated to, wanting the finer things in life. And what’s wrong with that? You work hard for your money, so why shouldn’t you live a little and enjoy some of life’s finer things? The problem is that we don’t know how to get them and spend responsibly. We’re not taught how to make these purchases as part of our greater financial plan. Just because we see friends, coworkers, and people in the media with fun toys, beautiful homes, and on exciting trips doesn’t mean they can actually afford them. Yet, we’re led to believe that we will only be happy if we also have these things, regardless of how we pay for them.

Bunky's Catering: Melds Innovation with Tradition to Deliver Delectable Mediterranean and Italian Food

catering items
Photo by Eric Tadsen

If you’ve recently driven past the former Bunky’s Cafe on Atwood Avenue in Madison and noticed the lights on and a lot of people milling about, you’d be right to think you’re missing something. The location, with its eclectic décor, is now the quaint event venue for Bunky’s Catering. Those nostalgic to recapture the ambience or once again enjoy the delicious Italian and Mediterranean cuisine and decadent desserts can cater their dinner party or special event in the former café.

Chocolate

The Chocolate Caper chocolates
Photo by The Chocolate Caper

It’s probably no coincidence that National Chocolate Lovers Month and National Heart Health Month overlap during February. After all, the health benefits of chocolate can aid in the reduction of heart disease, according to healthline.com, a Food and Drug Administration partner. Flavonoids, a class of antioxidants associated with higher levels of healthy HDL cholesterol and better overall cardiovascular health, are abundant in cacao (or cocoa—the two are used interchangeably) seeds. All chocolate products are derived from cacao seeds in some form or another.

The Conscious Carnivore

The Conscious Carnivore shop
Photo by Eric Tadsen

The Shorewood Shopping Center on University Avenue has become a destination for foodies in the Madison area. Some refer to it as the Gourmet Ghetto, with The Conscious Carnivore being the whole-animal butcher shop with some of the best meats in the region. According to Business Manager Bartlett Durand, “People call us the grass-fed guys or organic butcher. We most match the idyllic view that a person might have of a farm with the red barn, white house, and garden in the back. It’s the agriculture that one’s grandfather (or great-grandfather) would recognize.”

Weizening Up, to Wit: Wheat Beers

beer glasses on bar
Photo by Kyle Jacobson

The gap between the beer enthusiast and the brewer in both knowledge and preference can sometimes be rather hazy. Some drinkers today just want the craziest thing a brewer can come up with. In some ways, this pushes the boundaries of how we define beer. But sometimes the outcome can be…questionable. Just the other day I had a Milkshake IPA. Maybe my taste buds aren’t up to snuff, but I thought the decision to make this beer was more daft than me deciding to drink it.

Think Outside the Box

Parsley in the flower garden
Photo by ZDA, Inc.

Everyone enjoys the deliciousness of fresh and local food. Vegetable gardening is experiencing renewed popularity. Wonderful farmers’ markets abound. Farm to table has become the hallmark of good eats. But the potential to harvest food from foundation plantings, shrub beds, and flower gardens is often overlooked. Once we think outside the box, edibles are easy to integrate into our landscape even when time and space are limited. Many ornamental plants are edible and delicious, and many of our food crops have exceptional ornamental value. Truly nothing tastes better or adds more to a meal than just-picked foods, so why not incorporate plants that provide fruits, nuts, vegetables, and herbs into your landscape plantings?

American Exchange Bank

American Exchange Bank
Photo by Eric Tadsen

The American Exchange Bank building at 1 N. Pinckney Street in Madison is one of the few remaining buildings serving as a reminder of much of the architecture that once surrounded the Capitol. Made of Madison sandstone in the Renaissance Revival style, this three-story building was designed by architect Stephen V. Shipman, one of the best of Madison’s pioneer architects. He also designed the dome and rotunda of the second Capitol building, built in 1859, when the first became inadequate for the growing state. Another Shipman building that can be seen facing the Capitol Square is the Willett S. Main building currently housing Teddywedgers at the top of State Street.

Dangerous Food for Pets

dog
Photo by Dane County Humane Society

Dogs’ noses can get them into trouble. Whether sticking their cold nose into an unsuspecting area on your body or sniffing out a yummy scent on the counter, they often receive a scolding. I don’t have any deterrents for the cold nose, but keeping food items behind closed doors (or the dog behind a closed gate door) can keep your dog safe from harmful foods.

New Tricks for All Dogs at Dane County Humane Society

Wisco the dog
Photo by Dane County Humane Society and Wisco’s Family

Rambunctious is an understatement when it comes to a six-month-old border collie puppy. Trying to get that same pup to rest and relax while healing a fractured paw would seem like an impossible task, but not to Jessica Marchant and Erin Kruckenberg, the Canine Behavior Team at Dane County Humane Society (DCHS). Every year, they enroll over 200 dogs in the Behavior Modification Program that helps dogs become better adoption candidates through positive-reinforcement training.

Turning the Tables: Table to Farm

farm to table breakfast
Photo by Green Concierge Travel

Over the last 40 years, Wisconsin, and particularly Dane County, restraunteurs and consumers have embraced the farm-to-table idea: bringing fresh food to the kitchen and onto the table. Farm to table embodies the renewal of chefs directly sourcing their ingredients from building close relationships with producers. Madison lays claim to having some of the earliest adapters with Odessa Piper, founder of L’Etoile in Madison, who, together with other innovators, like Alice Waters from Chez Panisse in Berkeley, CA, provided the foundation for the farm-to-table movement.

Issues

November 2018

arts
Craig Clifford
John/Christine Designs
community
Barbara Boustead
Community Shares of Wisconsin
Holiday Food Drives
Perfect Fooding
Spirit of Giving
dining
Lombardino's
editor
From the Editor
finance
Charitable Planning
food & beverage
Drumlin Ridge Winery
Lambic Disorder
landmark
Woman's Building
nonprofit
Days For Girls
pets
Pet Rescue Groups
travel
Giving Back: Honor Flights
well-being
Making a Difference at DAIS

September 2018

arts
Deb Gottschalk
Woodland Studios
community
Ho-Chunk
No More!
Self-Improv-ment Level Three
Stoughton Opera House
dining
Athens Grill
editor
From the Editor
finance
Youth & Money
food & beverage
Chinese Grocery Stores
Frabjous Hubs of Influence
landmark
Hotel Ruby Marie
nonprofit
ARCW
REACH-A-Child
pets
Diabetes in Cats
travel
New Glarus
well-being
Community Matters When the Goal is Liberation

July 2018

arts
Fine Arts in Fitchburg: Agora Art Fair
Kay Myers
community
Self-Improv-ment: Level Two
Shame
dining
Fuegos
editor
From the Editor
finance
Passive Income
food & beverage
Art of Cafe: Breweries and the Prolific
home
Water Wise Landscapes
landmark
Cambridge Historic School Museum
nonprofit
Madison Reading Project
WWBIC
pets
Cognitive Dysfunction Syndrome
travel
Impact of Travel
well-being
Board and Mind Games
Children and Trauma
Tips for Preserving Cognition

May 2018

arts
Jeff Zimpel
community
Chads
Self-Improv-ment
editor
From the Editor
entertainment
Betty Lou Cruises
Ultimate Frisbee
finance
Smart Way to Save for Travel, Vacations, and Kids Activities
food & beverage
See the Beer, Hear the Beer, Taste the Beer
home
Perennial Favorites
landmark
Breese Stevens Field
nonprofit
Engage. Educate. Empower.
pets
A Tick's Story
shopping
Grills, Grills, Grills
Rutabaga Paddlesports
travel
Camping
well-being
Domestic Violence

March 2018

arts
Brian Kluge
community
Atlas Improv Co.
People Pleaser
dining
Off Broadway Drafthouse
editor
From the Editor
finance
Wealthy Living
food & beverage
Is Brewing Now in Session?
Juice Bars
home
Natural Healing
landmark
Quisling Clinic
pets
Inappropriate Urination
shopping
Deconstruction Inc.
well-being
Capital Fitness
Dentists and ER Doctors Work Together to Ease Patients’ Pain While Reducing Opioid Usage
Importance of Sleep
Rainbow Project

January 2018

arts
S.V. Medaris
community
An Introduction: Sandy Eichel
Feeding Our Community
dining
Sugar River Pizza Company
Vintage Brewing Company
editor
From the Editor
finance
Financial Planning for the Finer Things in Life
food & beverage
Bunky's Catering
Chocolate
Conscious Carnivore
Weizening Up, to Wit: Wheat Beers
home
Think Outside the Box
landmark
American Exchange Bank
pets
Dangerous Food for Pets
service
New Tricks for All Dogs at Dane County Humane Society
travel
Turning the Tables: Table to Farm

November 2017

arts
Rachelle Miller
community
Common Wealth
dining
Nick's Restaurant
OM Indian Fusion Cuisine
editor
From the Editor
food & beverage
Fisher King Winery
Gluten-Free Your Mind
home
Fireplace Professionals
Kids Need Nature
landmark
Hoff Mall
pets
Arthritis Pain in Cats and Dogs
service
Building a More Humane Future
Healthcare: It's Complicated
shopping
Monroe Street Framing
travel
Stay Merry with Music

August 2017

arts
Eric Thomas Wolever
community
Millennium Soccer Club
dining
Brickhouse BBQ
Norske Nook
editor
From the Editor
food & beverage
Badgers, Muskies, and Dopplebocks
home
Blind Romance
Take It Outside
landmark
Towns Building
pets
Dog Park Etiquette
service
Deserved Recognition
Maddie's Felines in Treatment
shopping
CLUCK The Chicken Store
Iconi Interiors
travel
Historic Haunts
well-being
An Apple a Day is an Rx Away



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