January 2018


A Farmer at Heart, a Printmaker at Hand

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 wouldnt expect her to be a printmaker. Shes 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.

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An Introduction: Sandy Eichel

Photo by Sandy Eichel

Let me introduce you to the woman in this photo. She isnt from the 1950s, although I understand how you could think that. Shes a pastors wife, professional opera singer, teaches voice lessons, and makes 20 pies for the annual church dinner each year. Shes quite the homemakershe 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 cant sleep, is constantly stressed, has many unexplainable health problems, and thinks she isnt 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 its the one I sent out with Christmas cards. It isnt a costume, its how I dressed daily.

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

Photo by REAP Food Group

Its 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.

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

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.

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Vintage Brewing Company

Photo by Eric Tadsen

Whether its 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, theres more to being a family-owned restaurant than just making sure all the owners are related.

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From the Editor

Photo by ZDA, Inc.

I dont know about you, but Im 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, were fortunate that our publication focuses on our local community, allowing us to remain positive.

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

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 whats wrong with that? You work hard for your money, so why shouldnt you live a little and enjoy some of lifes finer things? The problem is that we dont know how to get them and spend responsibly. Were 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 doesnt mean they can actually afford them. Yet, were led to believe that we will only be happy if we also have these things, regardless of how we pay for them.

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

Photo by Eric Tadsen

If youve recently driven past the former Bunkys Cafe on Atwood Avenue in Madison and noticed the lights on and a lot of people milling about, youd be right to think youre missing something. The location, with its eclectic dcor, is now the quaint event venue for Bunkys 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 caf.

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Chocolate

Photo by The Chocolate Caper

Its 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 cocoathe two are used interchangeably) seeds. All chocolate products are derived from cacao seeds in some form or another.

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The Conscious Carnivore

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. Its the agriculture that ones grandfather (or great-grandfather) would recognize.

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Weizening Up, to Wit: Wheat Beers

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 bequestionable. Just the other day I had a Milkshake IPA. Maybe my taste buds arent up to snuff, but I thought the decision to make this beer was more daft than me deciding to drink it.

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Think Outside the Box

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?

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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 Madisons 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.

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Dangerous Food for Pets

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 dont 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.

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New Tricks for All Dogs at Dane County Humane Society

Photo by Dane County Humane Society and Wiscos 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.

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Turning the Tables: Table to Farm

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 LEtoile 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.

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