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Businesses to hand out candy during Halloween event downtown

The Middleton Business Association will host its fifth Halloween trick-or-treating event Friday with businesses and restaurants handing out candy to kids dressed in their costumes, according to a release.

Downtown Middleton will be decorated with corn stocks and scarecrows near the participating businesses, organizers said. Businesses will have orange pumpkin faces on their front doors to indicate they will be participating in the Halloween event. If a business is listed, but there isn’t a pumpkin face, that means they ran out of goodies.

The trick-or-treating event is scheduled from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Participating businesses:

Middleton rolls out first mobile visitor center in county

Middleton rolls out first mobile visitor center in county

The city of Middleton will be unveiling the first mobile visitor center in Dane County next week, according to a release.

The Know-N-Go will be staffed by a Middleton know-it-all who will travel around the county encouraging people to visit Middleton, and giving suggestions for great places to eat, attractions to see and fun things to do, officials said.

The mobile visitor center will be completely funded by hotel room tax, according to the release.

Middleton is a small community of 18,000 people, but it has hotel occupancy rates consistently above 80 percent and brings in more than $1.5 million in room tax annually, officials said. Middleton’s tourism success is in part thanks to the city’s forward-thinking tourism commission, which is constantly working to find innovative ways to market Middleton to potential visitors, including a mobile travel planning app, a trolley and now the mobile visitor center.

Nearly 50 restaurants offer fare for summer's 'Restaurant Week'

Nearly 50 area eateries will take part in a semi-annual area food event next week. 

Madison Magazine's summer season Restaurant Week runs July 20-25. Forty-seven restaurants from Madison, Middleton, Verona and Fitchburg will offer special menus during the week. Each menu features three courses for a fixed price that shows off the eatery's culinary specialty and offers diners the opportunity to sample new or favorite cuisines from local establishments. 

Executive Chef Charles Lazzareschi at Dayton Street Grille in downtown Madison previewed some of the restaurant's planned menu. Dayton Street Grille is offering House Cured Salmon Spring Rolls as one of three appetizer options on the dinner menu. 

EatDrinkMadison.com reviews KJ's Curry Bowl

EatDrinkMadison.com reviews KJ's Curry Bowl

I had to experience for myself KJ’s Curry Bowl's diverse menu, which boasts Asian, Mexican and American cuisine. I mean, where else can you get chicken Marsala, a chipotle chicken burrito and Bourbon Street chicken in one sitting?

First, a note on the service. The servers are all extremely friendly and eager to help patrons navigate the menu. I was curious why they all wear Bluetooth earpieces, but I didn't ask.

Let's start with the appetizers. Read more at www.eatdrinkmadison.com.

Weather change inspires diner's seasonal pies

Weather change inspires diner's seasonal pies

As the seasons come and go, so do the flavors of pies. Jason Harder, also known as Hubbard Avenue Diner's Pie Guy, shares his recipes for three favorite autumn baked goods: Pumpkin, Fall Fruit and Orchard Silk.

The diner is at 7445 Hubbard Avenue in Middleton.

Watch Harder prepare the seasonal goodies:

 

 

 

Restaurant offers free wings for charity donations

Restaurant offers free wings for charity donations

A special holiday celebrating a favorite American food will also benefit a local charity's food shelf.

The Quaker Steak & Lube on Deming Way is offering free wings for folks donating non-perishable food items to the River Food Pantry through Monday. The week-long special began July 22. Donors are asked to drop off a food item at the restaurant and in return can receive a voucher good for a free six-pack of wings on Monday, July 29 -- National Chicken Wing Day.

In a news release, operating partner at Middleton's Quaker Steak & Lube Mike Hinesh said the deal combines an enthusiasm for chicken wings with the needs of the food pantry.

"By also encouraging the food donations, we make sure everyone is fed," Hinesh said.

Sandwich shop offers more than 50 options

Sandwich shop offers more than 50 options

EatDrinkMadison.com reviews Which Wich   

I was so pleasantly surprised by my first meal at Which Wich, in Middleton between Abuelo’s and Ruth’s Chris, that I went there two more times in that same week.

If you like having it your way, this is the place to go, as you can customize every aspect of the more than 50 subs on the menu.

Read more at EatDrinkMadison.com