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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

Craft brewing business is growing in Wisconsin

Craft brewing business is growing in Wisconsin

Craft brewing is a booming business in Wisconsin, which ranks ninth among breweries per capita by state.

Last fall, Brian Destree took over brewmaster duties at Middleton's Capital Brewery, one of southern Wisconsin's craft brew staples since 1986.

Before Capital Brewery, the University of Wisconsin-Madison grad worked for Miller-Coors, giving him a unique perspective between craft brewers' personal touch and the bottom line of big business brewing.

"Kind of as I progressed from the corporate ladder at Miller, the farther and farther away I got from actually being in a brewery and doing hands-on brewing work," Destree said.

And while beer makers Miller-Coors and Anheuser-Busch sell the most beer, Wisconsin's craft breweries continue to find a larger piece of the market.

There are 75 breweries statewide, which translates to about 75,000 people for every Wisconsin brewery.