Harvest owner Tami Lax joins Lindsay on the podcast to talk about how family memories become fine dining dishes at Harvest's annual Holiday Game Dinner. The 18th annual dinner, set for Dec. 1 and Dec. 2, features duck confit, smoked sturgeon, pheasant rillettes and rabbit ballotine, plus wine pairings. Find out more at harvest-restaurant.com.
This week on the podcast, local wine guy Bob Hemauer drops by the studio to talk about two fun natural wines, a white blend from Fabbrica di San Martino near Florence, Italy, and a cabernet blend from the Loire Valley in France.
Dee Hunter took over Rooted Curbside Compost in early August, and she's been getting emails every day from Madison residents and restaurants who want to turn vegetable scraps, fruit peels and coffee grounds into nutrient-rich garden food. This week on the podcast, Dee talks about why she's getting into composting and the opportunities for growth for both plants and her business in the next few years.
Every September, 50-plus bartenders from around the country (and beyond) gather on Washington Island to fight prickly juniper bushes for their dark purple berries. This month marks the 11th annual Juniper Harvest Festival, hosted by Death's Door Distillery. The juniper they harvest will be a primary ingredient in the company's gin.
This week on the podcast, Sprouting Acres farmer Andy Watson and host Lindsay Christians talk about farming in the rain, why the drop in CSA memberships might have an upside, and how consumers can help farmers like him when they're under a cloud.
Christy McKenzie describes her meal kit/ take-home dinner/ cafe business, Pasture & Plenty, as "CSA 2.0." Pasture & Plenty opened softly a few weeks ago on Madison's near west side. Now open as a cafe with Wednesday dinners and special wine pairing events, Pasture & Plenty works with some 30 local farms and ranches -- a full-time job in itself.
This week on the podcast, Osteria Papavero owner Francesco Mangano talks about the joys and challenges of making food for a festival -- food that's good, quick, interesting and most importantly, fits in a little paper boat.