We discovered Turkey Hill Ice Cream and Summer is better for it!

 Photo by Epicurean Chronicles
Photo by Epicurean Chronicles

By Chris Attaway (Sponsored Content)

Working with Turkey Hill, I’ve come to love and appreciate the brand. Living in Wisconsin, there isn’t a shortage on all things dairy, and I’m glad that I can add one more brand on my list of go-to ice creams when it’s time to peruse the frozen foods isle. This is the first time I’ve ever tried their ice cream and I must admit, I’m very impressed.

 Photo by Epicurean Chronicles
Photo by Epicurean Chronicles

We tried the Choco Mint Chip Original Recipe flavor and like true ice cream lovers, we (meaning I alone) ate it straight out of the carton. Because that’s how I roll. We like to keep it civilized every now and then by putting it on a cone, but really, out of the carton is where it’s at… and even my mini-me approves. We ate the entire carton in less than a week. No Joke.

We plan to use their new line-up of ALL Natural ice cream with our famous Salted Dark Chocolate Chunk Cookie recipe… as ice cream sandwiches!!!! How awesome would that be??? Can you imagine it? Made with only the simplest of ingredients. You know which ones. Milk, Cream, Sugar, all the good natural stuff. We may try it with Turkey Hill’s All Natural Homemade Vanilla. It only contains 4 ingredients.  FOUR! All of which I can pronounce. No artificial colors, flavoring, or stabilizers. None. It’s the way ice cream should be, the way Turkey Hill started making ice cream over 80 years ago. There are 20 flavors from their All Natural line-up, so it’ll be hard to choose. Maybe I’ll go with Belgian Style Chocolate, or maybe even one of their fruit-infused flavors like Blackberry Swirl! I can’t wait!

 Photo by Epicurean Chronicles
Photo by Epicurean Chronicles

If you haven’t heard of Turkey Hill ice cream before, guess what? They have their Good Mooed sampling tour so you can taste it for yourself. For more information on the sampling tour, go to https://www.turkeyhill.com/events/good-mooed-tour.

For more information on the Turkey Hill brand, visit the Dairy online at http://www.TurkeyHill.com on Facebook, or on Twitter (@TurkeyHillDairy).

 

 

 

 

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Top 3 Favorite Wines at Isthmus Uncorked 2018

 Photo by Karissa Boeke @madisonfoodfan
Photo by Karissa Boeke @madisonfoodfan

By Karissa Boeke | @MadisonFoodFan

Isthmus put on their first annual “Isthmus Uncorked” wine festival this past Saturday in Madison and the sun came out just in time for it to be as enjoyable as I expected! There were over 30 wineries, all offering a variety of wines and I quickly realized there was no way I could sample enough of the wines to give an educated “best” list. I’m also not enough of an expert to truly recommend anyway. Sadly, I may have missed some excellent wines out there, but you can only drink so much! So here are a few wineries that stuck with me by the end of the festival.

Rock N Wool Winery

I just had so much fun at this tent! They were so personable and engaging. I actually tasted every wine they offered as they would pull in a group and do an informative, yet speedy, sampling of each wine! They were all tasty! I enjoyed the “Giddy Bonnie” and “Hannah Jo” (named after one of the owner’s children I believe) best. Pictured is the “Jack Ass Apple Juice” which was a fun apple wine! This tent was the most memorable to me. 

 Photo by Karissa Boeke @madisonfoodfan
Photo by Karissa Boeke @madisonfoodfan

Baraboo Bluff Winery

In general, I tend to choose Cabernet Sauvignon or Pinot Noir as my wine of choice. So to be fair, I should disclose I hardly tasted any of the whites offered throughout. I LOVED this Cabernet Sauvignon, “Color Me Cab.” Tasting notes state deep, rich with a hint of vanilla. Simple and delicious!

 Photo by Karissa Boeke @madisonfoodfan
Photo by Karissa Boeke @madisonfoodfan

Drumlin Ridge Winery

I do enjoy a Rosé in the summer. This winery offered a Pinot Noir Rosé which was different to see. Their standard Pinot Noir was one of my top Pinot Noir samples of the day as well. 

 Photo by Karissa Boeke @madisonfoodfan
Photo by Karissa Boeke @madisonfoodfan

Overall, it was a wonderful day! The festival was well organized, offered a selection of food trucks and more wine than you could imagine. A couple other wines I enjoyed: the Cabernet Sauvignon from Apple Works Winery and Devil River Red (also a Cab) from Duck Creek Vineyard & Winery.

UberEATS is now in Madison Wisconsin and Getting Great Food is as Easy as Getting a Ride!

 

The wait is over everyone!

UberEATS has officially launched in Madison Wisconsin today, to provide you with fast & reliable food delivery, 7 days a week, from over 50 of Madison’s fave restaurants!

Starting at 8amCT today, the free-to-download app will make getting great food as easy as getting a ride!  Using the existing Uber technology, Madison Uber customers can now use the same account they use to take rides to track their food order and customize their drop off.

“We are thrilled to bring UberEATS to the residents of Madison,” said Peter Forsberg, the General Manager for UberEATS in Wisconsin. “Whether folks are at home, the Capitol building, the park, or the library, they can now get their favorite foods delivered to them at the tap of a button.”

 

UberEATS is available in over 100 cities around the world. Madison is the second Wisconsin city, Milwaukee being the first, to have UberEATS as a food delivery service.  Madison residents can now order off of FULL MENUS from restaurants such as Parthenon Gyros, Freiburg Gastropub, Rising Sons Deli, Paul’s Pel’Meni, and more!

So how does UberEATS work?

If you’ve used their Uber car service before, this should be a piece of cake for you.  If not, don’t worry, it’s easier than you think.

  1. Download the free, standalone UberEATS app for iOS or Android
  2. Login with your Uber account
  3. Find a restaurant you know and love, and pick what you want from their menu
  4. Pay with your preferred payment method on file
  5. Watch as the order is picked up and delivered to you

To make it even easier for everyone, we’ve partnered with UberEATS to help launch their service in Madison by giving you all $5 OFF YOUR FIRST TWO (2) ORDERS by using the promo code MadisonEATS.

You can also head on over to UberEATS.com to place your first food order there!

Happy Eats Madison… UberEATS that is!

 

 

 

Big Mouth Pasta Brings Argentine Style Pasta to Wisconsin!

 Photo by Big Mouth Pasta
Photo by Big Mouth Pasta

What do you get when you cross Argentine culinary traditions with Wisconsin farm-fresh ingredients?

Big Mouth Pasta!! The new venture for local Madisonians Kelly and Damián Messori.

(CLICK HERE to learn more about Kelly & Damián)

They’re the culinary artists behind every single fresh, handmade pasta that Big Mouth Pasta produces the same day you get to enjoy them.  It doesn’t get any fresher than that folks!  No machines have been used in the making of these artisan pastas.  Not a one! You won’t see their pastas packaged sitting on a grocery store shelf or fridge.

 Photo by Big Mouth Pasta
Photo by Big Mouth Pasta

So how do you get to taste these fabulously fresh pastas?

 Photo by Big Mouth Pasta
Photo by Big Mouth Pasta

By attending any of their upcoming pop-up dinners at local Wisconsin restaurants and shops of course!

Their inaugural pop-up event will be held on September 3rd, 2017 in Milwaukee’s Amilinda with Chef Gregory León at the helm.

 Amilinda's Chef Gregory León (Photo by Orry León)
Amilinda’s Chef Gregory León (Photo by Orry León)

Hey Madison, not willing to drive to Milwaukee?  Don’t worry.  Their next pop-up will be held right here in Madison on September 18th, 2017 at La Kitchenette.

If you weren’t quick enough to reserve your spot at the Amilinda Pop-Up dinner and are curious as to what Big Mouth Pasta has to offer, we’ve got you covered.

Epicurean Chronicles will be broadcasting LIVE at Amilinda so make sure to follow us on:

Instagram: @EpicureanChronicles

Facebook: @EpicureanChronicles

And make sure to follow @_bigmouthpasta to stay up to date on upcoming pop-ups!

We certainly will!

 

 

 

 

Caffeine Crawl Is Back In Wisconsin!

 Click on this banner for more information on the 2017 Wisconsin Caffeine Crawl
Click on this banner for more information on the 2017 Wisconsin Caffeine Crawl

IT’S BACK COFFEE LOVERS! 

Caffeine Crawl will be in Wisconsin to give you the caffeine fix you’ve been itching for since its inaugural Wisconsin event in Madison last year.  This time around, Madison’s neighboring ‘other big city” Milwaukee will be joining the crawl.  The event will once again showcase an impressive lineup of coffee, tea, and chocolate from boutique shops and local favorite coffee shops. Bring your helmets!  No, it’s not going to be a bumpy ride… well that all depends on your riding skills as bike-friendly route options are available to put your caffeine boost to use.

On August 26th, Madison, WI will be hosting 5 different tours with over 10 businesses that focus on coffee, tea, and chocolate. 

On the roster are:

  • Colectivo
  • Crescendo Espresso Bar & Music Cafe
  • Gail Ambrosius Chocolatier
  • Infusion Chocolates
  • JBC Coffee Roasters
  • MSCo. Patisserie (Madison Sourdough Co.)
  • Porter
  • Rich Tea (at Field Table)
  • Stone Creek Coffee.

(Notably absent from the rotation is 5th Element Coffee, who sadly closed their establishment on August 6th, 2017.) 

Now in true Madison style, JBC Coffee Roasters will host a kickoff party (I mean c’mon, there’s gotta be a party) at 6pm with even MORE drinks highlighting more local partnerships with businesses such as Sassy Cow Creamery and Cadence Cold Brew.  Rumor has it that even a local brewery coffee stout (it’s a surprise) will be available for all attendees.  For those who want to see the artistic side of coffee, a “free-to-attend” Latte Art Throwdown competition will take place at 7pm.

 Photo by Quit Nguyen
Photo by Quit Nguyen

Now to all our Milwaukee Coffee connoisseurs.

They didn’t forget about you!

On Sunday, August 27th, Milwaukee will be hosting 4 different tours from the following:

  • Anodyne Coffee Roasting
  • Brewed Cafe
  • Colectivo
  • Dryhootch Coffeehouse
  • Hawthorne Coffee Roasters
  • Kickapoo Coffee
  • Pilcrow Coffee Roasters
  • Rishi Tea

All of the Milwaukee routes are driving routes, so make sure to have your motor vehicle ready and full of fuel…. the non-caffeinated kind.

We will be broadcasting LIVE from Instagram during Madison’s Route 2 on August 26th, and at the Kickoff Party and Latte Art Throwdown, so make sure to follow us @EpicureanChronicles to see all the action.

 Photo By CafFEINe Crawl
Photo By CafFEINe Crawl

 

 

Top 3 Tacos & Margaritas at the 1st annual Margarita Fest

 The Bandit Folks killing it at Margarita Fest
The Bandit Folks killing it at Margarita Fest

Isthmus and Pasqual’s Cantina partnered together to give Madison, Wisconsin its 1st annual Margarita Fest.

Mother Nature was on board with this outdoor food fest and graced us with sunshine and a perfect breeze.

If you love tacos and margaritas, then you definitely missed out on unlimited sampling of the best tacos and margaritas Madison has to offer.

Fortunately, WE were there, and ready to dish on our Top 3 tacos and margs!

Let’s go!!!

Top 3 Tacos

3.  Lucille

Hamachi Crudo, Cucumber, Shallot, Jalapeño, and avocado purée.

Lucille is known for their pizza, so it was a pleasant surprise to see a fish taco from them.  This was a pescatarian’s delight.  Served on a light yet crunchy taco shell, we could have eaten buckets of these.  

2. Bandit

Grilled Pork shoulder with Spicy Pickled Rhubarb, onion flowers, radish, crema, epazote, and salsa verde.

The Bandit guys are new to the game, but their tacos would say otherwise.  You can taste the freshness in every bite. They came to Margarita Fest to test out their creations, and after eating 4 of these, we knew Bandit came correct with their tacos.  We look forward to more from Bandit!

1. BelAir Cantina

Crispy pork, hoisin glaze, cucumber jicama slaw

They had us at ‘Crispy Pork’, but the supporting ingredients made this taco a winner!  Coming soon to downtown Madison, BelAir Cantina has 5 locations in Wisconsin, and judging by this taco, they are sure to give Madison’s taco eateries a run for their money!  We can’t wait to try more!!!

Top 3 Margaritas

3. Bandit

Lemon Drop infused tequila, celery, lime, honey, green chartreuse, w/ smoked paprika salt rim.

Bandit is killin’ it!  If you like a well-rounded margarita that goes well with ANY taco, this one’s your best bet.  Not only was this tasty, it was also the most photogenic. Take a look!

2. The Rigby

Watermelon Mint Margarita

This was the most refreshing especially under the 90 degree heat.  This had just the right amount of booze to give you that margarita buzz you crave, but more of the sweet and tasty watermelon flavor that we kept coming back for.

1. Old Sugar Distillery

Honey Ginger Margarita – No Sugar or Agave added. Reposado Tequila, Old Sugar Factory Honey Liqueur, Triple Sec, Fresh squeezed lime juice, local honey, and freshly squeezed ginger.

Old Sugar Distillery brought their “A” game to Margarita Fest and won us over with this Margarita.  This was by far the smoothest of the bunch.  It’s tasty yet boozey enough to be dangerous.  You won’t know it by tasting it, and we can’t believe that no sugar or Agave was used in making this margarita.  We’re impressed, and we want more!

Well there you have it folks!  

You’ll have to wait until next year to indulge in fabulous tacos and tasty margaritas.

To tide you over, check out the slideshow below for more Margarita Fest fun!

vomFASS brings Sonoma County to Madison with Meeker Vineyard Wine!

 Chef Kristin Williams and vomFass Owner Justin Gibson holding a bottle of HandPrint Merlot
Chef Kristin Williams and vomFass Owner Justin Gibson holding a bottle of HandPrint Merlot

If you aren’t familiar with vomFASS by now, let us enlighten you a bit.

You can visit the State Street or University Avenue location in Madison, Wisconsin and step into their European-style tasting room.  Once inside, you are encouraged to try the finest oils, vinegars, wine, spirits, and liqueurs the world has to offer. They hold cooking classes and pairing events that highlight special and unique products that are available at both locations.

One such event is the Meeker Vineyard Wine Pairing event, an intimate food and wine pairing hosted by Molly Meeker, President and Co-Founder of Meeker Vineyards.   This was a guided 5-course tasting of the available Meeker wine as it was paired with Chef Kristin William’s creations in the kitchen.

We were invited to experience this wonderful event, and it certainly didn’t disappoint.

Take a look at the delicious food and it’s wine pairing!

First Course

Deconstructed Potato Salad –  paired with Lobster Cove Chardonnay

Oven-roasted Garlic Creamer Potatoes with Savory Paprika Infused Aioli.

2nd Course

Blueberry BBQ Chicken Breast  – paired with Roller Coaster Red Blend

Served with pickled corn salsa.

3rd Course

Mini Charcuterie Plate – paired with Great Cabs

Variety of cheeses, olives & cured meat with roasted red peppers and crostini.

4th Course

Thai Beef Salad – paired with Handprint Merlot

served with Passionfruit Cilantro Vinaigrette

5th Course

Dark Chocolate Caramel Brownie – paired with Fro-Zin Dessert Wine

served with fresh cherries, Fro-Zin infused Whipped Cream, and di Famiglia drizzle.

Check out the Meeker Vineyard Wine line up for this tasting.  

Can’t make the trip to California’s wine country for these?  Don’t worry.  These can be purchased at vomFASS at both Madison, WI locations.  There may be some available for tasting as well.  We recommend the Roller Coaster.  Our fave!

With the intimate seating, we were able to converse about the fantastic food and wine pairing and just have one hell of a time!

If there was ONE bottle of Meeker Wine that we recommend you purchase, it’s the Handprint Merlot.  No two bottles are the same.  Each bottle is branded with the winemaker’s “handprints”. CLICK HERE to view a video on this unique to Meeker Wine process.  Plan to buy at least 2 bottles.  One to drink, and one to keep, and don’t forget to save the cork and bottle.

They’re in the process of adding a bar and demo kitchen at the University Avenue location for an even more spectacular experience, so make sure to check the vomFASS Events Calendar page frequently so that you don’t miss out on fabulous events like this one.

Meanwhile, take a look at the slideshow below of what you can find at vomFASS.

As usual, we will keep you all posted, and see you all at the next event!