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UMF #6: A Visit to Fromagination

On December 2nd, 2012, UMF moved from ethnic market to specialty shop and visited the charming and very delicious Fromagination. Owner Ken Monteleone and our guide, cheese lover and Slow Food board member Alyssa Henry, treated us to a wonderful time honoring Wisconsin’s dairy industry.

Ken left the corporate world several years ago to follow his dream of providing full flavored, traditional, artisan foods to Madison. Despite opening in a recession, he created a store that Madison has enthusiastically embraced. Ecologically minded building materials, from slate floor tiles salvaged from a Chicago roof, to reclaimed timber beams, give the shop a warm, friendly glow.

Fromagination’s cheeses and their “perfect companions” showcase Wisconsin’s bounty, but also include the small, artisan traditions of other states and nations.

Ken offered the Slow Food participants several tastes, including a warm, runny, divine Rush Creek Reserve, the autumnal treat from Uplands Cheese Company. On top of this generosity, participants were also given a discount on their purchases. A happy and tasty and memorable outing.

Ideas for Locally Produced Holiday Gifts

Here are some ideas of locally produced foods.  Many of these you can order online as well – visit the link for more information.  If you have any other ideas, please post in the comments.

Thanks and Happy Holidays!

Porchlight – Jams, Jellies, Salsa, Curtido, Scone Mixes, more
http://www.porchlightinc.org/porchlightproducts/pricing.html 

Hawkwind Mustards and Relish
http://www.hawkwindllc.com/descriptions-flavors-and-recipes/

Quince & Apple Small Batch Preserves
http://www.quinceandapple.com/

Gentle Breeze Honey
http://www.gentlebreezehoney.com/index2.htm

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A Tuscan Dinner

On November 14th, 2012, 48 people were treated to a wonderful Tuscan dinner at Osteria Papavero. Slow Food Madison hosted the dinner for special guest Sarah Fioroni, author of A Family Farm in Tuscany. Dinner included a copy of Sarah’s book, which people were able to have signed at the end of the meal.

Some of the dinner guests had already visited Sarah’s family farm, Poggio Alloro, near San Gimingnano and were thrilled to have an opportunity to reconnect. Many others have now put a visit to this gorgeous spot on their dream vacation list!

Chef Francesco Mangano made a wonderful 3-course autumnal meal inspired by Sarah’s book.

Below are some pictures of this fun event.