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Madison restaurants embrace diverse Mediterranean culture

Madison restaurants embrace diverse Mediterranean culture

A canvas of brilliant blue water, white, sandy beaches and lush, green vegetation, the Mediterranean region is a popular destination for travelers and one of the most widely represented cuisines among Madison’s international restaurants. Authentic Mediterranean food cannot be distilled to just one menu because the cultural and ethnic diversity surrounding the actual Mediterranean Sea makes for a diverse regional diet.

In Madison, restaurants whose chefs and owners have ties directly back to a Mediterranean home country include Plaka Taverna, Mediterranean Cafe and Bunky’s Cafe.

Willy Street Co-op supports FEED with grill benefit funds

Willy Street Co-op supports FEED with grill benefit funds

Willy Street Co-op turned up the grills on June 15 and June 22 in a benefit event for FEED Kitchens.

The cookouts, which took place at the east and then west Willy Street locations, were part of the Grilling for Good events that the Co-op hosts from May through September to benefit local organizations and projects.

On June 15, Willy Street Co-op East served about 125 attendees, according to Willy Street Co-op Event Coordinator Jack Kear. The June 22 event had a strong turnout at at Willy Street Co-op West despite a morning rain storm.

Health care facility celebrates solstice with garden stroll

Health care facility celebrates solstice with garden stroll

St. Mary’s Mission Awareness Team and Pastoral Care Department offered a candlelit walk through the hospital's labyrinth last month to celebrate the solstice.

Staff, visitors and patients were invited to take a peaceful, meditative stroll through the labyrinth to reflect and rejuvenate on June 21.

Hospital representatives said lemonade was served and luckily the rain held off until the event was almost over. Before the drops fell several staff and visitors took the opportunity to slow down and reflect.

Democracy decays with focus on candidate funding, author says

Democracy decays with focus on candidate funding, author says

A local author and national political reporter's newest book discusses campaign funding and the 2012 presidential election.

The book, "Dollarocracy: How the Money and Media Election Complex is Destroying America," written by John Nichols and Robert W. McChesney, was published earlier in June.

Nichols and McChesney both live part-time in Madison.

Nichols said the high-cost campaigns are threatening to make democracy too finance-focused.



Watch Nichols discuss the book, his theory of “Dollarocracy,” the media election complex and more with News 3 Monday.

Walking food tour offers helpings of history

Walking food tour offers helpings of history

A local group is offering a local bite of the city through a walking and tasting tour.

The Madison Food Explorers will host a taste tour Sunday in the Monroe Street Vilas Neighborhood from 12:30-3:30 p.m.

Tour owner Andrea Hughes said the Explorers event is food-focused but also offers a look at the other influences of Madison.

“We do everything from, of course, the cheese, to the ice cream, to the beer and the brats,” Hughes said. “And around that is all of the history and the architecture and some of the cultural nuances of our city.”

Organizers said the tour includes four-to-six tasting locations totaling a meal-like portion from start to finish.

A ticket is $43.

Hughes said another benefit of the tour is the exercise versus tasting: the two balance each other out over the afternoon.

Sci-fi fans in town for 37th annual gathering

Sci-fi fans in town for 37th annual gathering

Science fiction lovers from across the globe made a stop in Madison this weekend for a one-of-a-kind event.

The 37th Wis-Con, the state's largest feminist science-fiction convention, took place at the Madison Concourse Hotel Friday through Monday.

Many attendees return year after year for the community to discuss ideas related to the book-oriented side of the genre and feminism.

A hot topic this year, attendees said, was whether or not themes in the George R.R. Martin's "A Song of Ice and Fire," series known to viewers of the HBO TV adaptation as simply "Game of Thrones," are feminist forward or not.



56 arts projects, orgs get cut of $91K grants

More than 50 area artists and organizations got a cut of $91,775 in funding earmarked for cultural programs, city representatives said.

At its May 21 meeting, the Madison Common Council approved the recommendations of the Madison Arts Commission to award 56 of Madison's artists and non-profit organizations.

The commission said more than 90 percent of funding applicants received a grant, which MAC chair Leslee Nelson described as seed money.

“Especially for new projects, even a small amount of funding provides an endorsement that groups use to find additional resources required,” Nelson said in a news release.

The projects funded ranged from theatrical productions, dance and ballet programs, musical instruction at various schools, and more.

For a list of the 56 organizations and projects, visit the City of Madison website.