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Ivory Room Piano Bar Named 2012 Small Wonder Bar Of The Year!

Ivory Room Piano Bar Named 2012 Small Wonder Bar Of The Year!

Ivory Room Piano Bar named the 2012 Small Wonder Bar in the U.S. by Nightclub Bar Magazine & nightclub.com.

Inspired by a multitude of piano bars in Chicago, co-owners Jack Sosnowski and Julie Stoleson, wanted to bring a classy yet cozy feel to the Madison area. The duo hit the right key with The Ivory Room Piano Bar. The intimate 900-square-foot space is a classic piano bar featuring both local and national acts nightly.

Located right off of Capitol Square, it’s hard not to be drawn inside, as patrons can see and hear the entertainment as they pass by the window. This unique spot offers daily and happy-hour drink specials as well as a Martini of the month.

Filled with regulars who sing along to classic tunes as well as random adventurers, the Ivory Room welcomes anyone who is in the mood for a great melody.

EatDrinkMadison.com Reviews Tempest Oyster Bar

EatDrinkMadison.com Reviews Tempest Oyster Bar

It was nice to see the space vacated by Restaurant Magnus filled with a seafood restaurant in Tempest Oyster Bar. For one, we obviously don’t have many of these types of restaurants in Madison, and two, I’m glad we didn’t add on to the already numerous Italian, pub or Mexican places we have around the Capitol Square.

Read more at eatdrinkmadison.com.

Memorial Union To Offer New Dining Options

Memorial Union To Offer New Dining Options

For more than 80 years, the spirit of comradeship, congeniality and a warm feeling of well-being have filled Der Rathskeller, Memorial Union’s venerable eating and meeting spot, but over the upcoming winter break, the university will be transitioning to a new level of dining.

Der Rathskeller will close for winter break at 5 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 23. When it reopens in January, customers will experience a new level of dining which includes better patron flow, a new menu and a new pager order and pickup system, officials said.

The new menu will include corned beef and scrambled egg panini as well as kartuffel latkes (potato pancakes to English-speakers) for breakfast. During the day and evenings, the delicious smells of hand-patted Der Kronjuwel burgers, apple and cheddar panini and bouletten (German meatballs) will permeate this vibrant campus landmark, officials said.

EatDrinkMadison.com Reviews The Rigby

EatDrinkMadison.com Reviews The Rigby

During its final months, the Casbah was in such disarray that some days it was open, others closed, then open, then closed again, that I was glad something finally replaced it. That something is the Rigby Pub and Grill, a Beatles-themed establishment located a block from the State Capitol.

I’m a sucker for burgers named after a restaurant, so of course I started with the Rigby Burger ($8), which is topped with onion straws, melted cheddar cheese and “magical mystery sauce,” which was a tasty mayonnaise-based sauce (I suspect). I enjoyed the combination of flavors. As with all the sandwiches, you get your choice of potato chips, coleslaw or potato salad on the side.

Read more at eatdrinkmadison.com.

Food Cart Reopens After Suffering Fire Damage

Food Cart Reopens After Suffering Fire Damage

Almost two months after a fire forced the closing of Madison food cart favorite, Caracas Empanadas, the business is set to reopen this weekend.

The cart had been closed since Labor Day weekend when a fire occurred inside the cart's rear wall during the Taste of Madison event. Firefighters had to break into the cart's steel wall in order to put out the fire and the cart sustained almost $10,000 in damages as a result of the fire.

Since then, cart owner Luis Dompablo, has replaced the rear wall and installed a new insulation system to insure the cart cannot catch fire again. A new fryer and hood fan have also been added and the artwork on the cart's rear wall has been replaced.

Dompablo said he's anxious to return to the Library Mall and Farmer's market. He thanked his foodie fans for their patience over these last two months. 

Growing, Cooking, Eating At Sherman Middle School

Growing, Cooking, Eating At Sherman Middle School

“How can I affect how these kids are eating?” 

That question drives Chef Tory, the executive chef for L'Etoile and Graze, to spend every other Tuesday at Sherman Middle School, teaching students how to cook from scratch using whole natural foods.

Now in its sixth year, Cooking Healthy Options in Wisconsin, or CHOW, was originally conceived by Chef Tory and one of his cooks. At the time, Sherman Middle School had just received a “Fresh Fruits and Vegetables” grant from the state, and so it seemed like an ideal school to pilot the CHOW program. 

What started as cooking demonstrations has expanded to include a school garden, which provides the raw materials for healthy snacks and meals, and also serves as an outdoor classroom for integrated, hands-on learning.