I love blogging.
And this past weekend, courtesy of the Wisconsin Milk Marketing Board, I loved it even more. You see I got to be among a group of bloggers that toured cheese producers and ate wonderful food. You wouldn’t want food bloggers passing out from hunger now, would you?
The cheese tours were delightful and educational and I will give you more information over the next week as time permits a proper writeup. But the food was so beautiful it practically speaks for itself. See if you can hear!
Friday Dinner, Madison Club, Madison, WI
After a busy day of cheese tours, we headed to dinner at the Madison Cub, a private club near the Capital Building. Dinner was elegant and delicious and I had to wonder if a group of rag tag food bloggers might somehow get together for a business membership.
Continuing our cheese education over drinks and appetizers (how did I forget to photograph the appetizers?) were two prominent cheese producers, Sid Cook of Carr Valley Cheese and Bob Wills of Cedar Grove Cheese as well as cheese promoter Jeanne Carpenter of Wisconsin Cheese Originals and the Cheese Underground Blog. They provided additional insights into cheese production and continued some of the themes from earlier in the day like the importance of quality and the loss of many of the small producers that used to grace our state.
More on this later, but now for the food…
After this, I rolled into bed, secure in the knowledge that more good food awaited me the next day!
Saturday Brunch, Graze, Madison, WI
Graze is the “comfort food” counterpart to Chef Tory Miller’s elegant L’Etoille Restaurant. The name comes from the concept of grass-fed, rotational grazed meats–a perfect part of a locally focused menu. Adjacent to the Madison Farmer’s Market, it is prime brunch gathering point for hungry locavores. Hmmm, with two kids considering school in Madison next year, I could get into this!
Below I have included some shots from a delicious and memorable brunch. As you can see at Graze, comfort truly meets class.
Thanks again to the Milk Marketing Board for sponsoring this, to Lori & Paul of Burp! for their coordination efforts, to the cheesemakers and restauranteurs, and to my fellow bloggers for their delightful company. And I hope this whets everyone’s appetite for more cheese news coming up!