Summer update: books, bikes & barns

Cake book book cakeThis summer is a pretty exciting one for us. The biggest news is that the book we wrote, Madison food: a history of capital cuisine, is now available! We're very happy with how it turned out and so grateful to all the folks who helped it happen.

We have some events coming up related to the book throughout the summer. Watch our book page for updates, events, and where to find it.

Also, we're doing Bike the Barns as Team Madison A to Z again this year. It's a great event for the great cause of fresh food for all. Check it out - visit the FairShare CSA Coalition website to learn more, sign up to ride, volunteer or make a pledge. Thank you for your support!

Madison Sweets

In a word: Sweet cuppin' cakes.

The specs: #00955   
511 State St., 53703
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JM ate the peanut butter cupcake.
Nichole ate the - can't even remember which cupcake.
The bill was $5, or $2.50/person, plus tip.
JM and Nichole gave Madison Sweets an A- (see our grading rubric).

Madison Sweets has been open for a few years on State Street. They sell various kinds of popcorn and caramel corn, chocolate truffles and other confections, and, of course, cupcakes. We've never tried the non-cupcake fare because the cupcakes themselves look like the best things in the store, and in most cases are pretty darn good.

In the cupcake firmament of this city, we'd place Madison Sweets up high. More modest than Gigi's sugar mountains, more subdued than Cupcakes-a-Go-Go's mod podges, yet more decadent than Bloom's comfy treats, Madison Sweet's cupcakes are comparable to Daisy's in flavor range, price, and presentation. There are often many chocolate choices (a huge plus in our book - save the fruit flavors for pie, cake is best with earthier tastes that go with nuts, caramel and salt, and many of Madison Sweet's best work on those lines). Many cupcakes have a core of cookie dough or a whipped filling that complements the cake and frosting. Some can get messy, though three or four bites is as big as they get so it's not too bad.

Here's the thing, though: don't try to bring them home on a bike.

Cupcakes

NEWS

Madison Food coverOur book Madison Food: A History of Capital Cuisine is out. Updates here.

And we're doing Bike the Barns again with Team Madison A to Z - more info, or pledge here. Thank you!


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