Checking Out the Local Food and Drink Scene
Dec 2, 2013
03:35 PM
The Chow Down

A Can't-Miss Event for Local Foodies

A Can't-Miss Event for Local Foodies


A group cheers at Old Sugar Distillery at the end of last year's tour led by Otehlia Cassidy (far left).

’Tis the season for eating. Whether your stomach is asking for something sweet or savory, Madison has no shortage of options to satisfy those holiday cravings. And if you’re looking for a new, alternative way to experience the local thriving food community, Madison Eats' Holiday Artisan Food Tour, happening this Wednesday, December 4, may be your answer.

The second annual tour will showcase the artisan food producers and growers who have made their home in the east side’s Commonwealth Development business incubators. With the purchase of a $60 ticket, participants will be able to munch on samples while taking a look behind the scenes of Madison-favorites like Potter’s Crackers, YumButter, Underground Meats, Lala’s Nuts and Quince & Apple. 

Though Madison Eats offers other food tours throughout the year, the Holiday Artisan Food Tour provides patrons with a rare and intimate opportunity. Madison Eats’ founder and Madison Magazine columnist and blogger Otehlia Cassidy thinks that this tour is just a bit more special than the organization’s Walking Tours and B-cycle Brunch Tours.

“I believe this gives people a much closer connection to the artisans and their products,” Cassidy says. “The producers say they enjoy the visits as well, and the chance to showcase their products and passions. We see where they work, and in some cases, like RP’s Pasta, we even see the product being made from start to finish!”

During the visits to these production spaces, tour-goers will have the chance to sample food and drink from additional local vendors like NessAlla Kombucha, Cupcakes-A-Go-Go, Wisco Pop, Calliope Ice Cream and Wisconsin Brewing Company. 

Keeping in spirit with the holiday season, a silent auction will be held at the end of the evening at Old Sugar Distillery. The auction will benefit two local non-profits—the Fritz Food Pantry and Eat for Equity—and will have a number of items to bid on. Donated items include handmade pottery from Ryan Myers Ceramics, a year’s supply of milk from Organic Valley and hair products from Thorp’s Salon.

If you haven’t already nabbed a ticket, act fast—the tour is limited to thirty people with only a few spots remaining.

Visit for more information and to purchase tickets. 

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