Looking for something to do with out of town guests this summer? Or maybe you're in a rut and want to do a little off the beaten path exploring of your own city? Madison Food Explorers has just the thing! They offer two tours, one Downtown and one on Monroe Street. The three hour tour includes not only historical places of interest, but also stops at several restuarants along the way where you'll be treated to whatever tasty morsels the chefs have cooked up for you. (Vegetarian options are available upon request with advance planning.)
Tuesday – Saturday
April 17-October 27, 2012
Tours are 12:30 pm – 3:30 pm
This guided tour allows you to explore down town with ease. Whether you are a native Madisonian, new to the city, or just visiting, this tour is a one-of-a-kind way to experience the heart of the city.
Cultural insights and historic treasures
Explore the state capital building, the only one on an Isthmus
Learn about secret notes left behind in the capital doors
Examine world-famous architecture by Frank Lloyd Wright and Cesar Pelli
From farmer’s markets to urban gardens, we examine the Madison food scene
Get scenic views of Lake Monona and Lake Mendota
Stroll down State Street with its eclectic shops
Find out how we got named the Badger state
Hang out with students and alumni at the University of Wisconsin –Madison’s Memorial Union Terrace on the shores of Lake Mendota
And mostly importantly, learn about fun, quirky spots to explore on your own!
The Merchant: Simple New American cuisine with a focus on local, fresh ingredients.
Fromagination: Specialty food market with artesian cheeses from local pastures and around the world.
Ian’s Pizza: Known for its unusual toppings, high-quality ingredients, fresh salads and late night crowds.
Chautara: Family-owned Madison restaurant featuring Himalayan and Nepalese dishes.
State Street Brats: Popular sports bar established in1952, serves up Wisconsin’s finest craft beer and brats.
UW Memorial Union Rathskeller and Terrace: Built in 1928 and sits on the shores of Lake Mendota. This place is the heart and should of the UW-Campus. We will explore the rich cream Babcock Ice cream made on campus
Where: Downtown Madison Capital Square and State Street area.
Meeting Place: The Monona Terrace Community and Convention Center.
How long: The food tour will last approximately 3 hours and covers 1.8 miles with some stairs. Three of the six food stops will be sit down locations.
Who: The tour is designed for adults of all fitness levels. Young adults and children are welcome at the discretion of the parents.
How much: $43 per ticket.
What to wear: Comfortable shoes and casual clothing.
How much food is served on the tours: Our tour includes 5-7 tasting locations. For most people, it is enough for a meal.
Weather conditions: Food tours will take place rain or shine- tours may be rescheduled based on severe conditions
How to Purchase Tickets: Advanced tickets are required. You may purchase tickets by calling 1-800-838-3006 or via the internet at Brown Paper Tickets.
Photo credit: Madisonfoodexplorers.com