What we're about

This group is for anyone who wants to get to the heart of a culture through an exploration of its cuisine. Through official Meetups we can discover different cultures through small group culinary events, field trips, culinary theaters, and discussions. We also organize small culinary tours to foreign destinations and will have plenty of opportunities to travel and eat!

2019 Calendar of Events (This list subject to change and will be updated monthly)

JANUARY - Meet and Greet - Table Wine, Madison

FEBRUARY - A Culinary Sampling of Portugal and France

with Ronnie Hess - Pasture and Plenty, Madison

MARCH - Discovering Danish Cuisine

with Carol (Orange) Schroeder - HotelRED, Madison

APRIL - Garden to Glass Experience - Olbrich Gardens, Madison

MAY - Madison Eats Ethnic Market Tour - Madison

JUNE - Ukrainian Neighborhood Tour and Lunch - Chicago

JULY - Turkish Fest - Greenfield

AUGUST - Milwaukee Food & City Tours: Polonia Chicago

SEPTEMBER - Tibetan Momos from Tenzin’s Kitchen

with Madeline Uraneck

OCTOBER - Kohler Food & Wine Experience, Kohler

NOVEMBER - Livreise Norwegian Heritage Center and Lutefisk Dinner -Stoughton

DECEMBER - Multi-Cultural Holiday Party


Upcoming events (4)

Discovering Danish Cuisine with Carol (Orange) Schroeder

Join Carol (Orange) Schroeder for an enlightening discussion on Danish Cuisine. Carol “Orange” Schroeder has a BA in Danish Studies from Tufts University, including a year abroad at the University of Copenhagen, and an MA in Scandinavian Studies from the University of Wisconsin–Madison. In addition to running the award-winning gift and gourmet shop Orange Tree Imports for over forty years, she is the co-author of "Eat Smart in Denmark" with her daughter Katrina Schroeder Smith. Orange compiled the book-length bibliography "Danish Literature in English Translation," and has translated several book about handcrafts from Danish to English. Coffee and dessert will be served after the presentation. Free to Meetup members and their guests. Sponsored by Orange Tree Imports and Mystery to Me bookstore.

A Culinary Sampling of Portugal and France - RESCHEDULED MARCH 12

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DUE TO WEATHER CONDITIONS WE HAVE RESCHEDULED THE FEBRUARY MEETUP TO MARCH 12, 2019. Our February Meetup has us traveling to Pasture and Plenty on University Avenue. Join local food authors Ronnie Hess and Joan Peterson for a Culinary Sampling of Portugal and France. We will be enjoying demonstrations on classic dishes with discussions from the authors on the history of the cuisine. Regional wines from Portugal and France, especially chosen for our event, will be available for purchase. Tuesday, MARCH 12, 2019 from 6pm to 8pm Pasture and Plenty 2433 University Avenue, Madison Cost: $20 per person will be collected at the door.

Garden to Glass Experience - Olbrich Gardens

Olbrich Botanical Gardens

We will need a minimum of 10 people attending this event to have a private tour. If we don't get 10, we can still go but will need to chose a date in April that is for general admission. I will remove the pay now link and list this as pay-at-the-door. Please sign up if you're interested and we can make further arrangements closer to April. Escape to the tropics and explore the wonders of the rainforest in the Bolz Conservatory. Get an insider's view of this indoor tropical oasis and discover the plants, stories, and people that make it one of Madison's most iconic places! As you smell, touch, and taste your way through this guided sensory tour, you'll encounter plants both familiar and unique. More than 650 species of tropical plants call the Conservatory home, along with a rushing waterfall, free-flying birds, and colorful koi. At the end, enjoy a signature cocktail created with ingredients derived from rainforest plants. You will take home a souvenir glass along with recipes to make your own botanically inspired drinks. $20 per person will be collected at the door.

Madison Eats Ethnic Market Tour


For our May program, we're teaming up with Madison Eats Food Tours for a custom Ethnic Market Tour! Come travel the tastes of the world, without leaving the Madison area on this guided tour as we explore 3 local ethnic markets. You'll enjoy meeting local owners and receive a guided tour through the markets, explore the layout of each shopping venue, and enjoy sample plates featuring their products. Free time will be available to shop at each market exploring the unique ingredients, find everything you need to make one of our favorite recipes or create one of your own. So if you're a foodie, someone who would like to know about the area ethnic markets, have been intimidated to shop at these markets or maybe are someone who would love to start cooking different ethnic foods, but not sure where to start....this tour is for you. Approximately $35 to $50 per person. Pricing and transportation will vary depending on how many sign up. If we have enough people sign up we will share the cost of a private bus. I will provide final costs to be collected.

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