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WATCH: Cooking an Irish feast for St. Patrick’s Day

WATCH as News 3's Mary Jo Ola visits Brocach Irish Pub in Madison Tuesday morning to learn from one of the chefs about cooking an Irish feast for St. Patrick’s Day.

Brocach has two Madison locations, one on the Capitol Square and another on Monroe Street. 

Annual chili cookoff seeks chefs

On Feb. 7 from 6-8 p.m., the Essen Haus, 514 E. Wilson St., will host its second annual Mad City Chili Cookoff.

As many as 20 cooks may enter for the chance to win cash prizes. Organizers said smell, taste, heat balance, texture/mouthfeel and appearance are among this year's judging criteria.

Up to $200 will be awarded to both the judge's top pick and to the people's choice award.

A chili recipe and $20 are needed to enter the competition.

If you would like to enter the contest, email chili.essenhaus@gmail.com.

Entry fee to the event is $10 for adults and free for children ages 10 and under.

Click here for complete details.

Review: Revamped buffet takes food seriously

Review: Revamped buffet takes food seriously

EatDrinkMadison.com reviews U-Like Asian Buffet  

Sometimes a name can be deceiving. When I heard U-Like Asian Buffet was taking over for the space formerly occupied by China One on the west side, I thought it was going to be a gimmicky restaurant. But I still welcomed a recent invitation to dine there, and I discovered a completely revamped establishment that takes food--and decor--seriously.

The buffet ($8.95 at lunch, $12.95 at dinner) includes mostly the Chinese food you would expect: General Tso's chicken, lo mein, dumplings, etc. But there are also items like frog legs and crawfish, plus some American items and desserts, a sushi station, a noodle station and hibachi grill.

Read more at www.eatdrinkmadison.com.

Review: Italian restaurant serves 'well-crafted pie'

Review: Italian restaurant serves 'well-crafted pie'

EatDrinkMadison.com reviews Nonno's Ristorante Italiano   

At the end of 2013, the owners of Cancun Mexican Restaurant shut down the operation and opened Nonno’s Ristorante Italiano in its place on the highly visible corner of Whitney Way and Odana Road. I like the menu and the decor, and other than a few glitches in service I experienced, I'd say it's worth dining here.

This being an Italian restaurant, I had to try the spaghetti alle polpette (spaghetti and meatballs, $10), which turned out to be my favorite dish. The capricciosa pizza ($10) was a well-crafted pie for two to share.

Read more at www.eatdrinkmadison.com.

Nearly 50 restaurants offer fare for summer's 'Restaurant Week'

Nearly 50 area eateries will take part in a semi-annual area food event next week. 

Madison Magazine's summer season Restaurant Week runs July 20-25. Forty-seven restaurants from Madison, Middleton, Verona and Fitchburg will offer special menus during the week. Each menu features three courses for a fixed price that shows off the eatery's culinary specialty and offers diners the opportunity to sample new or favorite cuisines from local establishments. 

Executive Chef Charles Lazzareschi at Dayton Street Grille in downtown Madison previewed some of the restaurant's planned menu. Dayton Street Grille is offering House Cured Salmon Spring Rolls as one of three appetizer options on the dinner menu. 

Controversial restaurant looks to open in Madison

Controversial restaurant looks to open in Madison

A controversial fast food restaurant is setting its sights on Madison.

A proposal to build a Chick-fil-A is going to the Urban Design Commission on Wednesday.

The possible site would be in the parking lot of West Towne Mall.

Two years ago the company took a very public stance against gay marriage. Since then, it has changed its approach, but the local LGBT community isn't buying it.

"Because of their national presence, they are trying to appear more appealing and broadminded, but the owner certainly hasn't changed his religious viewpoint," said Steve Starkey, with the Outreach LGBT Community Center.

Chick-fil-A has one other Wisconsin location in Racine, but they've added 27 new stores this year. Company officials said they look forward to Madison expansion later this year or early next year.

EatDrinkMadison.com reviews KJ's Curry Bowl

EatDrinkMadison.com reviews KJ's Curry Bowl

I had to experience for myself KJ’s Curry Bowl's diverse menu, which boasts Asian, Mexican and American cuisine. I mean, where else can you get chicken Marsala, a chipotle chicken burrito and Bourbon Street chicken in one sitting?

First, a note on the service. The servers are all extremely friendly and eager to help patrons navigate the menu. I was curious why they all wear Bluetooth earpieces, but I didn't ask.

Let's start with the appetizers. Read more at www.eatdrinkmadison.com.