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Steakhouse to offer walleye, more on upcoming Restaurant Week menu

Steakhouse to offer walleye, more on upcoming Restaurant Week menu

Delaney's Steakhouse at 449 Grand Canyon Drive offers a preview of what will be on the dinner plate during Madison Magazine's Restaurant Week, which starts Jan. 19.

Watch Chef Jerry Kohl prepare the walleye with an amaretto cream sauce:

Festival brings activities, crafts to Elver Park neighborhood

Festival brings activities, crafts to Elver Park neighborhood

Madison Parks is hosting the second annual Fall Festival Craft Fair Saturday from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. at Elver Park.

The free arts and crafts show will be held rain or shine at the park on McKenna Boulevard, according to a release.

"Last year Madison Parks introduced an arts and crafts show to our Fall Festival, and it was a big hit," Parks Superintendent Kevin Briski said in the release. "We are really excited to bring the Fall Festival Craft Fair back this year with talented crafters, food, music and fun activities for families."

The festival will have local artists, crafters, food vendors and live music by the Dang-Its, according to the release. Artists and crafters will be selling original, handmade pieces like pottery, jewelry, quilts, paintings and other decorative pieces.

Fashion show to benefit cancer org

Fashion show to benefit cancer org

A west side fashion show next week will benefit a local charity.

The Hilldale Mall is hosting the Little Black Dress Affair Thursday from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Organizers said the main event is a fashion show scheduled at 6:30 p.m.

The show will feature fall fashions modeled by local folks and representatives from area businesses and Madison non-profits. Tickets to the fashion show are $15 and will benefit Gilda’s Club Madison, a local support organization for people with cancer and their families.

Stores, eateries and boutiques in the shopping center will offer a variety of promotions during the Little Black Dress Affair, which organizers called an “amped up ladies night out” to include giveaways, music by DJ Nick Nice, a photo booth, refreshments, demos, and one-night-only discounts for event ticket holders.

Wrench Auto Service celebrates grand opening

Wrench Auto Service celebrates grand opening

Wrench Auto Services celebrated its grand opening Thursday, in a slightly non-conventional way.

According to a release form the company, the owners wanted to thank customers and the city at the opening of the new service center. They did, by having a pig roast and live band.

More than 300 customers and chamber membersattended the customer appreciation party, which Wrench President said was long overdue.

“We started this business 11 years ago with nothing more than a single bay garage and a simple philosophy to be honest with our customers,” said Ben Beere, President. “To say we value and appreciate our customers is the understatement of the year.”

The car service company started in 2002 with a single-bay garage. The new service center has six bays. It's located at 3113 Laura Lane in Middleton. 

Snow contributes to tree collection delay, city says

Snow contributes to tree collection delay, city says

Division collects 600 tons of trees, brush in Jan.          

The second round of Christmas tree collection in Madison has been delayed. 

The City of Madison said Wednesday that the Streets Division is running behind due to the amount of storm-damaged limbs being picked up along with the trees. The frequent snowfall and ice operations of the last two weeks have also contributed to the delay by tying up staff who usually work on tree collection, the division said in a news release.

"Our crews collected over 600 tons of Christmas trees and brush in January," Madison recycling coordinator George Dreckmann said. "That is three times more than our average."

Dreckmann said the large amount of material has doubled the amount of time it usually takes the department to complete a first round of tree collection; four weeks instead of the usual two. 

Best-selling Middleton author to hold book event Tuesday

Jennifer Chiaverini will introduce new book on Lincoln's wife's seamstress    

New York Times bestselling author and Middleton resident Jennifer Chiaverini will speak at a west side book store Tuesday evening celebrating her new historical novel.

The free event begins at 7 p.m. at Barnes & Noble, 7433 Mineral Point Road in Madison.

Chiaverini will introduce her new book, “Mrs. Lincoln’s Dressmaker,” which discusses the Civil War-era friendship between Mary Todd Lincoln -- Abraham Lincoln’s wife -- and her seamstress, Elizabeth Keckley.

A Barnes & Noble employee recommended attendees arrive around 6:45 p.m. to get a seat, as Chiaverini usually draws a sizeable crowd.

‘Family Business of the Year Award’ seeks nominees across the state

 ‘Family Business of the Year Award’ seeks nominees across the state

Award celebrates impact of family biz on Wis. communities    

A state group that celebrates family-owned businesses is seeking nominations for the 2013 “Business of the Year” award, which is also the group’s 10th year sponsoring the program.

One family business will be selected for grand awards in categories including small (less than 50 employees), medium (50-99), and large (100 or more) companies. The organization said special awards will also be given to companies excelling in a particular area.

Created by Smith & Gesteland, a Middleton accounting and business consulting firm, the annual awards highlight the importance of family-owned businesses.

The deadline for nominations is April 13.