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Please join us for CHEW meetings at 7:15 pm  on the first Wednesdays of the month at the Goodman Community Center, 149 Waubesa St, Madison, Wisconsin.

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Coming Up Next:

Wednesday, February 1, 7:15 pm – “Colby: The Comeback Kid” presented by Jeanne Carpenter

Invented 130 years ago in Wisconsin, true Colby, with its nuttiness and curdy texture, has all but disappeared in America’s Dairyland, thanks to big dairy lobbying that changed state statutes in the 1990s. Today, only a half dozen cheesemakers make Colby like it was intended, but those makers are forging a comeback for this Wisconsin original. Taste and learn about true Colby cheese from Jeanne Carpenter, American Cheese Society Certified Cheese Professional, and specialty cheese buyer at Metcalfe’s Markets in Wisconsin.

Jcarpenter-6284-1eanne Carpenter is a cheese geek and an American Cheese Society Certified Cheese Professional. She has worked as an award-winning journalist, was the spokesperson for the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, and was pivotal in the development of the Dairy Business Innovation Center, a non-profit widely credited for helping reinvigorate the Wisconsin dairy industry in the 2000’s. Today, she works as the Specialty Cheese Buyer for Metcalfe’s Markets in Wisconsin. In addition, she is the executive director for Wisconsin Cheese Originals and the Wisconsin Artisan Cheesemaker Guild. You’ll find her byline in a variety of regional and national food magazines, as well as on her blog, Cheese Underground. 

Future Programs

Wednesday, March 1, 7:15 pm, Goodman Community Center, Madison, WI – “Women Behind Bars: The Illicit History of Women and Bartending,” presented by Jeanette Hurt

Women have always worked with booze. We’ve tended family vineyards, distilled whiskey and brewed beer.  We’ve made, mixed and sold booze throughout the centuries, and while we’ve done it, we’ve been reviled, arrested and even killed.  And it’s not just ancient history: California didn’t allow women to bartend until 1971, and tobook-cover-photoday there are still bars that refuse to hire women as bartenders. Despite such challenges, a woman likely invented the cocktail during the American Revolution, and today more than 60 percent of American bartenders are women. Tonight, to mark the first day of Women’s History Month, we’ll learn about the history of women and bartending from the author of a new book called Drink Like a Woman: Shake. Stir. Conquer. Repeat.

Jeanette Hurt is the award-winning writer and author of eight culinary and drink books, including The Cheeses of California: A Culinary Travel Guide, which received the 2010 Mark Twain Award for Best Travel Book, and The jeanette-hurt-photo1Complete Idiot’s Guide to Wine and Food Pairing. As full-time journalist, Jeanette has written about spirits, wine, and food for TheKitchn.com, Four Seasons Magazine, Wine Enthusiast,ntrepreneur.com, Esquire.com, and dozens more publications. When she’s not writing, traveling, cooking or shaking up some concoction, she can usually be found walking along Milwaukee’s lakefront with her husband, their son, and their dog.

Please join us for CHEW meetings at 7:15 pm  on the first Wednesdays of the month at the Goodman Community Center, 149 Waubesa St, Madison, WI.


Membership – HEY! It’s Membership Renewal Time, Folks. Please see Treasurer Char Thompson at the next meeting to renew or become a member. Or send a check made out to CHEW, along with your name, email address, postal address and phone number, to: CHEW c/o Char Thompson, 2716 Gregory Street, Madison WI, 53711. For more info about membership, click here.

Newsletter – To receive our email newsletter, just send us a note at chewwisconsin@gmail.com

Meetings – Meeting place and time: click here. Depending on speaker/topic, location can vary, please check the monthly meeting details for location if different than the Goodman Community Center.

If you’re coming to the meeting, why not bring a nonperishable food item to donate to the Goodman Center food pantry!  The Center is giving out food as fast as it can take it in and the need has never been greater. Items needed: tuna, beans, shelf-stable milk, juice, canned fruits & vegetables, macaroni & cheese, peanut butter, cereal, infant formula, baby food, diapers, soup (not tomato), rice, can openers. Financial donations also welcome.


CHEW Library – One advantage of coming to a monthly CHEW meeting is access to CHEW’s traveling library. Our collection totals almost 60 titles – ranging from the esteemed Ovens of Brittany Cookbook to Near a Thousand Tables: A History of Food. We have copies of the books written by virtually every guest speaker we have had in the last ten years, e.g.,  Putting Down Roots: Gardening Insights from Wisconsin’s Settlers by Marcia Carmichael, chief gardener at Old World Wisconsin; Kathleen Kline’s People of the Sturgeon: Wisconsin’s Love Affair with an Ancient Fish, and Cluck: From Jungle Fowl to Chicks by Susan Troller. To peruse all the book titles on the CHEW web site, click Culinary. You can put in an “order” for a specific book by emailing chewwisconsin@gmail.comand the book will be brought to the next meeting, if it hasn’t already been checked out. Several titles will also be featured at each meeting–you’ll hear a short review and will have the opportunity to check one of the featured titles out for a month. We are happy to provide this personal service.