For those of you who may not be in the know, MACN or the Madison Area Chefs Network is comprised of local chefs that adopt seasonality, protect diversity, and support the local economy, all through collaboration with the local food community.
MACN Chef Week is a week of collaboration and friendly competition amongst local area chefs where foodies are ensured a truly once-in-a-lifetime culinary experience. Want to see Chef Dan Fox from Heritage Tavern mix things up a bit at Sujeo with Chef Tory Miller? This was the week to witness just that.
Since we missed most... ok ALL of MACN Chef Week, we had to redeem ourselves by attending the climactic finale to such a unique week-long culinary event: MACN Chef Week - Sunday Funday. The final party which concludes MACN Chef Week showcases street food created by some of the best chefs in Madison. Tickets to the event cost $100, and it was worth every penny. If the cost gave you a bit of a sticker shock, keep in mind that the proceeds benefit the Community Action Coalition's Madison Farmer's Market Double Dollar's Program.
Now you'll have to prepare yourself for this next image.
My heart literally skipped a beat when I walked in and saw this awesome display of dairy magic.
Can someone say Holy Cheeses?!?!?!
I could have stayed at this station for the entire time and be completely satisfied and fulfilled.
The Wisconsin Milk Marketing Board provided this glorious spread of delicious cheeses.
Did I try them all? You bet I did. Here's a list of cheeses that made it into my belly. Click on them to see where they came from.
- Buttermilk Blue®️ Affinée
- Caso Bolo Mellage
- Marieke®️ Gouda
- Pleasant Ridge Reserve
- Red Rock
- Roth’s Private Reserve
- 10-Year Aged Cheddar (MY FAV!)
There was also 1 complimentary glass of sparkling wine, and complimentary beer from One Barrel Brewing Company. You just can't go wrong when you throw in unlimited beer at a Madison, Wisconsin food event. It's a win-win every time.
I ate my way through every food station that was there, and quite frankly, there were some that I visited more than once. Take a look at all the fantastic grub this place had to offer.
With all the delicious food in one place for me to devour, it was incredibly difficult to pick favorites. I really loved EVERYTHING, and absolutely enjoyed getting to know some of the chefs.
There were some absolute standouts in the sea of amazing delectables.
Here are the Top 5:
5. Forequarter - Chef Johnny Hunter
Papadum with chicken, curry, mint and yogurt chutney
4. Heritage Tavern - Chef Dan Fox
Grilled Thai Sausage with scallion pancake, candied peanut, pickled papaya, green mango & jalapeño slaw, ssamjang mayonnaise
3. Oliver's Public House - Chef Patrick McCormick
Beef Cheek Gorditas with house salsas and crema
2. L'Etoile/Graze/Sujeo/Estrellon - Chef Tory Miller
Tteokbokki: Rice cake, Kimchi, Lap Cheong, Pleasant Ridge Reserve, Bandaged Cheddar
1. Layla's - Chef Laila Borokhim
Saffron Ice Cream with Waffle Cookie
It was an absolute blast at this event, and it's not premature of me to state that it was a total success.
This absolutely made up for missing Chef's Week, and I'm so glad I attended this event, and I absolutely look forward to what MACN has in store in the future.
I met some wonderful, like-minded people who love to eat and drink with the best of them.
I hobnobbed with the best chefs that Madison has to offer.
I ate some of the best street food all in one place.
And most importantly, I was able to report back to all of you, our loyal readers and followers.
This was a winner in my book.
Since a picture is worth a thousand words, here is a slideshow of photos from this fabulous foodie event.
Enjoy, and stay locked on Epicurean Chronicles for more coverage on events such as this one.