Crema Cafe on Madison’s East Side is now serving brunch on Saturdays and Sundays.

The cafe at 4124 Monona Drive, at the Buckeye Road intersection near the Lake Edge Shopping Center, will offer items such as the Fungus Scrambler with mushrooms, Farmer John’s Asiago cheese and truffle oil.

Scramblers with smoked salmon and goat cheese, as well as one with Lange Farms organic sausage, will be sold along with a hash containing sweet potatoes, Yukon Gold potatoes and rosemary.

A few items from the weekday menus, like the Bluebird (blueberry and chicken salad) and the ArtiMelt (artichokes and Farmer John’s provolone) also will be available at brunch.

The hours are Saturday 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. and Sunday 8 a.m. and 3 p.m. Reservations are not accepted.

SPECIAL DINNER: A seven-course dinner inspired by the papacy in Avignon, in medieval France, will be held Feb. 3, at 6 p.m. at Steenbock’s on Orchard, 330 N. Orchard St.

The dinner will be prepared by chef Michael Pruett, and each course will be paired with a wine from the Rhone region.

The featured speaker on the dual papacy will be William Courtenay, a medieval history professor emeritus at UW-Madison. Tickets are $70 per person. Call Lisa Loup at 469-2316 for reservations.

Special events have been held at Steenbock’s on Orchard, in the Wisconsin Institutes for Discovery, for about a month; the restaurant will open for regular dinners Feb. 20. For menu details go to www.steenbocksonorchard.com.

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