Third annual Meet & Eat

Food carts will gather twice a week at Meadowood Shopping Center, Warner Park and Brittingham Park this summer as part of the city's third annual Meet & Eat program.

The third year for Madison's "Meet & Eat" event starts Thursday at the Meadowood Shopping Center on the city's south side. 

Started in 2012 and co-sponsored by Madison Parks, Meet & Eat is part of Mayor Paul Soglin's attempt to bring more food options to areas with few walkable restaurants.

Twice a week, food carts like Caracas Empanadas (Venezuelan), Luang Prabang (Thai), FIB's (sausages and sandwiches) and Banzo (Mediterranean) gather for a few hours in a local park.

The city provides picnic tables and portable bathrooms, creating a kind of impromptu Food Cart Pod, clusters of food carts seen in cities like Portland.

This year, the Meadowood Shopping Center, 5800 Raymond Road, hosts carts Thursday evenings through Aug. 28.

On Tuesdays in July, look for carts at Warner Park, 2930 N. Sherman Ave.

On Tuesdays in August, find Meet & Eat at Brittingham Park, 829 W. Washington Ave., overlapping with the new Brittingham Park Farmers' Market (3-6 p.m. Tuesdays through Sept. 23). 

Meet & Eat should not be confused with Let's Eat Out, another food cart-centric initiative run by the carts themselves.

Mondays through Wednesdays, carts like Slide, Fortune Cafe and SoHo Gourmet Cuisines cluster on the north side, Midvale and the Atwood neighborhood's Circle Park. 

Note: An earlier version of this story incorrectly stated that Meet & Eat would be at Meadowood on Tuesdays. It will be Thursdays only. 

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Food editor and arts writer Lindsay Christians has been writing for the Cap Times since 2008. She hosts the food podcast The Corner Table and runs a program for student theater critics. Member @AFJEats and @ATCA. She/ her/ hers.

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