Monty's Blue Plate Diner
Monty's Blue Plate Diner will be holding a competition and the winner will get one free whoopie pie per week for a year.

Taste of Mount Horeb

An inaugural Taste of Mount Horeb event will be held from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday.

Mount Horeb is celebrating its sesquicentennial this year and the Mount Horeb Landmarks Foundation has recently completed renovations on the first floor of the historic District No. 1 school at 110 N. Second St. The Taste of Mount Horeb will take place on the schoolhouse grounds and the building will be open for free tours.

Local food establishments will offer small portion sizes at sample prices and there will be live music by local artists. For information about Mount Horeb, check www.trollway.com.

Celebrating ‘Ulysses’

Bloomsday, named after the character Leopold Bloom in James Joyce’s “Ulysses,” is observed in Ireland every June 16 to celebrate the life of Joyce and his epic novel, set in Dublin on June 16, 1904.

The Cooper’s Tavern, 20 W. Mifflin St., on the Capitol Square, will mark Bloomsday next week with a Guinness beer and raw oyster party on the patio. There also will be readings from the pages of “Ulysses.”

The menu at the restaurant that day will feature turn-of-the-century Irish cuisine, including pork stew and mussels. Oysters will be $2 each, with Guinness at $5.25. The mussels entrée will be priced at $12.95.

Win free whoopie pie

Monty’s Blue Plate Diner asks, “What would you do for a whoopie pie? Sing a little song? Do a little dance? Write a little poem or story?”

The Atwood Avenue restaurant is holding a contest through June, with the winner earning one free whoopie pie per week for a year.

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Entries can be sent via email (blueplate@foodfightinc.com), Facebook or letter. They can come in written form, or with a video, song or dance. Entries also can be performed live at the restaurant.

For details, call 244-8505.

Dinner in a barn

Steenbock’s on Orchard is holding a candlelit dinner on June 18 in the barn at Fountain Prairie Farms, W1901 State Road 16, in Fall River, 30 miles northeast of Madison.

The multi-course dinner will feature Fountain Prairie Farms’ Scottish Highland grass-fed beef as well as fresh seasonal produce. It will be prepared by Steenbock chef Michael Pruett.

Wagon rides will take place at 5 p.m., with dinner at 6:30. Cost is $125 per person. Call 469-2316 for a reservation.

‘Dairyland’ book launch

The Wisconsin Historical Society Press, the Wisconsin Milk Marketing Board, Capital Brewery, and author Ed Janus are celebrating the release of Janus’ book, “Creating Dairyland,” 5-8 p.m. Thursday in the Bier Garten at Capital Brewery, 7734 Terrace Ave., Middleton.

Janus will sign books, and visitors can meet local dairy farmers and cheesemakers, take a photograph with Ginger the Jersey, listen to music by old-time fiddlers and enjoy gourmet grilled cheese sandwiches and Capital beer.

“Creating Dairyland” pays tribute to the thousands of Wisconsin farmers who have found a way to keep their dairy farms in business.

— Samara Kalk Derby


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