Talula welcomes Santa
Santa Claus will make an appearance at Talula, 802 Atlas Ave., from 5-7 p.m. on Monday in a fundraiser for the Dane County Humane Society. Children can get a picture with Santa for a $5 donation.
Monday also is kids' night at Talula, with children's performer David Landau. Call 441-1977 for information.
Fully decorated gingerbread houses are available for $25.99 at Market Street Diner, 110 Market St., Sun Prairie. Build-your-own kits are $18.99. The kit includes gingerbread, icing, candies, cookies, a base and instructions. To order, call the diner at 825-3377.
Uno Chicago Grill restaurants and the nonprofit Pizzas 4 Patriots encourage people to remember troops in Afghanistan over the holidays with a "$5 for $50" fundraiser. During December, Uno customers can purchase a $5 booklet that offers $50 in coupon savings. Sales proceeds will enable Pizzas 4 Patriots to provide 10,000 pizzas to U.S. troops in Afghanistan on America's largest pizza-eating day — Super Bowl Sunday, Feb. 5.
Uno locations in Madison are: 3010 Crossroads Drive on the East Side, and 7601 Mineral Point Road on the West Side. For information, visit www.unos.com.
Free holiday e-guide
Johnny's Italian Steakhouse, 8390 Market St., Middleton, is offering a free e-book holiday guide with recipes, gift ideas, entertaining essentials and an instructional video on how to decorate your table.
"Holidays Inspired by Johnny's" is available through Dec. 31. To receive the e-book, people need to "like" the restaurant on Facebook.com/JohnnysSteakhouse. A tab called "Holidays Inspired by Johnny's" will appear and can be clicked to download. Those who already "like" the restaurant on Facebook can receive the information by clicking "holiday e-book" in the left navigation panel.
RP's Pasta makes ‘O List'
Fresh gluten-free pasta from Madison-based RP's Pasta Company is featured in the January issue of O Magazine as part of Oprah Winfrey's "O List."
O Magazine staff members sampled the pasta at the Summer Fancy Food Show in Washington, D.C., according to RP's founder, Peter Robertson.
"They went to work cooking and tasting the pasta and ultimately decided it should be featured on ‘The O List,'" Robertson said. "In their words, the gluten-free pasta ‘is authentically delizioso.'"
RP's has been producing all-natural, fresh pasta since 1995. In 2008, Robertson developed a recipe for all natural gluten-free and wheat-free pasta to meet a demand for gluten-free products. The pasta is now available in Whole Foods stores across the U.S, as well as many other chains and independent grocers.
RP's was asked by Oprah's editors to recommend other gluten-free products to go with the pasta and suggested pesto from Rennaisance Farm, in Spring Green, and bread from Madison's Silly Yak Bakery.
Mark Olson, president of Renaissance Farm, said he's honored to get recognition from O: "Pesto has come a long way in the 27 years I have been growing basil and making pesto," he said. "From a little-known green sauce to what can only be described as mainstream is absolutely thrilling."
— Samara Kalk Derby