Wednesday, June 21, 2017 – the Summer Solstice – brings Make Music Madison back to South Carroll Street.

Fromagination has participated each year since the international day of music came to our city.  We’ve had beautiful music…and lots of fun…during that time.

More than 60 U.S. cities and two states are celebrating Make Music Day this year – see the website for more:  www.makemusicday.org/

This year Fromagination has six musicians/bands, all of whom should be “a good listen” out on our outdoor patio!  We have music scheduled from 10:00 a.m. until 5:30 p.m., just before we close.

Fromagination’s 2017 line-up

  • Traditional Frequency – 10:00-11:00 a.m.
  • Jason Moon – 11:00-12 noon
  • Josh Cohen – 12 noon-1:30 p.m.
  • The No-Name Stringband – 1:30-2:30 p.m.
  • Dave Cofell – 2:30-4:00 p.m.
  • Polimorphic – 4:00-5:30 p.m.

Traditional Frequency kicks off our day with traditional Irish, Scottish, and other instrumental folk music from around the world.  Next, Jason Moon, a veteran and singer/songwriter who has played at Fromagination the last two years, is up.  Jason was the 2016 Wisconsin Area Music Industry (WAMI) Singer/Songwriter of the year winner.

At noon, Josh Cohen, a music educator based in Toronto, Canada, plays a 6-string electric bass to show off his his solo compositions and arrangements.  Next arrives the No-Name Stringband, creates its own groove on light-footed and hard-driving barn dance tunes of the American south, then slowing down to explore more introspective original compositions.

Later, Dave Cofell performs a variety of styles on six and twelve string guitar, from old standards to folk and blues songs, instrumental banjo tunes, jazzy novelty songs, R&B to covers.  He has performed by invitation for the American Folk Life Center for the Library of Congress.  Finally, the last of the afternoon, Polimorphic displays elements of jazz along with a steady pulse of classic blues over a foundation of a classic 90s alternative rock sound.

Come and hear some music…and celebrate the beginning of summer!


People often have guests visit, and want to have some fun, and good-tasting, food for that gathering.  In Wisconsin, it’s easy to find very good cheese to create a cheese platter for such an occasion.

Guests may know something about cheese – or nothing – but they’re usually willing to try those they’ve never tasted, especially when those cheeses are paired with interesting beers, wines or other tasty food “companions.”

Fromagination recently put together a great artisan cheese platter – including six Wisconsin cheeses, four companion foods, some charcuterie, and tapenade – on camera.  Our cheesemonger, Shannon, explains how to choose and arrange items on the platter.

We used several cheeses in this video: Martone from LaClare Farms is first, then Dill Havarti from Roth, then Three Chile Pepper Gouda from Roth, then Private Reserve from Roth, the GranQueso from Roth, then Buttermilk Blue Affinée from Roth.  See the link below for the list of other items!

We thank Emmi Roth USA for this video.

After you watch, the video, check out our Do-It-Yourself Artisan Cheese Platter…we make it easy to do at home.

Have a look how Shannon does it:

 


Friday, June 9, will be a great sampling day at Fromagination…for meat lovers.  From 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., Nueske’s Meats will be offer samples of it Summer Sausage (made from beef and pork) and its Liver Pate.

Nueske’s is another local food producer that Fromagination is proud to feature along with our many Wisconsin artisan cheese producers.

Nueske’s has been based in Wittenberg, Wisconsin for more than 80 years.  (Wittenberg is in Shawano County, and northwest of Green Bay, southeast of Wausau.)  Wilhelm Nueske learned to smoke meat in Europe, and his family began to sell cured meats in northern Wisconsin in 1933.

We use Nueske’s smoked turkey in our Signature Sandwich and Pasture Harvest sandwich, and its ham in our Munster Mash sandwich.

Stop in Friday for lunch and meet Megan from Nueske’s…who can tell you all about Summer Sausage, and other tasty meats from up north.


Fromagination Cheesemonger Jeff recently helped Madison Gas & Electric Company (MG&E) name its newest flock of Peregrine Falcons.  This year the chicks  -who live “upstairs” from MG&E – are named for cheeses that are considered native, more or less, to Wisconsin.

Thanks to MG&E for helping to publicize preservation of a formerly endangered species.  The Peregrine Falcon became extinct in the eastern U.S. due to pesticide (DDT) use in the 1950s, ’60s and ’70s, but came off the Endangered Species List in 1999.

Jeff was happy to help explain the importance of these cheeses to Wisconsin’s cheese heritage.  See the new chicks video below…and the cheeses they’re named for below the video!

Fromagination sells some great Wisconsin versions of those very cheeses:


A great, organic annual event in Madison takes place on the longest day of the year.  Lucky for us, Fromagination has an outdoor patio with chairs and tables…and musicians on June 21.

Make Music Madison happens on a Wednesday this year, and we’re ready with a great line-up of local musicians who will serenade our cheese-loving clientele and passers-by.

But Make Music Day is not unique to Madison, or even the United States!  It began in France…like a lot of cheese we know about at Fromagination: http://www.makemusicday.org/

This year we have six acts, including a singer/songwriter, old time fiddle music, an six-string electric bassist, a jazz/blues trio, Irish/Scottish instrumental folk, and a soloist who’s performed at the American Folk Life Center.

Fromagination’s line-up for 2017:

  • Traditional Frequency – 10:00-11:00 a.m.
  • Jason Moon – 11:00-12 noon
  • Josh Cohen – 12 noon-1:30 p.m.
  • The No-Name Stringband – 1:30-2:30 p.m.
  • Dave Cofell – 2:30-4:00 p.m.
  • Polimorphic – 4:00-5:30 p.m.