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All around our communities people are pulling together, helping each other, adapting and thinking outside the box. Take a moment to hear some feel good stories and innovative strategies that restaurant businesses are implementing to keep their business going and to be there for their communities. #HowWiHelp

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Nineteen09

With colder weather on the horizon, businesses have to get creative to continue offering outdoor seating during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Katy Ripp owns Nineteen09 in Cross Plains, and she had to change a lot of her plans because of COVID-19. She had not even been open a year when the pandemic hit, forcing her to shut down in March.

“We’re actually considered a tavern,” Ripp explained, adding, “Because we can’t have very many people indoors, we have to extend our patio outside."

Ripp did not have a finished patio yet, so she got to work pouring concrete and setting up tables.

“It was finished around Memorial Day, which has saved us really all summer long,” she said.

As temperatures start to dip, Ripp is back at work again, setting up three “snow globes” in her patio.

“They were sort of in our business plan but four, maybe four or five years down the road,” Ripp said, explaining the snow globes were one more plan she had to speed up after COVID.

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Riley Tavern

Can you order your Baked Cod Dinner to-go online now? Sure you can, but our new Yard Blankets are in and available for purchase! Wouldn't you rather cuddle up in your new super soft Yard Blanket and enjoy dinner with a couple of cocktails at the Riley Yard?

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Good Food

How good do these Keto Turtle Cheesecake Bars look?! Find our keto treats at Metcalfe's (West and Hilldale), Piggly Wiggly in Cottage Grove, Capitol Centre Foods, Regent Market Co-Op or order for delivery or shipping in Wisconsin at Christines-kitchens.com. We're also super excited to announce that Willy St Co-Op and Woodman's will be carrying our products SOON!!!

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Madison.com

Picnics

Pick-up picnics, virtual brands: This is dining in a pandemic

Each box of food at Picnics comes with a map. It’s a seven minute walk from 101 N. Hamilton St. to James Madison Park. A nine minute ride with a BLT and potato salad in the basket of your bike gets you to Tenney Park.

“We don’t have a lot of excitement and newness right now,” said Anna Freudenberg, owner of Picnics, a cash-only carryout business that opened in mid-August inside Boar & Barrel.

“Because of COVID, a lot of things have been put on pause or haven’t happened, and we crave newness in summer,” Freudenberg said. “We wanted to create excitement while letting people feel safe.”

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Food Fight

Special menu at Food Fight restaurants benefits Second Harvest Food Bank

September is Hunger Action Month. Madison-based Food Fight Restaurant Group is partnering with Second Harvest Food Bank to make a difference.

All month long, if you order from the Second Harvest Specials section of the menu at 18 participating restaurants, a donation will automatically go to Second Harvest Food Bank. Click here to view the restaurants.

You can also add a donation to your bill. Every dollar donated equals three meals for families in need in Dane County. Officials with Food Fight say their donation drive for Second Harvest is always important, but this year feels especially significant due to COVID-19.

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Madison Cook it Forward

Madison Cook It Forward initiative helps keep restaurant doors open, fight food insecurity amid pandemic

As restaurants fight to keep doors open, and people work to keep food on the table, Cook It Forward Madison is helping the community stay afloat during the ongoing pandemic.

The initiative works by paying restaurants to provide individually packaged, fresh meals for those who need them. In turn, the restaurants keep their doors open and employees working.

In it’s ninth week, the project has served more than 5,000 meals.

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The Black Sheep

What an honor to have cooked for the people who serve this community! Thank you for thinking of us and for honoring Chef Tyler Sailsbery.

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The Cap Times

Tornado Steakhouse

Supper clubs add special touches to recreate atmosphere at home

Becoming a regular at a restaurant can feel like a badge of honor. At a supper club, it’s like gaining another family. 

The classic Midwestern establishment — home of the relish tray, old fashioneds and ice-cream drinks, and the best fish fry in town — is centered on community. When restaurants were barred from welcoming patrons per pandemic-related restrictions, supper clubs were hit especially hard.

Several Madison-area supper clubs decided to take extra measures to ensure their customers got the full experience, even when they could not dine in-house.

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Quilted Oak & Ice Cream

It is so amazing. Deerfield you are amazing. In our year as owners of Quilted Oak, today was our best day ever. National Ice Cream Day is a winner here. Thank you to all who stopped by. We appreciate you! Remember we are closed Monday and Tuesday. See you Wednesday and thank you for the support. We {heart} you all.

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Deerfield Coffeehouse

Are you ready to start strutting your mask styles for the new Dane County Public Health orders starting Monday? If not, we got you covered with some special masks handmade in Guatemala! The masks costs what you can give and are a great way to help give a hand up to someone while helping us all stay safe. PS They’re comfy AND gorg. So many wins here.

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WKOW.com

Avenue Club

Avenue Club sets the bar for pandemic safety

As COVID-19 cases in Dane County rise, some bars and restaurants are cracking down to make sure their customers and staff feel safe.

Strict safety guidelines are nothing new for Avenue Club on E. Washington Avenue.

They've thought of everything, like using different color pens for every day of the week and putting used ones into a quarantine bin.

Safety continues to be a top priority as we're coming off of a holiday weekend.

Guidelines include walking on lines throughout the restaurant to maintain six feet distance from customers dining. In addition, customers can chose how often they want the server to come to their table with a sign, making sure the server isn't intruding into guests' space.

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Little Crane Cafe

It's not absolutely perfect like I wanted but it's at a great starting point so we will build from here. Keep in mind there is a lot more in the way of stock coming and we're starting off with baby steps. Just be patient with us and the shop.

On another note, before we officially open the LC Market , I want to address our stance on operating a business in the Ronaverse.

Prior to Covid-19, our staff took great pride in maintaining and operating our business in a mindful way that put the health and safety of our customers and staff in the forefront. We will continue to adhere to that philosophy as we move forward. Our staff will take all the necessary steps we can based on CDC guidelines to assure our establishment remains clean and sanitary.

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Buckhorn

Buckhorn Supper Club

A short story to show how fantastic our customers and staff are.

Last week I met with a couple that are “regulars” at The Buckhorn.

They were concerned about how our staff were doing while being closed. The wanted to make sure that everyone was ok and returning to work. Thankfully, Matt and I have been able to bring ALL of our staff back!!

(Side note: We are hiring more staff… bussers, dishwashers, hostesses, kitchen prep and servers. Call to set up an interview time)

Anyhow back to the story...

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Brix Cider

Farm-to-table restaurant reinvents itself

When life gives you lemons make lemonade. When life gave them the COVID-19 pandemic Marie and Matt Raboin, owners of Brix Cider of Mount Horeb, reinvented their cidery and café into a regional food hub with food-delivery service.

“We celebrated Brix Cider’s first anniversary Jan. 31 and were one of the first restaurants in Dane County to close due to COVID-19,” said Marie Raboin.

That was March 14 before Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers issued the state’s stay-at-home order. Until then the Raboins had successfully navigated their first year in business, building a strong reputation of commitment to community, quality ciders and local food.

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When life sucks, sometimes a cookie helps at least a little. We baked up 160 cookies yesterday and took a road trip to Milwaukee to give them to protesters. We also brought some snacks, water, and other things people might need. It's hard to know the right thing to do in times like these. Our cookies certainly aren't putting a dent in the problem of systemic police violence, but doing something is better than doing nothing. Do what you can and don't turn away. Black Lives Matter.

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Hacienda Beer Company

Today is #WhatsGoodWednesday where we will highlight stories of people pulling together, helping each other, adapting & thinking outside of the box.

Hacienda Beer Co. continues to focus on their community and employees during this tough time. Owner John McMahon leads the charge by donating prepped food to his staff to help feed their families. In addition, he has donated four full grocery carts of food to Hope House of Milwaukeeto help feed the homeless and others in need.

Thank you for everything you are doing for our community! #WRAProud

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Little Crane Cafe

Reinventing Ourselves

Little Crane and the new LC Market | Necedah, WI

Covid-19 shook the restaurant industry to it’s core forcing many Mom & Pop eateries across the country to close their doors. We wanted to make sure that our place survived so we made the difficult to pivot in light of hardship.

Introducing the LC Market, a hybrid specialty market and carryout restaurant combined. Our dining room has been converted into a complete retail space that will feature a selection of fresh produce, dairy, meats and staples. In conjunction, our kitchen will continue to prepare a complete menu for takeout for breakfast and lunch while the quick serve counter will additionally offer a selection of in-house prepared side dishes, wet salads, and ready to go options such as Heat & Eat prepared meals, fresh sandwiches, garden salads by the pound, homemade soup & chili, and packaged meal kits.

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Two20 Main

Have you heard about our “Pay it forward” board?! Purchase an item of your choice and bless a random stranger. Having a sad day? Maybe a card applies to you! Come on in and check it out! Serving 11-8 today.

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Pizzeria Uno

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Lucky's Spitfire

“I want to thank you for the 100 delicious lunches you provided on 5/5 and 5/6. Our physicians, nurses and other caregivers working where we care for our patients affected by the Coronavirus enjoyed them very much. Your support and generosity are very much appreciated. Thank you!”

We got this message and these photos from last week’s donation, and we received permission to share this with you. This gave us all the feels ❤️

Thank you to all of you who donated to make this possible!

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Together Madison

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Sperino's Pepperoni Pub

Scavenger Hunt time.......well kind of! We have placed a winning box in our stack of boxes. We cant remember what size but it is in there! Order and see if you found the winner, follow the steps to claim your prize of a $50 Evergreen Country Club gift card, and a Sperino's 1/4 zip polo. Good luck everyone and thank you for supporting Sperino's!

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Rockie's Hometown Pizza and Subs

Our $25 gift certificates for today's giveaway are for Maddie Strong Studios 209 Parkview Dr, Milton, Wi and Sheer Madness 1141 E. High St., Milton, Wi. Maddie Strong Studios is a Children's Art Studio offering a variety of arts, crafts and classes for children. Sheer Madness is a hair studio offering hair cuts, color, basic pedicures and manicures. Both of these area small businesses offer gift certificate purchases during this time!!

Be sure to like, comment and share this post to be eligible to win!!

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Milwaukee Business Journal

Egg & Flour Pasta Bar

See how popular Bay View restaurant is preparing to reopen with social distancing

Chef Adam Pawlak’s Egg & Flour Pasta Bar has turned to partitions as one measure to promote safety when his Bay View restaurant some day reopens. 

Pawlak had opened the new dining spot one week before the state of Wisconsin required all dining rooms to close as part of its efforts to curb the spread of Covid-19. Since mid-March, Pawlak has focused his service efforts out of the original pasta bar location at the Crossroads Collective food hall on Milwaukee’s east side. See the attached slideshow for more details on his Bay View operation.

In the Bay View neighborhood, he has been preparing the space for an eventual reopening. One of those measures has been to install plastic partitions produced by a partner in the business. Tony Goff, whose business Goff’s Enterprises Inc., is creating “personal safety partitions” that can be used to section off different areas of the business.

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Wisconsin State Farmer

Downtown Pizza

Thiensville pizzeria supporting farmers during pandemic

It made Daryl Kranich sad when he heard farmers were dumping milk so he decided Downtown Pizza in Thiensville was going do something to try and help. 

Kranich had worked with the Ozaukee County Farm Bureau board the past couple years, "the most humble, hard-working, dedicated, passionate and driven men and women," he said in a Facebook post. "They call themselves farmers, I now can call them friends!" 

"Their struggle is real and it started long before COVID-19," Kranich said on Facebook. "I was confused and then heartbroken as I watched farmers dumping milk. I asked myself... WHAT CAN I DO?"

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BOXCARS Pub & Grub

It's BINGO with BOXCARS tonight!! Grab your bingo cards & instructions with every to go order, jump on zoom tonight and let's have a little isolation fun! BOXCARS gift certificates and TP are the prizes!! #boxcarsrocks #bingo #coronacation #isolationfun #bingotogo

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Riverwalk Pub Food & Spirits

50 meals just delivered to The Lake Delton Fire Department and Dells/Delton EMS! This wouldn’t have been possible without your generous donations. They were very grateful AND HUNGRY! 😂

Next on our list- Kilbourn Fire Department and Lake Delton Police Department! 

We are still accepting donations. There are quite a few departments left on our list! Post offices, Mauers, Wisconsin Dells Marketplace, etc. 

Thanks again to all of you that have donated thus far. ❤️
#dellsstrong

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Fitz's on the Lake

Come on down and enjoy our NEW Car Hop service!! Open til 7pm

Check out our website for a up to date menu!

The Grateful Lodi Lunch Bunch is only 10 meals away from feeding the fire department!! Keep your generosity coming! 

Plan ahead for Mother’s Day!

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Jenny Lynd's Pizza

Jenny Lynd's Pizza restaurant selling items with pop-up shop

Jenny Lynd's Pizza has created a pop-up market inside of the restaurant, so residents can get the items they need. 

"I really just wanted to be able to help people," said Crystal Garrett, the owner of the restaurant. 

The store is selling items such as gloves, bleach, toilet paper, some food items and more.

Garrett said she decided to do it because she never uses all of the stuff her supplier sends her.

"When I order stuff, I was able to talk to my Sysco representative Sabrina that to find out what was needed for me, myself and when I realized the amounts that I was getting, I wasn't going to be able to go through a case of what I got," said Garrett. "People have been really supportive of the idea. They call me all the time and ask do you still have this, do you have that, or can I get this and if I don't have that item that I'm looking for, I see if I can get it for them."

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Some Good News

John Krasinski highlights some good news around the world and brings in his friends Guy Fieri, Martha Stewart, David Chang, and Stanley Tucci for an SGN potluck.

For more info on Guy Fieri and The Restaurant Employee Relief Fund: https://rerf.us/

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Tandem

World Central Kitchen backs Milwaukee meal program

Caitlin Cullen’s restaurant, The Tandem, now has an international partner as it provides free meals during the pandemic. World Central Kitchen, the hunger relief organization founded by Spanish chef José Andrés, has pledged to reimburse them $10 for every meal. 

When strict social distancing rules took effect in mid-March, Cullen suspended curbside service and started giving away the food she had left. One week in, it was almost gone.

Donations and partnerships with almost 30 Milwaukee restaurants kept the program going. Cullen looked for a more sustainable solution, but did not hear back from any national organizations.

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The Shopiere Tap

Rock County restaurant helps keep farmers fed in the fields

A restaurant and bar in rural Rock County is making sure farmers stay fed while not missing a beat while working in the fields. 

“We don’t need a street name. Our delivery guys just go find the field and if we have to, we will put it in four-wheel drive and we will take it to them,” said Bill Perkins who owns The Shopiere Tap along with his wife, Audra Perkins. 

The Shopiere Tap is located on County Highway J along Turtle Creek just north of Beloit. 

“We are a rural community out here but we service a big distance. We have people come from an hour away to eat and converse at our bar,” said Perkins.

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Salvatores

Salvatore's Tomato Pies

Honored to be able to serve 70 healthy and nutritious meals to the good folks working on the front lines at UnityPoint Health - Meriter hospital! Thanks Boys & Girls Clubs of Dane County for making this possible!

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The Packing House Restaurant

The other day we asked for nominations to our new “Fish Fries for Seniors” program and one if those nominations came from Reanne L. who wrote: 

“I saw your post about nominating a senior for a free fish fry within a five mile radius...my father is 6.6 miles away...would you be willing to go the extra mile? He’s a Marine veteran who had worked hard his entire life, has since retired, and now works at the American Legion in Oak Creek keeping the grounds looking beautiful.”

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The Ivanhoe Pub & Eatery

Big THANK YOU to everyone who has supported us and local small businesses!!! Get a “Thank you” cookie with your fish fry order!

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The Beacon Inn

Happy #NationalVolunteerWeek

Thank you to Bonnie and the Beacon Inn for providing lunch for our volunteers at our Leap Day Bed Build in February!

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Reach Dane

This afternoon, our Executive Director, Jen Bailey, and Chef Dave Heide of Liliana's Restaurant Charlie's On Main joined forces to distribute almost 200 meals to the families of our enrolled Reach Dane children!

This week we provided each child with six restaurant-size servings of two different chef-quality, made from scratch, hearty meals to combat the food insecurity our families are facing while children are not fed in our centers. They also receive a week's worth of breakfast and snacks. Each Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday our families will have access to this meal distribution from three locations: Red Arrow, East, and Sun Prairie. Many of these meals are being delivered directly to families' doorstep.

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Moka

Support our community heroes! Beginning today through April 30th, for every 2 pounds of bulk coffee purchased, MOKA will donate a brew box of coffee to First Responders, Police, & Fire Departments

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Migrants

Our Medical Imaging team enjoyed a taco lunch from Migrants restaurant today. Executive Chef Oscar Villarreal reached out with an offer to provide lunch for our staff in honor of his daughter, who is a radiologist in Florida. He said after talking to his daughter on the phone and hearing all about what she’s doing every day, he was inspired to do something to support healthcare workers here in Madison. Chef Oscar said, “I'm a firm believer that things happen for a reason. It's my belief that the world needs to be truly united during these times.” Thank you to Chef Oscar and his team for providing this delicious meal!

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Milwaukee Mag

Lakefront Brewery

Why Lakefront Brewery’s Three Stooges Are Wearing Masks

This year’s 414 Day felt a little different. While there are usually celebrations around Milwaukee, this year we celebrated together … except not together. Lakefront Brewery founders Russ and Jim Klisch hosted a virtual toast for 414 Day at 4:14 p.m. to healthcare workers.

Healthcare workers, with a valid I.D., were able to pick up a free Riverwest Stein six-pack from noon to 8 p.m. A gluten-free alternative and root beer was offered as well.

“Due to coronavirus we weren’t able to have what we planned for our 414 Day celebration,” stated Wendy Testin, Lakefront Brewery bookkeeper, “So the event was changed to give back to the healthcare workers right now”.

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USA Today

McDonald's

McDonald's to give free 'Thank You Meals' for first responders, health care workers starting Wednesday

McDonald's is introducing free "Thank You Meals" for first responders and health care workers serving on the front lines of the coronavirus pandemic, the fast-food giant announced Tuesday.

Starting Wednesday and through May 5, health care workers, police officers, firefighters and paramedics can get a free meal at participating restaurants nationwide available at the drive thru or for carry out.

The meals are available for breakfast, lunch and dinner and will be served in a Happy Meal box, "in the hopes of bringing a smile along with delicious food," the company said in a news release.

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Chipotle

Chipotle Launches "4HEROES" Buy One, Give One Program

Fans can name their burrito to help Chipotle donate more food to healthcare heroes on the frontlines

Chipotle Mexican Grill (NYSE: CMG) today announced it is launching a special buy one, give one program to support healthcare heroes across the U.S. From April 21 through April 26, Chipotle will donate a burrito to medical professionals every time a Chipotle digital customer names their burrito order "4HEROES" on the Chipotle app or Chipotle.com. Healthcare workers will be able to SIGN UP for a chance to receive their free burritos starting on Nurses Day, May 6. 

"We've seen firsthand how real food can go a long way in lifting the spirits of our country's incredibly resilient healthcare community," said Chris Brandt, Chief Marketing Officer. "We're excited to give fans another opportunity to support our heroes by simply naming their burrito."

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Sun Prairie Star

Buck & Honey's

Buck & Honey’s reopens for carryout, delivery on April 22

“We had two restaurant kitchens full of food,” Anderson said. “We felt we needed to help our staff, so we sent groceries home with them to feed their families. But then we wanted to help a few local organizations knowing they were going to be hard-hit during the safer-at-home order.”

Buck & Honey’s sent food to four community service organizations to help provide meals to many throughout Dane County. Food donations went to Tellurian Inc., an addiction and mental health facility in Monona; The River Food Pantry; Sunshine Place in Sun Prairie; and the Sun Prairie Emergency Food Pantry.

Anderson has also been selling gift certificates online and is giving 50 percent of those sales directly to his staff.

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Emerald City Catering

During tough financial times, local restaurant finds ways to give back

When you step inside Emerald City Catering you feel like you walked into Oz. The walls are decorated with pictures from the popular movie, Wizard of Oz and the man behind the curtain is Steven Ozbolt. 

Ozbolt moved his business to south side Milwaukee two years ago with a focus on catering events like weddings, funerals, and parties. However, the location that once housed up to 280 people, now, sits empty. 

"It's a matter of keeping our head above water and paying the essential things,"said Ozbolt.

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Milwaukee Record

Steny's Tavern & Grill

This Friday, Steny’s will donate 50% of fish fry sales to its laid-off employees

When you’re finished reading our—ahem—oral history of Catholics eating beaver (and muskrat) during Lent, read this: On Friday, March 20, Steny’s Tavern and Grill (800 S. 2nd St., 414-672-7139) will donate 50% of fish fry sales to its laid-off employees. Great job, Steny’s! (Fish fry will be curbside delivery only, of course.)

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Fox11 News

Rye Restaurant

Appleton restaurant puts together care packages for community

An Appleton restaurant is making a difference for families in need during the COVID-19 pandemic.

RYE Restaurant gave out 100 free community care packages Monday.

The packages, made up of fresh produce and other essential items, were available via curbside pickup.

Head chef and owner of RYE, Nick Morse says the restaurant just wanted to help out any way that they could.

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SpectrumNews1

The Soup Market

"Adopt A Medic" Fundraiser Feeds Hundreds of Front Line Workers

WISCONSIN (SPECTRUM NEWS) -- Staying afloat is day to day for many Wisconsin restaurant owners right now.  But Dave Jurena has turned that uncertainty into a mission to feed others.

Carryout customers at The Soup Market in Bay View are few and far between these days.  Owner Dave Jurena told us, "honestly we don't know how long we're going to be around. A month ago we had 29 employees, we have two." 

Jurena has found a new calling for his soup creations.  He's delivering soup and cookies to healthcare workers.  Ladling out warm meals for those taking care of COVID-19 patients.  "If that's how we go out, and that's how people remember us I'd rather end on a high note," Jurena commented.

He started "Adopt A Medic" two weeks ago and has raised almost $2,000.  "We've had calls from Florida, California; they donate 25 bucks, 50 bucks, $100," Jurena said.  

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CNN.com

Sassy Cow

A Wisconsin creamery is providing free milk using a 'kindness cooler'

A Wisconsin creamery is providing free milk to community members struggling during the coronavirus pandemic.

Sassy Cow Creamery, owned by brothers James and Robert Baerwolf, in Columbus, Wisconsin is keeping a refrigerator outside of their store fully stocked with milk and other dairy products.

The refrigerator, called the "Kindness Cooler," is available to anyone in need of milk and will be fully stocked until the end of the pandemic.

"My three daughters got the idea after being home from school for so long," James Baerwolf told CNN. "They had a lot of time on their hands and were looking for ways to help out the community and that's what they came up with."

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Mark's East Side

Appleton restaurant adds drive thru for Friday fish fry

While the Friday night fish fry remains popular, the way customers are being served has changed, and in Appleton one restaurant has perfected the parking lot drive thru.

After a few weeks of being overwhelmed by to go orders during Friday's Fish Fry, Mark's East Side in Appleton made a big switch for the first time in the history of the restaurant to keep in line with requirements for social distancing due to the coronavirus.

Owner Mark Dougherty said, "So we didn't know how well it would go over so kind of marked out the parking lot, bought some cones, got some red paint and made a drive thru."

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Brasserie V

Sharing this thank you from Domestic Abuse Intervention Services. While we were honored to cook the Easter meal for the shelter, the thanks really go out to all of you who donated $280 to our Pay It Forward initiative the week of March 30 to help cover our food and labor costs. Your generosity makes a difference for our community, and we couldn't be more grateful for your support.

This past week, we raised another $255 in Pay It Forward between Brasserie V and Longtable Beer Cafe. We will work out our plan for what and where we will distribute meals and will report back to you. We are committed to complete transparency on how these funds are being used. 

Pay It Forward buttons will be in our online ordering system again this week for those still interested in donating. We plan to go live with our orders tomorrow morning; be on the lookout for more details.

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Madison Magazine

Our food industry folks are as kind as they are resilient

Local restaurants and businesses do what they can to help community members amid their own struggles.

The current times are strange and stressful. With the devastating effect of a global pandemic continuing to run its course, hope has seemed scarce at times.

But hope has come in the form of so many acts of kindness performed by people working tirelessly to help others during this time.

In the Madison community alone, local companies have adapted despite storefront closures, they’ve set up recovery funds for others, they’ve donate money, prepare food for health care workers and so much more. Here are some ways that local restaurants and other food industry businesses are trying to pay it forward.

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Fox6 Now

Feed a Hero

There are thousands of heroes in southeast Wisconsin working every day to keep us safe and well.  Those heroes work as first responders in the field — and in our local health care facilities and hospitals. At the same time, restaurants and bars are struggling to stay in business as COVID-19 has shut down in-person dining.

We know that our viewers and readers of FOX6Now.com want to help. So we created the FOX6 Feed A Hero program to make it easy to order food from a local restaurant/bar and have it delivered (if delivery is an option) or you can drop it off for our heroes.

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WKOW

Hi Point Steakhouse

Hi Point Steakhouse gives out free lunch seven days a week during pandemic

The kitchen at Hi Point Steakhouse is still busy during the COVID-19 pandemic. Busy making food and helping their community with free lunches seven days a week.

From noon to 1:30 p.m. seven days a week the steakhouse gives out a soup and sandwich lunch to anybody that stops by.

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Health Care Heroes

Support Local Restaurants & Give Back To Those Who Sacrifice Their Health To Protect Ours

During these challenges that our great country faces, those that are on the front line are Wisconsin Health Care Heroes. These professionals are truly setting aside their own health and well-being for the good of others. Many of us have wondered how we might show our appreciation for what they are doing.

A small group, seeking a way to show our gratitude have found a way to show our appreciation and at the same time help one of our hardest hit business sectors, our restaurant industry. The restaurants participating in this effort are those that are still providing delivery or pick up service.

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Piggly Wiggly

Over $9,000 raised at our store for rounding up. It's amazing how those few cents makes a huge difference. Thanks for everyone contributing. Please continue to Round Up we are making a difference lets continue the momentum.

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Sweet Ginger Vintage

Sweet Ginger Vintage made and donated all the masks to restaurant workers.

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Subway

AWESOME! The owner said the store has donated about 700 meals in four days.

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Mediterranean Cafe

Mediterranean Cafe would like to thank and honor healthcare workers who are fighting the frontline battle. To everyone working in the healthcare industry, please take 20% off your orders of $15+ using the code “STAYHEALTHY” at www.medcafemadison.com. You would also need to place an order using your work email address. Again, thank you from the bottom of our hearts. Stay safe and healthy!

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Primal Strength and Fitness LLC

The PRIMAL Pantry is open from 9:00am - 2:00pm - weekdays.

Thanks to Pancake Cafe Stoughton for preparing 40 meal bags for children today. 

Children’s meal bags are in coolers ready to go!

Thanks to Stoughton Pizza Pit for providing the apple dippers for today’s meals for kids! 

We have received so much support from local businesses and Stoughton residents.

Here is a PayPal link, should you choose to donate: 

https://www.paypal.me/primalstrengthfit

Thank you to all who have donated!

We Are sTOUGHton Strong.

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Market Street Diner

The team is busy preparing meals on wheels this morning. Through these uncertain times we have continued to produce 350-400 hot and cold meals per day for residents in Dane county who cannot leave their homes. Please help this operation continue by ordering carry out or delivery from us.

To view our carry out menu please visit...
https://marketstreetdiner.com/menus/ 

To order delivery please download the EatStreet app...
https://eatstreet.com/

Every little bit helps. Thanks for the support!

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The Cap Times

Feed the Frontlines

Stay home, send pizza: Efforts to 'feed the frontlines' of coronavirus fight gain traction

These days, Maggie Musgrave puts her anxiety, uncertainty and gratitude in a box. A pizza box.

Musgrave’s husband, Andrew Pfaff, is an anesthesiologist at the University of Wisconsin-Madison’s University Hospital. His group of doctors is the “airway team,” responsible for intubating patients and keeping them breathing during surgery.

On normal shifts, his is a complex, stressful job. In the midst of a global pandemic, it’s worse.

“Two and half weeks ago, he started coming home and telling me how scary it was in the hospital, how they had to start rationing personal protective equipment (PPE),” Musgrave said. “He was talking about morale at the hospital too, and how low it was getting.”

Musgrave, who works remotely for an investment management firm, wanted to do something for the team. On March 19, she started a GoFundMe fundraiser: “Stay home! Send pizza!” She aimed to raise $850 for a substantial order of Ian’s Pizza.

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Meals Matter Movement

Ma Fischer’s Restaurants hope is to connect the MKE community through support, gratitude and love during the Coronavirus Pandemic.

With a donation of $10 per meal, you can help us support and nourish not only Front-Line Hero's and their extraordinary efforts but also your local food establishments and their employees.

Join the "Meals Matter Movement". Call Ma Fischer's at 414-271-7424 or follow the food vendor link below and make a donation with them over the phone. Refer to business hours on Ma Fischer's web site for placing your donation.

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Humans of Oshkosh

(Note from Humans of Oshkosh: Kris Larson and the team at Becket’s have been one of the very first community supporters of the Humans of Oshkosh Storytelling Project. During HOO’s inaugural year in 2014, my students and I suffered a huge setback only a week before our first public showcase. Our 280-page HOO book came back with printing errors. Long story short, Becket’s and others from Oshkosh and beyond swooped in and bought out our flawed but still beautiful books, thus allowing us to reprint in time for our showcase. We are forever grateful for the awesome HOO community. The following is written by Kris, and the photo is taken by intrepid photographer Jim Koepnick. - Grace Lim, UWO instructor and founder of Humans fo Oshkosh)

“Do the work.

One of the most exciting days of my life was the day our restaurant opened for the first time. It was a day that was the end of a very long journey. An exciting journey for sure, but also one that was stressful, full of self-doubt, wondering if anyone would actually show up when we were finished, and constant wondering if we would have enough money to make it to opening day. 

In retrospect, this last week has been harder than the years planning and work that went into opening Becket's in the first place. But here’s the uptick: I can already tell you, without even the tiniest doubt, that the day we re-open from whatever this current craziness is, will feel better than that very first day. Cannot wait for our Grand Re-Opening...

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Angelo's McFarland

Angelo’s McFarland wants to help you feed a friend.

Reach out to a neighbor or friend that is in need of a delicious hot meal and let us prepare a Spaghetti & meatball dinner for them.

Next time you order your dinner from us let us know you would like to feed a friend and we’ll add a extra spaghetti & meatball dinner, salad and French bread to your order at no charge, and if you need 2 dinners just let us know.

We buy you deliver!

We’ll get through this together

From your friends at Angelo’s McFarland

Food_Fight

NBC15

Food Fight Restaurant Group®

Madison Restaurants Work to Provide Meals to Frontline Workers 

Madison, Wisconsin (4/3/20) — Local restaurant group, Food Fight Restaurant Group, launches a new program to support people in the community who are working on the front lines of the COVID-19 pandemic. The Feed the Frontline initiative is a program modeled after others like it around the country. 

Individuals or companies can donate Feed the Frontline breakfast or lunch care packages, filled with individually wrapped meals, to local frontline workers. The ordering website went live on Thursday, April 2, and Breakthru Beverage Wisconsin kicked off the orders, ordering enough Meal Care Packages to feed over 300 people. 

Feed the Frontline breakfast or lunch care packages will be delivered to frontline workers at hospitals, clinics, grocery stores, pharmacies, social work agencies or clinics, civil service offices, post offices, police or fire stations, et. Each care package will have an attached thank you note with the purchaser’s name(s). Orders will be taken and tallied from Monday-Saturday, and all the meals will go out the following week. Feed the Frontline care packages start at $95 and provide individual meals for 10 people.  

Feed the Frontline care packages will be prepared by Food Fight restaurants, and the breakfasts and lunches will rotate daily so the meals are varied, interesting, delicious, and nutritious. Participating restaurants are Avenue Club, Bar Corallini, Bassett Street Brunch Club, Canteen, Cento, Craftsman Table & Tap, DLUX, Everly, Hubbard Avenue Diner, Luigi’s, Market Street Diner, Monty’s Blue Plate Diner, Miko Poke, and Tex Tubb’s Taco Palace.  

Donations don’t just provide hot food for frontline workers; they also provide extra work for Food Fight restaurant employees at a time when orders and sales are drastically down due to government mandates on public gatherings. 

How to order a Feed the Frontline care package: 

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Skippys

Skippy's Burger Bar

Skippy’s Burger Bar in Thiensville is donating $1 from every meal ordered to Family Sharing of Ozaukee County (our local food pantry). Already raised hundreds of dollars and so much farther to go! For more info about, feel free to contact Brett at 262-424-3622 (manager).

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Scotty's Pizza & Chicken

Pay It Forward With Pizza

Don’t know where your next meal is coming from?

Ask for a Post-It from the wall & redeem for a 7″ pizza with your choice of toppings, no questions asked!

HOW TO PAY IT FORWARD

  1. Donate $2 to pre-pay for a 7″ pizza for someone in need
  2. Write an encouraging note on a Post-It note
  3. The Post-It note will be displayed on the wall
  4. A person in-need can redeem your Post-It for a 7″ pizza

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Parthenon Gyros

Thank you #healthcareheroes❣️We love you and we appreciate you more than words can ever explain! You're here for us in incredible ways through these unimaginable times, and we're here to support you in anyway we can. 

Want to send a sandwich to the amazing healthcare workers on the front line? Donate to Venmo @COVID-support or click https://www.toasttab.com/parthenongyros/v2/online-order#!/order and "Send a Sandwich to a Healthcare Worker!" Let's show them the love!

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Society Insurance

COVID-19 couldn't stop our employees from donating food and preparing a second meal for The Salvation Army of Fond du Lac Warming Shelter last week.

Due to the Safer At Home law that went into effect in Wisconsin, our employees were unfortunately not able to serve in-person. As an alternative, one of our amazing Scrum Masters Jill Wendt was able to package up the food into 35 brown bag lunches for the homeless.  

Each person received two fruits, a bottle of water, a bottle of apple juice, a few snacks and cookies. Our company also donated 35 sub sandwiches from our local Cousins Subs.

Thank you to all who help make a BIG DIFFERENCE!

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From Roller Skates To Dr. Fauci Cookies, Wisconsin Restaurants Adapt To Business During Pandemic

1 Restaurant Near Madison Has Even Opted To Remove Prices From Its Menu In Order To Support Those In Need

James Beard Award-nominated chef Stefano Viglietti owns several popular downtown Sheboygan restaurants including Trattoria Stefano, Field to Fork and Il Ritrovo, which is known for its pizza. It'll take creativity to make it through this difficult time, Viglietti said.

Wisconsin's hospitality industry has, of course, been affected by the new coronavirus. Some restaurants have already shuttered. Many have begun to offer carry-out meals. Viglietti is among those experimenting with ways to adapt.

The team at Il Ritrovo developed a frozen pizza now available in two flavors. They've sold so well, Viglietti said he'll continue offering them when business gets back to normal. Customers can call in to order family-style meals, pizzas or even groceries. Employees on roller skates now deliver orders right to customers in their cars. Viglietti said it's a fun and efficient addition inspired by childhood memories from a drive-in Sheboygan Falls custard shop called the Point.

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Texas Roadhouse

We want to give a HUGE shoutout to Allie and her two boys for partnering with us at Texas Roadhouse in Janesville to feed some truck drivers earlier this week! Thank you for being so legendary in our community in a time of need

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Tailgaters

THANK YOU to everyone who ordered tonight, shared our posts, Nauti-Norske for the additional Pizza oven and all the members of the Tailgaters team!  

Because of all of you we sold 73 pizzas today and will be donating 36 to Stoughton Hospital, 1st Responders & Clinics!!! We cannot THANK YOU enough for your supporting Tailgaters & All of Stoughton’s Medical Staff!!! #sTOUGHtonstrong

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Taste on 26 Johnson Creek

This Sunday from 4-8 Taste on 26 will be offering a free meal gyro or burger to the essential medical workers that are in the frontline right now. #wethankyou#pleaseshare

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Third Space Brewing

We have launched a new campaign to help drive business to our local restaurant and bar partners during this challenging time: Curbside Bingo. Please find linked below a News Release about this new program. 

 

In addition to the Curbside Bingo promotion, we are also offering $5 growlers for service industry workers who are out of work at our own curbside pickup (recently launched). Please reach out with any questions. 

 

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Gazette Extra

The Black Sheep

From defeat to hope: The Black Sheep in Whitewater gives out free meals

The food is for everyone. Sailsbery was working to get brochures from the Whitewater Unified School District in the restaurant, as the district is offering food to any kid in the community—not just district students—ages 18 and younger.

Sailsbery got emotional when he recalled some of the messages he has received. Some families apologized for their need, and he said they shouldn’t feel bad.

“It’s hard,” he said. “You get messages like, ‘I need four meals for my kids. And is this just for kids because we don’t have any food either.’”

Some logistics are fluid and being worked out, Sailsbery said, adding that he is used to planning such initiatives in advance. But this was too urgent.

People come from varying levels of need. To help those who can afford to pay a little, he said The Black Sheep is offering a discounted family meal deal that feeds four or five people.

The restaurant still offers delivery and pick-up orders for interested customers.

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Today we are thankful for amazing partners; 

Since Wednesday of last week, The Black Sheep has given away 1068 completely free meals. This only happened because of so many people reaching out and helping. 

When an extra-large donation of fresh food (more than could fit in the coolers) showed up at The Community Space they were kind enough to pass it along so we could make free food for families. I love that we can work together. I love that they didn't want food to go to waste and wanted to make sure that our community received as much as they could. We made a mushroom sauce for chicken (from the free mushrooms), Lemon bars with the lemons (for the bag lunches), added extra lettuce to the wraps, made coleslaw (a lot of coleslaw) with the cabbage for our sloppy joe and pulled pork meals and added green onions to a whole slew of quesadillas for the bag lunches. This will help us continue to feed a lot more families a lot longer. What a generous thing.

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Reefpoint Brew House

This weeks FREE meal to health care workers, police officers, and fire fighters will be offered 11am-5pm tomorrow (Monday)! Meals are available for pick up or free local delivery to workplaces. Please call 262-898-7333 to place your order!

Monday FREE Meal: Mac n Cheese with Mini Cornbread Muffins

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Cambridge Market

A few batches of soup 'paid forward' by our customers and delivered to those in need tonight. Thank you to all who donated! The need isn't over. You can still donate.

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Culver's @ Cottage Grove

We are thankful to have our drive-thru remain open so we can continue serving guests at our location.  Last Friday we were extremely busy and it started right away at 10 AM with cars lining up in our drive thru.  We were very busy through lunch but were able to keep up with the flow of business.  Later however, the dinner rush gave us a challenge, and we actually had to stop taking call in orders so the kitchen could get caught up.   

 

I can't say enough about the managers and crew that I work with here at our store. Everyone was hustling and working really well together, that is the only way you can get through one of these nights.  Many of our customers were happy to have a familiar place to go—if only to forget for just a while the stressful times we find ourselves in.  Numerous times customers thanked us for being open and available to serve them.  We will be here to serve our community as long as we can.

 

I hope things get back to normal as soon as possible.  

 

Sincerely,

Paul Kneubuehl

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Madison Club

Yesterday I called a team meeting to check in with our managers to discuss how they were coping in this hard time. I am sharing this because every team member’s response was not about how they are doing, but about what we can do for others. Each and every team member came to the meeting with positivity, determination, and ideas as they want to provide not only for our members, but they are also worried about their fellow cooks, servers and staff, and the importance of keeping the Club strong for them.

I must admit, I walked into that meeting with heavy shoulders as this is something we have never faced, but I left our meeting feeling stronger than ever. The amount of support the Club has received from both our internal team and our members is something truly incredible. We are in this together and while it is not easy, we are driven by your support because you are the reason we love what we do and you are the ones keeping us strong right now.

One of the ideas we discussed actually came from our longest standing member who is 101 years old. She asked if she could order some extra meals for her neighbors who are unable to get out so let us know if you would like to purchase takeout meals for friends, family and neighbors who may need these services right now. There are so many people in our lives that are affected by COVID-19. New parents, that elderly neighbor down the street, your parents, your friend with young kids…. The curbside pickup has been going great and we will do our best to deliver to that special someone’s home so just let us know.

To place your orders, please email reception@madisonclub.org or call the front desk at 608.255.4861 between 4:00 PM and 7:00 PM the day prior to pick up or for delivery. Our staff will work with you to confirm your order and delivery accommodations. All orders will be available for pick up or delivery between 4:00 PM and 7:00 PM Tuesdays through Saturdays. 

We are continuously updating our menu and today are adding in desserts.  We added these in because not only are our sweets a member favorite, but a birthday cake is a must and the ability to enjoy a sweet with your coffee may change your whole day! To find our “Curbside Dining” menu, please visit https://www.madisonclub.org/coronavirus-information/ or click on the blue box below, "To-Go Order Form." .

Again, I can’t thank you enough for making the Club the place it is today. 

Mary Gaffney-Ward