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New festival to focus on meat, beer

New festival to focus on meat, beer

A new summer festival is set to debut at Angell Park next summer.

The Sun Prairie Committee of the Whole on Dec. 10 approved the Bacon, Brew & BBQ Fest, according to the Sun Prairie Star.

At the festival, open to attendees 21 and over, people will taste unlimited samples of beer, bacon-themed foods and BBQ treats for a flat fee, according to the event website, bbbfest.com.

Organizers said planning is underway for the event highlighting meat and beer to be held on July 12, 2014. ... Read More

Area coffee shops top local favorites poll

Area coffee shops top local favorites poll

A coffee shop in downtown Oregon earned the top spot as a local favorite in a News 3 viewer poll. Firefly Coffeehouse was revealed as the winner Friday morning and shops in Janesville, Baraboo, Sun Prairie and McFarland made the top five among viewers.

News 3 viewers voted on Facebook for their favorite coffee shops. The four other area businesses that topped the list after Firefly included:

Eateries pull together for victims of violence

Eateries pull together for victims of violence

More than 50 area restaurants will participate in a fundraiser Tuesday to help victims of violence.

Restaurants like Liliana's, 2951 Triverton Park Drive in Fitchburg, are helping the Domestic Abuse Intervention Services with its annual effort to raise money in partnership with local businesses, dubbed Dine Out for DAIS.

Dave Heide, chef and owner of Liliana's, said the restaurant has been working with DAIS on the event for three years.

"We've had some of our staff members who've been touched by domestic abuse and we just really wanted to do something to kind of help out in the community

Emily Barnes, spokeswoman for DAIS, said the organization has invited area restaurants to participate in Dine Out for DAIS annually for the last four years and donate 10 percent of their proceeds to support victims of domestic violence in Dane County.

New supper club opens on Main

New supper club opens on Main

A former restaurant has been revamped and reopened by new owners last month.

Harry’s Supper Club opened in May where Herremann’s restaurant was once located, 109 W. Main St.

Brittney Starks said she’s the lead bartender and manager at Harry’s; her father is owner Harry Starks.

“[Sun Prairie is] in need of a supper club,” Brittney Starks said. “My dad is trying to fit that description.”

In a news release, Harry Starks said he was the pursuit of bringing back a classic dining experience, and the menu and feel of his restaurant articulate the values of the classic American supper club.

The Harry’s menu offers a variety of eats including appetizers like shrimp cocktail and chicken wings, burgers, fish, steak, chicken and pasta. Dinners range from about $20 for steak and about $8 for a burger.

Culinary students take 1st at state competition

Culinary students take 1st at state competition

High school team beats 29 other schools at Milwaukee expo   

The Sun Prairie High School ProStart Culinary Team took first place in the state competition held mid-March in Milwaukee at the Wisconsin Restaurant Expo. The win makes the team eligible for the first time to go on to the national competition in Baltimore.

Under guidance from Family and Consumer Educator and ProStart Coordinator Gerry Fritsch, the culinary team took first place out of 29 other schools had teams participating.

"The students earned this recognition because of their dedication to the industry and their passion for cooking," Fritsch said.

The culinary team chefs include students Claire Sanders, Darnell Morris, Zach Newby, Grace Singer, and Dillon Muir as an alternate.

Business group discusses Dec. snow plowing, cost

Business Improvement District considers budget needs, plow contractor    

The nearly 20 inches of snow that stalled much business in the Madison area Dec. 20-21 was the topic of discussion at a recent Business Improvement District meeting on Jan. 3.

Committee board members voiced their opinions about the snow removal process that followed the big storm, which cost the BID $11,400, according to a Sun Prairie Star report.

One member, Forever Yours Jewelry co-owner Laurie Krueger, said her business was affected by late snow removal on pivotal pre-Christmas shopping days.

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Domino's Pizza promotes fire safety


Sun Prairie residents ordering pizza Friday might be in for a surprise.

Sun Prairie Dominos' Pizza and the National Fire Protection Association are teaming up with the Sun Prairie Fire Department to promote fire prevention.

Residents who order Domino's pizza between 5:30 p.m. and 7 p.m. could be randomly selected to have their pizza delivered by fire engine.  If all of the smoke alarms in the home are working, the pizza is free, said a press release.  If the smoke alarms are not working, the firefighters will replace the batteries.  Domino's will also give these customers a coupon for a free medium one-topping handmade pan pizza.