Espresso Royale for some hot chocolate
Nitty Gritty downtown, taking advantage of all of the students being home for winter break and of the best cheese curds in town (fight me).
A couple hours after Ben's family went back to the burbs, my mom and Jon and Caleb arrived in Madison, and we went right to work planning a menu for New Year's Eve. Jon brought Food and Wine, and we made a perfect apple-bacon-bleu-cheese salad (with warm bacon dressing) and the spinach artichoke dip pictured below. That dip! You should make it real fast, and use smoked gouda.
This place is adorable, and we only had drinks and apps, but I look forward to a February date night to try the whole menu.
Lombardino's, a Madison classic.
We started with a cheeseball with sausage and crackers, and veggies, pretzels, and dip at about 6.
At 7:30, we moved on to shrimp cocktails and the artichoke dip with crostini
Around 8:30, we put out brisket sliders (with horseradish cheddar cheese!!) and our amazing salad.
Dessert was at 10 and featured s'mores, a sundae bar, iced brownies, and fruit with chocolate fondue.
(the kids liked dessert the best)