Three Madison Book Events

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Here’s my idea of paradise: all the people I adore in Philadelphia spend a long weekend in Wisconsin together tasting cheese. This week, I’m in paradise. I’m in Madison — my old stomping ground — for the American Cheese Society Conference, and it’s my chance to play Wisconsin hostess to my friends from Di Bruno Bros., the Philadelphia cheese counter that soothed me and schooled me when I moved to the East Coast in 2005.

Emilio and T with book sign

Wild coincidence: we collaborated on a cheese book, and we get to promote it here — in my old haunt. Here’s a list of three book events we’ve cooked up while we’re in town. A big thanks to the Journal Sentinel for today’s story and to Isthmus Newspaper for helping us get the word out.

Seven-course Cheese Feast at Papavero, Aug. 1

We sent Chef Francesco Magnano of Restaurant Papavero (128 E. Wilson) a copy of The Di Bruno Bros. House of Cheese (Running Press, 2013) and asked him to prepare a special menu around a few cheeses. He was so excited by the selections, he chose seven!

Emilio Mignucci and I look forward to welcoming you at one of two seatings (5:30 or 8 p.m.) for a special night of cheese. Featured wedges include: Harbison, Casatica di Bufala, Evalon, Pantaleo, Tomme de Savoie, Foja de Noce, Scamorza, and Cremificato Verde Capra.

All of the cheeses are in our new book – each diner will receive a copy. For reservations ($85, includes wine), please call the restaurant: 608.255-8376


Square Wine Tasting with Wisconsin Cheeses, Aug. 2

Madison’s premier downtown bottle shop, Square Wine (5 N. Pinckney), hosts a much-loved happy hour on Friday’s where owner Andrea Hillsey pops her favorite wines of the weeks. On August 2, she’s selected six wines to pair with three Wisconsin cheeses we love: Uplands Pleasant Ridge Reserve, Grande Provolone, and Evalon.

Di Bruno Bros. cheesemongers Matt Shankle and Rich Morillo will be in house to serve up three recipes from our new book that feature these cheeses. Mingle, sip, shnibble, and get your book signed. Square Wine is now carrying copies. $15 cover; 6-8 p.m


ACS book signing in Monona Terrace, Aug. 3

Meet ol’ Madame Fromage, author of The Di Bruno Bros. House of Cheese to get your signed copy, from 10:15 – 10:45 a.m. in the book room of Monona Terrace. A big thanks to local bookstore A Room of One’s Own for selling our new opus at the conference.

Signed books


The American Cheese Society Conference takes place in Madison, WI from July 31-Aug.4. Prepare for the dairy deluge!

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One Response to “Three Madison Book Events”
  1. mike says:

    Im looking forward to dinner at Papavero’s!

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