We continue our culinary tour of Wisconsin counties with a visit to Dane and Doge Counties. Both of them offer wonderful opportunities to enjoy Wisconsin’s special flare for food and fun.

Dane County

Dane County in Wisconsin by David Benbennick
Map of Wisconsin highlighting Dane County by David Benbennick

About 490,000 people live in the 1,202 square miles that is Dane County. The county seat and also the Wisconsin State Capital are both in Madison. Other cities in Dane County include:

  • Fitchburg
  • Monona
  • Stoughton
  • Verona
  • Middleton
  • Sun Prairie
  • and 18 more villages

The University of Wisconsin main campus with about 40,000 students is located in Madison. Dane County is the second most populous county in Wisconsin, but it is also the most productive agricultural county in the state. This output is in corn, soybeans, milk and meat. Madison is a tourism and convention destination centered on the beautiful State Capitol building and the Monona Terrace Convention Center, designed by Frank Lloyd Wright.

The supporting infrastructure is blessed with many restaurants, shops, bakeries, meat markets, wineries, breweries and supper clubs.

The WisconsinMade artisans located in Dane County include:

In addition to our artisans, Edible Antics recommends:

  • Dane County cheesemaker Bleu Mont Dairy’s cheddar cheese with a glass of Syrah or Pinot Gri.
  • Dane County cheesemaker Babcock Hall Dairy Gouda cheese with a glass of Beaujolais, Champagne or Porter.

Dane County Bakeries:

Dane County Meat Suppliers:

Dane County beer and wine producers:

Dane County Supper Clubs and Restaurants

And if you prefer the newest food stops in Madison try New Madison restaurants.

Dodge County

Dodge County in Wisconsin by David Benbennick
Map of Wisconsin highlighting Dodge County by David Benbennick

Dodge County occupies 882 square miles and is home to about 89,000 Wisconsinites. The county seat is in Juneau. Other cities in the county include:

  • Beaver Dam
  • Fox Lake
  • Horicon
  • Mayville
  • and parts of Watertown and Waupun

The vast Horicon National Wildlife Refuge is in Dodge County and is home to 268 species of bird, including ducks, cranes, herons and shore birds plus numerous marsh dwellers large and small. It is a favorite migratory stop in the fall for an estimated 100,000 to 300,000 Canada geese and other migrating birds. It is a favorite stop for over 400,000 travelers per year.

WisconsinMade artisan partners in Dodge County include:

In addition to our Artisan Partners, Edible Antics recommends:

  • Widmer’s Cheese Cellars in Theresa. No other US plant produces smear-ripened, aged, foil wrapped, tangy Brick cheese. Try their Colby cheese with a glass of Malbec, Riesling or a Pilsner beer.
  • Crave Brothers Farmstead cheese is known for their award winning sweet Mascarpone cheese and their fresh mozzarella. Try the mozzarella with a glass of Chianti or Pinot Gri.
  • LeRoy Meats in Horicon features the freshest cuts of meats combined with award-winning homemade sausage products.
  • The Audubon Inn in Mayville is a historic inn and is close the Horicon Marsh.
  • Feil’s supper Club in Randolph.

Did we miss any of your favorites? Tell us about them.

Join us next week to find Edible Antics in Door and Douglas Counties,

We are very fortunate to live in Wisconsin, a state that has so many good places to eat, sites to see and people to meet. We hope you get a chance to try some of these recommendations that all are made with pride and passion in Wisconsin.

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