Madison Noteworthy's Mike Victorson interviews Adam Haen, founder of Food Enterprise & Economic Development (FEED) Kitchens, shared-use kitchens that are helping to incubate Madison's food culture. The FEED Kitchens facility includes five commercial kitchens, with specialized equipment for baking, produce preparation and processing, deli prep, and meat processing. The facility is available for rent by the hour so that food businesses and individuals seeking to sell food to the public can have a legal place to prepare their food. There's also a training kitchen available for non-profit groups and cooking teachers. This training kitchen doubles as a community use kitchen for anyone who wishes to do personal cooking or baking on a larger scale, such as holiday baking with friends, canning and preserving produce, or making meals in bulk. Visit feedkitchens.org.
The president of Beloit College may have thought he was offering a simple endorsement, but actually he was communicating volumes about the experience of place and the importance of making an investment. In a letter written to bolster Beloit’s chances of winning a Great American Main Street award (which it did), Scott Bierman told the story of how he came to accept the position as president of the private college, and how a simple walk downtown helped seal the deal with wife Melody.