Store Review: Fromagination

Store Review: Fromagination

Joanna Miller
Oct 13, 2009
Twelve South Carroll Madison, Wisconsin (608) 255-2430 www.fromagination.com
A relatively new addition to the capital square in Madison, Wis., Fromagination is a cheese and specialty food shop with a real commitment to local food and producers. Fromagination is located right on the capital square in Madison, Wis. The Dane County Farmers' Market – billed as the largest producer-only market in the country – is held across the street around the capital building every Saturday, and around the corner on Wednesdays. Ken Monteleone, Fromagination's owner and master cheesemonger, said he designed the store to be a permanent source for the many artisan cheeses and other products produced throughout the state, as well as other specialty items. We were impressed with the wide selection of high-quality local cheeses. Fromagination also offers sandwiches and other prepared food, catering and classes, as well as a small selection of Wisconsin products on its web site. TOP ROW • 1 Fromagination's location on Madison's capital square makes it a great place to warm up on a chilly morning at the market, and stock up on specialty food items. • 2 The store has a wide selection of Wisconsin cheese, as well as selections from outside of the state. • 3 The charcuterie case with some local selections. • 4 A giant wedge of Emmentaler, made in 180-lb. wheels at nearby Edelweiss Creamery by Master Wisconsin Cheesemaker Bruce G. Workman. • 5 The shop offers a variety of decorative items. We loved these lighted pussy willow branches. BOTTOM ROW • 6 Cheese orphans in need of a home. • 7 Beautifully numbered wine bins. • 8 Hors d'oeuvre plates. • 9 Reusable cheese tags. • 10 Delicate petal chandeliers. Related: Paired! Ader Käse Reserve Blue Cheese with Peanut Brittle (Images: Joanna Miller)
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