M-N-M Coffeehouse

In a word: Mellow and middle-of-the-road.

The specs: #00950   
509 West Main St., Waunakee 53597
Details at Yelp, M&M Coffee House on Urbanspoon
Official web site

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JM ate the ham and cheese croissant sandwich.
Nichole ate a scrambler.
The bill was $18, or $9/person, plus tip.
JM and Nichole both gave M-N-M Coffeehouse a B+ (see our grading rubric).

M-N-M Coffeehouse, just off one of the two main intersections in Waunakee, has comfy couches, a large central fireplace, meeting rooms, and Colectivo coffee -  many desirable traits in a coffee shop. It's near the post office and Doughboys, and we'd go back if we were nearby.

They serve a small menu of hot breakfast and lunch items. We went all out, partly because none of the muffins and scones in the bakery case really jumped out at us.

JM's ham & cheese (we know, we know) croissant was prepared with cheddar and green peppers and some nice lettuce. It did have a whole lotta ham, and the croissant was flaky, but somehow it just failed to be greater than the sum of its parts. It may be that it was served sans condiments which can make or break a sandwich.

Breakfast croissant

Nichole got a scrambler with broccoli, tomato, cheese, bacon, sausage, green pepper, onion, and spinach laid on top - the works. It was very good, and served with fresh bread and butter. The cappuccino was just OK - mostly because she's picky, but paper cups are always a minus, especially for a dine-in order. 

Breakfast scrambler

M-N-M's food will likely neither melt in your mouth nor your hand. But large windows and a relaxed atmosphere are as welcome in Waunakee as anywhere. So while it ain't Firefly, it ain't bad.

Edible Book Festival 2015

The Edible Book Festival is coming to Memorial Library on April 13! Come see and vote for your favorites - and if so inclined, make your own edible book! The entry deadline is Friday, April 10. More details are on the event's website.

You can check out our reports of previous years here - 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011 - and below, enjoy a brief history of the event that we wrote up for our book, but that sadly just didn't fit.

The Edible Book Festival is a free public event put on each April by UW-Madison Memorial Library in celebration of National Library Week and the International Edible Book Festival.

The Edible Book Festival first came to UW-Madison in 2006 for the centennial celebration of the University's School of Library & Information Studies. Two years later, Memorial Humanities & Social Sciences Library began hosting the event. Anyone can submit an entry, and past edible books have been made by a diverse assembly of community members, organizations, and University faculty, staff and students. The public is encouraged to attend and vote for their favorite entries. Figures from the Madison food community are also invited as guest judges to award prizes in categories such as "Most creative use of ingredients," "Best entry based on a children's/teen book," and “Funniest/punniest.”

Entries celebrate some aspect of books and reading. Some interpret the plot, characters, settings or themes from books in ingenious ways with fruits and vegetables, bread, pretzels, cookies, and candy. Others take the concept literally, crafting book-like objects from cake (a common format) or even using phyllo dough, matzoh, or custom-made bologna as "pages." Even ebook readers have appeared in recent years. Humor is often a part of the best entries, from the highbrow to groan-inducing wordplay.

The history of the "edible book" festival goes back to Thanksgiving 1999, when librarian Judith A. Hoffberg was at a dinner with some artists. Their common interest in book art fired their imaginations, and they started talking about making books out of real food. The themes of eating words, playing with food, and sharing stories inspired the idea of a loosely-organized festival, which grew into an international event. Edible books have been celebrated annually around April 1st since 2000; the date is both a wink at April Fool's Day and a nod to French gastronome and wit Jean-Anthelme Brillat-Savarin. Béatrice Coron, a cut paper artist, was instrumental in creating an online home for sharing in the "ephemeral global banquet." Today edible books are created in dozens of countries and shared on the Books2Eat website and Facebook page.


Our book Madison Food: A History of Capital Cuisine comes out this summer. Updates here.


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