For years, cheese has been cast as a sidekick for broccoli, melted into mélanges that support casseroles, and forced to play stunt double for grossly overpaid cheese hats. Give cheese the center-stage attention it deserves with today’s Groupon to Fromagination on the Capitol Square next to Inn on the Park. Choose from the following options:
- For $30, you get a tasting of five cheeses for two people (a $60 value).
- For $37, you get a tasting of five cheeses for two people and two Wisconsin microbrews (a $75 value).
- For $42, you get a tasting of five cheese for two people and two wine tastings (an $85 value).
Recognized by Madison Magazine as one of the city’s best specialty-foods stores, Fromagination is a temple to artisan cheese. Though the shop carries specimens captured across the globe, the 60 Wisconsin varieties—some of which can only be found at the store—are the cheesery's favored fromages. Cheesemongers versed in the selection, handling, cutting, and tasting of aged milk will introduce the cheeses. Cheddar represents with such styles as Hook’s 12-Year Cheddar, an iconic orange cheese that will stimulate taste buds tuned to tanginess, and Reserve Bleu Mont Bandaged Cheddar, a cave-aged cheese in which nuttiness duels with sweetness for superiority. Other options sure to make caseophiles quiver with delight include gruyere, blue, sheep’s milk, emmentaler, gouda, and manchego cheeses.
After whittling down queso contestants to a final five, choose a seat at the indoor communal table or park at a picnic table overlooking the capitol and indulge. Crackers and preserves accompany the cheese selections, providing complementary flavors and guarding the cheeses from roving pots of fondue. Customers can opt to pair their snacks with a pair of Wisconsin microbrews or wine.
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