We began Family Dinner Night by having monthly events where we all shared the cost of ingredients, cooked as a group and expanding with introducing guest chefs from Madison’s restaurants. The meals created were then shared with the guest and community members in attendance. By the spring of 2009, we began serving every other Monday, and in the Fall of 2009 we began serving dinner weekly. Today we serve the Monday night dinner each week during the school year and have a cut off around 100 people. The Slow Food UW list serve sends out a Doodle Poll, which is used as a way for people to sign up, the poll will close once it hits the maximum capacity designated by that week’s chef. If you wish to be added to the list serve, please let us know via our contact page.
The Family Dinner Night interns work with student organizations, local Madison chefs, students, staff and faculty to provide a different experience each week.
Join us at 1127 University Avenue (and Charter) every Monday at 6:30pm. Anyone is welcome to come and help set up, cook and break down. The first three people to sign up for clean up will be reimbursed for their meal. We also encourage anyone to become a guest chef.
Send us an email at slowfooduw [at] gmail [dot] com if you are interested in becoming a guest chef.
Scroll down to meet our interns!
Haley Serebin, firstname.lastname@example.org
Haley is a Senior majoring in Community and Nonprofit Leadership, which sadly means this is her last year as a student in the amazing food-filled city of Madison. Food Network has always been her favorite TV channel (Chopped being her all time favorite show) and the highlight of her travels around the world have definitely been the different cuisines she has sampled. As a carnivore-recently-turned-vegetarian, Haley has discovered a whole new way to experience food fresh from the earth, as it’s meant to be, and can’t wait to see what kinds of clean, whole foods she can get her hands on to cook up with her fellow FDN interns. During her past few semesters, Haley has been an avid consumer at Family Dinner Nights, so she is excited to get behind the scenes and into the kitchen to help make the magic happen!
Marika Klosowski, email@example.com
Originally from Upstate New York, Marika is a transfer student entering her 4th year of college and is in her second semester as a Pre-Vet Biology major at UW-Madison. Her interest in exploring local and sustainable food systems was piqued by a stint in the living and dining co-ops of the Oberlin Student Cooperative Association, but her passion for cooking (and eating) delicious, nutritious food has long been an important part of her life. She is particularly fond of baking with fruit, roasting everything, and attempting to eat
at every restaurant in Madison. Outside of the kitchen, she enjoys interacting with animals of all sorts, being outdoors as much as possible, and exploring the incredible city of Madison by bike.
Elizabeth Bley, firstname.lastname@example.org
Liz is from Delafield, Wisconsin and is going into her senior year at UW-Madison, majoring in Community and Environmental Sociology with a certificate in Global Health. She spent the spring semester abroad in Seville, Spain, where she attempted to learn how to salsa and successfully learned how to cook a dynamite pan of paella. For the past 3 months she ahs been spending all of her time as a resident camp counselor and soccer specialist at Phantom Lake YMCA Camp in Mukwonago, Wisconsin and is looking forward to finishing off her summer with a trip to Estes Park, Colorado to climb Long’s Peak with her dad. In her spare time, she enjoys going on long runs and hosting massive bonfires in her backyard for all of her friends. She could not be more thrilled to return to Madison in the next coming weeks to catch the end of the farmer’s market season, where she hopes to buy a lot of squash and root vegetables to incorporate into Slow Food’s fall menus.
Holly Henriksen, email@example.com
Holly is a Junior majoring in Wildlife Ecology, with certificates in Environmental Studies and African Studies. Cooking or eating, Holly is happiest when she’s in the kitchen with her friends or trying out a new restaurant. She also frequents the Farmer’s Market and, seeing as vegetables are her favorite food, those Saturday mornings are pretty much heaven! When not indulging in her food obsession, Holly enjoys reading, running, biking, camping and going to concerts. She can’t wait to get started at FDN and cook up some delicious dinners for you all!