Everyone has to eat. So, it just makes sense that gifts of food are always welcome. There are lots of places in Madison where you can pick up fabulous local foods to suit everyone on your shopping list.
Wisconsin is all about cheese and there is a lot to choose from. Stop in Fromagination on the capitol square to get your imagination going. Or visit and sample your way through the artisan cheeses at Carr Valley Cheese in Middleton. The tiny, tiny cheese store in Paoli is tons of fun too. Not too far from the Speckled Hen Inn you will find Mouse House and Ehlenbach’s Cheese Chalet. Have someone take your picture with the huge cow to prove that you were really there.
If you have someone who loves to cook on your list, stop in Penzy’s spice store on University Avenue. Their double vanilla is divine and the variety of pepper and the mills to grind it is excellent. It is a Holiday treat for your nose just to walk into the shop. Next door, there is a cookware store that will actually sharpen your knives while you wait and next to that there is a shop that sells all kinds of wonderful vinegars and oils. If you need something to finish off a food gift basket, Whole Foods is right across the street.
Chocolate lovers will long remember any gift of truffles from Gail Ambrosious Chocolatier. Coffee lovers might appreciate the freshly roasted beans from Victor Allen, Steep and Brew, or Ankora Coffee Roasters. Everyone loves pasta. The fresh pasta from RP’s is excellent.
We will be happy to help guests at The Speckled Hen Inn find the perfect gifts for all those question marks on their shopping list. One final suggestion: How about a Speckled Hen Inn Gift Certificate tucked into a copy of a Wisconsin Bed and Breakfast cookbook? We can make it happen.