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Foodways Darmstadt schedule and info page.

August 12, 2015

KLICKEN SIE HIER für das Gesamtprogramm von Foodways Darmstadt.

CLICK HERE for schedule and information about Foodways Darmstadt.

Foodways Darmstadt announcement card

August 12, 2015

The announcement card is finished and on its way to the printer.

Thanks so much to Horst Dieter Bürkle for the terrific design work.

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Foodways-Karte [pdf]

Foodways Darmstadt begins!

August 8, 2015

We’ve arrived in Darmstadt, Germany to begin a month of work on our new project, Foodways. We’ve already met a number of great people, including farmers and retailers and vendors at Darmstadt’s lovely main market. The piece is both really simple and sometimes hard to explain.  Here’s a brief description we’re working with now:

The group Spatula&Barcode (Laurie Beth Clark and Michael Peterson) are known for organizing creative and playful artistic events, fitted to a particular place and always involving food and hospitality. Now they draw a living social “map” to explore and celebrate how people grow, move, dispose of, transform, prepare, eat, and talk about food in Darmstadt.

Foodways Darmstadt is a part of GARTEN Utopien, the 11th “Vogelfrei” exhibition (its 20th anniversary) by the curator Ute Ritschel, and is also supported by the Internationalen Waldkunst Zentrum. For a schedule of related events and some information about us in German, visit the Vogelfrei homepage.

Here’s an image we made with some of our students that captures the spirit of the project:

A sketch-action for Foodways Darmstadt. Photo credit: Catie Rutledge.

A sketch-action for Foodways Darmstadt. Photo credit: Catie Rutledge.

If you are in or around Darmstadt and would like to be a part of the project, please email us at

We’ll have more photos and information (some in German!) soon! And we’ll post more information, photos, and more all month long. A longer description follows below the fold: Read more…

Cooking with Xin Wang

October 25, 2014


Cooking with Bird and Tom

May 22, 2014


The “Cooking with…” event that we auctioned in the benefit for Justin Bitner back in December was purchased by Bird Ross and Tom Loeser.  A few weeks ago, we were finally able to schedule a weekend that was compatible to all parties. Read more…

We want to hear from you!

October 28, 2013

Dear Friends:

Thanks to everyone who has participated in Café Allongé by attending a performance.

We’re hoping you had a great experience and that you are willing to share it with us. You can do this by posting a comment below or by sending us an email at

If by any chance you did not receive a souvenir mug when you attended one of our performances, write to us at and we’ll arrange to get one to you.

We’ll be hosting a party to celebrate the project in late January at which you will have the opportunity to speak with all the performers. More details coming soon.

Laurie Beth and Michael

Café Allongé Artists Bring Gallery Night to the Coffee Scene

October 10, 2013

On Friday night October 4th I had the thrilling experience of zipping around downtown to check on the 6 performances from the Café Allongé project that were happening almost simultaneously. Like so much else about the project, this enriched my sense of Madison’s geography and culture and yet again made me appreciate this town.

5:35 pm: Marina Kelly prepares to lead her audience away from Michelangelo's Coffee House.

6:35 pm: Marina Kelly prepares to lead her audience away from Michelangelo’s Coffee House.

Katie Schag performing at Indie Coffee overlooking Regent St.

6:45 pm: When I walk in to see Katie Schag performing at Indie Coffee overlooking Regent St., she and her audience are singing a song together, and it sounds so good I’m worried for a moment that there’s a music performance booked at the same time.

7:10 pm: Jeff Casey discourses on friendship at Barriques on Park St.

7:10 pm: Jeff Casey discourses on friendship at Barriques on Park St.

Jill Casid at Barriques West Washington

7:25 pm: Jill Casid’s piece is about, among other things, photography, so I felt OK about obnoxiously snapping phone pix of this intense conversation at Barriques West Washington.

Barry and Velliquette tarot reading.

7:30pm: On my way out, I realize that Quan Barry and Michael Velliquette have moved up the street from Electric Earth to do their gallery night tarot reading.

Angela Richardson performing in the lighted front window of Cafe Zoma.

7:45pm: When I reach the sidewalk outside Cafe Zoma’s big glass window, I can’t help but think that Angela Richardson doesn’t need the common theatre advice to “find your light.”


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