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A podcast about food and drink in Madison, Wis., produced by The Capital Times and hosted by food writer Lindsay Christians and Chris Lay.

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    • 4.6 • 12 Ratings

A podcast about food and drink in Madison, Wis., produced by The Capital Times and hosted by food writer Lindsay Christians and Chris Lay.

    Reopening Sardine, Part 5: Back in the booths

    Reopening Sardine, Part 5: Back in the booths

    This is the final episode of Reopening Sardine, a limited series from The Corner Table podcast. This week, hosts Lindsay Christians and Chris Lay expand their scope to restaurants around Madison. 

    Some, like Bar Corallini on Atwood Avenue (shown here), reopened for dine-in service more than a year ago. Others, like Ha Long Bay, have been seating diners inside for a few weeks. At Mint Mark, staff has noticed new regulars who joined for takeout during the pandemic.

    Chris spoke with Jennifer DeBolt at The Old Fashioned. Lindsay caught up with the new owners of Marigold Kitchen. And of course we went back to Gates & Brovi, Sardine’s sister restaurant, to hear how things have changed there.

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    • 39 min
    Reopening Sardine, Part 4: One Month In

    Reopening Sardine, Part 4: One Month In

    A few things have changed since we last checked in with the folks at Sardine on opening day, May 19. For one, Dane County mask mandates have changed. Staffers are navigating a variety of diner comfort levels with regard to COVID-19 safety, and how many people feels like too many. Brunch is back, and Mondays and Tuesdays are busier than they have ever been. 

    Now a month in, we're catching up with co-owners Phillip Hurley and John Gadau about what it's been like to be back in the restaurant nearly every single day. We chat with general manager Susan Schueller too, about what she's noticed. Everyone is reading every customer comment, and they're already thinking about what 100% capacity could look like, somewhere down the line. 

    Reopening Sardine is a five-episode series of The Corner Table, a podcast about food and drink in Madison. The Corner Table is produced and hosted by Cap Times food editor Lindsay Christians and Chris Lay. 

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    • 40 min
    Reopening Sardine, Part 3: Opening Day

    Reopening Sardine, Part 3: Opening Day

    Well, friends, we’re finally here. After more than a year of uncertainty, fear and frustration, on May 19, Sardine was ready to open its doors to the public again. We start this episode a few days before that, as the behind the scenes crew gets ready. 

    We hear from pastry chef Jeff Doyle-Horney, and chefs de cuisine Jason Taylor and Tim Smith. Lindsay talks with maitre’d McKayla Kratowicz and Kelsey Burkett right before the doors opened. 

    And as the doors reopen, Chris chats up the very first diners through the door -- Sardine superfans, so happy to be back. Welcome to opening day! 

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    • 33 min
    Reopening Sardine, Part 2: A new way of service

    Reopening Sardine, Part 2: A new way of service

    Sardine, a French-inspired restaurant in downtown Madison, had 70 employees when it closed in 2020. As staff prepared to reopen in mid-May at half capacity, they were a tight team of 38. 

    Reopening Sardine is a five-episode series of The Corner Table, a podcast about food and drink in Madison. Produced and hosted by Cap Times food editor Lindsay Christians and Chris Lay, this five-part series goes behind the scenes at the reopening of one of Madison's most beloved restaurants. 

    This week we're talking with staff as they adjust to changes in tipping processes, new menu items, fresh cocktails and different ways of working with diners. The staff is fully vaccinated, but the ways of service have changed. 

    We'll hear from general manager Susan Schueller as well as bartenders and servers about their pandemic year, and what it takes to reopen a restaurant as ambitious and beloved as this one. 

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    • 34 min
    Reopening Sardine, Part 1: Sardine’s pandemic year

    Reopening Sardine, Part 1: Sardine’s pandemic year

    Sardine's co-owners John Gadau and Phillip Hurley about what it was like to shut down for over a year, their discussions with employees and the factors they weighed during the summer and fall.

    • 38 min
    In the kitchen with Cortney Burns

    In the kitchen with Cortney Burns

    This bonus episode is adapted from a live (virtual) conversation and cooking demonstration Lindsay hosted on Tuesday, featuring Cortney Burns — a chef, award-winning cookbook author and UW-Madison grad. As Burns prepared root vegetable fritters, sauerkraut and a sauce made of farmer's cheese, she explained why she's such a fan of fermentation and why she believes home cooks should customize recipes to fit their palates and pantries.

    The conversation was broadcast live for Cap Times members. For more information about membership including contributions, visit membership.captimes.com. To find the recipes Burns demonstrates in this podcast, click here. If you want to get a copy of Nourish Me Home by Cortney Burns, place an order at Arcadia Books, a wonderful little bookstore in Spring Green, and they will take 15% off when you enter CT15CB at check out. 

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    • 1 hr 11 min

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5
12 Ratings

12 Ratings

MizzouFit ,

Know The Madison Food Scene!

If you live in Dane County WI or have any interest at all in the Dane County metro area food/bar/restaurant scene regarding business, consumers, owner, trends, hot and new, closing, changing etc....all of that is covered in this podcast with the people in the know. Leaders, movers, shakers of the local food and bev culture come on each week and talk shop on the facts of what is happening, going to happen, may happen etc.... with the metro areas fast growing foodie destination city of Madison, WI. From the consumer to the James Beard Award winning chef, from popular mixologist to restaurant collective CEO, this podcast brings on every possible key person and lets them say it like it is. Stay informed, learn, listen, explore what Madison has to offer you fellow foodies and bloggers like me.

rthomas68 ,

Great food podcast!

The only food podcast I listen to!

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