Once again, we're heading up to Clam Lake, WI for two weeks. But, this year, instead of flying into MSP from NYC, we're going to fly into Chicago and drive up. Our plan is to arrive in Chicago pretty early, then drive to Monroe and check out Roth Kase and other cheese makers in the area. I've found lots of great discussion about that on this board. We then plan to spend the night in Madison, do our grocery shopping for my ten days of cooking there in the morning, and then head up. There were also a lot of great suggestions on another thread about shopping, including the wonderful cheese store. I'm assuming I can find a Target/Walmart etc. to buy a cooler for the trip.
I did some searching last night about where to have dinner, and L'Ecole and Sardine stood out. However, I have an odd requirement, which is that, weather permitting, we be able to park the car very nearby with our dog in it (not in a parking garage etc.). Is that feasible? If not, what other chow recs might you have that would meet this requirement? Doesn't have to be fancy or anything - just great chow. If this turns out not to work well, we might try to do take out from somewhere, or just nibble on cheese and bread in the room. To that end - are there any particular wine stores that you might recommend? Does WF sell wine? We've already sent some cases of wine up to Clam Lake, so this would just be something for that evening.
Thanks so much - really looking forward to our visit.