Yum Yum Fest 2016 (And a New Look!)

Hey Friends!


I’m kicking off the new look and name of Brown Bottle Baker (previously Brown Bottle Baking) with a review of our local Yum Yum Fest; 2016 edition.

This fest is a definite must for anyone living in the Madison area, and anyone who has or (sadly) hasn’t ever been lucky enough to experience the amazing foodie scene we have here in good ol’ Mad-Town. Seriously. Madison houses some of the greatest chefs around, and what’s even more fabulous is how they work together to benefit their home base and community. Beyond doing events such as this one, most of the restaurants featured source the majority of their ingredients locally. Now if that isn’t good ol’ Wisco love I don’t know what is.

This is the third annual “Yum Yum Fest”, and it is aimed to celebrate the end of summer while also benefiting local non-profit groups. It is put on by the Madison Area Chefs Network (MACN) and Madison Parks Foundation and features delicious dishes and drinks from twenty-four of the “most celebrated restaurants” in Dane County (and beyond). The set-up always includes visually appealing decor which adds to the fun and eclectic vibe of the fest.

This year we got the privilege of experiencing Yum Yum Fest with a few friends of whom were awesome company, and together we definitely made our rounds and sampled a great variety of heavenly and artistic foods. We were impressed with everything we had, though definitely settled on some of our favorites (Grampa’s Truffled Chicken Dumpling w/ Foie Gras Torchon & Dough Baby Bakery’s Dessert Kabob). Oh man you guys/gals, both of those dishes were the essence of what dreams are made of. No lies.

Awesome job to all those who put this event on, it has surely become a Madison favorite.

Grampa’s: Truffled Chicken Dumpling w/ Foie Gras Torchon


Black Truffles Grated onto Above Dish


Gotham: Mini Egg Bagel w/ Roth Mezze Luna Fontina, Roast Beef, Mixed Mushrooms & Griddled Onions


Dough Baby Bakery: Mini Oatmeal Cream Pie, Mini Caramel Brownie, Fresh Door County Cherries, Donut Hole, & Toasted Marshmallow on a Stick (Dessert Kabob)


Mounds of Dessert Kebabs! So.Much.DELICIOUSNESS!!!


Layla’s: Persian Paella w/ Spicy Chicken Sausage, Tamarind Shrimp, Vegetables, Saffron Aioli, & Basmati Rice


Fuzzy Navel 2.0: Carpano Bianco Vermouth, Peach Blossom Tea, & Peach


Blurry…Artistic?…Us holding one drink that did not photograph well while obviously having a BLAST!

Watermelon Frose: Watermelon, Rose Wine, & Lemon


Dan Dan: Crepe w/ Ham, Scallion, & Egg


Foodie Group Photo! 


Yum Yum & Chill: Sno-Cone w/ Red Wine & Berries


Banzo: Lamb Kebab on Cinnamon Stick w/ Assorted Pickles


This was the prettiest piece of ice found in our drinks that day. Yes, we had conversations (plural) solely regarding ice and it’s magical beauty. Ooo, so pretty!


Merchant: BBQ Lamb Rib w/ Pickles & Peppers


Adamah: Trio of Petit Sufganiyot (Israeli Donuts) w/ Lemon Curd, Budino, & Chocolate Nutella Ganache


Sujeo: Thai-Style Fried Wild Alaskan Rockfish w/ Spicy Tamarind Sauce, Heirloom Tomato, & Cucumber Salad


The Fresh Maker: White Wine, Sake, & Mint


Underground Butcher: Push Pop: Corn & Blueberry


Awww, a Nurse and her Social Worker. And yes, we are actually friends as well, hence going to an event together after work hours.


Loves! And I hope you enjoyed all the shots we took throughout the entirety of the fest. We can’t wait for next year!








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