Takara 88 in downtown Middleton is one of four Japanese restaurants in the Madison area owned and operated by Brian and Ericka Ni. While all specialize in high-grade sushi and fine service, Takara 88 is definitely a gem among the jewels, writes Gazette restaurant reviewer Bill Livick.
Farmers have always been a key part of the local economy and society, and now they are part of local culture. Or they will be when “Tales of our Farms” debuts Friday, Jan. 24, for a one-weekend-only show at the Janesville Performing Arts Center.
Welty Environmental Center's program director talks about being a yogi, the dangers of video games and the single greatest food in the history of mankind.
The Ice Age Trail Alliance Rock County Chapter hosts an annual candlelight hike each year at Storrs Lake in Milton. This year, on the same weekend in January, it will host its first candlelight hike with the Janesville School District at the Janesville Schools Outdoor Lab on County A in Janesville.
The Four Dishes made their way to Beloit recently to check out the Mexican fare at Dulce Vida. From burritos and tacos to homemade ice cream, the menu offered The Gazette's restaurant review team plenty to be pleased with.
The owner of Italian House restaurant in Janesville talks about karma, his favorite foods, and why he thinks community service is so important.
With busy schedules, what great 30-minute shows are written but never produced? The Janesville Performing Arts Center’s head of education and outreach said an upcoming festival will give local groups a new outlet to showcase their talents.
While he enjoyed his meal at Madison's Tutto Pasta, Gazette restaurant reviewer Bill Livick notes the city offers several other options for those seeking fine Italian dining.
More and more people are finding things to do and people to do them with as membership at the Janesville Senior Center continues to increase.
Havana Coffee on Janesville's Milton Avenue offers breakfast all day, a light menu of soup and sandwiches plus house-baked pastries and goodies. The Four Dishes checked the place out and found its fare to be quite delicious.
Gazette restaurant reviewer Bill Livick recently visited Little Tibet, a restaurant on Madison's East Johnson Street that transitioned from a food cart on the University of Wisconsin-Madison campus into a brick and mortar eatery serving Tibetan, Nepali and Bhutanese cuisines.
Featuring 25,000 individual lights, the Striegel Family Light Show at 3767 Stone Ridge Drive, Janesville, runs now through Jan. 2.
The Rock County Historical Society's 2019 Holiday Tree Show at Lincoln-Tallman House in Janesville features more than 50 decorated trees.
The Gazette's restaurant review team The Four Dishes found dining entertainment took on a whole new meaning during a visit to Fuji Sushi & Steak House in Janesville.
The Rock County guitar master talks about his career as a behavioral clinician, his past health issues and shares the one item he couldn't live without.
The Beloit Janesville Symphony Orchestra's "Songs of the Season" and the show "Holiday Harmonies" will be featured this month at the Janesville Performing Arts Center.
People who pay attention to the Madison dining scene have been eagerly anticipating the opening of Cadre, the new French-inspired restaurant led by chef Evan Dannells. One of the city's most well-regarded chefs, Dannells formerly worked at L’Etoile, Lucille and Merchant before opening the new eatery.
Unseasonably cold weather won't stop Rotary Botanical Gardens from putting on its annual holly, jolly and bright Holiday Light Show, which opens Friday.
Stage One will present its production of the Frank Capra classic "It's a Wonderful Life" beginning Dec. 6 at the Janesville Performing Arts Center.
The Four Dishes made the short trip to Evansville recently for a visit to The Grove Market, an eatery they describe as part European cafe, part farmers market and the occasional music venue.
Owned by Janesville native Eric Peterson, Union Corners Brewery opened in June in the new Union Corners development on Madison's east side. Gazette restaurant reviewer Bill Livick expects it to become a dining destination in short order.
A dining favorite in Rockford since opening in 1982, Mary’s Market was a recent stop for The Gazette's restaurant review team, The Four Dishes.
You can’t taste it in the craft beer brewed there, but the dust of ages of farming is still alive in the ambience and architecture at Duesterbeck’s Brewing Co.
Despite having some characteristics of the larger chain restaurants, La Cantina in Stoughton adds enough originality to impress Gazette restaurant reviewer Bill Livick.
Longtime naturalist Dave Bendlin shares his views on climate change, growing up outdoors and why it's important to teach kids about nature.
Students from Craig and Parker high schools in Janesville are coming together for a joint production of Meredith Willson's "The Music Man" in November.
The food wasn't the only thing supernatural during The Four Dishes recent visit to Lucerne's Fondue and Spirits in Rockford, Illinois.
The music director of the Lake Geneva Symphony Orchestra talks about his first car, playing piano, and his rather long commute to work.
During a recent visit to The Winnebago Arts Café, 2262 Winnebago St., Madison, Gazette restaurant reviewer Bill Livick was impressed with the breakfast and lunch menu. Though the cafe recently changed its menu to include only dinner and brunch, Livick expects the same great food and service options after the change.
Rachel Montry, co-director of Edgerton High School's upcoming production of "Guys and Dolls," says the show's cast is as big and talented as any the school has seen.