In June I shall be attending a conferance at The University of Wisconsin-Madison.
I need to know everything!
Like... where to buy food? What sort of food may I expect to get there? What about the hotels? Any of the hotels "more organic" than the others? What is the tab water like? Do they add chlorine or anything else to it (I don't like toxic showers...)? And what about the general attitude. What are people like?
I am no stranger to travelling on Paleo/GAPS. I am just asking about the place, and I will appreciate all the information I get :-)
I actually live in Madison, WI and am ecstatic to report there are TONS of places to eat. There is a large farm-to-table movement here, so there are a number of restaurants. There is also a great co-op, Willy Street Coop, on both the east and west side. You can shop there even if you aren't a member with a surcharge. Some of my favorite places to eat: Graze, The Old Fashioned, Coopers Tavern, The Great Dane has a nice GF menu. The Saturday's farmers market is an absolute must. Let me know what days you are here and what your favorite foods are and I can give more specific suggestions.
As for our water, we are actually rated in the top 10 WORST places for tap water, so take that into account. I filter my water, but otherwise use tap.
I used to travel to Madison for business, staying in typical business hotels. They have hard water, but the tap water is drinkable. There's an interesting amount of Frank Lloyd Wright (Taliesen isn't too far away) and the ciy's juxtapose between two lakes is pretty. I've eaten very good egyptian lamb shank at Lulu's, which is now closed. Nile might still serve it. http://www.nilemadison.com/
Tempest Oyster Bar, Graze, Sardine, Cooper's Tavern, The Old Fashioned, Harvest and the Alchemy are my favorite restaurants. At all restaurants the servers and cooks are very open to gluten-free and dairy-free and will always find a way to work with what you need. Tempest Oyster bar has amazing side dishes such as the braised brussel sprouts and their tuna on top of picked veggies is freaking fantastic. Also try Alchemy for their sweet potato fries that come with dipping sauces of jalapeno/blackberry jam and tarragon mayo. The Willy Street Co-op on the east or west side are the best places for groceries. We have farmers' markets almost every day of the week just google "madison farmer's market". Hopefully somebody still gets some use from my post as you were probably already in and out of the city.
This is probably too late to help you, but for the benefit of others I'd like to mention my new, local (Madison, WI) paleo site which will eventually feature a large collection of paleo-oriented restaurant reviews (and more.) Please check out www.madisonpaleo.com