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RE: Come to Cheese Days in Monroe! 2014/08/02 15:16:37 (permalink)
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RE: Come to Cheese Days in Monroe! 2014/08/03 02:24:01 (permalink)
Hide your wives and daughters...and your Barbecue too.
 
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RE: Come to Cheese Days in Monroe! 2014/09/19 11:47:27 (permalink)
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We've set aside Sunday, September 21st as our day to visit, arriving around 1-1:30p.  Anyone care to join us?
Mrs. C and I have nothing going on and Monroe's not that far away, so we've decided to check things out.  If you're still making the trip give me a time and location and we'll meet you there.
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RE: Come to Cheese Days in Monroe! 2014/09/19 15:29:58 (permalink)
The trip is definitely a go.  The time (big surprise) is in flux.  Best case scenario will be an early afternoon arrival.  The best thing might be to exchange cellphone numbers in a PM and stay in touch.
 
Meeting in front of Baumgartner's has worked well for us in the past.  Nothing like starting your day with a fresh Limburger and onion sandwich!
 
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RE: Come to Cheese Days in Monroe! 2014/09/19 16:10:53 (permalink)
Mr. C,
 
You may want to prepare yourself for the Cheese Days experience before you arrive. I suggest filling your TV viewing room with bad smelling cheese and a pile of old dirty gym clothes.  Then fast forward through Animal House to the parade scene. Start watching at the point when Flounder dumps the marbles. You are now ready for Monroe Cheese Days.
 
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RE: Come to Cheese Days in Monroe! 2014/09/19 16:22:41 (permalink)
After giving our newspaper full credit I included a link to an article they did last Sunday on Monroe Cheese Days. Evidently I broke some rule as the post is gone. They talked also about Tony the owner of Alp and Dell Cheese store on Hwy 69 being from Switzerland and that he yodeled. He broke out in a yodel on my recent visit there earlier this month.
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RE: Come to Cheese Days in Monroe! 2014/09/22 08:37:25 (permalink)
We really didn't eat all that much and I was surprised at the amount of cuisine de faire (corn dogs, funnel cakes, etc.) that was available, but Mrs. Chicken still did a little bit of cheese sampling.  My favorite item was probably the slow cooker filled with melted butter that was being used for a grilled cheese sandwich assembly line; if I'd only had a straw...
 
Thanks to the wonders of modern technology we didn't meet up with the Roadhouses (using the louse/mouse example, why wouldn't it be Roadhice?) until after we'd been there for a couple of hours but we managed to catch up with them for a little while.
 
The actual title of the event is "Green County Cheese Days" and it did seem like everyone in Green County was there, with an equal number of flatlanders based on an informal license plate count.  I figured there'd be a crowd but didn't expect it to be as large as it was; Buddy theorized that the parade (all 3+ hours of it) might've had something to do with it and that Saturday might be a little less packed.  And apparently this year Saturday came with some bonus entertainment, as I heard on the radio this morning that some 22-year-old idjit from Illinois got locked up Saturday night for punching a police officer who was investigating a disturbance at a bar (there's beer at Cheese Days...surprise, surprise).
 
Now that we know roughly what to expect I think our next visit (2016) will be more enjoyable.
post edited by ScreamingChicken - 2014/09/22 08:45:58
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RE: Come to Cheese Days in Monroe! 2014/10/05 10:21:27 (permalink)
Some random observations.
 
Chocolate-covered cheesecake on a stick.  Not mine.
 

 
 
A grilled/griddled baby swiss-on-rye.  Definitely mine, and really good even after being wrapped in foil and sitting around for a bit.
 

 
 
Butterflied pork chop sandwiches were $5, ribeye sandwiches were $8.  I'm cheap.
 

 
 
Cheese on a stick is a great idea but I don't want any part of those gross sauces.
 

 

 
 
There's no doubt that Cheese Days doesn't happen without lots of hard work by lots of volunteers.  But who wouldn't volunteer when given the opportunity to eat enough cheese to turn one's colon into the gastrointestinal equivalent of the Holland Tunnel at rush hour?
 

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RE: Come to Cheese Days in Monroe! 2015/02/14 11:32:51 (permalink)
Wisconsin Foodie just aired an episode devoted entirely to Cheese Days.  The video can be accessed from the show's home page.
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RE: Come to Cheese Days in Monroe! 2016/03/10 08:02:36 (permalink)
Looks like this year's edition of Cheese Days might be a little extra-special:
 
http://www.channel3000.com/news/Monroe-cheese-takes-top-prize-at-World-Championship-Cheese-Contest/38432988
 
After dealing with the Sunday afternoon crowds in 2014 Mrs. C and I are strongly inclined toward a Saturday morning visit...
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RE: Come to Cheese Days in Monroe! 2016/03/10 15:23:52 (permalink)
Now we know which table will be responsible for the traffic jam in the Cheese Sampling Tent.
 
I'm not sure Saturday will be any better than Sunday, but if you've got good intel, we might make the switch as well.
 
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RE: Come to Cheese Days in Monroe! 2016/03/10 15:35:18 (permalink)
Buddy,

You missed the key word: morning.
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RE: Come to Cheese Days in Monroe! 2016/03/10 15:37:51 (permalink)
On that note, this could be a good starting point for an eating tour west of Madison. Eat some cheese. Watch some parade. Then hit some of Brad's finds.
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RE: Come to Cheese Days in Monroe! 2016/03/10 16:23:57 (permalink)
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Buddy,

You missed the key word: morning.

I miss morning any time it is possible.  It is a dreadful time of day; full of obnoxiously bright sunshine, noisy birds, and noisier children on their way to school.  I don't know how the rest of the world copes with the over stimulation.
 
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RE: Come to Cheese Days in Monroe! 2016/03/14 15:42:52 (permalink)
I'm in for this!
At least the little bit I've read about it.
Screaming_Chicken, I can lead you to the gas station with awesome chicken. Awesome to me at least.
 
Baumgartner's for Limburger sandwiches!
 
Roth Kase factory tour? Does it exist? Store? Does that exist?
 
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RE: Come to Cheese Days in Monroe! 2016/03/14 15:47:31 (permalink)
My last post expressing interest in Monroe Cheese Days didn't make the trip.
 
I'm totally down for this.
 
There is fried chicken to be had in the area as well as Limburger sandwiches.
 
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RE: Come to Cheese Days in Monroe! 2016/03/14 17:37:55 (permalink) ☄ Helpfulby cousin-ick 2016/03/15 16:07:03
ick,
Both posts made it on my computer.
 
You may have to choose your Cheese Days loyalties: CaterwaulingBarnyardFowl is planning a Saturday run, while we traditionally go on Sunday.  Who do you love the most?  Choose wisely; your decision will stay with you for the rest of your Roadfood existence.
 
Baumgartner's is our usual first stop, followed by a run around the town square and a visit to the sidewalk vendors outside the local Turner Hall.  I've stopped going down to Turner's Rathskellar as I think it's a big ripoff that weekend.  The sidewalk cafe, on the other hand offers Thuringer and Bratwurst at a reasonable price.  The only downside is the occasional swarm of yellowjackets, perhaps attracted by the aroma of German whole grain mustard.
 
Roth Kase and the "Alp & Dell" cheese store are right there on the outskirts of town.  They are a regular stop for us as we're leaving Monroe before heading back to Chicago.  I don't know if they run tours on Sunday, at least they've never been available to us in the ten years we've been visiting.
 
Our day doesn't end in Monroe.  We always stop at the biker bar in Ridott Corners, IL  (intersection of Rock City Rd. & Rt. 20) for greasy CheeseBurgers.  The joint is jumping on a cool autumn night, but the Burgers are worth the wait.
 
If you do decide you like ChickenBoy better than me, could you at least leave some cryptic markers pointing the way to the Fried Chicken gas station?
 
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RE: Come to Cheese Days in Monroe! 2016/03/14 17:53:51 (permalink)
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Buddy,

You missed the key word: morning.

I miss morning any time it is possible.  It is a dreadful time of day; full of obnoxiously bright sunshine, noisy birds, and noisier children on their way to school.  I don't know how the rest of the world copes with the over stimulation.
 
Buddy


OMG!  If you are serious about morning, we are exactly on the same page!  I hate morning.  My day starts at noon......I am not in bed.......but after the paper, the computer, noon is about when I'm ready to shower and get going.
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RE: Come to Cheese Days in Monroe! 2016/03/14 20:18:09 (permalink)
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Our day doesn't end in Monroe.  We always stop at the biker bar in Ridott Corners, IL  (intersection of Rock City Rd. & Rt. 20) for greasy CheeseBurgers.  The joint is jumping on a cool autumn night, but the Burgers are worth the wait.

Wow...a mention of Ridott.  At my first job nearly 36 years ago one of the waitresses lived in Ridott...Colleen and her husband Barney.
 
US-20 between Rockford and Dubuque has always been a favorite drive of mine, even though more often than not I get stuck behind Slowpoke Rodriguez...
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RE: Come to Cheese Days in Monroe! 2016/03/14 20:24:30 (permalink)
Be careful of Slowpoke Rodriguez..... he carry a gun...
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RE: Come to Cheese Days in Monroe! 2016/03/15 18:01:30 (permalink)
Not here to play favorites.
 
I'll share any knowledge with Yowling Yardbird and Budding Outhouse equally.
 
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RE: Come to Cheese Days in Monroe! 2016/03/15 21:38:34 (permalink)
"Budding Outhouse"?  Getting into the swing of things, eh?  I guess it's hard to make fun of a guy who's already chosen a screen name most people would use as a term of disgust.
 
As the Irish say, "Fair play to ya, ick-y me boy!"
 
Hope to see you soon.  The Contingent has several tours and meet-ups brewing for the upcoming spring/summer/fall.  Here's hoping at least one of them peaks your interest and fits your schedule.
 
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RE: Come to Cheese Days in Monroe! 2016/08/03 09:33:51 (permalink)
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Baumgartner's is our usual first stop, followed by a run around the town square and a visit to the sidewalk vendors outside the local Turner Hall.  I've stopped going down to Turner's Rathskellar as I think it's a big ripoff that weekend.  The sidewalk cafe, on the other hand offers Thuringer and Bratwurst at a reasonable price.

Pancho & Lefty's has been a Monroe hot spot for a few years now.  Might be worth checking out.
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Re: Come to Cheese Days in Monroe! 2016/08/03 10:53:00 (permalink)
Dang it, I thought this was going to be Monroe, La
 
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I thought I would take on the role of ambassador for my hometown of Monroe, Wisconsin and invite everyone to my favorite food festival, Cheese Days. It's being held next weekend Sept. 15-17. This fest is so big they only hold it every other year on even-numbered years. I've never missed one yet!

The event features a lot of local cheese and beer, ethnic (Swiss) entertainment such as yodeling, alphorns, and polka bands, plus a blues festival at the Huber Brewery, and a big parade on Sunday. Here's a link to their site with more details: www.cheesedays.com.

I will be working in the information trailer on the courthouse square from noon-3 on Saturday. If any of you fellow roadfooders decide to make the trip, stop by and say "hi"!

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Re: Come to Cheese Days in Monroe! 2016/08/03 15:14:55 (permalink)
Pancho and Lefty's must be new(ish); I don't remember seeing them last time.  Might be worth a nosh if we don't fill up on Limburger sandwiches and cream puffs. I'm still hoping the local Mexican convenience store owner reopens his al pastor taco cart.  Maybe the best thing at the fest.
 
BTW, the Roadhouse Clan is considering making it full weekend, combining Cheese Days with a mini tour of south central Wisconsin.  Anyone interested in joining us?
 
scrumptiouschef, it may be a little out of your geographical comfort zone, and it's almost certain you'll need to pack your long pants for Wisconsin in late September, but you're still welcome to join us.
 
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Re: Come to Cheese Days in Monroe! 2016/08/03 15:22:10 (permalink)
You gotta hit the Supper Club in Ridgeway SC reviewed.
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Re: Come to Cheese Days in Monroe! 2016/08/03 15:33:12 (permalink)
Was that Hi Point Steakhouse?
 
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Re: Come to Cheese Days in Monroe! 2016/08/03 15:50:42 (permalink)
In fact it was.
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Re: Come to Cheese Days in Monroe! 2016/08/03 17:20:42 (permalink)
Closer options would be Benedetti's and The Butterfly Club in Beloit, if the Road Gang doesn't feel like traveling as far as Ridgeway.  Actually, Beloit has several places that look kind of interesting (pull them up on Google Maps).
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Re: Come to Cheese Days in Monroe! 2016/09/14 05:46:51 (permalink)
The big Cheese Days weekend is coming up quickly!  We've scrapped our plans to spend the entire weekend in south central Wisconsin and will only be in Monroe this Sunday the 18th.  I believe the ScreamingChickens will be there the same day, although for some reason they won't get there until 5:15 (finally discovered the source of the joke). 
 
Anyone who'd like to join us is welcome.  If you don't already have my cellphone number, send me a PM and I'll give it to you so we can coordinate once we're in town.
 
Not 100% sure what our post Cheese Days plans will be.  We usually stop in Ridott, IL, just west of Rockford.  There's a great little dive of a biker bar called Ridott Corners, in the middle of a cornfield, that serves wonderful greasy Cheeseburgers.  That's if we don't check out Pancho & Lefty's in Monroe.
 
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