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MilwFoodlovers
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RE: Come to Cheese Days in Monroe! 2008/09/19 17:17:46
The post office is another good place to catch Buddy's profile shot!
RE: Come to Cheese Days in Monroe! 2008/09/19 20:25:50
Yeah, but I'm not smiling in that picture.

Buddy
MilwFoodlovers
Filet Mignon
RE: Come to Cheese Days in Monroe! 2008/09/20 22:43:19
Hi all. We had a great time. Kris, we made it to your booth at 3:02. One staffer didn't know you but the other one said you had just left. We went to Turners Hall where I had raclette, an oval dish of red potato's and melted raclette cheese which was served with pickles, pickled Brussels Sprouts and pickled asparagus; sounds strange but it was great! My mom had some very good French onion soup which was topped with gruyere. Mrs MFL had an onion tart served with a poached pear, X1 went with a Swiss sampler of röesti potato's (think an oval pan fried hash browns with onions and Swiss Cheese topped with butter and flipped so it is crispy on both sides-mmmm), mac 'n cheese and spaetzles; damn our lunches were good! Our waitress, on route to another table, stopped by ours and waved some pie under our noises and said we really have to try their pie as she thought it was special. A bus girl picking up plates chimed in that it was the best. One slice of Swiss cream pie and four forks proved her right. Buffetbuster, if you are ever in the neighborhood, stop in and see if the bus girl was right; she was by us.
RE: Come to Cheese Days in Monroe! 2008/09/21 00:45:41
What, no pictures?!?

Everything okay MFL...?

Buddy

P.S. I'll try to get abe froeman to bring her camera and make up for the loss.

B.
RE: Come to Cheese Days in Monroe! 2009/02/12 11:40:17
MilwFoodlovers

Why it's time for The Berghoff & Blues Festival this year (alternates with Cheese Days)


Berghoff & Blues for 2009 has been cancelled due to the economy - story here.
 
Brad
RE: Come to Cheese Days in Monroe! 2010/08/22 16:39:33
With Fred's and Irish Fest under our belt and JRPfeff's Brat Fest coming up in two weeks, I figure it's not too early to remind everyone about the bi-annual Cheese Days in Monroe, Wisconsin coming up on September 17th-19th.

As of right now we're planning to go on Sunday the 19th.

Anyone else making plans to attend?

Buddy
JRPfeff
Filet Mignon
RE: Come to Cheese Days in Monroe! 2010/08/22 17:02:43
BR  - We might make it.  That's one of my weekends at home.

Jim
MilwFoodlovers
Filet Mignon
RE: Come to Cheese Days in Monroe! 2010/08/22 17:17:52
Truth to tell, we'd rather visit on any day other than Cheese Days. We love New Glarus and Monroe just about more than any other towns in Wisconsin and visiting at other times gives more time to spend exploring without the crowds. Still, we will try to go too. Gotta try that Liederkranz.
RE: Come to Cheese Days in Monroe! 2010/08/22 18:19:44
I mostly agree about visiting Monroe on an "off" day, but c'mon, it's Cheese Days, The Happiest Days on Earth!

Plus, the al pastor taco cart isn't set up on a regular day.

Buddy
post edited by BuddyRoadhouse - 2010/08/22 18:23:24
Benzee
Double Chili Cheeseburger
RE: Come to Cheese Days in Monroe! 2010/08/22 18:58:14
And ...

Once again the Annual  Cheese Fest in Monroe NY is Sat Sept 11th , tough day for me , but I will be enroute to Buffalo to see my beloved Dolphins take on the Bills the following day

Enjoy Cheers !!

Benzee
kland01s
Filet Mignon
RE: Come to Cheese Days in Monroe! 2010/08/23 09:48:25
Thanks for reminding me about Cheese Days (the Wisconsin version) We were planning a weekend to go to Monroe and New Glarus, now I know when NOT to go! Love the area and the towns but not the crowds.
RE: Come to Cheese Days in Monroe! 2010/08/23 10:23:48
kland01s

Thanks for reminding me about Cheese Days (the Wisconsin version) We were planning a weekend to go to Monroe and New Glarus, now I know when NOT to go! Love the area and the towns but not the crowds.


And since 90% of the crowds come from south of the Cheddar Curtain it probably feels just like home to you...
 
I have nothing written on my calendar for the 19th so I might be able to participate.  Perhaps we could set up a taste-off between Liederkranz and Limburger (sounds like a 1920s vaudeville team).
 
Brad
abe_froeman
Double Cheeseburger
RE: Come to Cheese Days in Monroe! 2010/08/28 18:30:40
We'll be there, probably whichever day the Roadhouses go.
RE: Come to Cheese Days in Monroe! 2010/09/15 02:02:41
Golly, with all this talk about a private party at Burt's on the 26th, I almost forgot about this Sunday, September 19th for Cheese Days in Monroe.
 
We're still planning on making the trip, so who all are meeting up with, approximately what time, and where shall we meet?
 
Buddy
RE: Come to Cheese Days in Monroe! 2010/09/18 12:55:43
No response to the last post, eh?
 
Oh well, we'll be leaving Chicago around 11-11:30am, aiming to arrive in Monroe around 1:00pm.  We can meet folks in front of Baumgartner's upon our arrival.  Or, if anyone has a better meeting spot, I'm all ears.
 
Buddy
JRPfeff
Filet Mignon
RE: Come to Cheese Days in Monroe! 2010/09/18 13:33:07
Buddy,
 
No ears.  That's the Sun Prairie Sweet Corn Festival.  This is Cheese Days.  I think we'll be joining you.
 
Jim
RE: Come to Cheese Days in Monroe! 2010/09/19 01:03:09
In front of Baumgartner's sound good, around 1-1:30pm?
 
Buddy
JRPfeff
Filet Mignon
RE: Come to Cheese Days in Monroe! 2010/09/19 09:22:37
Sounds good.
 
Jim
RE: Come to Cheese Days in Monroe! 2012/09/13 05:04:08
I've been meaning to bump this thread for the last few days and keep forgetting to do it.  So, here I am, very late at night (or early in the morning, depending on your life perspective), finally getting around to it.
 
To all interested parties, the biannual Cheese Days is coming up this weekend in Monroe, Wisconsin.  The Roadhouse clan will be paying their respects on Sunday, September 16th, early to mid afternoon through the end of the day.  Anyone who would like to join us is welcome.
 
Buddy
RodBangkok
Cheeseburger
RE: Come to Cheese Days in Monroe! 2012/09/13 05:44:03
An event we never missed.  Hope you all have a great '12 cheese days.  Some pics would be great!  
seafarer john
Filet Mignon
RE: Come to Cheese Days in Monroe! 2012/09/13 11:01:33
I believe Monroe Wisc. is named for Monroe NY, a small town in Rockland county about 20 miles northwest of NY City. In the early 20th Century there was a large cheese company in Monroe, NY, but due to a decline in dairy farming in the area they moved to Pennsylvania and then to Wisconsin. The famous American version of Limberger cheese, Leidekranz, was invented in Monroe. And, I think, what we now know as cream cheese was invented there.
 
I'm happy to learn that Leiderkanz is again being produced - it is an excellent product.
 
Cheers, John  
BelleReve
Double Chili Cheeseburger
RE: Come to Cheese Days in Monroe! 2012/09/13 15:05:56
Ha, and I thought that it Monroe, LA.  I'd come just for the weather if it was cooler than here, still in the high 80's.
RE: Come to Cheese Days in Monroe! 2012/09/14 01:52:22
BelleReve.
The weather in Monroe this weekend should be a delight.  Mid-70s, clear skies; a perfect early fall day in the upper Midwest.
 
We can pick you up at the Rockford airport on the way up north.  Just get me your flight number and ETA, and we'll be there.
 
Buddy
BelleReve
Double Chili Cheeseburger
RE: Come to Cheese Days in Monroe! 2012/09/14 16:00:09
Thanks Buddy, maybe the next one..        
RE: Come to Cheese Days in Monroe! 2014/08/01 14:26:05
If it's an even numbered year that must mean it's almost time for Cheese Days in Monroe, WI!
 
We've set aside Sunday, September 21st as our day to visit, arriving around 1-1:30p.  Anyone care to join us?
 
Buddy
RE: Come to Cheese Days in Monroe! 2014/08/01 15:08:35
I'll pencil it in...so far I don't have anything going on that day.
JRPfeff
Filet Mignon
RE: Come to Cheese Days in Monroe! 2014/08/01 22:46:58
The thread that never ends ...
ChiTownDiner
Filet Mignon
RE: Come to Cheese Days in Monroe! 2014/08/02 08:56:59
I'll have to try these places out...
MilwFoodlovers
Filet Mignon
RE: Come to Cheese Days in Monroe! 2014/08/02 12:26:08
No MFL this year. Celebrating my 67th in NOLA!
RE: Come to Cheese Days in Monroe! 2014/08/02 14:12:53
CTD, Come on and join us on the 21st.  In addition to Baumgartner's (Home of the Greatest Cheese Sandwiches Known to Mankind--by their own declaration, of course), Fried Cheese Curds, and all the Carnival Food you can imagine, there's also a couple of local cheese makers outlet shops where you'll find some amazing buys on fantastic, locally made cheese.
 
MFL, Happy 67th!  If the siren call of Cheese Days in Monroe wasn't luring us in, we'd join you in NOLA.
 
Maybe see both of you at Fred's later this month?
 
Buddy
RE: Come to Cheese Days in Monroe! 2014/08/02 15:16:37
JRPfeff
The thread that never ends ...
When it's about Buddy coming to WI it's more like the threat that never ends.
RE: Come to Cheese Days in Monroe! 2014/08/03 02:24:01
Hide your wives and daughters...and your Barbecue too.
 
Buddy
RE: Come to Cheese Days in Monroe! 2014/09/19 11:47:27
BuddyRoadhouse
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.
RE: Come to Cheese Days in Monroe! 2014/09/19 15:29:58
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!
 
Buddy
JRPfeff
Filet Mignon
RE: Come to Cheese Days in Monroe! 2014/09/19 16:10:53
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.
 
jrp
MilwFoodlovers
Filet Mignon
RE: Come to Cheese Days in Monroe! 2014/09/19 16:22:41
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.
RE: Come to Cheese Days in Monroe! 2014/09/22 08:37:25
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
RE: Come to Cheese Days in Monroe! 2014/10/05 10:21:27
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?
 

RE: Come to Cheese Days in Monroe! 2015/02/14 11:32:51
Wisconsin Foodie just aired an episode devoted entirely to Cheese Days.  The video can be accessed from the show's home page.
RE: Come to Cheese Days in Monroe! 2016/03/10 08:02:36
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...
RE: Come to Cheese Days in Monroe! 2016/03/10 15:23:52
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.
 
Buddy
JRPfeff
Filet Mignon
RE: Come to Cheese Days in Monroe! 2016/03/10 15:35:18
Buddy,

You missed the key word: morning.
JRPfeff
Filet Mignon
RE: Come to Cheese Days in Monroe! 2016/03/10 15:37:51
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.
RE: Come to Cheese Days in Monroe! 2016/03/10 16:23:57
JRPfeff
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
cousin-ick
Junior Burger
RE: Come to Cheese Days in Monroe! 2016/03/14 15:42:52
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?
 
ick
 
cousin-ick
Junior Burger
RE: Come to Cheese Days in Monroe! 2016/03/14 15:47:31
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.
 
ick
 
☄ Helpfulby cousin-ick 2016/03/15 16:07:03
RE: Come to Cheese Days in Monroe! 2016/03/14 17:37:55
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?
 
Buddy
lleechef
Porterhouse
RE: Come to Cheese Days in Monroe! 2016/03/14 17:53:51
BuddyRoadhouse
JRPfeff
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.
RE: Come to Cheese Days in Monroe! 2016/03/14 20:18:09
BuddyRoadhouse
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...
mlm
Cheeseburger
RE: Come to Cheese Days in Monroe! 2016/03/14 20:24:30
Be careful of Slowpoke Rodriguez..... he carry a gun...
cousin-ick
Junior Burger
RE: Come to Cheese Days in Monroe! 2016/03/15 18:01:30
Not here to play favorites.
 
I'll share any knowledge with Yowling Yardbird and Budding Outhouse equally.
 
ick
RE: Come to Cheese Days in Monroe! 2016/03/15 21:38:34
"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.
 
Buddy
RE: Come to Cheese Days in Monroe! 2016/08/03 09:33:51
BuddyRoadhouse
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.
scrumptiouschef
Double Chili Cheeseburger
Re: Come to Cheese Days in Monroe! 2016/08/03 10:53:00
Dang it, I thought this was going to be Monroe, La
 
Kirsby
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"!

-Kris



Re: Come to Cheese Days in Monroe! 2016/08/03 15:14:55
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.
 
Buddy
JRPfeff
Filet Mignon
Re: Come to Cheese Days in Monroe! 2016/08/03 15:22:10
You gotta hit the Supper Club in Ridgeway SC reviewed.
Re: Come to Cheese Days in Monroe! 2016/08/03 15:33:12
Was that Hi Point Steakhouse?
 
Buddy
JRPfeff
Filet Mignon
Re: Come to Cheese Days in Monroe! 2016/08/03 15:50:42
In fact it was.
Re: Come to Cheese Days in Monroe! 2016/08/03 17:20:42
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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