As the weather cools down, and we head indoors without our traditional artistic outings and favorite social activities to look forward to, consider this: Why not bring the arts into your home for a special experience?

Take in a performance and a meal — supporting our wonderful Madison area arts and culinary businesses — perhaps even dressed to the nines.

Browse these pairings below and get your next date night on the books.

For the Thespians and Theatergoers

The stage setup at American Players Theatre
Photo by Corinne Burgermeister

Put together one of Brasserie V’s “Take and Make Family Style Meal Kits” to enjoy while you check out American Players Theatre’s live play reading series “Out of the Woods,” which are free to watch on-demand through the end of the year. Or, attend one of Forward Theater Company’s upcoming virtual performances.

For the Musicians and Music Lovers

A woman performs opera on stage with an orchestra
Photo by Focal Flame Photography

Madison Opera has seasonal passes available for virtual programming, which could be enjoyed with a wine pairing recommendation from Table Wine. Owner Molly Moran's pick? Jané Ventura Reserva de la Musica Cava Brut Nature. She says, “It's a bone-dry sparkling wine from Spain that instantly turns whatever you're doing into a celebration.” That bottle would pair just as nicely with a streamed performance from Madison Symphony Orchestra.

For the Art Enthusiasts

A variety of food dishes sitting out on a table
Photo by Madison Eats

Take in one of Madison Museum of Contemporary Art’s “Virtual Tours” or James Watrous Gallery’s digital opportunities as you enjoy takeout from “nearby” restaurants like Cento, Heritage Tavern or The Old Fashioned – as if you were enjoying it downtown.

Or if you’re comfortable, schedule a (free) reservation for the Chazen Museum of Art before heading home to make a locally curated meal with Madison trEAts, which offers food collaboration kits celebrating Madison's diverse local food producers. A foodie experience in a bag!

For the Kids

An at-home pizza-making kit courtesy of Roman Candle
Photo by The Roman Candle

And, for fun the whole family can enjoy, Children’s Theater of Madison is offering “CTM: From The Vault” streamed performances. For a little extra bit of activity, kick off the evening with a Roman Candle’s pizza-making kit (or, of course, ready to eat and delivered to your door).

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