2012 Taste of Madison – September 1 & 2

August 10, 2012 by · Leave a Comment
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Taste of MadisonThe 2012 Taste of Madison is right around the corner! Head to the capital square over Labor Day weekend (September 1 & 2) for food, music, and fun!

The Taste of Madison will host over 80 local restaurants, 20 beverage stands, and 3 entertainment stages.

The food items are priced from $1 to $4–entertainment and admission are FREE! Tips left at the beverage stands will be donated to United Cerebral Palsy of Dane County.

Plan your trip with this Taste of Madison preliminary list of  participating restaurants. This list includes the menu options with pricing.

For example, AJ Bombers will be offering their Mad Sconnie Burger (my favorite) for $4, the Barrie Burger for $4, and the delicious Buffalo Chicken Eggrolls for $3.

There also will be three entertainment stages: Country Stage (Today’s Q106), Rock Stage (94.1 JJO), and an R&B and Variety Stage (93.1 JAMZ).

The Taste of Madison will run Saturday, September 1, from 2-8 p.m. and Sunday, September 2, from 11 a.m. until 7 p.m.

Who Won: Team Ian’s or Team Bombers? #IansVsBombers

January 30, 2012 by · Leave a Comment
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#IansVsBombersLast Saturday night I went to AJ Bombers to experience the Late Night Food Battle firsthand.

My friend and I got there early hoping to find a spot to sit. Even an hour before the throw down was set to begin, the tables were already filled. Luckily, Social Media Breakfast co-manager, Wendy Soucie, and her family were just leaving and we were able to snag their corner booth! Thanks Wendy!

Just before 8 p.m., the Ian’s Pizza entourage walked in wearing their #IansVsBombers black T-shirts. Team Ian’s made quite an entrance while being greeted with boos from Team Bombers (decked in a red version of the same shirt).

The rivalry was playful and fun to experience. The Sconnie Girls were walking around handing out stickers and sunglasses, and Cami Ford from Food Wars was making her rounds. It was great to see tables with both teams represented. Shortly after the entrance, the battle began.

The event kicked off with an AJ Bombers burger and about 10 minutes later it was followed with a slice of Ian’s Pizza. The food kept coming in 10 to 20 minute increments until all 10 dishes had been served. Here’s the order of the food:

  • Round 1: Mad Sconnie vs. Mac n’ Cheese Pizza
  • Round 2: Barrie Burger vs. Chicken Cordon Bleu Pizza
  • Round 3: Black Bean Burger vs. Florentine Pizza
  • Round 4: Milwaukee Burger vs. Smokey & the Bandit Pizza
  • Round 5: Mac ‘n Cheeseburger vs. Sconnie Pizza

In the final round, each restaurant had to make their version of something from the other’s menu. So, AJ Bombers made a Mac ‘n Cheeseburger, and Ian’s Pizza made a Sconnie Pizza.

Interestingly, after tasting ALL of this food, my favorite AJ Bombers burger is the Mad Sconnie, and my favorite Ian’s Pizza is the Sconnie. For me, both restaurants pulled out a win. The food was fabulous, the atmosphere was lively, and everyone had a great time!

Both restaurants know how to throw a great event and how to enjoy a friendly rivalry. This was my first time trying both AJ Bombers and Ian’s Pizza–what a great way to start!

To read more about the event, check out Ben’s review, AJ Bombers and Ian’s Pizza Face Off in Late Night Food Throwdown, at The Food Hunt.

Madison’s Late Night Food Battle – #IansVsBombers

January 25, 2012 by · Leave a Comment
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#IansVsBombersHead to AJ Bombers this Saturday (January 28) for Madison’s Late Night Food Battle. Travel Channel’s FOOD WARS champ will take on Wisconsin’s Best Pizza: Ian’s Pizza (awarded by the Food Network Magazine).

The two champs will face off in the battle of Pizza or Burgers. Doors open at 7:30 p.m. and the first 50 people will get a free “Team Bombers” Food Battle t-shirt.

Enjoy five rounds of free samples including AJ Bombers’ Mad Sconnie, Barrie Burger, Milwaukee Burger, Black Bean Burger, and Mac ‘N Cheeseburger. Ian’s Pizza will have their own signature slices to dish up each round. Ian’s Pizza is working on their pizza version of the Mad “Sconnie” burger.

Don’t miss out on this epic battle between burgers and pizza. Not just any burgers and pizza though–it’s AJ Bombers and Ian’s Pizza! Camille Ford from Food Wars will be making a special appearance too! Fun!

RSVP for Team AJ Bombers here. Team Ian’s Pizza RSVP here. Which team are you on?

Follow the battle on Twitter (#IansVsBombers).

Stubs 4 Grub at AJ Bombers – Show a WI Stub & Get Free Grub

December 31, 2011 by · Leave a Comment
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AJ Bombers Stubs 4 GrubBring a dated ticket stub from any Madison, WI event to AJ Bombers and get a free side of Sweet Potato Chips or Onion Strings! Yum!

Bring in your parking receipt for today’s UW Badgers men’s basketball game against the Iowa Hawkeyes and save $2 on your order!

One stub per customer per visit.

AJ Bombers is located at W. Gorham and N. Henry in downtown Madison.

Thank You – 24 Days of Holiday Giveaways

December 26, 2011 by · Leave a Comment
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The “24 Days of Holiday Giveaways” was a great success! A special thank you to all of the businesses that participated in this year’s giveaway:

Also, thank you to everyone who entered the giveaway. Congratulations to the 47 winners!

Happy Holidays!

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