Family Dinner Night

Mondays @6:30pm
1127 University Avenue, Madison WI, 53715

Our delicious menu includes a main entree, sides, and a delectable dessert.


Family Dinner Night (FDN), the first chapter of Slow Food UW, began humbly as a monthly meal among a small group of students. We cooked as a group and shared the cost of ingredients. The event quickly expanded when we started partnering with guest chefs from Madison’s restaurants. By the spring of 2009, we served meals every other Monday, and since the Fall of 2009, we have been serving dinner weekly.

Today, FDN still occurs weekly on Monday nights during the school year and sell to around 100 people.  A rare moment of silence fills the basement of The Crossing each night as the dinner menu is announced to the hungry campus and community members gathered to share a three-course meal. Slow Food UW collaborates with featured guest chefs to host the $5 dinner that showcases different cuisines and the versatility of homegrown Wisconsin foods.

Join us at 1127 University Avenue (and Charter) every Monday at 6:30pm. Walk-in at 6:15 for the $5 dinner or pre-order to reserve your spot. 

We also offer a takeout version for FDN, which is ready for pickup at 7pm. We encourage bringing your own takeout containers!  

Our Pay It Forward Program

Our Pay It Forward program provides a free meal(s) at Cafe or FDN with no further questions. We do not want our prices to prevent you from being a part of our Slow Food community. If our prices are prohibitive, please use our Pay It Forward program. Customers make donations so that we can provide a meal to anyone free of charge. Simply ask one of our cashiers to use Pay It Forward and they will provide the normal menu options absolutely free of charge with no further questions asked.

This is a great program and we encourage anyone to take advantage of a free meal whenever money feels tight. Many customers donate a meal or two each week and many customers utilize those free meals. With this program, one can pay right into the community and directly support a neighbor. This program is both sustained and used by the customers so there is no money lost or gained by Slow Food. Food insecurity is a problem in every community and at UW-Madison. We at Slow Food work to combat this problem with programs like Pay-It-Forward and other initiatives.

Slow Food unites the pleasure of food with responsibility, sustainability, and harmony with nature.

Carlo Petrini

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