Vote for MUSTARD!

Regardless of red states, blue states and all the madness of politics, we can all rally behind the Yellow Wave — VOTE for the Mustard Museum for the “Best of Madison”!

Every year, Madison Magazine conducts its annual Best of Madison poll in hopes of honoring the very best the Madison area has to offer. We are honored to be representing the “Arts & Entertainment > Museum” category. To vote, you’ll just need to complete a simple on-the-fly registration (just super basic info, like email address, name, zip code). Voting runs through Halloween (Oct. 31).

Please, consider voting for the Mustard Museum and let everyone know, we’re truly the Best of Madison!

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The Jazz of ‘Executive Tea Set’

FRIDAY, SEPT. 7, 2018, 7-8pm!

By popular demand, the Greater Madison Jazz Consortium’s Strollin’ series is returning to Downtown Middleton on Friday evening, September 7th, 2018. This jazz mini-fest will feature performances by fourteen bands presenting six hours of continuous and stylistically diverse live music at eight indoor and outdoor venues in Middleton’s “walkable” downtown. Now in its fourth year, this popular “jazz stroll” series features a staggered performance schedule that makes it easy for attendees to stroll from venue to venue and sample many different musical styles.

The highlight of the jazzy night will be at the National Mustard Museum as Executive Tea Set will be performing from 7pm to 8pm. Don’t miss this unique night of jazz and art. JD Wolfe will be here from 5-8pm with her Scandinavian-inspired pottery.

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Strollin’ Middleton


As part of the Downtown Middleton Strollin’ Middleton night, the Mustard Museum will have pop-up artist JD Wolfe Pottery from 5-8pm Friday night, September 7, and also from 7-8pm the Jazz Group “Executive Tea Set” will be performing live! As always, come inside to enjoy free samples at our Gift Shop’s Ultimate Tasting Bar of all our mustards, sauces, etc., both savory and sweet. Come enjoy a very special “Night at the Museum” until 8:30pm. Tell everyone you’re coming by clicking “Going” on our Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/430964524392474/


JD Wolfe Pottery

JD Wolfe’s stoneware pottery speaks of quiet connections and modern lifestyles. She’s inspired by the Scandinavian roots of the Wisconsin she grew up in, big Wyoming skies with sagebrush dotted hills where her children were born, and the nesting comfort of those she loves. Her personal voice in clay is formed through the playfulness of the process and her love of minimalist design.
Projects she is currently working on include an ongoing installation piece for Epic in Madison, WI, the area’s largest employer and respected supporter of the arts. She has provided custom service ware for The Field Table, a hot new dining spot on the capitol square in Madison. She also works with international retailers including Pottery Barn, Anthropologie, terrain and J.Crew.
When not in her studio, she works alongside her husband on his line of Howling Wolf BBQ sauces and dry rubs sold in area natural food stores including Whole Foods.

Jennifer produces all of her pieces by hand in her private studio in Mayville, WI at the edge of the Horicon Marsh. She has a fine arts degree from the University of Wisconsin system and professional training in production pottery. You can find her and her work at the Dane County Farmers Market in Madison, WI from April through November.

Her work is also available for purchase at Hatch Art House, 1248 Williamson Street, Madison, WI and The WaxWing, 1800 E North Ave, Milwaukee, WI.

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Volunteers for NMD

Who wants to help set up Mustard Day at 6:30 am? Who wants to wear the mascots? Who wants to grill the Usinger all-beef hot dogs? Who wants to help tear it all down? Who wants to make sure the Curator stays awake? Lots of important tasks need to be done and we welcome your help. Email the Curator or Mrs. Mustard with your availability and what you’d like to do.

Or just click below for an online volunteer signup!

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Vive la Moutarde!

This Saturday is Bastille Day, celebrating the storming of the Bastille prison in Paris in 1789 and the beginning of the French revolution. Why did the people rise up against the monarchy? Was it for liberty? No! Was it for equality? No! Was it for fraternity? No. It was for mustard.

The peasants loved their meats, especially their rustic sausages. But what did they put on them? They desperately wanted mustard – moutarde – but the price of mustard was kept artificially high by a corrupt system that favored the rich and the royal. When the peasants protested and chanted, “Nous voulons la moutarde!” (“We want mustard!”), Marie Antoinette coldly replied, “Let them eat ketchup.”

In honor of Bastille Day, enjoy some great French mustards, France’s greatest contribution to civilization:

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Wisconsin Proud

While this isn’t even a mustard, it’s still sort of related to mustard. Crafted from organically grown bamboo, this cutting board is made in the shape of the state of Wisconsin. Measuring 13″ x 12″ and 5/8″ thick, it’s big enough to accommodate almost any sausage or cheese.

So how is it related to mustard? After you’ve cut the cheese and cut the sausage, you’ve proven that you can truly “cut the mustard.”

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The Littlest Tube

Thank you to Alice Donahue at the National Electronics Museum for sending us this curious little tube of Colman’s mustard that was served on certain British Airways flights. When we say “little,” we mean tiny. We have never seen a tube this small.

It is now in our collection of Colman’s memorabilia on display at the Mustard Museum.

What a great idea! Airlines, if you’re paying attention, if you’re going to hand out those little bags of pretzels, hand out some little tubes of mustard, too!

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Salute! This Weekend

See and taste the 51 winners of the 2018 World-Wide Mustard Competition at the National Mustard Museum in Middleton Saturday and Sunday, May 12 and 13, from 11 to 4 each day. You can taste mustards from Japan, Sweden, Norway, Germany, France, Canada, and the U.S. Many will be available for purchase. Bring Mom for a fun, deliciously tasty experience!

Hot dogs and pretzels will be available at the snack bar. All proceeds from snack bar sales will benefit Middleton’s “Destination Imagination Teams” and their trip to the Global Finals in Knoxville, Tennessee. Teams that advance past Regional and Affiliate (state/country) Tournaments are invited to participate in Global Finals—the world’s largest celebration of student creativity. Each May, more than 1,400 of the top-scoring teams from 45 U.S. states and 14 countries gather in Knoxville to showcase their innovative Challenge solutions.

The Middleton team’s each have a GoFundMe page to help raise money for their trip:

https://www.gofundme.com/CCTCglobalfinals2018
https://www.gofundme.com/DIACESglobalfinals2018

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The 2018 Grand Champion

Wiener, Wiener, Chicken Diener! Raise a glass — not filled with champagne but overflowing with bourbon — to the 2018 World-Wide Mustard Competition Grand Champion Mustard. It’s Plochman’s Bourbon Mustard, rich with the flavor of real bourbon. This year’s Gold Medal winner in the Spirit Category proves again that just about any adult beverage pairs well with mustard. We like a dollop or two of this flavorful mustard in baked beans (yes!) and with grilled chicken.

Plochman’s is no stranger to the Spirit Category; their Kosciusko Beer Mustard has won several medals over the years and is a favorite at the Governor’s Club at the Madison Concourse Hotel.

Try them both:

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And the winners are…

The medalists from this year’s World-Wide Mustard Competition have been announced! Some mustards are available for purchase in our Gift Shop and at our online store. We’ll announce the 2018 Grand Champion next week. Click below to see the winners that were featured in this week’s eNews!

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