retractable walls of the DeLuca Forum, the
building is a one-of-a-kind venue.”
All catering is provided by the on-site
Steenbock’s on Orchard, which prepares
reception service or full meal service
using only the freshest available local and
Madison Masonic Center
Madison Masonic Center, a historical
landmark, has been a Madison standby for
gatherings for 91 years.
According to Lisa Zimmerman, the venue’s events manager, over the years it has
hosted many types of people and events,
from boxing matches and the Dalai Lama
to community group fundraisers and
“We are a great location for conventions,
with multiple breakout spaces,” she said,
and added fundraisers, cocktail parties and
seminars are also accommodated. “Our
building has a lot of vintage woodworks,
marble and columns decorating its floor
Among the on-site spaces that accom-
modate groups from 30 to 1,000 people
are the auditorium, a 7,800-square-foot
ballroom, a cocktail room with a full bar
and a fireplace for use during winter, and a
small classroom space.
“We have our own full kitchen on-site
with a preferred caterer that can provide
an assortment of meals,” said Zimmerman, who added the caterer could provide
cocktail reception fare, full meals (plated or
buffet) or food stations.
Olbrich Botanical Gardens
Olbrich Botanical Gardens is a popular
public garden that attracts nearly 300,000
“Groups that rent Olbrich’s meeting
rooms can enjoy a stroll in the 16-acre outdoor gardens, which look awesome in every season, for no additional fee,” said Patti
Jorenby, the venue’s rental coordinator.
Olbrich Botanical Gardens, which ac-
commodates corporate meetings, staff re-
treats and more, has three spaces available
for rent, including the Evjue Commons,
which has one wall of glass windows and
doors that look out to the gardens and
can seat 150 guests for a meal; the atrium,
which can seat up to 64 people for a
dinner or event; and the upstairs meet-
ing room, which accommodates 20 to 25
“For evening rental groups, the Bolz
Conservatory, a 10,000-square-foot tropical
garden, can be added to a room rental for a
nominal fee,” Jorenby said. “Although food
and beverage are not available in the Bolz
In the morning, attendees can
stop by Madison Sourdough
Cafe ( www.madisonsourdough.
com) 916 Williamson St. for a
coffee and eggs diablo or French
toast, among other tasty dishes.
The cafe is open for lunch, too,
and those craving just a snack
can stop by for macaroons,
sorbet and other sweet treats.
Situated next door to each
other are Hazel General Store
1250 Williamson St., and
Hatch Art House (www.
Williamson St., two must-stops
during a Willy Street excursion.
Hazel sells everything from
wallets and water bottles to
eco-crayons and body scrubs,
and at Hatch local artists display
and sell their works.
Red Sage Health (www.
Williamson St., a clinic and
herb shop that offers drop-in
mini acupuncture treatments
for $15, and Change Boutique
1252 Williamson St., a fair-trade fashion purveyor specializing in women’s clothing, can
also be found on Willy Street.
At the end of a visit in this
fun neighborhood, hungry
groups can stop by Grampa’s
Pizzeria ( www.grampaspizze
ria.com) 1374 Williamson St.
for a delicious pie. Among the
pizzas on the menu is the Pinoc-chio, which has tomato sauce,
cheese, sausage, fennel and
Anaheim chiles, and the Goom-ba, with garlic cream sauce,
cheese, mushrooms and herbs.
Grampa’s menu also features
soups, salads and appetizers
including a cheese board, olives,
scallops and calamari.
— Carolyn Blackburn
Williamson Street ( www.visitwillystreet.com), dubbed “Willy Street” by
locals, is a funky neighborhood filled with bars, restaurants, live-music
venues and more. According to the Greater Madison CVB, this hip
hood, which mixes new urbanism architecture and handsome historic
buildings, is a great place for groups to explore and enjoy.
MADISON SOURDOUGH CAFE
RED SAGE HEALTH
HATCH ART HOUSE