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15 Favorite Women-owned Food Businesses in Madison, WI

The number of women-owned food businesses in Madison, WI is inspiring–and growing! Over the years of running a food tour company in Madison, we have had the pleasure of working with many amazing partner businesses. I am particularly proud of the women-owned businesses that we (a woman-owned business) support and who support us in return. We work with a number of them, and though this list is not comprehensive, it provides a selection of the diversity of offerings that you will find in our city and on our tours. If you haven’t already, I hope you check them and other local women-owned businesses out!

1. Slide Gourmet Potato Chips AND Christine’s Kitchens- owner Christine Ameigh

2817 East Washington Avenue

Slide makes handmade potato chips made from locally grown Wisconsin Potatoes. Known for classic flavors like Sea Salt and more adventurous flavors such as Pizza and Dill Pickle!

Christine’s Kitchens is a shared kitchen space for food entrepreneurs, which houses many women-owned businesses including Ugly Apple. You can purchase other women-produced products on her website for delivery. (PS our Madison TrEats meal kits are sold here as well!)

2. Batch Bakehouse – owners Susan Detering and Lauren CarterDSC06260

1402 Williamson Street

Artisan bakery specializing in French pastries and breads. Known for baguettes, croissants and incredible cakes.

3. Monsoon Siam – owner Dutdao Wonglaka

Dut doa Wonglaka, the chef at Monsoon Siam, prepares the meal for the group.

2045 Atwood Avenue

Thai food specializing in a variety of regional Thai cuisine. Incredible pan-fried noodles, curry noodle soups and appetizers.

4. Gail Ambrosius Chocolatier – owner Gail Ambrosius

2083 Atwood Ave.

An Atwood neighborhood staple for over 10 years featuring award-winning dark chocolate truffles and bars.

5. Giant Jones Brewing Company – owners Jessica and Erika Jones

931 East Main Street Suite 9

Madison’s first certified organic craft brewery -“Brewing Big Beers for Everyone.” Making strong and deliciously flavored beers with some of the most beautiful labels around! 

6. Square Wine – owner Andrea Hillsey

1 East Main Street

Incredible selection of quality wines from small producers with an emphasis on small, family growers who make great wines that reflect a sense of place.

7. Table Wine – owner Molly Moran

2045 Atwood Ave.  No. 111

Providing a curated selection of wine, beer, and spirits for everyday occasions.

8. Lao Laan Xang – Williamson – owners Bounyang and Christine InthachithLarp from LaoLaan Xang

1146 Williamson St

Favorite Madison spot for Lao and Thai fare. Known for their incredible squash curry and mango sticky rice, spring rolls and an intimate dining room.

9. Madison Chocolate Company – owner Megan Hile

729 Glenway Street

Serving decadent sweets, gluten free house bakery, delicious ice cream, caramels, chocolate truffles and more.

10. Melly Mell’s Soul Food – owner Carmell Jackson

10-year history of making soul food from closely-guarded family recipes passed down through the generations. Famous for their Fried or Baked chicken and BBQ Rib Tips, the Mac ‘n Cheese is particularly delicious and not to be missed. (sold through Christine’s Kitchens, see below)

11. Ha Long Bay – owner Jean TranHaLongBay-10

1353 Williamson Street

Very popular restaurant serving Vietnamese, Thai and Lao fare. Known for pho, pad Thai and coconut curries.

12. Nessalla Kombucha – owner Alla Shapiro

Raw, craft-brewed kombucha using local ingredients and the finest tea.

13. Ugly Apple Cafe – owner Laurel Burleson

Food cart serving tasty & fast breakfast all day, with a mission to reduce food waste by using local overstock produce. (Also sold through Christine’s Kitchens)

14. Madame Chu – owner Josey Chu

Authentic Southeast Asian products, such as ginger garlic sauce and satay peanut nyonya paste. Using all natural, vegan ingredients, these products can instantly transform any home cook’s recipes. (Also sold through Christine’s Kitchens)

15. Looking Glass – co-owner Stephanie Waggett

Delicious bakery specializing in cheesecakes – from the traditional to the more creative. No retail store, so their decadent desserts are best enjoyed through online ordering. (Also sold through Christine’s Kitchens)

Published on Feb 20 2018

Last Updated on Jun 30 2021