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🍴 Calling all Wedge Heads
Cross section of a beef and cheese meat pie
Our attempt at Teddywedgers’ Big Cheesy pasty. | Photo by 608today
We’ve recreated Ian’s mac and cheese pizza, Mickie’s Dairy Bar French toast, and classic curds ‘n’ ranch. Today, we’re taking a crack at one of Madison’s go-to to-go foods: Teddywedgers.

A brief history

Miles Allen founded Teddywedgers in 1976, and left the pasty restaurant to his friend and employee Raymond Johnson when he passed away. Johnson then sold the restaurant to siblings Karima Berkani and Anthony Rineer in 2014, who have kept Allen’s vision alive ever since.

The Teddywedgers corner storefront with its outdoor vending tent set up outside

Stop by the Teddywedgers tent at the Madison Night Market. | Photo by 608today

Teddywedgers keeps it simple with a menu consisting solely of pasties. What’s a pasty, you ask? The handheld snack traditionally consists of meat and veggies wrapped in pastry dough. The final product is a warm, hearty “wedge,” great for a quick lunch.

We’re attempting the restaurant’s Big Cheesy: “A pasty filled with Wisconsin ground beef, homemade marinara sauce, and enough mozzarella cheese to earn its name.” The recipe below should make 3-4 pasties.

Ingredients

Crust:
  • 2 sticks of unsalted butter cut into 1/2-inch cubes
  • 2 1/2 cups of flour
  • 1 tb sugar
  • 1/3 cup buttermilk
Pro tip: A store-bought pie crust will suffice, just skip all crust instructions until step No. 5 under “Filling.”

Filling:
  • 1 lb ground beef
  • 1/2 cup chopped white onion
  • 1 cup marinara sauce — jarred works fine, but City Editor Ally uses this recipe
  • 2 cups freshly shredded mozzarella
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DIY Teddywedgers ingredients. | Photo by 608today

Instructions

Crust:
  1. Mix dry ingredients.
  2. Add dry ingredients and cubed butter into a food processor and pulse 5-10 times.
  3. Slowly incorporate buttermilk until dough is crumbly, but will hold its shape if pressed into a ball.
  4. Roll into palm-sized disks that are about one inch thick.
Filling:
  1. Preheat oven to 380°.
  2. Brown beef over high heat.
  3. Add onion and marinara, and bring heat to medium low.
  4. Once fully combined and not runny, remove from heat.
  5. Roll dough into thin, 6-inch circular sheets.
  6. Layer cheese and meat onto half of the dough sheet until you’ve used about 1/2 cup of your meat filling.
  7. Fold dough over the filling, and pinch edges to seal.
  8. Bake for 20-30 minutes, or until golden brown.
 
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Events
 
Wednesday, May 15
  • Gib’s Give and Take-Away Comedy Show | Wednesday, May 15 | 7:30-9 p.m. | Gib’s, 1380 Williamson St., Madison | $10 | Get over hump day by laughing at local comics Rich D’Amore, Nate Lorett, Maria Acosta, and Eli Wilz.
Thursday, May 16
  • Adult Board Game Night | Thursday, May 16 | 6:30-8 p.m. | Sequoya Library, 4340 Tokay Blvd., Madison | Free | Socialize and enjoy a variety of board games or BYOG (bring your own game).
  • Jay Pharoah | Thursday, May 16-Saturday, May 18 | Times vary | Comedy on State, 202 State St., Madison | $30-$40 | Catch a set by this stand-up comedian known for his time on “Saturday Night Live.”
Friday, May 17
  • Breese Stevens Pre-Party | Friday, May 17 | 4 p.m. | High Noon Saloon, 701 E. Washington Ave., Madison | Cost of purchase | Gregg Hall and the Wrecking Ball will play a set before Willie Nelson’s show at Breese Stevens.
  • “Pop of Color” Opening | Friday, May 17 | 5-9 p.m. | Giant Jones Brewing, 931 E. Main St., Madison | Cost of purchase | Come for a beer and an opportunity to chat with Madison photographer Randy Sarver during this art exhibit opening.
Saturday, May 18
  • The Next Generation of Dance | Saturday, May 18 | Times vary | Overture Center, 201 State St., Madison | $20-$40 | There will be a reception to meet the Kanopy Dance crew immediately following the 5 p.m. performance.
  • Family Night on Lake Mendota | Saturday, May 18 | 5-7 p.m. | Memorial Union, 800 Langdon St., Madison | $12-$20 | Bring your family to the terrace to enjoy a night of paddling, sightseeing, and games with Outdoor UW group experience instructors.
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News Notes
 
Civic
  • The DMV at 8417 Excelsior Dr. will move to a new location in June. After a four-day hiatus, the new facility will open at 2344 South Park St. on Monday, June 17. The move is being made for better accessibility.
Number
  • $589 million. That’s the total spending amount in Madison Metropolitan School District’s proposed 2024-25 budget, $2.4 million less than last year. This would cut property tax by 11%. The board votes on the preliminary budget in June and the final budget in October. (Cap Times)
Transit
  • The Merrimac Ferry is closed today and tomorrow so crews can resurface the south landing leading to the ferry.
Community
  • Madison Reading Project’s first all-accessible free book bus will be parked outside the Kohl Center on Saturday, May 18 from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. to welcome families. It will be joined by Madison’s mobile Dream Bus, Art Cart, Madison Children’s Museum, and Play on the Move. (Channel 3000)
Sports
Cause
  • Over 25,000 FFA members from 259 chapters across the state will be in Madison Monday, June 10-Wednesday, June 13 for the 95th Annual Wisconsin FFA Convention and Expo. At Alliant Energy Center, attendees will participate in events, talent, and award shows. (Wisconsin Ag Connection)
Home
  • Did you know you could finance your fixer-upper with home equity? You could get up to $50K with a HELOC — calculate your payment.*
Wellness
  • Cornbread Hemp’s CBD Sleep Gummies are available in two strengths and made with high-quality USDA organic CBD extract. Get 30% off with code CBDSLEEP30.*
 
 
Environment
 
🛞 How does Madison rank?
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According to a recent poll, many of our readers traverse Madison by car. | Photo by Kirby Wright Photography
Streetlight released its 2024 US Transportation Climate Impact Index, which ranks the top 100 most populated metros across eight key climate impact factors. We’re breaking down the numbers and diving into Madison’s ranking.

Behind the methodology

Each of the eight climate factors — vehicle miles traveled (VMT), fuel economy, transit ridership, EV penetration (number of electric vehicles per 100 people), biking activity, pedestrian activity, truck miles traveled, and VMT change — were assigned a weight “based on their relative climate impact.”

Current climate/transportation efforts in Madison include:

How we ranked

At No. 37 overall, here’s how Madison ranked across the study’s key factors:
  • VMT: No. 62
  • Fuel economy: No. 29
  • Transit ridership: No. 21
  • EV penetration: No. 32
  • Biking activity: No. 23
  • Pedestrian activity: No. 47
  • Truck miles traveled: No. 57
  • VMT change: No. 13
 
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The Wrap
 
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From the editor
Shoutout to my friend, Bambi, who is a major Wedge Head. In addition to gift cards, Teddywedgers sells merch in-store. The shirts are quite cute and make for a good birthday or holiday gift for the Wedge Head in your life.
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