Audrey Kitchen + Bar Opens to Guests in Madison
Visitors and locals enjoying all Madison, Wisconsin, has to offer this summer now have a new experience to enjoy—Audrey Kitchen + Bar. Located inside the Hilton Madison Monona Terrace hotel, near the shimmering shores of Lake Monona, and bustling State Capitol, Audrey Kitchen + Bar offers all-day nourishment featuring lighter fare and tasty shareables, after-five entrees and a collection of classic and progressive cocktails, craft beers and wines.
Audrey Kitchen + Bar is inspired by Audrey Munson, famous muse and a Gilded Age model known as “America’s First Supermodel.” She took the art world by storm modeling and posing for sculptures across the county, including the one in gold atop the dome of the State Capitol building. Touching on her role in the artistic process, the restaurant showcases works from local Madison and Wisconsin artists such as Debra Gottschalk, John Miller and Eric Thomas Wolever, as well as pieces that celebrate the beauty of nearby Lake Monona.
At the helm of the new restaurant is executive chef Jeff Orr, who has more than 25 years of culinary experience. A graduate of the French Culinary Institute in New York City, Orr created menus and recipes for Audrey Kitchen + Bar that appeal to a broad range of tastes and utilize high-quality, local Wisconsin ingredients.
“At Audrey Kitchen + Bar, we are excited to offer our guests and residents a wide variety of choices to suit the many different ways travelers and those with busy and active lifestyles choose to eat. I believe they will find comfort in our take on food that sounds familiar with some subtle and unique changes,” says Orr.
Beginning at 6:30 a.m., guests and locals can start their day with hearty breakfast offerings such as a build-your-own-omelet, huevos rancheros, waffle and berries or brioche French toast topped with either blueberry compote or orange scented mascarpone. During weekend mornings, Audrey Kitchen + Bar also offers a classic American-style Hilton Breakfast Buffet with fresh fruit, yogurts and traditional hot breakfast favorites.
Individuals looking to nibble throughout the day can stop into Audrey Kitchen + Bar for a variety of snacks and small plates, sandwiches and fresh salads, as well as filling after-five selections for the hungry traveler. Offerings include:
Shareable plates including chile con queso dip, fried Wisconsin cheese curds, North African spiced lamb meatballs, fried cauliflower and burrata
Featured sandwiches and salads, such as the grilled chicken flatbread sandwich, a classic Rueben sandwich, a house-smoked brisket sandwich, the Audrey burger featuring the restaurant’s signature creamy burger sauce, hanger steak salad, chilled soba noodle salad and more
An after-five menu featuring fried half chicken, shrimp & grits, wild Alaskan halibut, grilled hanger steak and bucatini with spicy brassica pesto
Audrey Kitchen + Bar celebrates its muse most prominently at the bar. Handcrafted, specialty cocktails named for Munson reflect her iconography and notoriety.
“Munson had many nicknames, many of which lend themselves perfectly to becoming cocktails. The most classic cocktail on our list is the ‘Miss Manhattan,’ a play off her most notable nickname, which features Four Roses Bourbon, Dolin Rouge sweet vermouth and Angostura bitters. Other cocktails, such as The Exposition, The Gilded Lady and Panama Pacific all play off her many nicknames,” says Matthew Angelucci, operations manager at Audrey Kitchen + Bar.
In addition to offering fresh, specialty handcrafted cocktails, Audrey Kitchen + Bar also features an extensive craft beer program featuring a selection of rotating, seasonal craft draft beers, and over 30 different Wisconsin craft canned beers. For those looking for a flavorful glass of wine, the restaurant has an easy to enjoy list of wines from around the world.
Audrey Kitchen + Bar also provides the perfect venue for happy hours, mingling with colleagues and socializing throughout the day. Guests can take in happy hour Monday – Thursday from 4– 6 p.m., and Friday – Saturday from 2 – 6 p.m., with specials on Wisconsin-brewed draft beers, Wisconsin-brewed canned beers and house wines.
For private dining and events, Audrey Kitchen + Bar offers the Munson Room. Seating up to 16 people, the Munson Room is located off the restaurant and provides a larger dining space for parties, events, private meetings and other special gatherings.
The new restaurant is part of an extensive property-wide renovation currently underway at the Hilton Madison Monona Terrace hotel, including all 240 guest rooms, public spaces, food and beverage outlets and the introduction of The Liberty Room, a one-of-a-kind event space with a private street entrance perfect for weddings, private events and meetings.