Dining at Discovery

The Town Center includes two public dining venues: Aldo’s Café and Steenbock’s on Orchard. In addition to providing food and drink for building occupants, program participants and visitors, the venues offer opportunities for informal science education programming.

Aldo's Café

www.aldoscafemadison.com  |  This café in the northeast corner of the Town Center serves coffee, homemade soups, sandwiches, salads and bakery items and fills the atrium with the aroma of freshly-baked goods.


Steenbock’s on Orchard

www.steenbocksonorchard.com  |  608.204.2733  |  In 1923, UW–Madison biochemistry professor Harry Steenbock developed a method to increase the vitamin D content in foods like milk, a discovery that would eventually eliminate the childhood disease known as rickets. Instead of quickly selling his rights to a commercial foods company, Steenbock enlisted the help of several colleagues and formed one of the nation’s first university technology transfer offices—the Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation.

Steenbock’s on Orchard honors his legacy with a full-service menu of innovative entrees and an ambience that invites colleagues to linger for conversation. Located in the southeast corner of the Town Center, this establishment includes a preservation kitchen with windows into the food preparation area. Just as Steenbock would prefer, the menu emphasizes nutritious, sustainable and locally sourced foods.

Steenbock’s on Orchard, on-site restaurant and caterer in the Town Center, is available to provide customized menus to fit your style and your budget including state rate options. Their experienced and professional staff coordinates directly with Town Center event staff to ensure your event is successful. Menus and catering guide can be found by visiting www.steenbocksonorchard.com. For more information contact Lisa Loup at lloup@foodfightinc.com or 608.469.2316.

Dining History at Discovery

Aldo’s Café opened in December 2010 as part of the grand opening for the Discovery Building. Steenbock’s on Orchard opened in January 2011.

Following an open selection process, Discovery Culinary Collaborative, a new venture created by Food Fight, was selected to provide catering services and operate the two dining venues located on the private side of the facility.  Food Fight operates a group of nearly a dozen other area restaurants including Johnny Delmonico’s Steakhouse, Fresco and Monty’s Blue Plate Diner.