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An image from the website www.localdirt.com.

If you want to try out Local Dirt, the website that matches food producers with customers in their community, now’s the time to do it since most annual memberships are still free, at least through January. Later in 2011 annual fees will be charged. Memberships were free in 2010 because of a grant from the National Science Foundation. The site, started in Madison in 2005 by Heather Hilleren, now has thousands of members across the nation. Customers and producers of all types can type in what they want to buy or sell, and check out the options. Local Dirt is open to all individuals, businesses, farms, producers’ markets and buying clubs in the United States. Details of sales, including payment, are worked out directly between buyers and sellers. Any product that is produced locally can be listed, There is also the Daily Deal e-mail that features any “deals” that farmers are offering to buyers. You can join online at www.localdirt.com or call 554-4800.

New Year's Eve at The Icon

Not sure where you want to spend New Year’s Eve? Chef Sami Fgaier, of the former Le Chardonnay restaurant, will be making oysters, foie gras, filet mignon, sea bass and Duck à l’Orange, all of which can be washed down with champagne. Seatings will be held at 5, 7 and 9 p.m. at The Icon, 206 State St. The menu is a la carte, so you can spend as much or as little as you want. To see the menu go to http://theiconmadison.com/promo/newYear2011Menu.pdf. Reservations are required. Call 256-3000 or email lechardonnay@gmail.com.

Vegan pizza party

An entirely vegan pizza party is being planned for Thursday, Jan. 13, 6:30 p.m. at Bunky’s, 2425 Atwood Ave. by the Madison Vegetarian Meetup Group. A variety of pizzas, with Daiya vegan cheese, soup, salad, garlic bread, dessert and lemonade and Turkish iced be served. The cost is $15 including tax and tip. Alcoholic beverages will be available for purchase. Gluten-free options will available upon request. For more information and reservations contact Dave at dave@fun2play.com.

— State Journal staff

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