Upcoming events

    • April 09, 2020
    • 11:20 AM - 2:00 PM
    • Diane's Delicious Diner, Madison College, Truax Campus, Rooms B1287
    • 25

    This event has been cancelled due to the COVID-19 virus. 

    All registrants will receive a full refund from PLATO. Please be patient with receiving the refund due to the high volume and time required to process them.

    Gourmet Dining and Tour

    at Diane's Delicious Diner

    Registration and Payment Required

    Free Parking.

    Cost Dining and Lecture: $25 + tax

    Date:  Thursday, April 9. 

    Time: Tour starts at 11:30 am.  Please be there early so we can start at 11:30 am.

               Seating for lunch starts at 12 noon.

    Location: Main Building at the Truax Campus, Rooms B1287
    Madison College (formerly MATC) has an outstanding Culinary Arts Program preparing students to take a variety of positions in restaurants/and the food service industry. During part of each year, Madison College provides its culinary arts students the opportunity to plan, prepare and serve gourmet quality restaurant type luncheons to the public.

    Tour begins at 11:30 am sharp: We will gather in front of the Dining room for the tour of the new food preparation facility.  The tour will be lead by an MATC Instructor. 

    Dining at 12 noon. We will return to the dining room for the noon seating. Dining will last 1 1/2 hours.  Tipping is encouraged (please see information, below).

    Menu: The menu will be developed a few days prior to the event depending in large part on the availability of local and/ or fresh food items. Patrons will be given a menu with 2 or 3 choices for each course. If you have a food allergy or medical dietary requirement, please list it on your registration form. The culinary staff will try to provide an option for your health related requirement.

    Cost: $25.00 for PLATO members $25.00 for guests of PLATO members; includes 4 course gourmet quality luncheon (appetizer, salad, entrée, dessert) and a non alcoholic beverage.  

    Tip as you would at a restaurant.  The tip will go toward Madison College’s culinary scholarship program and student educational trips. Alcoholic beverages will be available at additional cost.  No refund after November 10th unless we can fill your slot from a waiting list.

    Registration Information:: Members, Guests and Waitlist We anticipate high interest in this event.

    • We anticipate high interest in this event. We have a block of 30 seats in the Dining Room.
    • Initially, Only members will be able to register on a first come basis until Wednesday, April 1st..  
    • The system will build a wait-list which will be maintained by Mike Di Iorio.
    • Let Mike Diiorio know that you would like to invite a  Non-member guest. Send an email to that effect immediately to mdiiorio@tds.net
    •  If there are any seats available beginning April 1st, Mike will contact you so  you can register your guest.   Cost for non-members: $25.00.


    You may park in our gated-visitor lot located adjacent to our Health Education Building (map attached).  You must enter this lot from Hoffman Street.  Press the buzzer at the gate and let the attendant know that you are here for dining and they will let you in.  If this lot is full, you may park in any legal parking spot in the student lot.  You will then cross the street and enter the college at the Truax Gateway/Welcome Center.  Once inside the college, please walk down the hallway on the right side of the Welcome Center.  You will walk past the gym.  At the top of the stairs/ramp, turn right and proceed to the end of this hall and go through the doors.  You will then turn left and proceed to the end of this carpeted hall.  At the end of this hall, the dining room will be on your left, Room B1287.  If you are bringing a bus, please have your driver drop you off in the circle lot off of Anderson Street.  Once inside these doors, the dining room is a short walk straight ahead to the left.  Your driver can park in our lot off of Straubel Street which is marked on the attached map.

    Directions to Restaurant: Using the parking and building map, enter at the entrance marked F nearest the visitor’s parking area. Follow the long hallway to the left of entrance F. (Again, see the enclosed map.) Past the Mitby Theater, turn right at the first main cross hallway and go to rooms B1210-B1214. If you enter at another entrance ask for directions to Rooms B1210-B1214.

    For questions, contact Mike Di Iorio (mdiiorio@tds.net or 608-257-9164).

    Print Mail-in Reg. Form

    Truax Campus Gateway
    Director of MATC Gourmet Dining Program, Paul Short

    • May 20, 2020
    • 11:00 AM - 2:00 PM
    • Goodman Community Center BrassWorks Building 214 Waubesa St, Madison
    • 200

    Please join us for the



    Keynote Presentation by

    Dane County Clerk Scott McDonell

    Keynote: “Election Security”

    Dane County Clerk Scott McDonell will review the potential threats to the upcoming election and discuss the steps that Dane County has taken to secure our voting systems.


    Registration information coming soon.

    Driving Directions

    The PLATO Annual Meeting & Lunch will be held at:

    The Goodman Community Center's

    BRASSWORKS Building located at

    214 Waubesa St. Madison, WI 53704

    The Goodman Community Center's Web Address:


    The Center features convenient, free parking & ADA accessible facilities.

    • June 12, 2020
    • August 28, 2020
    • 6 sessions
    Breakfast Get-Togethers 
    2nd and 4th Fridays
     on UW-Madison Campus 

    Make new friends & meet other PLATO members while having a beverage and a bite of breakfast!

    2nd Friday @ The University Club  and 

    4th Friday @ Memorial Union Terrace

    2nd Friday at University Club: 

    Campus Breakfast at University Club on "UW's Library Mall"

         803 State St, Madison, WI 53703
        (Library Mall west of Univ. Book Store)

    • Day: Meets on second Friday of each month.
    • Time: 9:30 am to 11:30 am
    • Breakfast Menu and hours
    • Place: University Club, 803 State Street, "on Library Mall" 
    • Ask for the PLATO breakfast location
    • Parking: Parking available under Helen C. White and the City's  Lake Street public ramp.
    • Organizer: Sharon Scrattish
    • RSVP or Questions?: Let Sharon know you're coming the Wednesday before the breakfast by email or phone (sscratti@gmail.com or 608 280 8050)
    Questions? Sharon's contact information is:  sscratti@gmail.com or 608 280 8050


    4th Friday @ Memorial Union Terrace

    Memorial Union Terrace:

    • Day: Meets on fourth Friday of each month. 
    • Time: 9:30 am to 11:30 am
    • Place: Meet in the area behind the Rathskellar at the Terrace
    • Hot breakfasts available or bakery and bagels, coffee, tea, ice cream, and more inside the Union!
    • Go to the Memorial Union website for Parking & other Terrace info
    • Organizer: Sharon Scrattish
    • RSVP: Let Sharon know you're coming by email or phone:
    Questions? Sharon's contact information is:  sscratti@gmail.com or 608 280 8050

PLATO is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization in association with:

For more information about PLATO, contact:

Edie Urness-Pondillo
UW-Madison Continuing Studies
21 N. Park St, 7th Floor, Madison, WI 53715
Email: info@platomadison.org
Phone: 608-262-5823
Fax: 608-265-4555

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