L Etoile has served local and seasonal offerings since it first opened its doors in 1976. Former owner Odessa Piper, a pioneer of the sustainable food movement, prided herself in the cultivation of strong farm-to-restaurant relationships. Her support of Madison area farms and artisan producers helped grow what is now the largest producer-only farmers market in the nation. Through the years, L Etoile has become known as a shining star in the Midwest for its consistence in quality and service. n June of 2007, co-owner Dianne Christensen joined the team and they began dreaming up a new space for L Etoile and the addition of a gastropub they d call Graze. As is true with all their other endeavors, their motivation stemmed from a desire to increase their support to local farmers and offer food that uses great ingredients to a larger audience.