Down-Home Gourmet

LIQUOR BIRTH: The Modern Cafe (337 13th Ave. NE, Mpls.) recently received approval from the Minneapolis City Council and the Minneapolis Department of Licensing for a wine and beer license. Now you can chase your meatloaf, skin-on garlic mashed potatoes, and pan-roasted chicken breasts with a bottle of Hidden Cellars Cote de Zinfandel or a glass of Pine Ridge Chenin Blanc.

DELICATE DUNGENESS: Café Un Deux Trois (114 S. 9th St., Mpls.; 673-0686) is pleased to introduce Menu de l'Indochine every Wednesday night, which features a number of Asian specialties in addition to their regular menu. Have a go at the array of delicacies from China, Burma, Laos, Thailand, Cambodia, Vietnam, and Japan, prepared by the learned Chef Andrew Zimmern. If you need a few more adjectives to sway your palate, imagine yourself feasting on this One Pot Crab: It's a Thai dish using Dungeness crabs "harvested" and kept on ice, flown directly to the Twin Cities from Coos Bay, Oregon, steamed in sake, chilled again, cut into easily manageable pieces, and finally sautéed with fresh lemon grass, cilantro, ginger needles, and a pungent oyster sauce. Or perhaps your taste buds would swell more from visualizing scallions and ginger prawns with soba yosenable, a Japanese version of bouillabaisse made with tofu, watercress, Japanese cabbage, shrimp and mussels. And dessert? Maybe a few licks of red papaya sorbet is what you've been lacking. So stop snuffing your desires and pop into Café Un Deux Trois before this fortuitous situation changes.

WARM FEELINGS AND TINY COOKIES: While you're building up your insides with a warm padding of barbecued ribs and corn bread, here's a chance to treat your more ethereal self to an equally warm feeling. Dave Anderson, owner of Famous Dave's BBQ Shack, is introducing "Wilbur's Mitten Clothes Line" at his Linden Hills location (4264 Upton Ave. S., Mpls.; 929-1200) to collect mittens for needy children. "Wilbur the Pig and I are asking kids and parents to bring in their mittens that don't fit anymore and hang them on our line," explains Anderson. "Then we'll donate all the mittens we collect to Warm Hearts/Warm Hands, who will distribute them to local children in need." Wilbur's Mitten Line will be hung every Saturday in December. To make it even more of a party, Anderson is inviting all kids in the area to join him December 9 at the BBQ Shack from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. to greet Santa Claus and join in decorating holiday cookies.

Location Info


Birchwood Cafe

3311 E. 25th St.
Minneapolis, MN 55406

Category: Restaurant > American

Region: Seward/ Longfellow/ Minnehaha

HOT CHILI, COLD COMFORT: If you're worried about the year passing by without your having done anything meritorious, here's an opportunity: The Third Annual Great American Chili Contest. All you need to do is have a great idea that involves at least one 1-ounce package of Jimmy Dean Chili Seasoning--you've probably already had three ideas like that today! Any chili-seasoned main dish is eligible, including vegetarian chilis, those made with any combination of meats, and dishes prepared with or without beans. What? You suck at making chili? Well, that's no reason not to try: There's another category just for you, calling for "any creative dishes especially appealing during the summer"--just the ambiguity you were looking for. Remember that your summertime concoction must use at least one package of any of these Williams seasonings and sauce mixes: Taco, Sloppy Joe, Spaghetti Sauce, Country Gravy, Chicken Gravy, or Brown Gravy. If your recipe is selected as outstanding, you may win $1,000. All you need to do is send your recipe neatly printed on 8.5 x 11-inch paper, including name, address, and telephone number, to: Great American Chili Contest, William Foods, Inc., P.O. Box 14067, Lenexa, KS 66285-4067. Recipes must be postmarked by April 1, 1996.

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