Mud bugs are having a moment. What was once eschewed as "icky" is now embraced by chefs all over the Twin Cities, who are chucking them into pots and inciting epic feasts. However, the Swedes have known all along that crayfish are worth celebrating. The folks at the Bachelor Farmer continue to show that they are cooler than we'll ever be by hosting their second annual Kräftskiva and toasting to their second birthday. It's hard to believe that this game-changing restaurant has only been in our midst for two brief years. Before this, where were we drinking? Was there olive oil in our cocktail? Distilled water and salt? Nope. Had we ever had the chance to celebrate the cuisine of many Minnesotan ancestors with such elegance and ingenuity? Not really. This Saturday, don a yellow paper party hat and raise a glass and a little red crustacean in honor of the Bachelor Farmer. Traditional Swedish Kräftskiva parties gather friends and family to celebrate the beginning of crayfish season. They'll be boiled with dill, and served with an aioli. There will be snow cones in both G-rated and awesomely adult flavors. Pip Hanson and the team from Marvel Bar will also be serving tiki drinks and aquavit. There will be music from Joey Ryan & the Inks, the Cloak Ox, and a "very special" unannounced guest.
Sat., Aug. 3, 5-10 p.m., 2013