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5 cool eating events you probably haven't heard of yet

Mike Kempenich, aka "The Gentleman Forager," shows off a mighty mushroom.

Mike Kempenich, aka "The Gentleman Forager," shows off a mighty mushroom.

Savvy purveyors of food and drink know to be inventive if they want your attention. Here are five attention-getting eating events you probably haven't heard of yet, including wild mushrooms in a hotel, a Roman-style feast, and Dessa pushing the predicament of the honey bee (there will be treats). 

1. For the fungi-curious:

Though spring has not yet obliterated the stubbornest of icy snow mounds, Mike Kempenich, aka "The Gentleman Forager," has got a whiff of the vernal for you.

Kempenich knows no barriers when it comes to collecting wild mushroom bounties. He gathers and brings them to chefs, who then turn these glorious finds into transporting dishes.

And you can get your share with a five-course mushroom menu on Sunday, March 13, at Cosmos at Loews Minneapolis Hotel. Highlights include pickled lobster mushrooms with trout and black trumpet mushrooms in carbonara over house-made pappardelle with pancetta.

Tickets are $65. For reservations: 612-312-1168

Marin is kicking its healthy bent to the curb with "Cheat Day" Sunday Brunch. Have almond berry bostock and lots of other naughty stuff.

Marin is kicking its healthy bent to the curb with "Cheat Day" Sunday Brunch. Have almond berry bostock and lots of other naughty stuff.

Cosmos at Loews Hotel

601 First Ave. N., Minneapolis

612-677-1100

loewshotels.com

2. For the corn dog fanatic:

Did you know Corn Dog Appreciation Day is March 19? And you, without a plan. Until now.

Celebrate this holiest of days by visiting the following restaurants. Each will be serving its own signature corn dog using Red Table Meat hand-crafted hot dogs:

Tilia, the Draft Horse, Constantine, the Sheridan Room, Nighthawks & Birdie, Red Wagon Pizza Company, the Curious Goat, and Grumpy's Bar Northeast. 

3. To do as the Romans do:

Cavë Idüs! Idüs Martiis! (Beware the Ides of March.)

The folks at Third Bird say they would like to keep us safe from disaster on March 15 by cloistering us with food and drink and "re-imagining what a restaurant is and can be."

That actually sounds a little dangerous, but we're game. The deal: 

Three lavish periods of eating in Roman Style: 

CONVIVIUM: all night in the dining room

GUSTATIO: (before the pig) 6:30PM

If Dessa won't get you on board with the plight of the bees, who will?

If Dessa won't get you on board with the plight of the bees, who will?

MENSAE PRIMAE: (during the pig) 8PM

MENSAE SECUNDAE: (after the pig)

"Plonk wine" will flow freely, but cocktails and additional wine will be available at the bar for additional purchase. 

Tickets are $65 per person for the multi-course dinner, plonk wine, tax, and gratuity. Tickets available here. 

Third Bird 

1612 Harmon Pl., Minneapolis

612-767-9495

thethirdbirdmpls.com 

4. For the cheaters:

Marin in the Chambers Hotel is known for its subtly healthy cooking, the sort you'd find at a spa. It's at once delicious, yet aware of its effects. They even list fat and calorie counts next to menu listings.

But not on Sunday, March 6, when the restaurant will present "Cheat Day" Brunch, for those of you who aren't cheating every day.

Find menu items like biscuits and gravy with chicken sausage and poached eggs, pork belly and black pepper jelly, fingerling potato confit, sticky buns, doughnuts, everything bagels, kouign-amann, and other "sinful" treats. No fat or calorie counts to be found. 

Marin "Cheat Day" Brunch

10 a.m. to 3 p.m. 

901 Hennepin Ave., Minneapolis

612-252-7000

marinrestaurant.com

5. To save the bees:

Come eat honey-infused pastries to the sweet strains of emcee Dessa. The 3rd Annual Dandelion Honey Pastry Chef Challenge takes place April 13 at Solar Arts.  

Ten top pastry chefs will present honey-sweetened treats to a panel of judges, and you get to taste every one. Not a sweet tooth? The Draft Horse and Lowry Hill Meats have got you covered with savory snacks.

What else do you need to get on board with the plight of pollinators? 

Tickets to the event, which is hosted by the Beez Kneez, are $35 and can be purchased here or at the door for $40.

3rd Annual Dandelion Honey Pastry Chef Challenge

Wednesday, April 13, from 6 to 9 p.m.

Solar Arts by Chowgirls

711 15th Ave. NE, Minneapolis 

chowgirls.net