5 ways to eat and drink October


Move outta the way kid, and take your sack of stale candy with you. Big folks like us got some real eating to do. Now that the funk of hot summer sweat is but a memory, the best eating season of the year is upon us. Bumper crop season is almost over, but enter the squash, the root veg, the apples, and the braises. It's eatin' season. A few ways to do October, napkin tucked in shirt, silverware pounding on table: 

Hell's Kitchen is wisely doing away with the ghosties and goblins and other silly claptrap and giving Halloween a little dose of the cultivation it deserves. They say they're bucking traditional Halloween decor, skipping cobwebs and skeletons, and instead will celebrate an elegant weekend with a galaxy of candles and twinkling amber lights. They'll be serving their regular brunch, dinner, and cocktail menus including their "epic" Bloody Mary bar, which is sorta scary in its own right. 

Friday, October 30 through Sunday, November 1. Reservations suggested. 

Go to Savory Bakehouse, which is not yet open, but is hoping for a mid-October debut. Sandra Sherva is a noted pastry chef who has spent many years filling the cases at the Birchwood Cafe. She's opening a south Minneapolis bakery that will "bake around the seasons" the way other chefs do as a matter of course. If they open around Halloween, she'll be showcasing specialty holiday items and fall decor. Smell that? It's autumn. Om nom. 

Savory Bakehouse will be located at 3008 36th Ave. S. Watch their Facebook page for progress. 

Go and support the cutest food organization in town, the Cookie Cart, at their annual fundraiser on October 25. Chefs from Libertine, Pig Ate My Pizza, Wise Acre, and others will gather for a four-course dinner plus hors d'oeuvres at the Eurest Café space in the Thrivent Financial Building, 625 Fourth Ave. S. in Minneapolis. The hors d’oeuvres reception and silent auction will start at 5 p.m. and dinner and a live auction will begin at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $125 per person or $1,000 for a table of 10. Do it for the kids! 

Cookie Cart Bakery teaches kids job and entrepreneurial skills. Their annual fundraiser is October 25.

Cookie Cart Bakery teaches kids job and entrepreneurial skills. Their annual fundraiser is October 25.

Do like the Italians do and celebrate the Annual Wine Harvest with Broders' Pasta Bar and Terzo Wine Bar, on Sunday, October 4. They say they're expecting such a huge turnout that they've moved the event to the Broders' Pasta Bar parking lot. There'll be wine (lots of it), food (lots of it too, including porchetta from Terzo, salads, veggie sammies, fried tortoloni, and more), plus beer from Bauhaus Brew Labs, DJs, and live music. 

5000 Penn Ave. S., Minneapolis 

Really, October means one thing, right? Beer. October 3 and 4, go down to Target Field Station for Music 'n Brews, which they're calling the "biggest backyard BBQ in town." Bands include Crankshaft, Dave Pirner, and more. Beer by Lift Bridge.  Free admission.