A duck feast awaits at Grand Cafe's Ducktoberfest

Duck confit cassoulet with house-made fennel sausage at Grand Cafe
Duck confit cassoulet with house-made fennel sausage at Grand Cafe

There have been plenty of Oktoberfest celebrations going on this past month, but tomorrow Grand Cafe in Minneapolis is throwing a Ducktoberfest, which in addition to being a festival of local beer from Harriet Brewing, is also, as you might have guessed, a delicious four-course love letter to waterfowl.

Here's what's on the menu and where you can snatch up the last few tickets.

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The French-influenced cafe's Wayne Schroeder and Travis Diede are teaming up with Harriet Brewing to make four courses of duck and eight-ounce beer pairings that highlight the flavors of fall. 

To start, there's a rich duck liver pate offset by pickled Asian cucumber, a reduction of Harriet's Wodan Weizen beer, and a rye toast. Naturally, they'll pair this one with the German-style Weissbier Wodan Weizen.

This will be followed by a salad course of mixed greens, smoked pears, beets, Marcona almonds, and bleu cheese all dressed with a vinaigrette made from West Side IPA and fresh grapefruit juice. This one goes with Harriet's old standby Belgian-style West Side IPA. 

The entree is a seared duck breast with apple-fennel pave, braised collards, and cherries soaked in Dark Abbey with duck jus and pickled crab apple. The robust Belgian-style dubbel is the beer sample for this course.  

Finally, dessert will be ginger spice cake with a compote of cherries and a glass of Harriet Oktoberfest.

There are two seatings for this special dinner -- one at 6 p.m. and the other at 9 p.m. The Cactus Blossoms will provide live entertainment all night. Tickets are $65 with tax included (gratuity is not) and are available here. 

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3804 Grand Ave. S.
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