Beer and kielbasa aid in post-fair recovery this Week in Food

Three courses, three glasses of wine, all at King's on date night.
Three courses, three glasses of wine, all at King's on date night.

While the end of the State Fair can feel like a greasy death of sorts, we're happy to say this Week in Food should perk you right up thanks to a two-day kielbasa festival and Summit's 26th birthday party (among other delicious options).

9/4 If you're on a budget but still want to woo your significant other Kings Wine Bar has the answer: Its Tasting for Two option on Tuesday nights means that for $45 you land three courses, plus dessert, all paired with pours from the wine menu. Throw in the romantic setting of this cozy wine bar and you've practically scored before the bill arrives.

9/6 The first class in the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum's 4x4 series (in which four top local chefs and food professionals select four of their favorite Minnesota wines and create a four-course menu to pair with their selections) is Thursday night and features chef Joan Donatelle and her four chosen wines of Glacial Ridge Winery's Sippin' from a Slipper, Chankaska Creek Ranch & Winery's Casota, Parley Lake Winery's Lakeside White, and Cannon River Winery's Gunflint Red. From 6:30 to 8:30 guests will enjoy a highly local meal paired with the aforementioned wines. The cost is $50 for members, $60 for nonmembers, and seats can be reserved by calling 952.443.1422.

Two days of kielbasa intake.
Two days of kielbasa intake.

9/7 End the week with a fat sausage at Kramarczuk's third-annual Kielbasa Fest. For a $10 general admission you can enjoy heaps of eastern European food, live music, family entertainment, and loads of Grainbelt Nordeast (as well as plenty of European beers too). Your admission also lands you a commemorative beer stein and one free beer. The event runs 5-10 p.m. Friday and 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Saturday, so you can double up on your kielbasa intake.

9/8 Summit, the grandaddy of Minnesota craft brewers, turns 26 this fall and is celebrating with a Backyard Bash at the brewery that features Doomtree, Halloween Alaska, Now Now, Caroline Smith & the Goodnight Sleeps, Heartbeats, and Mark Wheat emceeing the whole shebang. Naturally you can gorge on all sorts of Summit as well as local food vendors for the duration of the fest (11 a.m.-6 p.m.) and half the cost of your $14 ticket will go to the Minnesota Music Coalition. Yep, drinking for a good cause and to celebrate a birthday. Win/win.

9/9 With school officially back in session why not reinstate Sunday night dinners? Cooks of Crocus Hill can get you started with its class on creating home-cooked multi-course Sunday meals for the whole family. Sunday night's class runs from 5 to 7 p.m. and includes the following dishes: marinated cucumber and tomato salad; grilled cheesy flatbreads; barbecued chicken thighs with grilled sweet corn and cowboy beans; and grasshopper shakes for dessert. The class will set you back $25 but will net you heaps of familial praise. To book yourself a seat call 651.228.1333.

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