Beer plus cheese this epic Week in Food
Learn to be a healthy vegetarian at the Wedge
Sometimes our Week in Food just blends together perfectly, and this is a perfect example: Saturday is the City Pages Beer Festival, and Sunday is the Minnesota Cheese Festival. Is there any more perfect complement to beer than cheese? The rest of the week doesn't look bad either...
5/29 Hit up the Wedge for a class smartly titled "The Savvy Vegetarian." Students will learn about how a well-balanced diet can reduce blood sugar and weight and protect your heart. Teacher Jeff Woodward will explain how to balance proteins and carbohydrates to achieve the right acid-to-alkaline ratio. The menu includes avocado and navy bean stew, hard wood smoked tofu with mixed vegetables, multi-colored cabbage and chickpea salad, garlic tempeh with mushrooms and green beans. The entire menu is dairy-free, egg-free and gluten-free. Class runs from 7-9 p.m. and costs $39 members, $49 nonmembers.
5/31 Ginger Hop's monthly Flight Night lands on the last day of May and features Founders Brewing Company. For $5 sample Red's Rye Pale Ale, Dirty Bastard Scotch Ale, & Dark, Rich and Sexy Porter. Red's Rye will be available on draft and the others by the bottle. Things kick off at 5 p.m. so be sure to get your Founders on.
6/2 The City Pages Beer Festival returns with tastings of domestic and imported beers, live music and mechanical bull rides (furreal). Entrants to the VIP section enjoy complimentary food and larger samples. Some of the event's proceeds benefit the St. Paul Jaycees. To nab tickets ($30, $45 for VIP, $9.99 designated drivers) for this event, which runs from 5-9 p.m., click here.
It's also Backyard Farmyard day at the MIll City Farmers Market, which features chef Nick Schneider making omelets in the Mill City Cooks kitchen at 10 a.m., live music by the New Distractions at 11 a.m. and special entertainment from the University of Minnesota Bee Squad. Expect the usual spread of vendors as well, with the market's hours from 8 a.m.-1p.m.
6/3 Follow up a night of beer drinking with its natural partner: cheese. The Minnesota Cheese Festival takes place today at the State Fair grounds and features cheesemakers from Minnesota and Wisconsin for an afternoon of gourmet food trucks, home cheesemaking demos, cicerone-led beer and cheese pairing demonstrations, sommelier-led wine and cheese pairing demonstrations and much more. The event runs from noon-6 p.m. and costs a mere $15, with tickets available online here.
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