Food news and events you need to know about

Get in line for free wraps and salads.

Get in line for free wraps and salads.

It's food-o'-clock. Here's some food news you can use. 

Have-it-your-way salads, that crucial fuel for the skyway set, are making their way to downtown St. Paul. And, listen up: Sprout Salad is giving away free salads and wraps on day one, today, Monday, April 4, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. or until the food runs out. 

Sprout Salad Company 

Securian Center

401 Robert St. N., Suite 223, St. Paul 

See a foodie film at the film fest.

See a foodie film at the film fest.

Swill a bunch of local wines and beers at the horse track on April 16 when Savor Minnesota showcases 20 wineries plus craft breweries. Tickets are $40 in advance or $45 at the door, where you'll receive a glass to sip to your liver's content. More information and ticket information at

The Minneapolis/ St. Paul International Film Festival is upon us, with numerous motion pictures about food. 10 Billion, What's on Your Plate? is a look into the enormous spectrum of global food production and distribution; Atomic Falafel, a satire about volatile Iran-Israel relations, follows a 15-year-old girl working in a falafel truck; and Cherry Tree House Mushroom Farm is a look into the dedication required to grow shiitake mushrooms. Find the full list of foodie films here.  The MSP Film Festival runs from April 7 through April 23. 

Chef Lenny Russo of beloved Midwestern institution Heartland is going to be taking over the culinary direction of the somewhat flat Public Kitchen & Bar, one of Lowertown's newer but less exciting tenants. Ownership is the same as that of adjacent Handsome Hog, the more buzzy and newer contemporary Southern restaurant. Russo will also have a hand in that kitchen. We're looking forward to seeing what he's got in store for both of them. No word yet on plans for Heartland, but he's hinted that changes are afoot. 

Public Kitchen + Bar 

229 E. Sixth St., St. Paul 


Handsome Hog

203 E. Sixth St., St. Paul


Sea Change is extending its half-off deal again while the Guthrie goes dark for a week. So through Friday, April 8, grab a date and make like you can afford this place. The discount applies to all food (but not drinks) in the dining room only. (It does not apply to already discounted happy hour). The deal applies to brunch, lunch, and dinner. Reservations are strongly advised, and you must mention the discount to receive it. 

Sea Change 

806 S. Second St., Minneapolis 

Get fancy fish for less. A lot less.

Get fancy fish for less. A lot less.

At the Guthrie


Now that farmers market season is upon us, a savvy shopper could avoid the supermarket altogether if she were of such a mind. Minneapolis alone has over 40 farmers markets, and the city has put together a handy-dandy finder for farmers market fanatics. Clicking on map pins will show the address, season dates, and opening times for each market. Here it is. Happy harvest season. 

To heck with swimming in a lake. Go to Chef Camp and eat good food and drink craft cocktails under the stars instead. The three-day-long camp will be composed of wilderness-themed cooking instruction from leading chefs including J.D. Fratzke (Strip Club Meat & Fish and Saint Dinette), Sarah Master (formerly of Barbette, currently heading Mr. Roberts Restaurant), wild game and foraging expert Jamie Carlson (who blogs at You Have to Cook it Right), and Noah Barton (founding chef at Chino Latino, now a test kitchen chef).

But you'll have to work for it. They've got traditional camp activities planned too, like archery, canoeing, hiking, and foraging. Chef Camp will take place Labor Day weekend from Friday, September 2 to Sunday, September 4 at Camp Miller in Minnesota’s North Woods, less than two hours' drive from the Twin Cities. Admission to Chef Camp starts at $550 ($475 for early birds), a fee that includes food, beverages, two nights of lodging, activities, and four instruction sessions with the chefs. Go here for tickets and other information.

Chef Camp > kiddie camp.

Chef Camp > kiddie camp.

Beer. Meat. Grilling tips. Grab your foodie friend and head over to Excelsior Brewing on Tuesday, April 26, to get grilling tips from chef/ butcher Erik Sather of Lowry Hill Meats, and local chef/owner of Minnesota Spoon and author of Slay to Gourmet Jon Wipfli. Tickets are $55 in advance, $60 at the door, and get you  two nine-ounce Excelsior Brewing beers and a round of high-protein eats including skirt steak sliders, BBQ brisket and slaw, Korean cut short ribs, fresh franks, and more. More information and tickets here. 

There are still tickets available for the selling-out-fast series chef Erick Harcey is doing in collaboration with other awesome local chefs at his recently opened Upton 43. Friday, April 23 he'll be cooking with Erik Sather of Lowry Hill Meats from 7 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Tickets are $125 for 10 to 15 courses. The culinary collaboration is designed to showcase creativity and push boundaries. Upcoming collaborators include chef Sameh Wadi (Saffron, World Street Kitchen, Milkjam) and master barman Dan Oskey. Beverage, tax, and tip are not included. Purchase tickets here. 

Upton 43

4312 Upton Ave. S., Minneapolis  


Challenge your tastebuds at Upton 43 chef collaborations.

Challenge your tastebuds at Upton 43 chef collaborations.

Payne Avenue's darling independent bistro Tongue in Cheek is offering an excellent brunch deal: $25 gets you two of their "teasers" (little one- or two-biters like a slow-poached and lightly fried egg yolk with bacon powder and sweet & spicy jam), one eye-opener (full-sized cocktail like a Pacifico and Passionfruit Chelada) a coffee, and one entree. 

Tongue in Cheek 

989 Payne Ave., St. Paul


More from the chef collaboration file: Mike DeCamp of Monello will throw in with Erik Anderson at Scena April 9 at their popular crudo bar. $120 gets you more raw fish than you can probably eat in a fun and interactive environment. Two seatings, 6 p.m. and 9 p.m. Ten courses. RSVP required at [email protected] 

Get a taster, and another taster, and a cocktail and a coffee and an entree all for $25 at Tongue in Cheek.

Get a taster, and another taster, and a cocktail and a coffee and an entree all for $25 at Tongue in Cheek.


2943 Girard Ave. S., Minneapolis 


Check out how the ladies do it at the upcoming Dame It chef's event at Loring Social. Featured chefs will include Carrie Summer and Lisa Carlson of Chef Shack; Brenda Langton of Spoonriver; Michelle Gayer of Salty Tart; Jamie Malone of Brut; Kylene and Mel Gust of GYST; Anna Christoforides of Gardens of Salonica; and Kim Bartmann of Barbette, Pat’s Tap, and Bryant-Lake Bowl. The event will be hosted by cookbook author Amy Thielen and part of the proceeds will go to culinary students and the youth gardening project Urban Roots. Tickets are $85. 

Loring Social

1629 Hennepin Ave. S., Minneapolis