Spring is in the air. Well, sort of. They promise it will be, anyway. Might as well get a jump on figuring out where you're going to wear those short-shorts and flip flops. Here are eight great ideas.
Go to New York (in Minneapolis)
Eat Street Social and Marin are mashing up to present "Bridge to the Boroughs: A Taste of NYC". A five-course pop-up menu will include "hot Italian pizza," pastrami on rye, an egg cream, black-and-white cookies, and cocktail pairings with each course. Tickets are $85 and reservations are required: 612-252-7000.
901 Hennepin Ave., Minneapolis
Go on a Mini Road trip to Chef Shack Bay City
Chef Shack Bay City, by none other than chefs Lisa Carlson and Carrie Summer of venerable food truck by the same name and Minneapolis based Chef Shack Ranch, is re-opening for the season. This darling little restaurant is reason enough for you to jump in the ride and cruise the Great River Road.
The opening weekend menu will focus on spring vegetables and fish, plus desserts and cocktails, of course. Each weekend the Shack will offer dinners on Friday and Saturday evenings from 5 to 10 p.m. and Sunday brunch from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. This year the restaurant will accept reservations due to the intimate and modest size of the dining room. Opens April 29-May 1.
Chef Shack Bay City
6379 Main St, Bay City, WI
Bust Out That Block Party Calendar
Coup d'Etat is throwing its third annual Rock the Block party on Saturday, June 4. The bands: Filthy Animals, Oaks, Phillip Morris, Honeydogs, and Viva Knievel. The food: available for purchase from Coup d'Etat and other surrounding restaurants. The tickets: $10 in advance, and $15 at the door. Buy them here.
The date: Saturday, June 4, 2 to 9 p.m. on Girard Avenue between Lake Street and Lagoon Avenue.
Go Vegan for a Day
You already watch where your animal products are coming from and so does Tongue in Cheek St. Paul. Since their opening, chef Leonard Anderson says he's kept a close eye on his sourcing. "Every ingredient, down to the cream and butter, are sourced from producers who follow guidelines for humane treatment of their animals."
But now the chef is taking those ethics one further by offering "Vegasm", a daily foray into vegan cooking. Anderson says he realized how difficult it is to find vegan food that's actually delicious. So, at Tongue in Cheek, watch for dishes like curried ramen with zucchini, or crispy parsnip ravioli made with egg-free noodles. The restaurant also offers a vegan hash on the brunch menu.
Tongue in Cheek
989 Payne Ave., St. Paul
Local Booze + Foraged Mushrooms = Spring Fling
Local distillery Tattersall, local mushroom forager the Gentleman Forager, and Cosmo Restaurant in the Loews Hotel are getting together to present five courses of mushroom-focused dining plus cocktail pairings on May 15 at 5:30 p.m. Buy tickets here. Tickets are $70, and available by calling 612-312-1168.
Cosmos Restaurant in the Loews Hotel
601 First Ave. N., Minneapolis
Midtown Farmers Market Opening (With Food Truck Fair!)
Can you even remember what Minneapolis was like without food trucks? Us either. Get reacquainted with some old favorites during the Midtown Farmers Market season opener food truck fair featuring Kabomelette, Peep’s Hot Box, the Moral Omnivore, Wild Earth Wood Fired Pizza, and others to be announced.
From the market: 80+ vendors offering fresh, local produce; bread, cheese, honey, jams and jellies; responsibly raised meats; arts and crafts; prepared foods; and more.