Food truck fair, mushrooms, and road trips: 8 food events for spring

Notice anything different about this burger? Exactly.

Notice anything different about this burger? Exactly.

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


Have a "vegasm" by eating Tongue in Cheek's changing vegan menu.

Have a "vegasm" by eating Tongue in Cheek's changing vegan menu.

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

Eat, drink and feel New York at Eat Street Social and Marin's upcoming "Bridge to the Boroughs" event.

Eat, drink and feel New York at Eat Street Social and Marin's upcoming "Bridge to the Boroughs" event.

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


Chef Shack Bay City is reason enough to pile in the ride and go.

Chef Shack Bay City is reason enough to pile in the ride and go.

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


Time to start partying outside in Uptown. Like you do.

Time to start partying outside in Uptown. Like you do.

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. 

May 7 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. 2225 E. Lake St., Minneapolis Go Half-Vegetarian with the Blended Burger Project  Every year, the James Beard Foundation challenges ambivalent would-be vegetarians with this dare: Try a burger that's half beef, half finely chopped mushrooms. Why? For  improved flavor, nutrition, and sustainability. Chefs around town will be tinkering with this formula Memorial Day through July 31. Check it out at Marin, and go here for information on other restaurants and to vote on your fave.  Marin  901 Hennepin Ave., Minneapolis   612-252-7000 Drink Surly at Borough (and eat a whoopee pie!) Five courses with beer pairings by North Loop restaurant Borough and brew juggernaut Surly. The menu:  Amusé - pea terrine, yogurt, mint Soup - beer cheese, pretzel roll, sorghum Lamb belly - smoked, iceberg, bleu cheese, harissa, tomato Poussin - spring onion, morel mushroom, red wine Strip steak - aligot ravioli, summer truffles Whoopie pie - chocolate, molasses, walnut, rhubarb ice cream Tickets are $100 and are available here.  Borough 730 N. Washington Ave., Minneapolis 612-354-3135