Gin 101 and more fair fun this Week in Food

Last week to get your fair fix
Last week to get your fair fix
Minnesota State Fair

During State Fair season, the Week in Food practically writes itself; after all, who wants to miss out on all that short-term greasy goodness? Fear not though, we've got plenty of other things to recommend if you've hit critical mass regarding food on a stick.

8/27 It doesn't get much more Minnesotan than this: Today at the fair, at the Saint Agnes Demonstration Kitchen in the Creative Activities Building, the theme is "bars, bundts, and hot dishes." Pop by at 11 a.m. to see a tatar tot hot dish demo, at 1 for cranberry/wild rice hot dish being put together, and a maple pecan bundt will be slapped together at both 3 and 5 p.m. For all the daily schedules of the demo kitchen, visit the Minnesota State Fair's website.

8/28 What do you know about gin? If the answer is "not much," consider heading to Surdyk's Tuesday night for the class "Gin: In Good Taste." This tasting promises to help you rediscover gin and learn about its place in history as well as its many styles. If you think gin is a stuffy liquor associated with your grandparents, instructor Alex Strohoffer will have you eating your hat. The fee to attend is $35, and the session begins at 6:30 at neighboring Ginger Hop.

8/30 In the midst of all this State Fair gorging it's not a bad idea to commit to something a little healthier. The Linden Hills Co-op can help by teaching you how to make an entirely Minnesota-made ratatouille in the class Superfood Cooking: Eat Local Ratatouille. Since gardens, markets, and the co-ops are at their peak production right now, ratatouille is the perfect dish to use up all your fresh and local vegetables. Teacher Claire will demonstrate the classical French method, with plenty of samples for students. Plus, she'll share tips and ways to enjoy ratatouille long into the winter. The class runs 6-8 p.m. and costs $20 for members, $25 for nonmembers, and you can sign up by calling the co-op directly at 612.922.1159.

9/2 If you've missed any of Mixed Precipitation's Picnic Operetta, you have another chance this weekend to watch them transforming Mozart's Idomeneo into a food-loving performance (Sunday night's show is at L'orange Underground Gallery in Minneapolis). This Italian opera dramatizes the legend of King Idomeneo, whose desperate vows following the Trojan War have hefty consequences for the isle of Crete, his homeland. Naturally Mixed Precipitation have updated the work into The Return of King Idomeneo, a family-friendly tale. Returning chef Nick Schneider serves up a variety of dishes to create a scrumptious feast for all who attend. For tickets and all the performance times and locations, visit Mixed Precipitation's website.

Your last chance!
Your last chance!
Minnesota State Fair

9/3 For many people Labor Day marks the end of summer. For grease-loving food-on-a-stick-fans, it's much worse: the end of the fair! Today is your last chance to get your hands on some deep-fried lamb testicles, a giant slab of bacon on a stick, red velvet funnel cake, a bucket of Sweet Martha's cookies, poutine in a cup, an authentic corn dog, a sweaty pile of cheesy curds ... we could go on and on. The fair is essentially open from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. today, so you have 12 hours to fill your gullet with goodness. Tickets are $12 for adults and $10 for kids.

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