It's that time of year when eating inside seems like a waste of a perfectly good afternoon. Don't squander these precious months! Get thee to a picnic blanket, a park bench, a patio!
Eat dinner on a farm.
Food, music, and beer. On the farm. It's all you ever want to do in summer. But you don't have a farm, a band, a personal chef, or a brewery.
Dinner on the Farm does. They'll handle all that stuff. Just bring your own blanket and utensils, drive to the farm, find a patch of grass, and they've got you. The first event on June 26 is sold out, so you may want to act fast for the July 10 event. The Draft Horse and Summit Brewery will take over Baker's Acres farm in Avon, Minnesota. Dusty Rose will provide tunes.
The Draft Horse is the deli, restaurant, and bar located in northeast Minneapolis' Food Building, which houses hyper-local producers including Lone Grazer Creamery Cheeses, Meats from Red Table, plus Irish pot pies and more. Get them all at the farm.
Sunday, July 10
4 p.m. to 8 p.m.
36861 County Road 9
$75 for adults, free for children 10 and under
Buy tickets and check out the full Dinner on the Farm Calendar here.
Try some old-school ice cream treats.
Skip Dairy Queen and go to indie-owned Icy Cup instead. Icy Cup looks like a Dairy Queen, acts like a Dairy Queen, and even used to be a Dairy Queen. But this St. Paul treat stand has a little more character, and perhaps more importantly: They have the elusive butterscotch-dipped cone that DQ all but discontinued some years ago.
Other reasons to go: a full menu of coffee drinks, smoothies, affogatos, and freshly made tamales! (Icy Cup is Latino-owned.)
Also: tacos. Beat that, DQ.
63 George St. W., St. Paul
Party in the alley at Harriet Brasserie.
Harriet Brasserie, across the alley from Tilia, doesn't get as much love as it should, as it sits in the shadow of its illustrious neighbor. But this excellent bistro, with a bit of a South American bent (the ropa vieja with eggs and yucca and the Brazilian steak sandwich called "bauru" are both incredible) is a destination in its own right. Here's an excuse to go and see what they do: food, music, beer, and sangria at their 4th Anniversary Alley Party.
Sunday, June 12
1 p.m. to 6 p.m.
2724 43rd St. W., Minneapolis
Eat breakfast at the Birchwood Cafe, then go on a Conservation Bike Ride.
In keeping with its do-gooder bent, the Birchwood has all sorts of stuff up its cheffy sleeves for doing good this summer (while also feeding you well). On Saturday, June 11, gather at the restaurant for a fortifying breakfast, then set out on a bike ride to Coldwater Spring Park. Tickets are $15 and monies go to support Urban Roots.
Buy tickets here.
Saturday, June 11
The Birchwood Cafe
8a.m. to 1p.m.
3311 E. 25th St., Minneapolis
Go to a barbecue.
Though the party's been moved indoors from last year's alleyway fete, Haute Dish still deserves a shout for dedicating half the week to everybody's favorite outdoor food: BBQ. Haute Dish has a special affinity for pork, so their dedication to BBQ runs deep. From June 6 to 9, the whole place will be dedicated to the cause. Dine on the likes of St. Louis-style ribs, brisket, whole chickens, plus all the sides (slaw, burnt end beans, greens, and lots more).
HauteQue SoulHut at Haute Dish
June 6 to 9
119 Washington Ave. S., Minneapolis
- Get chilled ramen and other summertime fare at Ramen Kazama
- Pizzeria Lola to throw pizza party benefit on Prince's birthday
- You need to be eating at the taco truck in the K-Mart parking lot
- Haute Dish is adding lunch with a new burger (and beer cheese soup!)
- The Uptown library building will soon be a private event center
- The Travail Lakeside Party is coming and there will be... potato salad tacos?