St. Paul Library hosts outdoor movies for foodies this month
Mostly Martha, the first in the series
We have the movies as well as some suggestions for picnic pairings.
Picnic pairing suggestion: Golden Fig
Load up on artisan bread from Rustica, local artisan cheeses and a refreshing bottle of house-made limeade. (790 Grand Ave., St. Paul; 651.602.0144)
Juliette Binoche plays a single mother of a six-year-old daughter who opens a scandalously decadent chocolate shop across the street from a church in a small town. As the citizens taste her dark confections, their rigid morality begins to loosen. That Johnny Depp waltzes in and out as a mysterious, easy-on-the-eyes gypsy with a dubious accent does not hurt the hot factor.
There's no way you can get through this movie without indulging that sweet tooth. (495 Selby Ave., St. Paul; 651.492.4799)
Ang Lee directed this family drama. Senior master chef Wu is father to three daughters: a chemistry teacher, an airline executive, and a student who also works at a fast-food restaurant. Each Sunday the family gathers for an elaborate dinner. The daughters struggle against tradition, while their father does what fathers have done for centuries -- worries about his daughters. As the daughters' relationships outside the family change, they all must deal with the consequences.
Grab some dan dan noodles, dry sauteed green beans, and home-style tofu, and remember to share nicely with your friends. (422 University Ave., W. St. Paul; 651.222.1333)
It's open during its construction. Try a little veal parmigiana or pizza paired with a couple of cannoli. (211 W. Seventh St., St. Paul; 651.222.3476)
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