Summit, Shitty Barn Sessions, and Grazefest: The Week in Food


This week kicks off in a shitty barn and culminates in hell. Need we say more? The Week in Food . . .

Tuesday 6/15

  • Summit is like the little black dress of beers. It goes with everything: stuffed jalapenos and deviled eggs, beer cheese fondue, Creole shrimp coleslaw, and especially roasted pig with fried potatoes and baked apples. Take down the entire menu at Groveland Tap's Summit Beer Dinner. Reservations required: 651-699-5058. $29.95/person (plus tax and gratuity). 7 p.m.

Wednesday 6/16

  • When you get down to it, there's nothing better than good beer, grilled brats, and live music--in a shitty barn. Join the Furthermore Beer guys in Spring Green, Wisconsin, at their first Shitty Barn Session, "an intimate, integrated, and shitty event" that will feature singing, songwriting, storytelling, and the music of Josh Harty. $10 gets you a cup to fill with Furthermore beer. BYO grillables. 6 p.m. For more information visit

Thursday 6/17

  • We ask you, as Minnesotans, do you know where your hips are? Do you know how to move them? It's OK if you don't--we don't either. Fortunately dance instructors Manuel and Carmen Rubio will be on hand at Summer Dance in Saint Paul's Landmark Plaza to show you how to shake it. Learn tango, ballroom, rock, and reggae dance steps while listening to music from Salsa del Soul and dining on food and drinks from Pazzaluna and the Saint Paul Grill. 5:30 p.m.

  • You know what's sexy? A 32-kilowatt photovoltaic system. And Seward Co-op's got one. Celebrate its installation on the store's roof with refreshments, guided tours on the roof deck, and opportunities to talk with representatives from Solarflow Energy--the masterminds behind the photovoltaic, which will generate nearly 37,250 KWh of energy per year. Thirty-six people will receive free home energy efficiency kits. 4 to 6 p.m.

Friday 6/18

  • The people at Summit just keep on giving. On Monday it's a Pilsener to go with your stuffed jalapenos and deviled eggs, on Friday it's a fundraiser and silent auction for the Highland Friendship Club, a nonprofit organization that helps young adults with disabilities make friends. Purchase local art, drink local beer, and do something good for your community. $10/$15 at the door. 6 to 8:30 p.m. Held at the Summit Brewery in Saint Paul.

Saturday 6/19

  • Saturday: get back to the land day. Start at the Mill City Farmer's Market's second-annual Grazefest--a festival that celebrates local pasture-raised goods such as eggs, pork, dairy, and beef, as well as the farmers who produce them and the chefs who cook with them. Meet local farmers and milk and cheese producers and enjoy live music and cooking demos from Chef Lori Valenizano of Lucia's, Chef Joe Hatch-Surisook of Sen Yai Sen Lek and Chef Joe Westhausen of Hell's Kitchen. 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.

  • In the evening head to Ramsey, Minnesota, with The Red Stag Supper Club that will host a multi-course dinner with wine pairings on Garden Farme. Owned by Bruce Bacon, a founding member of the Permaculture Research Institute, Garden Farme features 90 acres of woodlands and marshes. Learn about food and the environment while enjoying a farm tour, charcuterie and bubbly, and live music by Jack Klatt and the Cat Swingers. Advanced tickets required: $70 adults/$20 kids 6 to 12. 4 p.m.

Sunday 6/20

  • Aperitif in Woodbury has just the thing for Dad this Father's Day: not a convertible, not a week on the golf course, but a free meal. The Mediterranean restaurant will offer all dads (in parties of four or more) a free, three-course "manly" dinner, including Caesar salad or salmon cakes, twin fillet medallions or cherry plank salmon, and strawberry rhubarb cobbler--burly!

  • Too cute: the tiny Kenwood Café (tucked between Bockely Gallery and Birchbark Books) will be hosting a Summer Supper Club every Sunday all summer. This Sunday, enjoy music by Roma di Luna while dining on a salmon nicoise platter with mixed greens, bread, fruit, and tasty dessert bars. $30. 6:30 to 9 p.m.

Monday 6/21

  • It's Monday: we'll see you in hell . . . where there will be drinking and dancing and good food and live music. Hell's Kitchen is launching Monday's in Hell, a night of dinner, drinking, and dancing to a different genre of music each week. DJ Ronny D kicks off the series, while bartenders mix special '70s-style cocktails. The fun starts at 7 p.m.