Surly's darkest day, plus food and film this Week in Food

Expect lots of fans and a long wait before you get your hands on this
Expect lots of fans and a long wait before you get your hands on this

Is there ever a non-busy Week in Food? If so, we haven't encountered it, and this week is no different, with everything from a lecture on food criticism and an author dinner to the long-awaited, much anticipated Surly Darkness Day.

10/24 This month's Open Kitchen at Intermedia Arts is titled "Something Your Great-Grandmother Would Eat." Sound scary? The theme is in honor of Día de los Muertos and will focus on the food wisdom of the ancestors and how it gets carried on through generations. Participants are requested to bring a dish to share that your great-grandmother would have eaten, and the evening will include the short films of Helen DeMichiel. This event is free and begins at 7 p.m.

10/25 The 27th annual Silha Lecture at the University of Minnesota will tackle the ethical challenges of restaurant and food criticism tonight, with experts including Lynne Rossetto Kasper of public radio's The Splendid Table and Jane and Michael Stern, regular guests on the show. There will also be a fourth mystery guest who is described as a local award-winning food critic whose identity will be concealed to maintain that person's anonymity. The event is free and open to the public, with no reservations required, and begins at 7 p.m. in the Cowles Auditorium at the Hubert H. Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs.

10/26 This event requires a trek to Winona, but it's worth it: The Book Shelf in Winona is hosting Brett Laidlaw as the final author in the store's 10th anniversary celebration. Laidlaw, author of Trout Caviar: Recipes from a Northern Forager, will dine with participants on a multi-course meal of the book's recipes provided by Blue Heron Coffeehouse. The cost of the author-hosted meal, which begins at 6:30 p.m., is $35, or $50 with wine. To reserve your seat call 507.474.1880.

10/27 Why go to the multiplex to see Liam Neeson whup ass (again) when you could be checking out the Film Society of Minneapolis and St. Paul's Food and Wine Film Festival? The festival runs October 25-28 and celebrates food and wine from around the world. Participants will get to taste and sample their way around the globe, with food paired with selected screenings throughout the festival. All films will be shown at St. Anthony Main theater. The schedule begins with Ratatouille at 2:15, which is paired with Joia soda. To check out the schedule or buy tickets, visit the Food and Wine Film Festival's website.

Saturday is also the darkest day of the year as Surly releases its much-anticipated Darkness. Yes, it's Darkness Day, and it begins at 11 a.m. (though diehards like to camp out to ensure they snag their allotted six bottles before the brewery runs out). The wait is made easier by live music and food trucks, so expect to see the Chef Shack, Caribou, Barrio, and more selling food, and Powermad (the head brewer's band) performing (among others). Beer tickets are $4, and that includes Darkness. If you're going to buy the bottles, note that this is a cash-only event, and Darkness bottles sell for $18 apiece (with a limit of six bottles).

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