Taste of Minnesota and Red, White, and Boom punctuate the Week in Food
It's a week of celebrations from Thai cuisine and kale to local food and folk music. Not to mention our independence from bangers and mash and our right to light pyrotechnics. Your Week in Food . . .
- We've come a long way since Swedish sausage and boiled potatoes. Today Minnesota is abundant with foods from all over the world, thanks in part to chefs like Supenn Harrison, who turned our attention to Thai food when she opened Sawatdee in 1983. Join Harrison and Joe Hatch-Surisook, co-owner with his wife, Holly, of Sen Yai Sen Lek, on a culinary exploration of Thai cuisine with the Edesia Cookbook Review at the Galleria Barnes and Noble. 7 to 8 p.m.
- The local food movement is like the iPhone--it's here to stay, so you better get on board. Join Chef Ruhel Islam for lunch at Gandhi Mahal and a presentation on why and how to use local food in your daily diet. The talk will be followed by a tour of the Midtown Farmer's Market. RSVP to Annalisa Hultberg at firstname.lastname@example.org or 651.789.3328. 1:30 to 3:30 p.m.
- Let Corner Table plan your perfect date with three nights of dinner and a movie Tuesday through Thursday. Enjoy three-course dinners featuring the best of summer harvest, followed by outdoor movies, including: The Cove (Tuesday), Our Daily Bread (Wednesday), and Dirt (Thursday). Sip on local beer and snack on popcorn during the film. Dinner and a movie: $55. Movie and popcorn: $10. To purchase visit www.cornertable.com/movie. 6:30 to 10:30 p.m.
- Dark, green, leafy, bitter--kale must be good for us. Learn how to prepare the high-nutrient veg in new and delicious ways at "Hail to Kale," a cooking class at Gardens of Eagan. Guest will be able to sample recipes and will go home with an "All Day Kale" cookbook. Register at 952-891-1212, #239. $12/$10 members. 6:30 to 8 p.m.
- It's Thursday--close enough to the weekend to stay out late, drinking, dining, and listening to some good old-fashioned folk music by the likes of Luke Redfield, Duluth-born singer, songwriter, and nomad. Loosen your tie and saddle up to the bar at Red Stag Supper Club for a live performance. 10 p.m.
- Kick-off your 4th of July weekend at Taste of Minnesota Friday through Monday. Set up shop on the banks of the Mississippi to ooh and ah over nightly fireworks displays; listen to live music, including Atmosphere, P.O.S., and Minus the Bear; and savor some food on a stick. $20. Harriet Island, St. Paul.
- Work up your appetite at Minneapolis's Red, White, and Boom Fourth of July celebration. Run in the Hot Dam 5K Fun Run or the TC Half Marathon, listen to live music, and watch the fireworks displays from the Stone Arch Bridge. Dine on festival food or at your favorite St. Anthony Main restaurants like Pracna on Main, Tugg's Tavern, and Vic's.
- Independence Day! The day we celebrate our right to eat burgers and cheese curds rather than fish 'n' chips and clotted cream. Enjoy all the festival food you can stomach from mini donuts and fried pickles to cotton candy and pork chops on a stick. Grab a side of pyrotechnics at any number of local festivals, including: Taste of Minnesota; Red, White, and Boom; Excelsior; Powderhorn Park; and White Bear Lake.
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