The Cake Boss invades Minneapolis this Week in Food

Seven courses for $40 at the Local. Win!
Seven courses for $40 at the Local. Win!

With Thanksgiving less than two weeks away, we like to start the stomach-stretching prep in earnest, and this week's food offerings of hefty beer dinners and a full-on fête of all things French should do the distending job quite well.

11/15 The first beer dinner of our Week in Food takes place at the Local, where all things Bell's will be incorporated into a seven-course meal. That's right--seven freaking courses for just $40. Tickets for this dinner of Michigan-centric brews, which starts at 6:30 p.m., are on sale now and can be snapped up by calling 612.904.1000

Are you a fan of TLC's weirdly addictive show Cake Boss? Then you'll be delighted to hear that the show's star, Buddy Valastro, is bringing his "Bakin' with the Boss" tour to the Orpheum Theatre Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. This live interactive event features Valastro sharing the stories behind his television show, tales of life in a colorful Italian family, and a live demonstration of the techniques of cake artistry. He will also answer audience questions and invite attendees to join him onstage. Reality television in reality. Tickets to the show, which begins at 7:30 p.m., are $29.75 to $45.75 and can be boughthere.

11/17 Beer dinner No. 2 is at Jax Cafe and highlights all things Summit with six courses that begin at 6 p.m. What can you expect? Summit's Unchained #8 for one thing, and food like bison and chipotle sausage on cheese biscuits, stuffed quail with cranberry and walnuts, and white chocolate bread pudding to name a few. Tickets are $80 (with a $20 down payment!) and can be reserved by calling 612.789.7297.

If you're more into wine than beer, you can check out the French-American Chamber of Commerce's Fête du Vin (Festival of Wine) tonight, which celebrates the release of this year's Beaujolais Nouveau. Get your French on with food prepared by eight chefs from places like Vincent and the Grand Cafe, and fill your glass with wine from eight regions of France. The Fête takes place at the Theatre de la Jeune Lune and includes live music, a silent auction, and even a raffle of plane tickets to France. The event runs from 5 to 9 p.m., and more information about the $45 tickets and the event can be found here. Mais oui.

11/20 Thursday is the inaugural Charlie Awards, which were created to celebrate Twin Cities restaurants and the folks in the food community. Awards will be given in categories like Emerging Chef, Restaurant Design, Lifetime Achievement, and heaps more. Come clap for your favorite foods and their creators! The awards take place at 1:30 p.m. at the Pantages Theatre in Minneapolis, and the $35 tickets can be purchased here.

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