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By: Stephanie March | Posted: 03/27/2009
Earlier this week, I drove down to Chicago for a little college road trip with the next-in-line kid. We ate at Quartino, which is like an casual small plates Italian cafe. Easy-eating pizza, small pastas, and risottos, a few carpaccios, it was nice. The best part was ordering from the salumi list which was laid on our table. Like a dim sum checklist, we marked what we wanted and soon, elevated in the center of our table, was a melange of tasty cheeses, cured meats, marinated veg, and things of this ilk: a small yet captivating table picnic that I can't get out of my mind. The bresaola had strong notes, despite its papery existence, one of the cheeses was so buttery I think my kid thought it was. So this Fresh Forkin' Friday has me plotting my afterwork course to Surdyk's, France 44, Seward, Cheese Market, and Buon Giorno Italia to see if I can't compile a worthy replica.
Sing it to the high heavens, the last bit of hush-hush skullduggery concerning the evolution of Cue has been called: Erik Anderson, lastly of Porter & Frye, will be manning the kitchen at the forthcoming McKee/Thoma sustainable seafood venture. Giddyup.
Sometimes when a popular night spot tries to cull a daytime audience, it doesn't go over so well with those who'd rather not return to the scene of the crime. But Restaurant Aura has a sassy plan to lure them in with crepes from La Belle Crepe, now being served from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.. The Nutella/banana version is reason enough to check in.
Heidi's has a new menu: sad to see that veggie bolo go but ready to dig into some hand-rolled trofiette pasta with celery pesto, poblanos, and house-pulled mozzarella.
Holy Mother of information age! Is it true that The Modern has finally set itself up with a fancy-schmany website? Well, as fancy-schmancy as the Modern is willing to get.
Can you live with yourself if you pass up the Flavors of Spain dinners at Solera? Maybe you didn't know that J.P. was creating menus for six tasting dinners, highlighting the different regions of Spain. The first one was last night, but you can still get in on the deal, which is a steal at $55 including wine. Roasted pig cheeks not guaranteed at every meal.
Broders' Pasta Bar is celebrating its fifteenth birthday with a Sunday Midday Feast featuring acorn-fed organic pork from La Quercia (one of my ULTRA favorite producers of domestic prosciutto). Sunday April 19th will be a day of seven courses featuring chef Michael Rostance's way with the pork, and a portion of the proceeds go to Slow Food MN. Tickets are $65 and space is limited, so call soon.
Stephanie March is Mpls.St.Paul Magazine’s food and dining editor. See bio
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