Todd About Town, February Edition

Todd Walker and Howie Mandel
Photo by Kurt Moses

Baby, it’s been cold outside, but that hasn’t tempered the number of events on my social calendar. Crowd favorite the Sevilles entertained a room of 700 Snowballers at the Saint Paul Hotel. Hostess (and future Mrs. Minnesota?) Jennifer Kinkead floated about the room wearing a chocolate brown St. John knit floor-length gown, seemingly oblivious to the rubbernecking gentlemen who were being lassoed by their more comfortably dressed companions. That’s one way to generate heat.

Clothier Jason Hammerberg of Hammer Made celebrated his 40th birthday at BLU at MOA with a Dukes of Hazzard shindig. Party dudes were in full-on Bo and Luke Duke mode with Wrangler jeans and huge belt buckles. Games of chance brought out a little competitive “Good Ol’ Boys” machismo. And the General Lee made a roaring entrance—albeit in sheet cake form.

More than 100 Minnesota musicians took the First Ave. stage to celebrate the life of late music empress Sue McLean. McLean, who booked bands in the TC for 40 years, would have been happy with the lineup. But headliners Eric Hutchinson and the BoDeans couldn’t steal the show from longtime local fan faves such as Chris Koza, Molly Maher, Chris Osgood, and Chan Poling.

I’m not sure what the Taste of St. Paul holiday party was giving us a taste of. The food was from Running Aces in Columbus, Pinstripes in Edina, and Treasure Island in Welch. What about Heartland, Forepaugh’s, and Meritage? With an event that went from 5 pm to 7 pm on a weeknight, maybe it was a taste of a town that rolls up the carpets at 7 pm. St. Paul, you can do better.

Till next time. See you on the scene!

Entertainment reporter Todd Walker covers the gala and social circuit for Mpls.St.Paul Magazine. Look for him at events and weekly on FOX 9 News.