Who: Foodies, winos, and friends of Mpls.St.Paul Magazine
What: Mpls.St.Paul’s Taste!
Where: U of M’s TCF Bank Stadium
When: Friday, October 8, 2010
Why: T’was the perfect fall evening: wine samples, yummy tastings, beautiful weather, and an all around good time!
On one of the most balmy and beautiful nights of the fall, 1,300 winos, foodies, and a few jocks flocked to TCF Bank Stadium for Mpls.St.Paul Magazine’s Taste! event last Friday.
We arrived at the event, which benefited U of M athletics and Junior Achievement of the Upper Midwest, just to catch the tail end of the VIP party in the men’s locker room. We quickly grabbed an empty wine glass and filled up at the Terlato wine station. As we sipped on our first glass of Chardonnay and felt that first tingle down our spine, we knew (sing along now) that tonight would be a good night —thank you Black Eyed Peas.
We stopped off briefly at the locker room but decided the weather was too perfect to spend the remaining daylight hours indoors. As we headed back outside, we marveled at the amazing décor: the fireplace, the bar, the lounge, and the nearby tent made the outdoor concourse look like a scene from a chic LA party. We popped into the swanky white tent and snacked on oysters by Barbette and sushi from Seven while we chatted with Paul Koch from UBS and his wife Michelle.
The aromas wafting from the third floor DQ Lounge were too inviting to pass up, so we hit the escalators in search of some tasty noshes. We were immediately greeted by pulled pork barbecue sandwiches from The Maple Tavern and from there it was a full-on feeding frenzy. We chatted with Mpls.St.Paul's food and dining editor Stephanie March and she directed us further into the foodie’s paradise. We picked from a plethora of scrumptious surprises, including mouthwatering nibbles from Amore Victoria, Red Stag Supperclub, and Lord Fletcher’s to name a few. And of course, we sipped on vino from The Hess Colleection, Heck Estates, and the Trinchero Family Estates.
Once we were fully satiated, we took a detour to marvel at the diamonds from Wixon Jewelers—we may have drooled just a little bit—and there we saw Elizabeth Ries from Twin Cities Live looking stylish as usual at the nearby lounge. We heard the sixth floor VIP lounge was bumping so we ran upstairs to chat briefly with Mpls.St.Paul editorial director Jayne Haugen Olson—the conversation inevitably turned to fashion—and then we sought out more wine, which was graciously flowing. We couldn’t resist a panini from the Dakota Jazz Club, and we figured what was one more glass of wine the Buehler. We stopped for a moment to take in the beautiful view overlooking the field, and then spent the next hour mixing and mingling with other Twin Cities notables.
We took a moment toward the end of the evening to survey the scene (it is our job after all), and as we watched Twin Citians all around us eat, drink, and be merry, we marked this party down as one for the record books.
Though we couldn’t quite swing a taste of all of the 200+ wines available, by the end of the night we certainly felt like we done our very best. The headache that ensued the next morning, however, was a different story . . .