April Bloomfield Tastemakers Oct 2016
You're familiar with Bloomsday, right? That's the day all of Dublin goes nuts for favorite son James Joyce. I am hereby declaring October 12 Bloomfields Day, when all of the Twin Cities should go nuts for world-famous gastro-chef April Bloomfield, because she is coming here, and we are having a party—and you are invited!
WHO: April Bloomfield! If you don't know about this brilliant chef, start learning. She's the British-born chef who made nose-to-tail gastropub cooking big in the USA, she's got Michelin-stars for two of her NYC restaurants, The Breslin and The Spotted Pig, her San Francisco place Tosca is a sensation, as are Salvation Taco and Salvation Burger, she's opening a New York butcher shop called White Gold, she's got two cookbooks that have deeply influenced restaurants and deeply resonated with home cooks around the country, called A Girl and Her Pig and A Girl and Her Greens. She's one of the most important chefs of this century, hands down. And she's coming here!
WHY: She's best buddies with Gavin Kaysen of Spoon and Stable, and is cooking for two nights at his Synergy Series. Of course, those $300-a-seat dinners sold out in the blink of an eye, so April graciously agreed to come do a talk and book signing for those who want to celebrate her visit, but couldn't get in to Spoon and Stable.
WHAT: A party, a discussion, a signing! We wanted to put together a party with the general theme of: We love you April Bloomfield! Which is weird because we don't really know her, but sometimes you have to act as weird and open-hearted as you really are.
THE PARTY: We have invited four rising star bartenders to put together cocktails on the theme of "A Girl and Her Greens" and "A Girl and Her Pig." Our bar-stars are Britt Tracy of Lyn 65, Anne Clifford from Volstead's Emporium, Katy Dimick from Hola Arepa, and Christine Anderson from Spoon and Stable. They'll be using some of my favorite local spirits, like Far North's Gustaf Navy Strength Gin and Roknar Rye. They'll get to use any Dashfire bitters or other products they need to round them out. What will a "Girl and Her Pig" cocktail be? You can only know if you come. In honor of April, we'll be serving some of the best piggy products in the country, from hometown hero Mike Phillips of Red Table. (Have you had their mortadella yet? Do. It.) We'll have the other Food Building stars sampling their wares too—yes, Steve Horton of Bakersfield and Rueben Nilsson of Lone Grazer will be showing the best of Minnesota breads and cheeses. Spoon and Stable's own pastry wonder Diane Yang will be presenting an array of sweet treats.
THE DISCUSSION: We'll have forty-five minutes or so of chat time with April about what's propelled her to make her way in the world as she has—with lots of meat and hospitality. Then we'll have fifteen minutes for a Q&A. Do you want to know how Jay-Z likes his burger? This is your chance to get the real answer.
THE SIGNING: Magers & Quinn, that wonderful local independent bookstore, will be selling books for April to sign for you. Would you like to give folks signed April Bloomfield books for the holidays? This is your one chance in life. Well, in Minnesota anyway.
WHERE: In Nordeast, a the Machine Shop.
WHEN: Wednesday, October 12, 6pm-8pm
This is going to be terrific. Bloomfields Day, a day in which we Twin Cities-types get to celebrate April Bloomfield, because she is amazing and we are lucky. I hope you come!
Till then—so many thanks to Gavin Kaysen and Spoon and Stable, Diane Yang, Britt Tracy, Anne Clifford, Katy Dimick, Christine Anderson, Far North Spirits, Dashfire Bitters, Red Table, Lone Grazer, Bakersfield, and above all, April Bloomfield. This should be a night we all remember forever.