This Fresh Forkin' Friday I'm deciding which carb-laden treat I deserve. A big, spicy plate of Bucatini alla Amatriciana from Rinata? A couple (yes, a couple) of meatball and ricotta pizzas from Black Sheep? Or should I just go load up on Tater Tots and fries at the Bulldog NE? The pre-meal is just one of the perks of running in Jack's Run for MPS. The main perk, of course, is kicking my butt around a hilly 5K in honor of Jack Mahony, a swimmingly awesome kid who is one of my little heroes of courage. If you're in EP on Saturday morning, please join us. Then on Sunday, we have the Step Up for Down Syndrome Walk in honor of our fabulously loud Aidan Coughlin, aka The Mayor. Our payoff on Sunday includes a post-walk roast beef sandwich at Maverick's while Aidan canvases the room giving fist bumps, making friends, and singing the U of M fight song. Totally worth it.
For those of you with kids, you already know that Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs opens today. Tomato tornado? Jello mountain? That cracks me up.
Kona Grill will open on the 29th in Eden Prairie.
On Monday, you can check out the East-meets-Nordeast vibe of Ginger Hop, which will open in the old Times space.
When you were down carousing with the Ski-U-Mah, did you notice that the old Baker's Square building on 25th and University will soon become another location of Szechuan star the Tea House? I did.
Figlio's last day of business is this Saturday. Nobody knows the name of the new incarnation, but I'm hoping they bring back the vests along with the tortelloni.
What would your last meal be? Would it be simple or extravagant? Where would you eat it? If you can express yourself eloquently on this topic, tweet your answer to @solobybonicelli by Sunday at midnight for a chance to win a free cooking class from Laura Bonicelli.
Isn't it time to sign up and put your name down behind something you believe in? Maybe you've enjoyed the fruits of the Slow Food movement, but have never thought about truly joining ranks. How about now: through the month of September, ANY AMOUNT of first time donation to Slow Food USA will make you a member. Rates go back up to $60 as of Oct. 1.
A couple of September 30th wine dinners round out the month. Muffuletta offers a four-course tour of Italy with regional wines and specialties for $65. Pazzaluna is focusing on the wines of Ste. Michelle Wine Estate with a five-course dinner for $75. Reservations are suggested for either dinner.
Have you bought your tickets for Taste! yet? Come on. Not only do you get a super sneaky inside look at "The Bank," but you get a whole boat load of wine and good eats. Seriously, it's going to be top notch. I'm all set with a new cocktail dress for Friday and elastic-waistband pants for Saturday.
And as if that wasn't enough, we are kicking off our first-ever Fall Restaurant Week! Have you been on the boards already, comparing notes and ideas for best strategies? I'm using this week as a way to take out all my Grrrls who I've been ignoring. There's a lot of them, so it has to be affordable.