What I could use this Fresh Forkin' Friday is a little deluge of rain. Just a smidgen of cold badness would be better than the awfully bucolic sunny warmth we're being offered up. See, I have a giant stack of November food magazines, and I have to get through them and start assembling ideas and inspirations for The Feast. This is best done with slippers and a hot toddy and no feeling of guilt that I should be putting the kid on the bike one last time before we shut in. Brussels sprouts or creamed corn? Whole wheat rolls or herbed ciabatta? These decisions are best made when there's no chance of a walk in the woods. Focus. Focus.
Finally, the GDC is open for dinner. The new neon on the outside reads: Good Day Cafe and Bad Day Bar. Adding drinks and dinner dishes to the menu, they are hoping to get in on all the West End action. Additions include a hot turkey sandwich, the Baron BBQ burger, a pork chop with rye bread crumbs, and the Original Tchoupitoula: cajun chicken on creole ham hash with bearnaise. Now if they can only get a website ...
Sugar Sugar is the super sweet shop that opened up in south Minneapolis. The stylish room is stacked with big jars brimming with colorful candies. A good afternoon this weekend might include a snack at Grand Cafe across the street followed by a high-quality Bit-O-Honey binge, no?
Cafe Agri will soon close while it transforms into Doug Flicker's newest deal, Piccolo. The small plates, small room restaurant sounds like a interesting idea and we, the food freaks, will wait with baited breath.
Next week (on Wed/Thurs) Broders' Pasta Bar is celebrating the Feast of San Martino in style. The Italian tradition is usually held in celebration of the release of young wines. Broders' version will include lentil and chestnut soup (lentils are so hot right now) and grilled quail with asiago, sage, and truffle. The $45 price tag also includes a half-carafe of young sangiovese, plus music and laughter.
If you're looking for a more intimate connection to Italy, you might want to check out Molly Broders Food Tour discussion. Far from a dusty, stuffy slideshow with endless pictures of cats, it promises to be a sipping and grazing chat about her lateset tour through Italy. The Saturday afternoon event (Nov. 21) will let you sample some of her found products and even provide a few recipes for your own inspiration. Contact Cucina to register, $20 in advance or $25 at the door.
Celebrate the LOCAL wine harvest (yes, there is one) this weekend at Alexis Bailly's annual open house in honor of the 2009 Nouveau. Trip down to Hastings for a tasting from 11 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday.
OY, the Woodmans are turning the high holidays up a notch. Stewart and Heidi, of Heidi's fame, are teaching modern Jewish cooking classes at Adath Jeshurun Synagogue. Gefilte fish gets deconstructed (Nov. 16), liver finds it's way out of the "Bubbie Chop" into pate (Nov. 30), and flavor is celebrated with a class on full-fat foods (Dec. 14). Classes are $65 a piece, and you get a $20 gift card to Heidi's, but size is limited to 12 participants so hurry, contact firstname.lastname@example.org for registration.
If you haven't thought about the upcoming season of fest, you might want to check out the Perfect Parties soiree this weekend. Even of the word "tablescaping" is foreign to you, there are plenty of tricks and tips that will help make your hosting duties seem effortless.