Does Mom really want brunch? This Fresh Forkin' Friday, you have to ask yourself, or better yet, her. In case she's not such a stand-in-line-waiting-for-the-guy-in-the-vest-to-light-the-sterno-under-the-vat-of-cheesey-eggs kinda gal, maybe you still have time to get her this. Or this. Or you could get her cheeses of the world, but I'm getting tired of asking for that.
- Smashburger has hit. The Denver-based burger joint is finally cooking up flat patties in the St. Anthony area. Look for a second location to open in Golden Valley this summer.
- Speaking of burgers, The Golden Nugget Tavern & Grille has reopened in the Glen Lake neighborhood of Minnetonka. New owners have scrubbed the old divey space, given it a fresh outlook, even hired a chef. But they promise the crusty burgers will still be as good. Honestly, I remember the patio in the back but not much about the burgers.
- Risotto, one of the impending Italian restaurants, is now open in the spot between Fuji-Ya and It's Greek to Me in Lyn-Lake. Chef Gabriele Lo Pinto, formerly of Arezzo, is cooking up, well . . . risotto.
- It's possible that the opening date for Gastronome, the Nordeast gastro pub, has been pushed back due to the fact that chef Eric Harcey has been busy with his other new restaurant (two-timer!), Victory 44, which he just opened in the former Sauced space in North Minneapolis.
- Mill City Farmers Market is finally open this weekend! It'll have all sorts of organic goodness whipped up for your marketing fun. Last weekend, Stephanie Hansen and I did a market preview on the Weekly Dish, which can now be downloaded.
- Vino in the Valley opens for the season this weekend. Yeah, I know it's not Napa or Italy, but there's pizza, bucolic scenery, and no baggage fee.
There's some chef flipping in St. Paul. It seems that W. A. Frost's Leonard Anderson will be leaving the kitchen he took over from Russell Klein. The next one to tackle the Cathedral Hill haunt will be Wyatt Evans, last seen at the University Club.
School doesn't have to be out for the summer. Why not take the opportunity to expand the horizons you want expanded instead of just filling out those req classes. The St. Paul College of Culinary Arts has room left in the Artisan Breads and Specialty Dough class, the Fundamentals of Charcouterie, and the Organic and Sustainable Foods class. All levels of culinary curiosity are welcome. It could change your life.
If ever there was a day to indulge your Double Deluxe dreams, it would be next Tuesday, May 14th, when Culver's will be celebrating its "Day of Giving" by donating 10 percent of sales to the Randy Shaver Cancer Research Fund.