Two cows were talking in the field. One cow says, "Have you heard about the Mad Cow disease been goin' round?"
The other cow answers, "Yeah, makes you glad you're a penguin, doesn't it?"
Lighten up, it's Fresh Forkin' Friday penggies.
Olive's (651-433-3030) is the new wood-fired pizza place in Marine on St. Croix. If you haven't been to that Mayberry on the river, make it a summer drive this weekend. The new pizza place took over the old ice cream shop and offers some huge handcrafted pies with loads of fresh ingredients, but only Thursday through Saturday from 5 to 9 p.m.
ON THE EDGE
Madwoman Foods, the gluten-free shop on Lyndale in Minneapolis, sent out an e-mail that basically said, "We need your support or we're going to close." In the email they ruminate on whether or not a GL bakery is really viable these days. Another GF pioneer, Cooqi, closed earlier this year, but it's surprising to me, given all the e-mails I get from people asking about GF options. So get there and buy some stuff, or lend them your business acumen if you want to help keep GF freshly baked goods in the city.
Brian Hauke has left the Red Stag for greener pastures in Madison. Taking over is Jason Blair, who served up a nice little pork belly treat at the Arboretum last night.
Finally an art show right up your alley. Interact Center presents EAT ART and MUD: The Art of Coffee, which runs through September 15. Celebrating food in art, the works include textiles and paintings made with vegetable and coffee inks, plus still lifes of edibles. Nearby Toast Wine Bar is a good place to go afterwards; no doubt you'll be hungry.
The boys from Tangletown Gardens have scored quite a coup; they are bringing in chefs from Chez Panisse and Boulevard for an August 29th dinner on their Plato, Minnesota farm. Tickets are $180 and limited.
Folks from Epicurious will be at the Mpls. Farmers Market Annex this weekend. Stop by and check out some cool iPhone apps, sample some free chocolate, and pick up a free tote bag. David Vlach (lastly of Heidi's) will be there on Saturday from 10 to 11:30 a.m., sampling and gossiping about Heidi's new spot. Not really the gossip part.
Free Cupcake Happy Hour? Yes, it's a reality at Sweets Bakeshop in St. Paul. Stop by from 6-8pm (5-6pm on Sundays), tell them you're there for happy hour, and you'll get one free cupcake. Now, try to get out of the store without picking up 15 macaroons, I dare you.
This may be the only way to get your illiterate sig-fig to indulge in Shakespeare: Make it fast and feed them beer. Brit's Pub presents The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged): All 37 plays in 97 minutes by three guys in tights. Bring your blanket and sit on the lawn; there are beer specials and no cover. This Sunday and next.
I don't even need to tell you that Sunday kicks of Restaurant Week, do I? All the menus are up online!