This weekend, I will be attending a baby shower for a friend who already has one kid. There's much chatter in the friend circle about why she should need another shower if she already has all the stuff. So I've decided that it should be about her and not just the baby: her basket will be filled with pedicure gift cards, babysitting offers, pocket rockets of Jack Daniels, and season one of the Real Housewives . Because two is harder than one, and any free moment is a gift. This Fresh Forkin' Friday has me working out how I can possibly make an ugly, freaky, tricked-out belly cake, because we're way past pink-diapers-and-blue-bottles-are-cute cakes.
- Five Guys Burgers and Fries is now open in the Centennial Lakes plaza. This national chain gets all kinds of props from East Coasters for its flat burgers. I had one in Baltimore years ago, and I liked it, good crusty edges, but I don't think it changed my life. There are peanuts to snack on while you wait for your burger.
- Crave has opened their MOA location with much fanfare. Much like its Galleria location, it will be offering everything from sushi to pizzas to wood-roasted meats. This weekend, it's celebrating the opening with free wine and appetizers from 9:30 to 10:30 p.m., $5 cocktails, and music. They say "Dress to Impress," so I guess they're hoping to cull more than a mall following.
Seven Sushi and Steakhouse has filed Chapter 11, according to the Business Journal . It remains open while management is "reorganizing" the company. Indeed, the popular rooftop deck is hosting an opening celebration on May 7th.
The MARKETS are open! Both the St. Paul Farmers' Market and the Minneapolis Farmers Market open this weekend. Pickings may be sparse, you should be looking for wild ramps, but it will be great to get out with other fresh-minded folks and bump around the stalls, won't it?
And don't forget the Seward Co-op CSA fair this weekend. Get there early.
It's the summer of the beer. I'm calling it. Kick it off on May 16th at the Beer Dabbler Showcase in Burnsville. This touring festival features more than 150 beer to sample, live music, and snacks for $25. Among the taps will be local heroes Summit, Finnegan's, Schell, Flat Earth, Rush River, Barley John's, and Cold Spring Brewery. If you can't make Burnsville (you'll miss the effervescent E.L.nO.), the showcase will be back later this summer in Woodbury, Stillwater, and at Highland Fest.
Have you seen our Dining Deals issue? Are you just giddy with all the money you'll be saving? Did you check out the additional happy hour listings? Here are some more deals for you, just because I care:
- W.A. Frost, and all the patio dining that implies, is offering a three-course spring prix fixe for $30. I'd choose the corn bisque to start and the chili basted skate wing with poached egg.
- Most of the D'Amico kids have continued their three-course-for-$30 options, which they started with Restaurant Week. Yay!
- French Meadow is offering half-price wine and jazz Sunday through Wednesday nights. Don't forget that it has full service at night.
- Sanctuary has a new late-night happy hour on Friday and Saturday. After 10 p.m., some wines and drinks are $3 to $6, appetizers and such are $4 to $6 until midnight.