This Fresh Forkin' Friday, I am thinking about how we are so awesome. Recently we've been given top honors, top honors I tell you. The Twin Cities has been named The Healthiest, The Most Hipster, and The Gayest, which only adds to our past props for biking, literacy, and farmers markets per capita. I'm just wondering when the ribbons for Most Weather Obsessed and Farmiest are coming in. In truth, it's a pretty good time to be Midwestern. Even if the coasts don't admit it, they're all about our chic: Who else has a farm culture within 20 minutes of the major downtown area? Year of the Pie? What's more Midwestern than pie? Canning parties with the hoi polloi? Please, we've been canning and partying longer than they've been drinking an ironic can of Pabst (Midwestern Milwaukee, ahem). So this weekend, stop being so Minnesotan and comparing the Minneapple to the Big Apple (Why can't we have a meatball restaurant? Why can't we have a giant food hall like Eataly?), take in a bonfire, listen to the trees, gaze upon a lake somewhere ... we're just great the way we are.
It looks like the Longfellow version of Turtle Bread is finally open! After months of peering in the windows, neighbors report that there is bread on premises and folks are noshing.
Blue Point has opened its second location, in Bloomington just off 494 in the building with the sails on the front (appropriate). The first location is in Wayzata, and the menu seems comparable.
Wise Acre Eatery did indeed open yesterday. You have to check out the living wall of plants inside the buidling. I really think they did a nice job of blending farmy and modern in the redesign.
Get ready for the Great River Road Wine Trail "Local Foods Local Wine" weekend from June 3-5. The three day event features ten local wineries showcasing wine and ciders paired with local foods. The $20 ticket gets you a glass, a six-bottle wine tote, and free tasting at all the wineries on the road. Desi drivers get free food, and there are plenty of cute B&Bs in the area should you need to cut it short.
On that same weekend (Jun 3-4) you could head down to Lucan for BrauFest at the Brau Brothers Brewery. Tour the brew house, listen to some live music, carry-on with some karaoke, or some BBQ. It's all chill.
If you're going to stay local on June 3rd, check in with Studio Bricolage and their Yam! First Friday "Building With Food" party. It's time to get your hungry artist all worked up with the carving and sculpting of root veg. After you're done making your potato clock and shooting the spud gun, go grab a glass of wine at Corner Table, a cup of coffee at Anodyne, or a beer at Lowbrow. It's a hot corner.