It's Fresh Forkin' Friday and I feel like the summer is running out on me. I want to be making gazpacho, but I'm coolly craving chili. I've been waiting for the appropriate time when a mozzarella caprese salad makes a fine dinner, but I'm suddenly in the mood to braise something. I'll bet money that in September, when I'm in full oven mode, we'll be hit with some bright and sunny 90s that will put all of our seasonal bellies out of whack again. Go figure.
King's Wine Bar, on 46th and Grand in Minneapolis, is finally open. For months and months, the space teased the neighborhood with a sassy logo and website proclaiming "coming soon". Now open for dinner and late night, they'll add lunch and breakfast next week. The menu is being mastered by Peter Maccaroni (formerly of The Sample Room) with small plates, as well as bigger plates like chicken and spinach ravioli, fried green tomato BLT, and braised short ribs. Brunch looks like an eggs 'n' crepes fest.
A sweet little bakery called 3 Tiers Cakes is now open in the Nokomis neighborhood. Sarah Hess, former pastry chef at The Saint Paul Hotel, is kicking out gorgeous cakes, tortes, cookies, and pies (a few with a boozy influence, yay), and even manages to offer a light lunch of homemade soup and Stromboli to take the edge off your sugar rush.
According to a loyal Chowhound, Grand Szechuan is open in Bloomington.
Next Thursday, The Armatage Room will celebrate the land of Bacchus with a Greek wine and food tasting. April Torzewski from Cat & Fiddle Beverage will pair wines with Aaron Slavicek's small plates, including a seared lamb kebab with garlic mint yogurt. The $50 price tag is all-inclusive, and seating is limited to 40, so call soon.
Also on Thursday is the Raise the Rooftop event at Solera, benefitting the Children's Home Society & Family Services. The after-work affair includes master cigar rollers, a Spanish wine tasting, and a men's fashion show. Um, does this event seemed stacked for men? Single ladies, I'd register for your $75 ticket ASAP.
Have you plotted your path to cover all the new food items at the State Fair? Well, don't forget to check out the vendors at the Midtown Global Market's booth in the International Bazaar. Manny's Tortas, Jakeeno's, and La Loma will be dishing out the goods. Holy Land, West Indies Soul Food, and Fiesta in American will have their own booths in the bazaar.
If you need a caffeine hit to keep you going, the French Meadow will be open in their new permanent location (the old Schumacher's) selling fair-trade People's Organic Coffee. Once you get buzzed, I'm sure you'll have room enough for one of their stuffed pretzels: the Rueben perharps (stuffed with corned beef, swiss cheese, and sauerkraut in honor of Schumacher's)?
And you can't really call yourself a food freak if you don't go to the Fair on Tuesday, Sept. 1st and check out the Minnesota Cooks stage. The schedule is packed with namey chefs who will cook local foods right before your eyes.