Happy Fresh Forkin' Friday! What a week. Yesterday I went to the funeral of the first boy I ever kissed. It was fifth grade at the first boy/girl party and there was a closet into which we were shoved, and it was awkward and there was a kiss. Yipes, that girl, who was she? I think later that year I stuck a whole bunch of love notes written on yellow flowery paper in his locker, and never copped to it until last month when I sent he and his wife a Facebook message when I found out he was in hospice. But here's the thing: that guy lived big and he lived well, and as friends gathered it seemed agreed that Billy always saw life as an adventure. Later that evening, I had to "work" and hooked up with some exciting bartenders who are pushing the envelope, a restaurateur who is tirelessly organizing community events, and my Eat Ramen Help Japan cadre who all agreed that we should continue to throw food fests that help the world. I am brimming with pride at the collection of food people in this city who see life as an adventure and I am so grateful in any way to be a part of the ride.
CHANGES (let's just go with that)
Molly Cool's in Lakeville has closed. BUT the copper-skinned behemoth is about to become Copper River Fish and Chop House with a tentative opening on Wednesday. Gary Stenberg is the chef and has some Oceanaire roots from the early days (hence the Old Bay). Dinner only until spring.
Turkey To Go is now open in the Mpls. skyway! All I want is for someone to stand there singing "Turkeliscious" because that's what I think whenever I eat one of those sammies.
TeaSource has opened the Eden Prairie location. There are still some freebies being given out during the next two weeks in celebration!
The cute little Kenwood Cafe next to Birchbark Books has closed.
This weekend is the global soup cook-off at Midtown Global Market! Get down and get sipping on a bevy of international soups on Saturday for $3 that will benefit Perspective's Kids Cafe.
Sea Change is throwing a Feast of the Seven Fishes on January 30th. The family-style dinner will be prepared by Tim McKee and Jamie Malone and will feature wines picked by Bill Sumerville. The $85 will get you some serious eats: oysters with horseradish snow and finger limes (they are so HOT right now), salt-baked whole striped bass, and bunch more little sea creatures for the supping.
If you're headed out to the cool Art Shanty Projects on Medicine Lake, you might be hungry afterward. People have been asking me where to eat, so I give you: Nong's Cuisine for Thai, Uncle Franky's for kids and dogs, or Latuff's for some old school homey red sauce Italian.