Itt's Fresh Forkin' Friday and I am on a tear. This weekend is my kid's graduation party and my house is a mess, I've got August issue deadlines up the wazoo, two restaurant opening parties tonight, and two massive 15 lb. pork shoulders in the cooler waiting to be dealt with. It's a pork story we're telling tomorrow. I'm doing a dueling pork table and, to tell you the truth, a little bit of a sociological experiment.
On one side we'll have the Carolina pulled pork (rubbed with a secret ratio of paprika, brown sugar, coffee, cinnamon, salt, and cayenne) with slider buns and spicy quick pickles. On the other side will be the Cuban pulled pork (slathered with raw garlic, oregano, orange juice, limes, cumin, and olive oil) with tortilla shells, avocado, and my personal rendition of mojo sauce. Which will be more popular with the teens? Where will the oldsters go? How about the bitchy great aunt who sneers and outwardly wonders why I never make "normal" food (she'll be looking for that pasta salad with black olives, pepperoni, and I-talian dressing)? Maybe I'll have had enough Bootleg by the time she shows up.
Uptown Cafeteria and Support Group is open in Calhoun Square, if you hadn't heard. It's mod, it's loud, it's an all-eater's menu for the young and hungry of Uptown: shrimp fried rice, cupcake sized Leinie battered onion rings, walleye and corn fritters, chicken n' waffles, and people. The rooftop is slamming and there will inevitably be some reindeer games with the Stella's peeps across the way, stay tuned. But the big yum will be brunch and the homemade pop-tarts debuting this weekend.
Plus the New Hope Coimmunity Farmers Market kicks off tomorrow in the Kmart parking lot.
Market BBQ has closed their Wayzata location. It's for sale for just under $2 million, so gather your pennies (and a good scrub brush) if you're thinking of jumping in the biz.
I kinda wish my last name was Leinenkugel. Steph Leinenkugel, that works. You don't have to bear the moniker to join in the Leinie Lodge Family Reunion fest going on in Chippewa Falls this Saturday. Don't want to make the drive? Really? From 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. there will be free food, free beer samples, music, brewery tours, eating contests, and good clean Wisconsin fun.
I'm a little excited for Bye Bye Liver: The Twin Cities Drinking Play at the Hennepin Stages. Seriously? Interactive theater drinking? Yes.There are Milwaukee and Chicago versions of this play, and it looks like a gas! Tonight's show is being sponsored by Summit Beer, which means penny pints after the show. Take a cab number with you.
Weekend Fests include the Stone Arch festival for the artistically inclined, and the Back to the 50's for the hot-rod inclined. Both fests offer ample opportunities for concession-style snacking, maybe even the first seasonal stick cuisine sighting!