Hi Fresh Forkin Fridayers! Someone told me that September was National Bourbon Heritage Month. I was rather nonplussed. Do we have National Air Heritage Month? Is there a special month to celebrate Getting Out of Bed? I mean, these are all things that are part of our daily lives, right? Why do we need to get all fancy-pants and call it a month? Well, I say the best way to honor our national whiskey is to build a bonfire, pour a neat little glass of Bulleit, Woodford Reserve, Four Roses, what have you, and gather your day while sippin' mash and talkin' trash. This isn't rocket science, people.
OPEN/NEW (It's a DONUT world people, and I'm just happy to be here.)
YoYo Donuts & Coffee Bar has opened in Eden Prairie. This ain't no cop shop, it's pouring Bull Run coffee and scratch making churros, cinny rolls, and donuts such as maple glazed long johns with applewood smoked bacon. Hello. It's also cranking out some big and fresh sandwiches and salads. This sounds like a post-yoga field trip (you gotta earn it first).
Eli's Donut Burger is a new food truck peddaling the crack-like burgers that use donuts as buns. Yes, a burger slapped in between two halves of a glazed donut. What? Follow it to see where it end up, or check it out at the Maple Grove Art Fair this weekend.
Donut Co-Op isn't open yet, but it has a hot little foodie following. Watch for it to debut across from the Chatterbox in SWMPLS.
Bars Bakery is now open in St. Paul, from the lasses behind the Swede Hollow. I'm really smitten with a bars bakery, because they are so essentially Minnesotan. And also, savory tarts, because we have to have something to cut through all the donuts and bars.
Fat Lorenzo's opened its Bloomington branch . . . in the Bloomington VFW? It's true, it's now serving its famous Hot Fats hoagie and Mio Dio cheesesteak sandwich from the SW side of the building. I'm rather diggin' this idea.
Heartland's Farm Direct Market is now open.
CORN! It's not just for hyper-sweetening foods and driving fancy cars, it's for all sorts of ruckus and ballyhoo when your kids are involved! The big badass Severs corn maze opens this weekend with a Vikes theme. The 12-acre Shafer maze has a spoooky headless horseman theme (plus dark and freaky night hours). Afton Apple Orchards maze is broken into three phases and boasts six miles of twisty fun.
Next Saturday, the 25th, Cooks of Crocus Hill is celebrating Life In The Kitchen. The day-long event includes $10 cooking classes (such as Chop, Chop, Bo Bop: Knife skills for the rhythmic), samples, and demos throughout the store.
It's the Wild Rice festival in Roseville this weekend! Wild rice pancake breakfast, wild rice sausages, wild rice soup, tuck in.
Weekly Dish is live, back in studio! This Saturday from 1-2pm, we'll be talking about all the Oktoberfest fun in the area, plus making your own kraut fun, and how to wear a pretzel.