This Fresh Forkin' Friday, I'm celebrating turning 40. My actual birthday is tomorrow, but the ballyhoo begins tonight. I'm one of those people who goes around shouting it's my birthday, I've blogged about the damn day for years. Is that annoying? I don't understand why people hide their birthdays or lie about the number. I have no fear of the 40; I feel like I've earned it, every wrinkle of my face, every grey hair that pops up. When I think about it, and do a little bit of sketchy math, it means I've eaten 14,600 dinners, drank roughly 30.8 gallons of bourbon, consumed well over 27,000 eggs, and gained/lost a yearly average of 11.4 pounds. And I'm just hitting my stride. Tonight, it's time to slog back a Slim Shim and be graciously thankful that I've made it this far.
Fishman's Deli has lost its lease.
Chef Philip Becht is leaving The Modern and heading to Birchwood, so sayeth the Strib. Word around town is that owner Tracy Singleton has been looking for help to expand and grow her business, so keep an eye out for ensuing fun.
Apparently, The Kitchen space is Stillwater has been snatched up by Henry Chan who intends to turn it into another Shanghai Bistro. There's one in Eau Claire, one in Woodbury (formerly Giapponese), and one slated to open in Lowertown sometime soon. Is this the winning formula to save that resto space? We'll see . . .
Somebody's leaving the Galleria.
It's amazing that we can support another olive oil store, and yet the northwest suburbs need slick pans too. This weekend Maple Grove's The Oilerie is throwing a Grand Opening bash with chef demos, book signings, and general merriment that includes Chowgirls, LBV's pastry chef Diane Yang, and Culinary Mistress.
Go check out our Marianne Miller at the Chef's Gallery this Saturday, where she'll be hosting the first in a series of food and wine pairing classes. In the series, different regional Italian menus will be highlighted and paired with the right wines, including the right Riedel glassware (one of which you get to keep at the end of each class). Saturday's Part One includes Burgundy paired with Genoese scallops and Bolognese Tagliatelle.
It's not so much a foodie event, but you really should go to the Art Sled Rally in Powderhorn Park on Sunday. It's a straight-up hoot.
Midtown Global Market is hosting the Winter Foods spectacular and Global Soup Cook-Off this weekend. Get down there and get some advice for how to eat Minnesota during the frigid months, and sip some soup from the collective restos while you're at it.