Boo.OK, I may be the whole-grain witch most of the year, but even Michael Pollan agreesthat Halloween is the high holiday of high fructose corn syrup. So to all of you who think you are saving the world and plan on handing outfruit snacks or sugar-free candies or (gasp) toothbrushes, for one night, please GET. OVER. YOURSELF. And for those of you who convinceyour kids to give up their stash in exchange for a book or money or a new toy, you are a joyless fun-killer. Do you not remember the dizzyingeuphoria as your eyes trailed over the spread of beautiful wrappers laid out on the floor? Do you not remember feeling like you had wonsome cosmic lottery as you categorized and organized your riches by color or coconut content or caramel factor? Come on, let the gobblinsgobble. I promise you can spend the whole next month shoving sprouts and cauliflower down their throats.
It's true, I've seen the crowd with my own eyes. The Bulldog is open in St. Paul. Run down to Sixth and Wacouta, across from MearsPark, for your junk burger or some beef brisket chili with a tall frosty one. They'll be doing evenings-only this weekend with lunchstarting on Monday.
Scooby-Doo fanatics and Gophers rejoice! The newest Uncle Franky's outletis open in Dinkytown in the former Chowgirls space. I usually go for the Polish Maxwell with 'kraut, and if I were a college kid, I'd beeating that every night as this location will be open until bar time. Yessir.
Shelagh Connolly, who once ran a splendid little restaurant called Mildred Pierce, is no longer cooking at Tria. It seems she's packing her knives and going back to school. Brian Bossert is now leading the line.
While the kids are dozing off their sugar buzz from the night before, you can sneak down to Hastings and take part in Alexis Bailly Vineyard's 2008Foch Nouveau release open house. Saturday and Sunday, 11 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. The $10 ticket gets you wine and a special etched glass.
Summit Brewery, which recently won a bronze medal for its Extra Pale Ale at the Great American Beer Festival, is teaming up with Stella's Fish Cafe fora brewer's dinner next Thursday, November 8. The $50 menu pairs calamari with Pilsner, Scottish salmon with Extra SpecialBitter, and Osso Buco with Oktoberfest. Reservations are required, and space is limited.
You may want to jump on this one quickly. Shepherd's Way Farm is givinga few lucky people an insider's class on farmstead artisan cheesemaking. Imagine spending the afternoon at the award-winning dairyas you learn cheeemaking skills while tasting, sampling, and learning as you go. You could be the next big cheese, and we all know thatcheese is the new black. Register and throw down your $85 soon; space
Fine. You want to give out apples on Halloween? At least give the parents a bump with this recipe from Mac's Liquors:
Red Delicious Apple Martini
- 1 1/2 oz. Absolut Vodka
- 1 1/2 oz. apple schnapps
- 1/2 oz. cranberry juice
- Shake vodka, schnapps over ice. Strain into a glass rimmed withcinnamon sugar, add cranberry juice for coloring. Garnish with appleslice and sprinkling of cinnamon sugar.