It's Fresh Forkin Friday and I haven't baked a damn cookie. I mean it's December 3rd already and I'm feeling so behind that I should be planning some ginger frosted Ritalin bars or maybe some peppermint whoopie pies with a creamy Prozac filling. I'll survive the season, I know, as long as I frame it the right way. Yes, I'll handle the numbing of the Hollidazzle as long as I can get some Vincent crepes. OK, I'll brave Southdale if, at the end, I can sit quietly and have a fat glass of wine and bowl of garlic frites at Cave Vin. I will happily attend all the charity events I can, as long as there's a pit stop for a Slim Shim on the on they way home. Let's sally forth cheermeisters, the season is calling.
This weekend, the Meritage oyster bar will be open! I got a sneak peek inside, and it's Frenchy and cute and will give us a nice place to suck down some bivalves and a scotch before the hockey game. The Kleins have been meeting and greeting oyster farmers from both coasts, making the bonds that will ensure their ice is jammed with a unique variety of shells.
It's a pop-up I guess. The Walker Pub is really just a cheeky version of the garden cafe that operates as a pub during the screenings of the British Television Advertising Awards. So go laugh your arse off at flash mobs and hamsters, then hit the pub for some Brit beers and tasty British snacks. A curry take-away? Some chips? Maybe some Jammie Dodgers and a Yorkie bar?
There's a don't-miss grand tea party this weekend. Mrs. Kelly's 17th Annual Tea Tasting is being held at her warehouse in the historic Grain Belt brewery building. It's an awesome event where you can sample from hundreds of her custom blended teas (great hostess gifts, y'all) and snack on BT McElrath chocolates, Muddy Paws cheesecake, Bramblewood Cottage shortbreads, and other locally made yumminess. Bring a can of food or $2 donation for Second Harvest.
Speaking of the rockingest cheesecake in town, next Wednesday, December 8, Muddy Paws is hosting a Cheesecake Sampling & Toy/Pet Food Drive at its bakery. Bring a donation and check out all the local food artisans (such as Heath Glen's Kitchen: get the new mostarda) and fun stuff such as a photo booth, John Micheal Lerma, and Reese's Peanut Butter Cup cheesecake. Forks provided.
This Saturday, The Broder clan is offering a food tour of Italy at the Pasta Bar. Pick an hour to sit, sip, and snack as the Broders present the incredible food finds they've brought back "fresh off the boot." Cheeses, oils, salumi, and more to be tasted, plus leave with samples, recipes, and coupons. Call to 612-925-3113 to reserve a slot.
Looking ahead, you may want to get moving for seats at the next Perennial Plate harvest dinner. On December 12, PP's Daniel Klein will be cooking at vegetarian feast at Haute Dish. If you love someone who is weary of butternut squash ravioli, take them.
BEER HOUNDS! We love you, and we're making it Facebook official. Check out our status, and LIKE it before 3 p.m. for a chance to win . . . a private tour of Summit Brewery for you and 19 of your best swillin' cohorts! Plus, I might show up with some home-baked pretzels! Or I might eat them in the car on the way over, never can tell.