This Fresh Forkin' Friday I am heading out to Green Bay for a wedding. While this one is hardly an affair draped with cheese-head paraphernalia, I am going to do a little road-side shopping on my way there. Is it bad form to get a wedding gift at a truck stop? Maybe not, as long as it's the Wilderness Crossing truck stop just outside of Wittenberg, WI which stocks a ridiculous amount of Nueske's meats. I think I'll be quite welcomed with my basket of applewood smoked bacon and ham. If it makes it there.
El Burrito Mercado opened in the Midtown Global Market. Yes, you can have a pinata for your birthday. Sure, load it with flautas and chorizo if you want.
Hey Nordstrom shoppers, Masu opened in the Mall of America. The cute shop is stylish and slick, just like the vibe at the original, plus the sushi and robata are perfect fuel for an extended bit of retail therapy.
Union is the name of the restaurant that will take over the Shinders/Shea building on Hennepin and 8th. Operations will be run the Kaskaid Hospitality and Jim Christiansen (lastly of Il Gatto) will be the man in the kitchen. Johnny Michaels will plan the drink program for the whole shebang, including a downstairs lounge known as Marquee. The big talk is of the four-season rooftop. Can you imagine New Years? Opening, fingers crossed, by November.
If you haven't had a chance to wrap you lips around some Surly SYX (sorry can't get the umlaut thing going), Monday is your day. Check out the 15% abv strong ale at Aster Cafe starting at 6pm.
What can you do with a boring old raspberry patch? How about make some art, people. This Saturday from 7pm - 9pm you can check out the opening of the Raspberry Patch Residency from TuckUnder Projects. TNT/Tunnel & Trellis has created a raspberry patch with paths, tunnels, and rooms and spaces that might redefine your backyard vision.
The Birchwood is hosting a screening of American Meat on August 1 at St. Anthony Main. Head to the cafe early for snacks from Birchwood and a panel discussion with chefs, farmers, and director of the film Graham Meriwether, then head to the theater for the show!