This Fresh Forkin' Friday marks the beginning of the last long weekend of summer. Many people see this as a harbinger of doom, as the literal beginning of winter. It's almost as if, with the loss of Friday summer hours, you might as well zip up the parka and make your move to Harumphville (you know the place, full of old codgers and people who live in Minnesota but can't seem to stop bitching about the cold). But if you pull up stakes and pull on crabby pants, you'll miss the big gift: Autumn in a northern state. Instead of counting off the days until the badness, I say revel in the fireworks and grand finale our world puts on, because ultimately Fall is eating weather. The cooking that has been banished from your kitchen all summer (the braises, the slow cooking, the big bakes) has a reason to return. You can turn off the AC, throw open your windows, and perfume the world with your pumpkin bread, chili, and pot roast (oh my). Here we go.
The Amsterdam Bar and Hall is having a soft opening this weekend. The owners of 331 Club have plopped this musically inclined venue into the former Pop! space and plan to rock the block. Food will be snacky and Dutch. By that I mean that there's little Dutch sammies called broodjes, and plates such as Amsterdam frites and loempias, the Dutch interpretation of Indonesian spring rolls. Oh, and there's a pot brownie on the menu.
NEW FOOD TRUCK ALERT: Scratch Food Truck has been hanging out in the downtown this past week. Check it out for sesame beef sandwich and pork and shrimp patty among other things. Geoff King, who once manned the kitchen at Subo, is behind the wheel, so let's see some good and funky Asian street food, yeah?
You know what I never said was open, but is? Andale Taqueria y Mercado was shuttered the first few times I stopped by, but now it's cranking! The old Embers in Richfield is cooking up tacos and burritos and carnitas on one side, while just next door you can buy Jarritos and pinatas and tamales! Happy pinata day!
You know what tomorrow night is? Burger Night! Old Arizona is hosting Burger Night, both an event and the name of the guy who cooks legendary burgers for people in hopes of opening his own restaurant some day. Think of this as a fundraiser for good burgerdom that might come to your hood! Admission is free, there will be live music and good eats (Chubby Girl Cheesecake!) and drinks (Surly!) for sale.
Saturday morning you might enjoy a little P'tit Dej, no? Head to the Alliance Francaise for a little breakfast discussion centered around the bread of breads, the baguette. David Wright from Breadsmith and Arnaud de Rambures of Chez Arnaud will regale you with stories of their French training and the baker's secrets required to master bread. Meanwhile, blogger Barbara Redmond will talk about her time in Paris, show you cool photos of French bakers, and generally just make you really jealous that you aren't her. But free coffee and bread should help.
Maybe next weekend you want to get a little squishy? Head out to the St. Croix Vineyards Grape Stomp weekend and see if with a little hard work, your piggies can deliver. Besides all the stomping fun, there will be live music and winery tours.