After my little ham and cheese lunch crepe from La Belle Crepe yesterday, I ventured out to the Mpls. Farmers Market on Nicollet Mall, the first of the season. Yes, it was sparse, but it rather heralds the loosening of patterns we develop in the habitrail over the cold months. Look, street culture! I saw big stalks of fresh rhubarb, thick green onions, and some clown pondering Curt's Salsa. Literally. The guy from the Smokehouse, who sells snappy beef jerky by the way, said they've applied for a permit to start selling brats on the mall during
market. Hello, bucolic Thursdays in the city with brat in hand. This Fresh Forkin' Friday I'm looking forward, not back.
I kinda had a mid-week info-sploosh, but I've included the deets if you're all F3 focused.
Tea House at the U of M is now open. Will the Gophers go fer (sorry) pork ear in spicy szechuan sauce?
Rizzo's which was once Il Vesco Vino, decided to call it a day. Looks like the name change and menu re-buff was a hail-mary that didn't work.
Picosa on the Riverwalk is closed. That could be a prime space with the right concept.
Major's on 394 has closed, but will reopen as Ciento, a tequila bar/Mexican kitchen concept.
The new D'Amico project in Bloomington will be officially called Parma 8200. They've started hiring, so it won't be long....
Via a tweet-flurry, it was revealed that Psycho Suzi's would be moving sometime after summer, so get your tiki working on that patio while you can.
Neil Guillen, who came from NYC to bring us Subo, is no longer in the kitchen. His sous Geoff King will be taking over. Guillen told me that he doesn't think he'll go back East, maybe West, but that he'll stick around town for awhile in hopes that another opportunity will present itself.
Sarah Moulton is at Kitchen Window this weekend. She'll be signing her new book in the afternoon, and teaching a cooking class in the evening.
You don't have to give up your day job just to be student at Le Cordon Bleu. Their Chef's Series offers classes to the average Joe. Not only will you pick up tips from pros, you'll get an official apron, a certificate of completion, and a discount at the campus restaurant.
Mother's Day coming and that means if you love your mother, and are truly thankful that she fed and raised you, you'll get her the big, stiff Bloody Mary she deserves.
Firelake will help out with a gift for mom, go for brunch and receive a $20 gift certificate for a return visit.
The St. Paul Hotel's M St. Cafe is putting up a big buffet with items like florentin benedict with basil hollandaise and chef-carved leg of lamb stuffed with herbs and garlic.
Mom's eat for FREE at D'Amico and Sons on the day of honor.
Of course Open Table has a big ol' list, but I hear space is booking up, so hop to it.
Shansey and I will be broadcasting live from El Burrito Mercado this weekend if you want to come by and check out the goods for your best Cinco de Mayo celebration. We'll be talking about the great food they have and hopefully eating some elote. I'm addicted.