This edition of Fresh Forkin' Friday is brought to you by the nummy little critters that infest our lakes and streams. Call them crayfish, call them crawfish, call them dinner.
Today and tomorrow is Ikea's (you know how I feel about Ikea) 2nd annual Crawfish Party, known as Kraftskiva in Sweden. A mere $9.99 will get you all the crawdads you can eat, as well as unlimited cheese, soup and softdrinks. This is a long held tradition in Sweden, where crawfish parties are well greased with aquavit and last long into the never-ending sunset. If you can't make it this weekend, you can cure your mudbug cravings at Floyd's in Victoria where they hold a crawdad boil every Wednesday in the summer.
Restaurant Max will open tonight in The Hotel Minneapolis. The restaurant promises "lifestyle cuisine" and will be run by the Morrissey Group of Pazzaluna, St. Paul Grill and Tria fame. Just a preview quote from their website: "You will be surrounded with fresh food and drink selections that confirm your lifestyle choices with the natural and seasonal offerings of the region." I need need need confirmation, thank the maker you've arrived.
Common Roots is having a big ol' birthday party this Saturday! There'll be local beer and wine, heirloom tomato tasting, grilling and live music. Plus, you can meet some of their fabulous producers like the Ames Farm honey guy or Todd from Thousand Hills grass-fed beef. If you stay too late and have too much fun, you can always return to the scene of the crime on Sunday and comfort yourself with their amazing bagels and cream cheese.
On Saturday, Lakewinds is kicking off the national Eat Local America Challenge with sampling and accordian music at its stores. The challenge is to eat only locally produced foods from August 15th to September 15th to raise awareness of the impact of eating and buying locally. Plus there's accordian awareness, to boot.
These cats just sent me their CSA journey blog ... I dig it.
Feel like expressing your opinions and snacking at the same time? Get down to Franklin Street Bakery where you can purchase a donkey or elephant cookie and rock the vote. Each purchase will be a vote, so be sure to buy a lot and stack the ballot box. Daily tallies will be displayed behind the counter, weekly tallies will be posted on the website and all hanging chads will be eaten.