I'm dedicating this edition of Fresh Forkin' Friday to all fair-goers who have a game plan, a map, a hit list, or some other kind of strategy for knockin' back some seriously fatty, fried, and fabulous fair food. Pig Lickers, ahoy!
If you can't make it to the Great MN Get-Together this weekend, definitely head over on Tuesday the 26th when Minnesota Cooks takes over Carousel Park. All day, your fave local chefs and the producers who grow for them will be hanging around a stage cooking, chatting, and no doubt gossiping. They've got Lucia, JD, Alex, you name it. Maybe one of them will sign your pronto pup, as long as it's organic.
Many openings this week:
McCormick & Schmick's is now open in the new Westin attached to the Galleria.
Birch's opened in the old Ravello space in Long Lake. Birch trees and fieldstones are in attendance, and the room has been refreshed with a tranquil blue color. There's a mean pan-fried half chicken as well.
Pop! has opened in St. Paul. Swedish meatballs were there to greet the hungry on Sixth and Wabasha.
Tommy Chicago's Pizzeria has debuted in Mendota Heights at 730 Main Street (no web yet, so call 651-209-7701 for info). You guessed it, they're serving Chicago-style pies in a space spiffed up by local restaurant design kings Shea Inc.
Favor Cafe took over the Miami Restaurant a little while back, but I wasn't sure it was solidly open. It is. The family behind Favor Catering Co. is working hard to make it a reality. Look forward to all-you-can-eat crawfish boils!
If the thought of fanny packs, strollers, and farm kids (oh my!) all crowded together make you want to scream a holy holler, why not just run away to a vineyard. This Sunday, Michael Rostance of Broder's is cooking a dinner at Alexis Bailly for Slow Food MN. Not only is it a benefit for local farmers, but you're assured your food will be stick free.