It's Fresh Forkin Friday, and today feels like soup weather. You know it's that time of year when the sandals give way to boots, your cold press turns into a pumpkin latte, and all of a sudden you remember how good and life supporting a hot steamy bowl of potato soup can be. It's a totally natural progression to go from all the zucchini bread and fritters to a creamy, pepita decked squash soup. Plus, let's face it, schedules and craziness of family life mean that a one pot meal seems much less daunting. Soup fans rejoice, your time is now.
Not a good day for Wayzata, North Coast has gone dark.
Wayzata Eatery in Wayzata has also closed . . .
. . . But most of the staff has migrated to the St. Louis Park Woodfire Grill, which Taher just opened in the old Shelley's Woodroast building. (Yes, it was also Alaskan Eatery, then Timberlodge, but it will always be Shelley's to me.) It's a family-friendly place with lots of meat and grilling, but will it be enough to draw people from the West End glut?
Joan's in the Park opened in the cute little spot that forever held Grampa Tony's in St. Paul. Word is that it's been upscaled with dishes such as crab cakes and whole sea bass, which seems right as the owners are veterans of joints such as Morton's and Capital Grille.
It's also harvest dinner season! Gardening Matters is a neat organization that helps support community gardens, and you can support them while feasting on the bounty of a multi-course meal prepared by chef Nick Schneider on Sept. 29th at the Summit Brewery. The food will include produce from community gardens as well as local vendors, and tickets run $75.
On Sept. 25, Slow Food will host Big River Slow Food at Big River Farms on Marine on the St. Croix. In conjunction with the Minnesota Food Association, and benefiting immigrant farmers, the event includes farm tours, lively discussion, and a cheffy dinner for $85.
Hey paisan . . . get your guido on at Festa Italiana on Harriet Island, Sept 23-24. Bocce ball, folk art, gondola rides, and, of course, eats! Admission is free and the food is pay for play, including meatball sandwiches from Mancini's, Bologne lasagne from Pazzaluna, and cannoli from Cossetta's.
I don't know if you knew this, but The Modern got a shiny new liquor license! Yup, there's cocktailing to be done with your pot roast dinner, get on it.