I'm not actually cooking the feast this year, I'll be at my sister-in-law's house, which is lovely. Whenever I host the feast, people ask if there is anything they can bring, a wonderful gesture, I'm aware. It's just that I'm a bit controlling when it comes to the menu, it has to work together and flow from snacky apps to coffee service. It all started one feast when someone brought a mayonnaise pizza, it just threw me off my game. BUT. I really want to cook something for the feast this year, and so I offered. With no reply. Is this payback? Have I been too controlling? Are my dishes not welcome? This Fresh Forkin' Friday I'm considering how to sneak candied kumquats on the table.
Jack's is now open, sorta.
Prairie Ale House opened last night to a packed house. I stopped by and there was nary a parking spot. In the suburbs! Aaron Jonson (Of Town Talk and Strip Club fame) did a nice scrub job on an old Timberlodge in a strip mall. The beer list is stacked and the menu is comfy with an edge: there's a bacon steak with Tobasco molasses, blue cheese tater tots with buffalo chicken cracklin', and a fat little butter burger with bacon, peanut butter, colby and pickles. Gotta admit: I loved seeing the coiffed EP ladies mixing it up with the PBR-40 toting bearded hipsters.
In other beer news, Town Hall Tap is opening today at 3pm! As an extension of Town Hall Brewery, this one won't brew on site, but will have 24 tap beers and cider alongside the award winning house brews.
is open, like a phoenix from the ashes. The resto is open for dinner only this week, planning to add lunch next week, and weekend brunch the following weekend. There are plenty of antlers and good time favorites from the former menu. Again, it's a mixed bag of flavors from crispy duck rolls to empanadas to pork confit.
Peace Coffee has opened their first retail location in Longfellow. Baristas all over town have been tweeting their homage.
Ciento was surely short lived. And it had nothing to do with the West End glut, promise.
CLOSING & LIQUIDATING
Psycho Suzi's is celebrating the last days of business in the old joint with a boozy blow-out (what did you expect). Monday and Tuesday mark the beginning of the end with all beer, liquor, wine, and cocktails going to $2 in order to liquidate the inventory. Drink until it's gone so they don't have to haul it across the street to the new location (former Gabby's) which will open on Nov. 22.
Kingfield Market will be throwing one last hurrah this weekend, thankfully indoors (what with all the weather we'll be having). This Saturday, from 9am - 1pm in the King Park Center (41st and Nicollet), is the Holiday Market, featuring jewelry, cute knit wear, plus all the tasty goods. It will be you last chance of the season to get your Foxy Falafel on!
It's Beaujolais season, and Grand Cafe is feting the 2010 release on Thursday with a 5-7pm Happy Hour featuring a cask of the George Duboeuf nouveau and a special bistro menu. Throughout the whole weekend, there will be a Beaujolais inspired prix fixe menu as well.
Whether you're a highlander, a lowlander, or a islayer (guilty) you'll want to check out Brit's Scotch tasting on Tuesday. Six single malts will pass your lips along with a snacky buffet for $40.
If you happen to be out at the MOA this weekend, you might want to check out the Ultimate Cake Decorating Contest. Six individuals will compete to create a unique birthday cake and cupcake design with the theme: Animals Gone Wild. Then nine teams will endeavor to create the most amazing and creative wedding cakes. Wreckkies should attend and take note.
Winter Carnival Beer Dabbler tickets are going on sale today at noon. Last year they sold out quickly, so GO!