Man, am I excited for this weekend's Taste! event. It's Fresh Forkin' Friday, and tonight is already sold out, but tomorrow will be a hoot! Not only for the veritable truck loads of wine and good eats, and not to mention the killah line-up of local mega chefs, but for the forthcoming Battle of the Palate. Yes, teams chocked full of media elite (led by by Philip Dorwart and Jack Riebel) will compete for tastebud supremecy and help send one lucky civilian teammate on a luxury wine tour to South Africa. I know!
As the MC, I'll let you know that they have to compete in three rounds. Round One is trivia and all the sports and food questions a good foodie should know. Round Two will be a blind tasting of solids and liquids. Is that Sriracha or ketchup? Do I detect mayonaise or marshmallow fluff? We'll see who really has the sharpest tongue in the city. Finally, Round Three will be a speed round of secret proportions, because we have to keep something secret. All I'm going to say is this: It definitely won't "suck." Get there!
Everyone's talking about Subo closing. The small-plate Filipino food just didn't crack it. So now it looks like the cats behind Strip Club are taking over the space to relaunch it as The Inn with a more accessible, taverny menu. Look for a quick flip and opening by mid-November.
Lake Wine & Cheese is now open! Yay for more stores that sell cheese, especially when cheese-freak (and I mean that in the most honorable way) Ken Liss is behind the selection. AND to crank up its awesome quotient, its launched something called the Uptown Beer Guild. Ya got that right.
City Afrique has opened on to bring West African cuisine to North Minneapolis. The space is modern and cute with colorful touches and linen-topped tables. The menu is quite interesting looking: torborgee, attieke, "crazy" dried rice with fried fish, and something called bum fries.
CP says that the Pak Zam Zam space is now Marrakech Moroccan Cafe & Grill.
I think the West End is just gong to be a food glut. Nothing but restos, maybe a Lulu Lemon shop to entice you to work out more so that you can come back and eat more. Coming to the development is a group of eateries by the Louisianna based Doyle Restaurant Group. It looks like they are bringing in The Wine Loft, Huey's 24/7 Diner, and La Crepe Nanou. Funny thing about the websites, it looks like Nanou is the only ACTUAL resto, the rest are all still just "concepts" with looping links that lead nowhere. I guess we'll see . . ..
Go to Stillwater's Harvest Fest this weekend and see if the largest pumpkin in the world will be recorded! And also, get some chili and beer.
Or, if you're feeling a little crusty and moldy, why not partake in the Zombie Pub Crawl? Come on, karaoke of the dead, drink deals, and brain snacks? In.
Slow Food MN is hosting a local Food Writer's Night as part of the potluck Snail in the Park series. This one, indoors at Local D'Lish on October 17, will include the Dilley-Nortons and their Master Cheesemakers of Wisconsin, Eric Dregni and his Never Trust a Thin Cook, and Shelly Holl and BJ Carpenter of The Minnesota Table. Remember to bring a dish to share!