My Matt turns 16 on Sunday. Other than his cheese issue (he'll eat it on pizza and in Merkt's spreadable form, but if he knows there's parm on the pasta, or even a trace in the mashed potatoes, he has to freak) he's a pretty good eater. In fact, he aspires to open a waffle shop when he's older, mainly due to his favorite late-night snack invention, The Slammwich. His construction, from the bottom up, goes like this: waffle, syrup, bacon, english muffin, butter, eggs, bacon, english muffin, butter, waffle. He wraps the ginormous mess in tin foil, for no reason because he eats it within 3 minutes. So this Fresh Forkin' Friday I'm wondering if there's some way I can bake that whole mess into a cake. It may disgust you, but then, you're probably not a 16 year old boy.
Dogwood Coffee is now open in Calhoun Square. Greg Hoyt of Bull Run Roasters thought that the exit of Starbucks from the Uptown mall created an opportunity he just couldn't pass up. Look for some artistically pulled lattes and one-cup production.
Bayport BBQ has opened in the former Bayport Cookery spot. The owners are calling it a deep-blues-juke-joint with Texas pit barbecue and eventually live music. It's open for lunch only right now, but dinner service will come soon.
Malone's Bar & Grill has opened in Maple Grove with a little Shea design to help zhoosh up the Maynard's concept.
The ownership of Solera has changed hands. Tim McKee and Josh Thoma no longer own the restaurant, and it will be run by the capable kids at Graves 601. J.P. Samuelson will stay on as executive chef, and McKee and Thoma will consult for the new owners. The Strib also reports that Thoma will no longer be a partner at La Belle Vie. As this whole mess gets ironed out, I wonder how long Smalley's will stay open.
Sauce, the newish pizza place in West End, has been closed and will be annexed by sister/neighbor Rojo in order to make a private dining room.I guess salsa beats pizza.
Kim Bartmann's previously unnamed gastropub, will be called Pat's Tap. There was a Pat's Tap in Appleton where I went to college (LarryU!) and the palindrome effect was a serious distraction at 2am. Serious.
Little Szechuan has signed a lease in the West End, joining what is sure to become the resto ghetto.
Bring on the bulls! Cadillac Ranch is coming to the MOA. Yeah, it's going to be roadhousey with steaks and chops and wings and flatbread and mechanical bulls. Can someone please do a media appearance where they ride the bull ala Debra Winger in the Greatest Movie of All Time?
Patisserie 46 has added Master Baker Marc Levy, from Chicago's Bennison's Bakery, to the team. He'll be bringing it in the form of oatmeal sourdough, pumpkin sourdough, and Alsaitian beer bread. The cute bakery has also started a daily lunch menu to include soups, tartines, and weekend crepes. And rumor has it they'll have the must-have buche de noel of the season. Now, if only they could give their website a little love.
Sunday is the first anniversary of Sweets Bakeshop! The girls will be celebrating with free mystery cupcakes and free t-shirts to the first 100 paying customers!
The Pampuch is hosting Corner Table cooking classes at Rustica Bakery. Wednesday nights you can learn a little about butchering, pigs, seasonal vegetables, and grass-fed beef. Plus, you get to chat and nosh, which makes for a worthy Wednesday, I believe.
Plan an escape next weekend for the Great River Road Wine Trail. It's the Holiday Food & Wine festival and the ten wineries on the trail will be featuring their wines paired with holiday foods, fresh harvest vegetables, and a little live music.