t's the first Fresh Forkin' Friday of 2012 and I, for one, plan to rock this year full force. Some people pooh-pohh the idea of the world coming to an end in one giant swipe from the Mayan Death Star, but I say: why not embrace it? What would you do if you thought you only had one more day left on this earth? You'd live it fully and kiss a lot of people and probably wouldn't waste time being such a crab-ass. And then what if you found out that day was actually stretched into a year? I say go forth and juice every day, push to finally open your own restaurant, get your ice cream business kicking, learn to confit your own duck, dammit! The time is now, and if you fail, we'll all be dancing in Chichen Itza anyway!
It looks like Kevin Kathman has landed at the cute little Jack's in SoMinny. They shut the place down this last week so he can get the team ready for his new menu which will launch on Tuesday, Jan. 10. There will be breakfast/coffee as usual, then happy hour from 4 to 6 p.m. with dinner service starting at 5 p.m. I like that he's "redefining American cuisine with no boundaries" ... this hot dog is made of banana meat! Just kidding, I'm super excited to see what he pulls together, I was a ginormous fan of that whipped brie at Barbette.
Word is that Yumi's Sushi in Excelsior will be moving across the street into the old Simply Nuts space which should be much roomier. Super great news for those of us who patiently wait in the doorway with our Singha for the best sushi in the west. The new space should debut sometime this spring.
You heard about the coming restaurant Mona, yeah?
If getting smart is on your resolution list, check out Cafe Scientifique at Bryant Lake Bowl on the 17th. The January topic is the night sky and star lessons, so maybe you can throw back a beer, snack on some mock duck rolls, and learn a little cultural history of the stars (and maybe pinpoint the location of the MDS).
Haven't had enough revelry? If you work in the industry, maybe you haven't had your chance to bash, so you'll want to get tickets to the Northstar Bartender's Guild little soiree this Sunday. The Hospitality NYE Party is open to everyone and is sure to rock with seeeeerious libations served up by our local liquorati (TM: DenaA) . Trust me, hanging out with off-duty bartenders is worth the $50 ticket.
The Heavy Table gang announced their third installment of North Coast Nosh to be held on January 20th at Open Arms of Minnesota. You might wanna jump on this as tickets have sold out for the last two, and there's a bevy of local tastiness on tap: baked deliciousness from Bogart Loves, possible meatballs from Saucy Burt, and maybe a little brew from the newly launched Lucid Brewing, among others.
I kinda don't want to tell you about this, because it is free, open to the public, and seating is on a first-come first-serve basis which means I'll be elbowing and trying to line jump all of you ... but, Gabrielle Hamilton, James Beard award winning chef of Prune in NYC and author of the amazing Blood, Bones, & Butter: The Inadvertent Education of a Reluctant Chef is coming to town for a reading. Get thee to the downtown library on January 31st and get in line. Check out Perennial Plate's video of dinner with Hamilton at Prune to whet your whistle.