So, I’m not cooking Easter this year, even though I wanted to make hasenpfeffer (because we eat turkey on Thanksgiving, yeah?). I’ve been invited to someone’s house and, like a good Minnesotan, have asked what I can bring. First, let me say that I appreciate when people cook me meals in their homes, because some are afraid that I will critique them (which I may do silently, but don’t we all?) Secondly, let me say that I am competitive. I want to win. Always. And thirdly, this someone whose house I am going to is my sister, with whom I am the most passively aggressively competitive (even though I am 43 and should have learned a better life lesson by now). She’s cooking, and I’m sure brunch will be great, but of course I want my contribution to be aMAAAAAZing. So I waited for the text telling me what I could bring …. fruit salad. Touché dear sister, touché.
>> Pizza burger freaks rejoice! The Dari-ette Drive-In is open for the season.
>> Cook St. Paul is open in the former Serlin’s Café, serving breakfast and lunch to Eastsiders.
>> The Lexington has changed hands, again. This time, we’re betting that the mix of Josh Thoma, Jack Riebel, and Kevin Fitzgerald to bring the beauty back to life is solid cash money.
>> Here are a bunch of great reasons to get to The Amsterdam on April 27th.
>> The French Hen Café, which is now incidentally open for dinner, is hosting a special French country wine dinner on May 2 (they already booked up May 1), in conjunction with Meritage wine-savant Nico Giraud. Your $75 will get you a lovely five course dinner with wine pairings, plus discussion of viticulature in the Bordeaux region with winemaker Sophie Dulon of Vignobles Dulon of Soulignac, France.
>> Tickets are on sale for the Minnesota Cheese Festival, being held on May 18. There are two sessions simply brimming with lovely cheese makers and their wares, plus wine and beer, other artisan products, demos, and live music. Cheesy, but not cheesy.
>> Hey yo, restaurant owners: can you spot a guy some space to throw a little champagne and fried chicken party?