Photo by Wing Ta of Canary Grey
I went to the fabulous Fashionopolis show for the mag last night, very cool. What with the stylish attendees, the fierce shoes trotting about left and right, and models piled with cool clothes and high hair, it was an awesome spectacle. I’d seen some of the models earlier at a TV appearance where they were strutting their stuff and I was pimping sports bars from behind a table stacked with burgers, pizza, tots, and the like. A few walked by my table and did a little gasp oh my god as they stared at the food, and one of them said sadly “Oh, well.” Just another moment confirming I’m meant to be the girl who can tuck into a burger rather than a size 0.
>> Fair State Brewing has opened its doors in Nordeast. The brewery is a co-op, with single membership starting at $200. Members get ownership and voting rights, special happy hours, eventual dividends (fingers-crossed) and of course, dibs. They have some odd hours to start, but will be today and tomorrow until midnight.
>> Simpls is open in the skyway to give you a local buzz. KOMBUCHA!
>> Vellee Deli will be coming to a Taco Bell near me soon, in a brick-n-mortar fashion that means my Dragonmelt quesadilla “problem” can continue to bloom all winter long. Pro-tip: those mini egg rolls are a great hangover buster.
>> News came across the wire last night that Parka, the little side restaurant at Forage Modern Workshop, will cease to be a full-menu joint and morph into a Dogwood Coffee bar after the final meal on Sept. 21.
>> Open Streets is happening on Sunday in Kingfield all along Nicollet, which means one long tasty block of fun:
Start out at Hola Arepa for some arepas, loaded nachos, a pick-up truck bar with kegged cocktails and FREE chili-lime popcorn. Stop by Pat’s Tap for some great music and ping pong. Pop down to Butter Bakery for cupcakes and a poetry slam. The Kyatchi/Five Watt/Blackbird corner promises to be insane with music, food, and a rummage sale. Stroll through the Kingfield Market, which will be open, then move your groove to the Corner Table parking lot where the boys will be roasting a whole hog and frying up some sneak peek Revival fried chicken. Day is done.
>> Here's a big-hitter harvest dinner you don't want to pass on. The Big River Slow Food Harvest Farm Dinner kicks off its fifth year at Big River Farm on the idyllic Marine on St. Croix on Sunday, Sept. 21. The event, benefitting the MFA and Slow Food MN, includes tours and talks about seed saving and traditional farming. The full-service four-course dinner will be held in the gorgeous barn and will be cooked by Joe Hatch-Surisook of Sen Yai Sen Lek, Thomas Boemer of Corner Table, Steven Brown of Tilia, and Marshall Paulson of Birchwood.
>> Perhaps something more artsy and free-wheeling? I give you Wondergather on Oct. 4, from Dinner on the Farm and Ben Weaver. In this adventure, you might gather at Angry Catfish for a coffee before the 35-mile bike ride to Garden Farme where you could hear some poetry, assist in creating a new farm map, collect herbs and flowers, learn and practice Native American cooking techniques from The Sioux Chef, then hang around for campfire stories, perhaps pitch a tent and stay for breakfast. Tickets are $50 for adults, kids under 10 are free.
>> Another one with big plates and great intentions. Red Stag Supperclub is hosting a Friends of James Beard Benefit Dinner on Oct. 5. Kim Bartmann and her Executive Chef, TJ Rawitzer, plus Sarah Master of Barbette are hosting other top toques including Erik Anderson, the Travailians, and Doug Flicker for a five-course dinner where the wine pairings will be selected by Dara. I am not even kidding! DeRusha is going to emcee, so who knows how that's going to end, but there will be live music and all sorts of fun. The menu includes roasted habanero duck rillettes, rabbit mortadella with collard green lamb bacon kimchi, and something called "shot and a wire act" (one guess as to whose dish that is). In.