On October 27, Masa, in association with the Walker Art Center’s major Frida Kahlo exhibit, will host a wine dinner prepared by Patricia Quintana. Often referred to as the “Julia Child of Mexico,” Quintana owns the restaurant Izote in Mexico City, and I had the privilege of cooking with her there last summer. She is the real deal.
The restaurant will feature an authentic Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) altar, and patrons and diners are asked to bring a photo of deceased loved ones and place them there, alongside photos of Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera, to celebrate their lives.
The Kahlo exhibit premieres at the Walker on October 27 and runs through January 20 before traveling to the Philadelphia Museum of Art and SFMOMA. The dinner is $120 a person—a steal.
Speaking of the Walker, Kathy Halbreich will soon be taking up residence at NYC’s MOMA, giving me one more reason to dine there whenever I am in the Big Apple.
I have received a ton of e-mail about new restaurants opening. I think Michael Kutscheid’s new place, Sanctuary, is very cool, but I have not eaten there yet. I am really looking forward to dining in Stewart Woodman’s new place (Heidi’s) and at Doug Anderson’s new spot (Nick and Eddie) . . .
. . . but I have also received a lot of e-mail about restaurant closings. I am really worried about the face of dining in St. Paul, a town with tremendous potential, but witness the dismal restaurants that have closed recently (Margaux and Fhima’s) or the good restaurants turned sour there (A Rebours) or the odd chef-choice made recently at the St. Paul Hotel. Grand Avenue could be the restaurant row of the Twin Cities, with plenty of customers living within a few blocks and easy access from Minneapolis, but restaurateurs all seem hellbent on downtown. I don’t get it.
According to an AP story I saw on MSNBC:
A man who bought a smoker Tuesday at an auction of abandoned items might have thought twice had he looked inside first.
Maiden North Carlina police said the man opened up the smoker and saw what he thought was a piece of driftwood wrapped in paper. When he unwrapped it, he found a human leg, cut off 2 to 3 inches above the knee.
The folks at WineHaven Winery and Vineyard are either on something or onto something. The Peterson family created what may be the only known commercially available Pumpkin Wine for this year's fall and holiday celebrations.
Look for the pumpkin wine’s orange and black label in local wine shops—it might be next to their cranberry wine!?! According to the vineyard’s winemaker, the wine is light-yellow in color and semi-sweet with a nice, lingering pumpkin pie–type finish. Please someone buy it and try and let me know if this stuff is any good.
The turkey in the picture lives across the road from us in an office park, where I snapped a photo with my phone. FYI, we live in the city. This is absurd—a sure sign that the End of Days is here.