Many thanks to Adam for covering my butt and showing up for the Beard Awards and clueing all of us in on what went down Monday night. I hated to miss it, but I couldn’t make it there this year. More on the awards next week after I debrief my food friends and see what’s what.
Lots of great reading in the comment tracker from the last few blogs . . . and I appreciate all the candor from both sides of aisle. Some of the more sarcastic and snarky commentary (especially the stuff lobbed my way) was very funny and sometimes spot-on, and I would encourage everyone to remember that the fun of some of these reader postings is derived from the notion that we don’t have to take ourselves so seriously here. On these pages, it’s okay to ask for forgiveness from time to time rather than ask for permission. I think this should be a place where you don’t have to aim before firing all the time!
That being said, there have been some glaring omissions in my last few posts that I think bear noting.
I left many with the impression that ONLY Dara and Rick were worth reading as food scribes, and that all the other local food writers, critics, and dining columnists were “bores," etc. I intended the reader to stick all their fave food writers in the “. . . minority of other . . .etc." category. So let me, for the record, make clear that many local food writers at area and regional dailies, weeklies, and monthlies are VERY GOOD at what they do and HIGHLY QUALIFIED.
I have re-read what I wrote the other day about this and feel pretty confident I made my point, but enough of you chimed in to the contrary, hence the clarification . . . and I felt bad because there are many folks who we all have read and admired for years, many of whom I continue to look up to, and many who've had way more success and possess tons more experience than I do:
Bill Ward, Jeremy Iggers, Ann Bauer, Pete Lillienthal, Sue Zelickson, Kathy Jenkins, Beth Dooley, and several others . . . just to name a few who fall into that category, and that does not mean there are not others in that group also. So relax, everyone!
Here is part of an e-mail I got the other day, and perhaps we can make a restaurant together, you and I!
Local art-licensing agents Jim Marcotte and Ronnie Walter have purchased the Smith Ave Hall at 627 Smith Ave. S. in St. Paul. They are planning to restore some of the original charm to the 1920s theater building, beginning by changing it's name to The Rivertown, and are looking into leasing the lower level for restaurant use. You can contact them by email at TheRivertown@yahoo.com.
The 3500–square-foot main floor is ideal for restaurant use. It has a full commercial kitchen with equipment and a current certificate of occupancy.
The owners of the building have a website here .
Anyone out there interested??
Broders fans can still celebrate their big anniversary all week long with special sales, raffles, cooking classes, and more. The actual birthday is May 12—they will have birthday cake free for everyone that day, and shoppers will get 25% specials on all of their desserts and chocolate.