I don't mean to freak you out, but July is gone. It's like that morning you wake up and find $30 in your pocket, then suddenly it's only noon and you have just $10 left. The trick is how to spend that Hamilton so that you wring every last bit of value from it. Perhaps that means lolling on a new brewery's grassy patio, spending an afternoon sipping and understanding local wines, or just opting in for a parking lot cookout where brisket is bae.
>> Steve Horton, founder of Rustica, is waking up to heady bready dreams as he has launched the first mill to open in the center of the city in decades. Baker's Field Flour & Bread is now doing business in The Food Building. Check out their stone-cold-milling (that's a real thing) on Aug. 2 at their first Bread Happy Hour where they'll be selling and sampling, and Draft Horse will be serving drinks.
>> For their second location, Truce Juice has opened in the North Loop. Freshly squeezed and pressed, their bright and flavorful juices are now available at 120 1st Ave N, just a few feet from the Tangiers spot. Look for juices, smoothies, vegan treats, acai bowls, and such seven days a week.
>> Blackeye Roasting Co. has officially opened their skyway coffee spot in Mpls, in the Towle building at 2nd Ave & 4th St. You'll buzz in for buzz from 10 tap lines pouring nitro, cold press, kombucha, Verdant Tea, NA cocktails, unicorn tears, and more.
>> Your new brewery with a grassy knoll is Wild Mind Artisan Ales, now open in South Minneapolis, close to Q fanatic. The brewery which is fascinated by all things wild, farmhouse, sour, rustic, and Euro is pouring a hoppy French saison and a hoppy wild rye ale among others to start.
>> Williams-Sonoma is now open in Ridgedale and they are partying! All weekend you can pop by for cheffy cooking demos, food styling classes, samplings, a local maker marketplace and the like. Then plan for the Grand Opening on Aug. 18 when Spoon and Stable's Gavin Kaysen will be on hand to make small bites and small talk.
>> It seems like Hy-Vee had some serious competition for being the new grocery on the block: Fresh Thyme market will open two locations on Aug. 3, one in Vadnais Heights and one in Savage, with a Plymouth location on deck. It seems a little WholeFoodsey + a little TraderJoesy.
>> Last week we reported that Turtle Bread's Tosca was closing in Linden Hills, and this week I am sad to say that their Cafe Levain in South Minny has also shuttered.
>> Little Pilgrimage Cafe on E. 38th is also calling it quits, ending service after this weekend.
>> Today The Unofficial marks the end of their road construction, and dammnit if that doesn't call for a party. Head over to the self-proclaimed dive bar for a dumpster load of live music, arts &crafts tent, yard games, and a pig roast with a beer truck poppin' wheelies on the side (not really, but that's what an end to construction feels like).
>> Insight Brewing is throwing a Saison Day Beer Festival today and the good news is that there will be tons of beautiful beer including their Blackberry Saison. The better news is that there's also a whole line-up of tribute bands playing, and the best news is that Pleezer is one of them.
>> Next Wednesday our own Bill Coy will be tasting and touring you through the wines of France at Stem Wine Bar in Nordeast. It's just $30 for an hour of sipping and laughing, because MAN that Bill Coy is a card.
>> Next Saturday, Aug. 6, you can finally educate yourself on what MN Wine has been up to, unless you're all up on your Frotenac Gris? You know which places are making sparkling wines locally? You're dialed in on some international level ice wine? No? Check into the Summer Wine Festival and Market at West End, where for $40 you can taste your way through MN wineries and cideries along with live music and food samples.
>> Not sure if you've heard, but we're having a good ol' parking lot South of the North Cookout on Sunday, Aug. 14, and you should get tickets and come. A bunch of fire loving chefs will be bringing the brisket (and the ribs, and the pork belly, goat, and lamb) for some friendly backyard meat slinging. Your $50 gets you all the food and drink, and there will be oodles, plus a first sneak peek inside Revival St. Paul.
>> This is that month when you start to plan one more trip northward, and while you're mulling weekends, might I suggest Madden's Food and Wine Weekend on Aug. 25-28? SUCH a great time, such great food, Jorge Guzman from Surly will be there, so will chefs from Oceanaire, Sea Change, among others.