Doesn't your mom deserve something better than brunch? Think of all the crusts she's cut off for you, the glasses of milk she's poured, and the times she let you sleep in, knowing you were hung over. That's a gift. Consider going against the conventional grain—take mom out for a steak dinner and get her a bottle of hooch, the good stuff. Because she's more than just a mom, she's a survivor of your childhood. You could also take the homage into the month, by getting her tickets to a high-class forager dinner, an all-you-can-eat fried chicken fest, or a distillery cocktail class—which is what all moms really want.
>> Bread & Pickle is open for the season at Lake Harriet! Check their FB for abbreviated hours as they get up and cranking.
>> Mill City Farmers Market opens on Saturday! Hennepin County Master Gardeners will be onsite all day to give you all the planting and growing tips you can stuff in your head.
>> Linden Hills is hopping! Just around the corner from Tilia will be a new organic cafe and fitness studio known as Kata. Looks like you'll be able to take indoor/outdoor fitness classes including martial arts and yoga, then report to the cafe for some organic farm-to-table fare. There will be a smoothie bar, but wine/beer as well.
>> Can nothing douse our flame for more fried chicken? Well if you've been frustrated by the long wait times during peak hours at Revival, you will be glad to hear that they are expanding into the building next door. They'll be XXX in size, adding a whole new kitchen and bar, and begin offering TAKEOUT! Hopefully by end of summer, y'all.
>> Curlers up Blaine way will have some new digs to chill in come June. Sticks & Stones will be the new bar & grill attached to the Fogerty Ice Arena where hockey and curling reign all year round.
>> Paul Berglund of The Bachelor Farmer wins the James Beard Award for Best Chef Midwest, stealing it back from those other states. Well done Paul!! He's now in league with Tim McKee, Isaac Becker, and Alex Roberts so he'll have to learn the secret handshake and password.
>> Also, I forgot to note last week that our own Raghavan Iyer won a broadcast James Beard Award for his webcast 660 Curries. Well done both of you!
>> Chef Beth Fisher and GM Caroline Glawe have left Tangletown's Wise Acre Eatery. The duo seem as if they've got something under wraps for their next adventure. Meanwhile, long time sous chef Brianna Baldus will be talking over the kitchen and moving the team forward into the season.
>> I love that Meritage is throwing a little BZ flair by continuing to celebrate Spargelfest from now until May 15. The German tradition of festing spring asparagus is worthy one to keep going. Check out the special menus that include some elite European AAA white asparagus in dishes like butter braised white asparagus with scrambled eggs and caviar, poached chicken breast with morels and asparagus, and white asparagus cream soup.
>> I have one apple tree in my yard that's killing me with the good blossom smells, can you imagine a whole orchard? Check into that reality at Sweetland Orchard's spring open house on Sat. where you can smell the air to your heart's content, take in some open fire cooked asparagus risotto with nettle pesto, eat vanilla donuts, drink hard cider, even PYO nettles for your own pesto making adventure (bring gloves).
>> On Wed. May 11th, you get to champion being an adult and eat what you want when you want at the Beer & Breakfast for Dinner event at Freehouse. You'll have five courses of breakfasty things from Chef Jeff Anderson paired with five beers for $60. And the first 20 that sign up get a free brewery tour to boot.
>> Speaking of Wednesdays, did you see that Coup d'Etat has declared that hump day now be chicken day? From 7-10pm every Wednesday, your $20 will get you all the fried chicken, fixings, and sides you can eat. Deal.
>> Eat from the land, but spare the muddy boots. Hit up the Spring Fling Forager Dinner at Cosmos on May 15, where chef Tim Fisher will prepare a five course dinner with ingredients sourced by the Gentleman Forager. There'll also be paired cocktails with spirits foraged from Tattersall.
>> Hola Arepa turns Terrible Two on May 15, and they're throwing a tantrum of a lot party with live music, foods of crazy kinds, that insane bar truck, and all the good Hola vibes. Free to hang, pay as you consume.
>> May 15 is shaping up to be a hella busy day, but make you sure you at least STOP BY Solo Vino's annual rose tasting under the tent. They've moved it across the street to a huge parking lot and there are some 100+ pink wines to try, along with a few other summer wines and craft ciders, plus Lowry Hill Meats will be cooking up sausages. It's a massively grand day to get Kanskied.
>> Shake it like you make it at the Spring Cocktail Class at Tattersall Distilling on Mon. May 23. Bar gents Tim Leary and Bennett Johnson will discuss and demonstrate four cocktails made with their spirits: a punch, a spring drink, a shaken, and a stirred. You'll learn while you nosh on Surdyk's snacks and plot your best spring drinky soiree.
>> If you're looking to get out of town and commune with food and creative people, I've got something for you. Applications are being taken for the Eat Retreat in September in Lake Delavan Wisconsin. It's like a collaborative food symposium retreat that lasts three days and nights in the good woods and it draws chefs, journalists, cooks, farmers, makers, service folk, entrepenuers and the like. The goal is to bring everyone together to exchange ideas, spark inspiration and create connections through workshops and campfires. They take about 40 people and design the retreat collaboratively over the summer. Applications are due by June 1st, so why not throw your name in the ring!