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>> That spot on 40th and Lyndale that feels like it has been under construction for years, has finally opened as Harriet's Inn. The menu is pretty close to the mini-chain Crooked Pint (coming soon to Chaska!) with over 60 choices including pot pies and hotdish, wings, flatbreads, Lucy burgers, tacos, fish n chips, both the kit and the kaboodle. Paul Dzubnar, who is the CEO of Green Mill and the guy behind Crooked Pint, and also has MANY irons in the fire (including the upcoming Scena, see below), has opened Harriet's with franchisee owner Jeremy Brown, who plans to open more restaurants with Crooked Pint LLC over the next few years.
>> These dudes are makers, and I'm kind of digging their vibe. Able Seed House + Brewery is opening today officially in Nordeast. Not just another bar on the brewery tour, Able is a fully functioning seed house, wherein local seeds and grains will be malted to go into their beers. Looks like they'll open with an American IPA, a red ale, a stout, and a wheat pale ale in the taproom, which is open W-Su.
>> Backwards or forwards, it's still the same. Taco Cat, those fresh taco bike delivery kitt-ehs, has taken over the former El Burrito space in the Midtown Global Market in order to open a real, live, restaurant type thing. Bike service will continue, but the new space will have special menu items that are hang-out only. They are a couple of weeks out.
>> Here's what on the Scena Tavern front. Owner Paul Dzubner has announced that the chef leading the kitchen will be Marc Paavola (formerly of Union, Afton Inn, and Sea Change). Consulting chefs Erik Anderson and Jamie Malone both worked with Paavola at Sea Change, and feel good about him leading the charge. The Uptown Italian-Mediterranean eatery, with a big round cocktail bar and a separate crudo bar, plans to be open by Dec. 3 if all goes smoothly with the remaining construction.
>> Tonight there is a very special thing happening at Cook St. Paul. Eddie Wu is kicking it Korean Street Food style in his tiny Payne Avenue joint from 5-9pm. Tasty bits from rice cakes to short ribs, to kimchi laden fried panckes will ring in under $10, and there will be beer and sake to boot! The response has been a little bananas, so expect a crowd. They're taking out the chairs and tables, and setting up an ordering station at the front. He's thinking that he'll keep doing this at least once a week starting in December, and that eventually there might even be soju and karaoke!
>> Also tonight, and very worth checking out if you've never been, is the Powderhorn Empty Bowls event. In its 9th year, the event brings hundreds of people out to choose a donated hand-made pottery bowl to fill with soup for a $20 donation, which goes to fight local hunger. When you're done with your soup, clean your bowl and take it home as a reminder of all the empty bowls that need filling. It goes until 7pm, just stop by and feed yourself while feeding others.
>> Looking for something to tickle all your fancies? Tomorrow night the MN Orchestra is putting on a musical feast with top chefs and conductor Sarah Hicks. Vincent, the Travailians, Patisserie 46, and Butcher & The Boar chefs will all be on stage cooking while the orchestra is playing along. One of the chosen pieces is Danny Elfman's Breakfast Machine from Pee Wee's Big Adventure, lest you think this is too high-brow for you. There are a few good seats still available!
>> Remember all that chatter about markets in breweries/distilleries? By the end of the winter, you'll be so pro at them. The NE Farmers Winter Market will be hosted all winter long at the new and sassy Norseman Distillery.Check them out every third Saturday, starting Nov. 21 through March, 10am til 2pm.
>> Hey. There's a Minnesota Pickle Party on National Pickle Day, Nov. 14 at The Nicollet. I just thought you should know.
>> Ferndale Market Turkey Fest is happening this year on Nov. 21-22. Get down to Cannon Falls and pick up your fresh bird, check out some local purveyors that might amp up your feasting game, and generally get in the good food mood!!!
>> I got TWO chili cook-offs for you chili-fiends. First, this Saturday, slide over to Midtown Global Market Annual Chili Cook Off where a $5 donation lets you sample some 12 chili pots from market vendors. It can get crazy up in there, believe it. And second, if you feel like you've got the stuff, enter your own chili that has been somehow jacked with Surly for the Surly Chili Cook Off at the Lookout Bar in Maple Grove (reeeaally good broasted chicken, y'all) on Nov. 15. That's a good time, even if you don't win.