Photo by Caitlin Abrams
>> There's a Revival happening! Today's lunch marks the opening of the southernly influenced re-launch of the original Corner Table spot. Chef Thomas Boemer has fried chicken and biscuits flowing through his veins (ew) and couldn't wait to open this casual shack that has a cheeky modern design and good down-home cookin'. Let me tease this out: Grilled pimento cheese and bacon sandwiches, pork rinds in the Funyons style, fried green tomatoes with pickle sauce, shake and bake pork chops, shrimp 'n' grits, and oh so much more dahlin'.
>> Temporarily closed, The St. Clair Broiler had a wee kitchen fire and will be closed for a week or so. Plans include a fresh coat of paint and possibly a new menu when it reopens.
>> Chef Wyatt Evans is leaving W.A. Frost, after more than a decade of stove work, to open Heirloom in Merriam Park. He's taking over the former Cooqui space on Marshall, and is chomping at the bit to create a small 80-seat eatery that focuses on modern farmhouse cooking. He's excited to pay homage to the people he learned from at Frost (Russell Klein, Leonard Anderson, et al.) but will also play off memories of eating on his grandparents' dairy farm when he was a youngin', and let the seasons and his larder dictate the menu.
>> Well, the James Beard nominations are out! Up for Best New Resto is Spoon and Stable, which is also a contender for Best Design along with partners Shea. In our Best Chefs Midwest category we have Michelle Gayer of Salty Tart, Lenny Russo of Heartland, and Paul Berglund of The Bachelor Farmer. For the media portion, we have nods for Andrew Zimmern, The Perennial Plate . . . and . . . our own Jason DeRusha for his Saturday morning "DeRusha Eats" segments on WCCO!! Congrats and good luck to all, but especially DeRusha whose every blog will now be edited through the "Is This Beard-Worthy?" filter.
>> You need feel no disgrace whilst running for beer, at least when you sign up for the MN Brewery Running Series (I won't judge you either way). The first run to Dangerous Man is already sold out, but fear not, there's a whole 2015 ahead of you! Book it to Tin Whiskers through good ol' St. Paul on April 11, burn 5k worth of carbs before you stop at Surly on May 3, even plan a little trip up north and take in Duluth before you jog it to Bent Paddle on June 27.
>> Solo Vino's annual epic Rose Tent Tasting tickets are on sale now! You know you want to wile away a Sunday in May drinking pink, so get on it. This year the site has been moved to the German American Institute, which has a nice lawn that pairs well with rose drinkers.
>> Nothing like the last few indoor markets to really set your mind to obsessing about the outdoor markets. This Saturday, you can get your Fulton Farmers Market fix at Bachman's on Lyndale. Then on Sunday, head over to Red Wagon Pizza for a little Linden Hills Farmers Market pop-up. No one's going to stop you from popping some pizza while you're at it.
>> Guess what else? Ice cream shops are opening again. No foolin', on April 1st Edina's Neighborhood Ice Cream Shop will be open again for the season. This year they are making extra sure to spread the love by featuring the goods from local kids like Izzy's, Sweet Science, and Sebastian Joe's (they already carry Heggie's pizza, so there's that).