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>> Breaking Bread Cafe and Catering is now open in North Minneapolis, serving tasty bites while providing jobs and training to at-risk youth. The community-driven eatery will focus on healthy eating and be open for breakfast and lunch, holding dinner open for events and catering opportunities.
>> The St. Paul Farmers Market opens this weekend and Metro Transit is offering FREE rides to and from the market all year! Think of it: no parking ramps ... just the foraged kind.
>> Grand Rounds Brew Pub in Rochester is now open. They're debuting with a session IPA, a Scotch ale, and a coconut stout on tap, plus menu treats like a foie burger, tikka masala risotto, and The Barbara Claire: fried chicken on a sweet potato waffle.
>> Sad to say that cute little Bars Bakery will be calling it quits. The Selby location is closed as of today, the skyway spot will close at the end of the month.
>> Heartland's Wine Bar, which took over the market space on the corner facing CHS field, will open on May 12. Sneek peek of menu items include: hot Cubano sandwich (with house made Cubano bread!), prosciutto with arugula and mozz on a baguette, hot pastrami with pepperjack on rye, grass-fed roast beef with blue cheese mousse on rye, plus German-style potato salad, caprese, soups, chili, and bakery for brek. Look for the four taps to include 3 versions of Summit and one root beer. With new seating and a fresh paint job, the hot corner will be open from 9am to 10pm (ish) seven days a week.
>> I know you think I'm pulling your leg, but Be'Wiched Deli is actually, finally, after teasing us with that menu board for god knows how long, opening for dinner on June 1 with an entirely new dinner menu.
>> Yum Kitchen & Bakery will be coming to the former Pairings space in Minnetonka, which means if you work in the surrounding complex, be ready to gain a freshman five from all the patticakes. #worthit
>> Get ready for the 2015 TC Burger Battle on May 16! The battle has moved from Mears Park to Nordeast Minneapolis this year with a whopping 20 burgers vying for top honors. Will it be Town Hall Tap, Paddy Shack, Red Cow, or The Nook? Spend your $50 for a lot of burgers and beer, and find out.
>> If you haven't yet become a podcast junkie, consider easing into it by attending MPR's Dinner Party Download when they play live at The Fitz on May 9. It's an hour long chat about food, culture, music, and more that help make you sound like the crispiest cookie at your next gathering.
>> Set your watches, next Monday kicks off 10,000 Minutes of Craft Brew. There's all sort of sudsy fun to be had, from tap takeovers, beer dinners, brew tours, a screening of Strange Brew, and more from the sparkling North Shore to the Southern Plains, all bucolic with those amber waves of grain.
>> Remember the other week when I mentioned chef Tommy Begnaud and his unfortunate situation being T-boned by some drunk idiot while driving home from shift? Well, nobody knows how hard you already have to stretch a cook's pay on a normal day than the local kids, so they're throwing down at Travail to help a guy out. On Sunday May 17, you can support Tommy by buying a ticket to a most fabulous benefit potluck that includes dishes brought by Niver & JD, the Tilians, Ann Kim of Lola, Nick Kosevich of Bittercube, Jorge Guzman & the Surly Posse, and so many more. Give $100 and join for this all you can eat and drink benefit where 100% of the money goes to Tommy. Man, I love this town.