Pizza Farm pizza
Dare I say that our best days are ahead of us? September brings about a certain dance and a seasonal shift in our beer and wine choices (though whiskey is eternal, yes?). The festing gets a wee bit more intense as we frolic our boots off—with an errant glance over our shoulders for any signs of frost. Gather ye pumpkin beers while ye may...and that goes for slurping ramen, quaffing Veuve, and eating farm pizza with the fam. Carry on, grasshoppers.
>> The dive bar Coney dog is back on Seven Corners, y'all. That's because Bullwinkle's Saloon is open again, though softly so check your expectations. The joint smells MUCH better than its last iteration that only lasted from 2012-14. The new proprietors are the building owner's sons, and they've redone the floors and cleaned the place up a bit, but it is still a goodly homey dark dive with a $6 Beam and Coke, $5 smashed patty cheeseburgers, something called cheese pizza toast for $6 and that good for your gut Coney at $6.
>> So, Burger Time is open in West St. Paul. This is the regional burger chain's first opening in the metro, though they have St. Cloud/Moorhead locations. I got a fangirl email extolling those walk-up flat burger virtues, making serious claims of a pedigree above In-N-Out Burger, but the last one I had I can't remember. So. Let's go, hmmm?
>> Heyo, Cooks of Crocus Hill in the North Loop was all set to open this Saturday, but then things happened (as they do) so opening as been pushed back to Saturday the 17th.
>> Fair State Brewing, our first beer co-op, kicked off the week with the huge news that they would be expanding their production with an extra 40,000 square feet in St. Paul. The current taproom will remain in Nordeast, this new giant building will just give them some breathing room, allow them to fulfill more orders and make more beers. We like that.
>> Target Center announced that they plan to up their stadium food game just like all the other stadiums in town (I say, what took ya?) and have hired David Fhima of FACES Mears Park to overhaul the suites and concessions for the Timberwolves/Lynx.
>> If you feel like you're already going through mini-donut withdrawal or feel sweaty and shaky without a corndog, you can get your fix at James J. Hill Days carnival and Beach Bash in Wayzata this weekend. Imma walk around with a bowl of quinoa and give everyone the side eye.
>> Also this Saturday, Deschutes Street Pub is parking in town again with a 400-ft pop-up pub loaded with over 50 taps in the Warehouse District. It's a crazy fun and cool thing to see, and not only will there be snacks and $5 beers, but SOLID GOLD and other bands will be playing and 100% of proceeds go to Second Harvest Heartland. Which means, spring for the VIP lounge package and do some good. #hungeractionmonth
>> It's still hard for me to believe that there have been 30 years of Summit Beer. How did we even exist before that? What did we do, sit around drinking Sport Shakes and stuff? Pay homage this weekend at Summit's Backyard Bash where, no joke, Bob Mould will be headlining as the taps and casks flow forth and you dance your old bones back 30 years.
>> Perhaps all this seems a little low-brow for you and you're looking for something a little more posh, because dammit those Manolos aren't going to wear themselves. Well, pinkies up, Veuve Clicquot is in town and ready to pour you Champagne from that iconic bottle. Tonight you'll find them at the new Mansion at Uptown, and Saturday they'll be hosting an event on the Union Mpls rooftop. Both nights are free, but the Union event has a $30 VIP ticket option. Also, if you're really interested in the Glass of Stars, read The Widow Clicquot which is a stunning book.
>> You guys, we're called Mill City for a reason. If you want to meditate on that for a moment, do it at this very cool Flour Power event, on Monday September 12, at the Food Building where the culture of artisanal milling and heirloom grains will be the topic of a panel discussion. After the chat, there will be drinks, tours of the new Baker's Field mill and dinner from chef Sarah Masters. Gluten-free and Gluten-full all welcome.
>> I'll take some urban pizza farm action any day of the week, but with kiddoes in tow, I gotta like an actual farm. Head out to Gale Woods Farm on the way western edge of Lake Minnetonka for a Family Pizza Night on Saturday the 17th. Besides hot oven pies, they have trails, and folliage, and chickens, and so much sky. Then maybe on Sunday the 18th, you can haul out to the Lowry Nature Center for a little Nature's Nectars class. What 8yo doesn't want to learn about nettle tea?
>> You should know that there are TWO seats left at Kitchen in the Market's Whole Hog Butchery Class with Red Table Meat's Tyler Montgomery (who is both a badass and a blessing). The class goes down on September 18, you'll learn how to break down a whole hog and make sausages. Plus there is something beautiful about a post-class swag bag that smells of porky deliciousness.
>> Have you secured your passport for Ramen Attack 2016: Artisan Edition? The yearly noodle event from Zen Box Izakaya will once again be held at Mill City Museum on September 25, and there are some rascals planning to bring the broth: NYC's Ivan Orkin will be cooking, and Shono Tomoharu from Tokyo, along with locals Gavin Kaysen and Chris Nye of Spoon & Stable, plus Christina Ngyuen from Hola Arepa. The passport is a smart pre-order, because there is only so much ramen, and you don't want to be left with naked chopsticks.
>> I'm only going to mention this pun like 42 more times: Hey Mothershuckers, get your tickets to the 6th Annual Meritage Oysterfest on Sunday Oct. 16. It is honestly one of my TOP THREE favorite events of the year, and not just because I get to slurp a load of Hood Canal oysters and berate chefs ... but mostly that. That Platinum Pass with unlimited slurping is almost sold out.
>> Don't forget that the Mayor of Flavortown graced us with his presence this spring, and now all the Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives episodes are beginning to air. Which means: party. Red Wagon Pizza will be the first with a viewing shindig tonight that includes $4 slices and much beer. Prairie Dogs will follow on the 16th with their own sausage party (sorry, but it's Fieri!)