Just to be clear, pumpkin beer has been brewed in this country since the colonists, so keep your PSL-level mockery in check. In fact, why not throw cynicism to the wind and go chug some yammy brews at a Hullabaloo? You could also make a trip out to river and bluff country in the name of caramel, take in a dinner from local pork royalty, or dance around a bonfire in a vineyard. All of these activities are poncho-appropriate.
>> Erik the Red is open, y'all betcha (TM). Remember the other week when we tiptoed into East Town and he was almost open? Now Erik Forsberg and his team are in soft open through the weekend, which means they've got some kinks to work through, but you're more than welcome to check out the new bar that's been constructed in the middle of the room that was once Hubert's, the swank lighting, and the Minnesota-regional barbecue he's got cooking. Blanching at that? Ask yourself the following Q's: why aren't there more turkey legs on the grills in the south, shouldn't there be? Is sausage southern? Northern? Or universal? If you're holding fast to the notion that pickling and curing was something born of necessity in the south, how exactly do you think the Vikings conquered forth? Oh yeah, pickling and curing.
>> Yep. Heartland is closing their doors as of New Years Eve. It's real, and you should get in and have a last meal or two to mark its passing. Listen to Weekly Dish this Saturday when we talk with Lenny Russo about the impact he's had on the dining scene in the city.
>> Winding down, folks. Be aware that your favorite seasonals will be closing soon. Bread & Pickle is closed, Tin Fish Calhoun is closed, Minnetonka Drive-In is closed, Sandcastle closes Sunday, Red River Kitchen at City House closes on Sunday, Peppermint Twist closes on Sunday, Sea Salt closes Oct. 23, Dari-ette tends to just feel the weather out and hasn't set a date yet.
>> If you want to know where all the cool kids will be hanging tonight, the answer is Blackbird. That's because Dave Eggers and Marlon James Record Collection Party is there tonight and there will be drinks, sweets, and sweet literary vibes.
>> It's the Great Yam Charlie Brown! Or maybe it's just Indeed Brewing's annual Hullabaloo in which Yamma Jamma beer is feted as it rises out of the squash patch this Saturday and Sunday (also Rum King will be there too). You'll be there dancing to all the groovy tunes so picked by First Ave., goggling at the cask pyramid, and tossing your kid into the GetKnit craft station while you stand in line for Blue Door blucies and finger warming totchos. It's FREE, it's tented, it's cash only for stuff. Is there a better way to Autumn?
>> If you like chili and you like firefighters, this is your Reese's moment. On Saturday, Stanley's in NE is hosting a Firefighter Chili Cook Off in which local firehouses compete to see who's got the best bowls. Your $20 goes to charity and gets you all the chili you can eat, plus time to really talk to some firefighters as they sign their 2017 calendar for you.
>> Oktoberfest of the Week! Yes, you can stay in town and go to the Twin Cities Oktoberfest out at the fairgrounds, that's fair. But if you really want to show some Teutonic party skills, then head down to the ground zero of Okt: New Ulm Oktoberfest kicks off the official city wide party this weekend, and then carries it into the next. So many accordions, so many men in short pants. The second weekend coincides with Schell's Oktoberfest party on Oct. 15, and that mein herren und damen, is the end-all-beat-all. You actually feel odd being the person NOT in lederhosen, but after a couple litres or boots of beer, that feeling shockingly fades.
>> It's also Apfelfest out at The Landing this weekend. Take the kiddoes back in time to the 1800's to learn about the impact of apples and immigrants on our great country.
>> WHY are you dreading Sunday's Presidential debate? Is it because you don't know you can watch it live at Brit's Pub? Get on board with the improv comedy team's T2P2 Debate Watch Party with Wrong About Everything. There will be live fact checking, plenty of snark, and all that glorious beer and whisky to numb your nerves.
>> Two ways to get in touch with ladies in food this coming week. First, on Monday Oct. 10 you can catch DMG at Wedge Table as she moderates the Women in Food panel. That event is free and they will talk you through how to salad, restaurant, ice cream, and beer your life successfully. Then on Wednesday, Oct. 12 we'll be hosting venerated NYC chef April Bloomfield at Tastemakers as she signs copies of her new book and gives us a chat while we sip drinks from local rising star bartenders.
>> Perhaps you're looking for something calmer and a bit more refined to show your love of German festing. Try the Autobahn Pop-Up at Third Bird which will run from Oct 13-16. Chef Donald Gonzalez, who's been cooking beautifully at Forepaugh's for years, will be hanging out cooking food from his childhood travels through Germany. Five courses will be enjoyed by only 16 people per night at the Chef's Table, and include Pilzmaultaschen (which are little mouth pocket raviolis with arctic char and mushrooms), and a 3-Duck Schnitzel with rye-crusted duck breast, warm German potato salad with smoked duck leg, and a shattered duck egg. Tickets are $75, but remember only 16 per night!
>> You'll also want to snap up tickets for the First Annual Chef's Dinner at St. Paul College, because it is a royal whole hog situation. Cochon King of Porc Thomas Boemer and Cochon Prince of Porc Jorge Guzman will be working together with culinary students to prepare five courses of porky wonder. Your $100 ticket goes to support scholarship funds for culinary students. Let's jump on that karma wheel.
>> Some of you need advance planning to make a weekend drive, so here. Head West: Go to the annual Harvest Bonfire at Schram Vineyards on Saturday Oct. 15 in Waconia. The winery/brewery will be hopping with food trucks, a s'mores bar, the Bonfire wine release, barleywine beer, cigars, and BIG FIRE. Get advance tickets. Or. Head East: Check out the damn idyllic town of Marine on St. Croix for a serious Caramelpalooza at St. Croix Chocolate Company. I say this with no small intent, I think their chocolates are world-class and they know how to party: caramel apples, caramel corn, caramel sauce, caramel Elvis, caramel beer from Maple Island Brewing, and a caramel coma for the ride home.
>> And yes, I do know what kind of gourd season it is, BLAMMO!