Photo by Caitlin Abrams
Sometimes I think it's funny when people get SO jazzed by farmers' markets in the spring, when the main trade is in lettuce and flowers, but throw blasé glances by the time it gets to the glorious harvest season in which those markets are brimming with magic. It's true, though, we do get distracted by the shiny things of the season: farm fests and new kitchen stores, beer jams and cider tastings, chef dinners and Russian wines—we're dancing as fast as we can.
>> If you're interested in something "chef driven for fit livin' " then you'll want to know that Performance Meals will be officially opening their store this Saturday in Robbinsdale. Already doing a rocking online business, the shop delivers fresh, healthy meals to homes and gyms. There's no surprise it's opening across from Travail, super fit chef Adrian De Los Rios is a former Travailian and has partnered with them on this venture. Go check them out, sample some food, get 10% off meals that day, pump some iron, do some chest bumps, what ever trips your trigger.
>> Cooks of Crocus Hill in the North Loop is officially open as of today! Check out a little sneaky peek inside.
>> Seward Co-op's Creamery Cafe opened up this week, as promised, with actual ice cream among other changes.
>> In the grocery wars: Hy-Vee opened in Eagan, Fresh Thyme Market opened in Plymouth, and after a remodel-upgrade, Kowalski's re-opened their original store on Grand Ave., the one that started it all as a Red Owl. And this Saturday, the Eastside Food Co-op will celebrate their remodel and expansion with a ribbon cutting par-tay that includes live music, a cider and beer garden, and plenty of nosh.
>> The Turkey-To-Go location in the Mpls skyway has closed up and gone dark, apparently the lease was not renewed.
>> I don't know how to feel about this, y'all. But the space that was formerly the short-lived Community Keg House will become a Bunny's Bar & Grill before the year's end! WHAT?! Bun-wah's is my favorite SLP off-the-grid place to go eat wings and free bar corn and watch sportz in peace. I have no idea how they are going to duplicate it in NE, but I like that it's in the shadow of the historic Grain Belt Brewery, that somehow makes me feel like it's going to be ok.
>> Also, if you haven't heard, the North Loop's coming boutique hotel, Hewing Hotel, has named their Nordic restaurant Tullibee and hired pedigreed chef Grae Nonas who grew up in the Northeast and misses the seasons (read: had to get the hell out of Texas).
>> Augustine's Bar & Bakery is coming soon from the kids behind Happy Gnome. Just down the block in a former laundromat, the spot will be a hybrid bakery and pub, which could smell really good and make you carb-load like nobody's business. Grab a baguette and some pastries in the morning, come back for full-service lunch and dinner from a Mediterranean menu alongside 40 craft beers. Hopefully open in October.
>> It's true. Margaritaville at MOA will open on September 20. De nada.
>> In case you were wondering, Ryan Burnet's new salad concept in Wayzata will be called Crisp & Green.
>> In chef news, Lucia's has named Forager Chef Alan Bergo as replacement for the departed Ryan Lund.
>> Mein Lieblings, it's starting: this weekend we're kicking off Oktoberfesting in St. Paul's Rice Park. All weekend long there will be beer, brats, boots, bed racing, brouhaha und more!
>> Support your local farmers market at a distillery! That's just how we roll in the North. Get over to Du Nord's cocktail room on Saturday for a Fall Harvest fundraiser for the Midtown Farmers Market, your $25 gets you a drink and a snack and full heart knowing that fresh food can stay in Midtown.
>> If you're down near Burnsville on Saturday, you should pop by Valley Natural Foods Farm Fest. It is a bucket load of FREE fun, with local farmers and producers sampling their wares under a giant tent (Buddy's Nut Butter, Mademoiselle Miel, Gustola Granola, Peace Coffee and more!). Get your face painted, then stuff it with samples.
>> Open Streets Nicollet (from Kmart to 46th) which happens this Sunday is THE BEST Open Streets IMHO. It's like a pro eating tour with Corner Table/Revial smokin' some tasty meaty bits and sampling their new Bauhaus Brew Lab collaboration beer Slawhammer, the Kyatchi/Nighthawks/Blackbird/FiveWatt corner full of hijinx, not to mention Ramen Kazama is in full force this year, and that's just past the Hola Arepa/Pat's Tap world of fun.
>> Heading down for a little Pack vs. Vikes mayhem at US Bank Stadium on Sunday? (Also, did we come up with a nickname for that place yet? Should we just call it the Glassy Dome?) Anyhoo, if you're looking to pre-game, check out Erik the Red's parking lot party (beer, music, smoked turkey legs and elk sausage wrapped in lefse!) which is also a preview of the new Nordic Barbecue spot that has been working HARD to clean up and refurbish Hubert's. Also, what a good chance to sneak into other places in the neighborhood.
>> Remember when we did that vodka night at the Museum of Russian Art and it was awesome? Well if you missed it, you can just sign up for the Art of Wine on Sept. 22, celebrating the legacy of "The Dean of American Winemaking" André Tchelistcheff, who came to Napa Valley in 1938 and changed our world. Haskell's will be pouring the wines, while Create Catering will be serving the snacks.
>> Make plans to attend the Fall Cider Tasting at GYST in honor of Johnny Appleseed's birthday on Sept. 29. Those GYSTies know a thing or two about beautiful ciders, from all over the world, and your $20 will be like a sipping seminar through six ciders. Swonderful, smarvelous.
>> Here is a lovely evening that I would happily partake in: Naomi Pomeroy of Portland's Beast restaurant will be in town on Oct. 6 for a book dinner at Spoon and Stable. She's promoting her new Taste & Technique cookbook and I think she's swell. She's one of those chefs I've enjoyed watching and reading about, and her restaurant is perfect. The $165 night includes a five course dinner with beverage pairings, plus a signed copy of the book and a parting gift.