At my college, for May Day, a group of kids would spend the wee hours of the night before chalking the campus sidewalks with flowers and hearts and the message, “Hooray Hooray the first of May, outdoor loving begins today!” They'd also plant thousands of Dum Dums in the lawn of Main Hall, and ever since, I can't let a May Day go by without one. If you're Dum Dum averse, consider planning to bless some Maibock, reveling in a fried chicken Winnebago, or securing your spot at a foraged foods dinner.
>> Chef Shack in Bay City is open for the season as of this weekend. The road trip is a lovely one and the ladies have said they've got new dishes and cocktails to lure you down. Dinners will commence on Fri-Sa, with brunch bringing up Su. Reservations are a good idea.
>> St. Paul's Farmers Market opens this weekend! Bring on the ramps and fiddleheads!
>> It's official, Seward's Co-op Creamery Cafe has closed for dinner service and moved to a lunch/dinner format serving from 8am-2pm. They've also parted ways with chef Lucas Almendinger. Ownership has said that the changes were a difficult decision based on financial performance, and while they are taking the time to focus on lunch and brunch initially, they do intend to reopen for dinner later this summer, with more "alignment between day and evening dining". One would hazard that they'll be more casual and less edgy in their next iteration.
>> Besides the Purple One, two giants in the restaurant world passed away this last week. Bill Morrissey, founder of Morrissey Hospitality, passed away on Monday after a battle with cancer. His company's impact on St. Paul with restaurants such as St. Paul Grill and Pazzaluna can not be understated. And last Sunday, Jim Nicklow passed at 76 years old, after more than 50 years building up the Greek food community with restaurants like Nicklow's and Santorini. RIP gents.
>> Jealous of all those cheffy burgers with a Peterson limousin beef pedigree? You can have limo burgers at home if you sign up for Cooks of Crocus Hill crop shares. The griller pack which delivers in May will run you $98 for 4 flatiron steaks, 2 giant ribeyes, and 4 pounds of ground beef. This is a dealio, patio daddios.
>> Here's the kind of Spring Cleaning you can get behind. Sisyphus Brewing will have local makers selling their wares at discount prices on Sunday, so that they can clean out their shelves, and stock up yours, which have been freshly cleaned, no? Also, beer. And donuts.
>> What's better than a Winnebago? How about a Winnebago that overflows with fried chicken? Believe it. The genius kids from Lyn65 are launching their fried chicken truck/camper at Wynstock on Monday at Tattersall Distilling. Besides CHX, you'll find bologna sandwiches and groovy drinks and tunes spun inside the cocktail room.
>> Heyday loves cutting it crazy on the alt-hours. Join the crew on Tuesday night after 8pm for a little Bri-Bri's Tres de Mayo Taco Pop-Up. Your $14 gets you two tacos plus chips and salsa and a house marg, plus there will be $3 tequila and Tecate for the amping up.
>> Don't forget that Wednesday marks the launch of a new weekly food truck rally in St. Paul, on the east side of Landmark Center in downtown, from 11am-1:30pm.
>> On the ACTUAL Cinqo de Mayo you can mix it up with the crowds, or you can chill at Norseman Distillery with guest mixologist Jourdan Gomez. He'll be creating Latin themed craft cocktails with the house spirits while Gastrotuck spins nachos and tacos outside.
>> Get thee to Town Hall Brewery on May 7 for the Blessing of the Maibock. It's a real blessing of beer, the ultimate blessing in life. If you've never done, it's a good time: they bless the beer, do a community toast, and crack in spring by opening the taps and letting it flow for free (at least ofr the first hour). This is the only event where you are actually ok to use the #blessed.
>> No one does foraged foods dinners better than Slow Food MN. Their spring wild foods dinner is always a great time and this year it's on Piney Hills Farm on May 22. Get your $50 tickets for chef Alan Bergo's dishes, using all local and foraged ingredients, plus live music and farm fun!