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>> So, there's Uncle Franky's (the quirky Scooby-lovin' hot dog shop) and there's After 5 at Uncle Franky's. The Plymouth location of UF transforms on weekends into a dark and sultry live music club after 5 p.m. The lights dim, the windows get draped (it might look closed, but it's not), the menu changes from dogs to nosh, and musicians take the stage to make you forget you're sitting in a hot dog shop. It kinda works.
>> Freshly launched in Dundas, Keepsake Cidery uses traditional methods to create craft ciders. The dry to medium ciders will be naturally carbonated in the bottle, and should be released by July. Look for four labels: Woodskeep, Heartwood, Wild, and Keepsake #1, a whiskey-barrel-aged cider that bridges one year to the next. In the style of a CSA, the cidery is offering shares through its Cider Club. Head down to the open house on May 2 and sample some of the draft ciders to have a go.
>> Another heavy hitter is coming to Wayzata. Hemisphere Group (Mission American, Tavern on France, etc.) will open District Fresh Kitchen & Bar this July. The full-service restaurant will focus on healthy eating by nixing the fryers, using healthy fats, listing nutritional values on menus, and focusing heavily on locally produced ingredients. Look for it in the new center of town.
>> Ryan Burnet will be opening Eastside on the ground floor of the swank Latitude 45 condos in the bubbling and bursting Downtown East neighborhood in Minneapolis. Chef Remy Pettus, while a relatively new name to most of us, has cooked at Cosmos locally and worked closely with the late Homaro Cantu at Moto in Chicago. He's planning an American menu with things like roasted chicken and sustainable seafood plates that are simple in execution, but made with exacting technique. The space will have about 160 seats including a bar that opens up to outdoor seating.
>> Bill Summerville has left the building. Well, almost. The local wine guru and sweater king is leaving Spoon and Stable to take a role at New France Wine Co. And that's about all anyone has to say about that. His last day at the restaurant will be Saturday, April 25.
>> Seward Co-op has its 11th Annual CSA fair this Saturday from 11 a.m.–2 p.m. There's a lot of new things to learn about CSAs, and fresh farmers to meet, so don't be all jaded.
>> It's a Burrito Brawl this Sunday at the MGM! Grab your $25 ticket for the brawl, don your best La Luchador costume (ok, I made that part up) and head over to Eastlake Brewing where you will score a regulation pint glass, some beer, one burrito from El Burrito Mercado, and one Indurrito from Hot Indian Foods. You drink, you eat, you judge, nacho.
>> Didja know that one healthy batch of food prepared in a 500-gallon kettle chiller can feed 12,000 kids during school lunch? Don't you think the Minneapolis Public Schools should have one? Get over to the Knead the Dough fundy this Sunday to help raise the green, the dough, the salad, the samoleans needed to make this happen. There will be fun things and good eats from folks such as Foxy Falafel, Pizzeria Lola, Restaurant Alma, Victory 44, and more!
>> Don't fight them, join them. Dandelions that is. Enjoy their bee-lovin' magic at the Beez Kneez Dandelion Honey Pastry Chef Challenge on Tuesday, April 22. There will be a ton of good snacks there—both savory and sweet—plus live music, Roller Derbeez Girls, and Dr. Marla Spivak, who we think is just kicky.
>> Don't forget the Derby, dahlin'. Break out your biggest hat and make a show of your julep intelligence at this 3rd Annual Kentucky Derby Party on May 2. The Woman's Club of Minneapolis is a great setting for this, especially with the five-piece band and plenty of drinks and eats. The race will be broadcast, which will be followed by the post-race groove shaking.
>> Turns out May 3 is A Day for Gamay, who knew? La Belle Vie and Easy & Oskey knew because they invented it. And why wouldn't you spend a Sunday lolling about LBV tasting some 25 wines made from the gamay grape? Start your stroll in with a cocktail inspired by the grape, then get to sipping, swishing, and perhaps learning something new. Tickets are limited to 70 people and the $50 tag gets you drinks and snacks to boot.
>> Art-A-Whirl is A Coming, thank goodness the Northeast Arts District is also the Northeast Beer District, because craft beer is art, yeah? Jump on it May 15-17, and hit up Bauhaus Brew Labs for a bunch of live music and games, Indeed Brewing throws a bash called Whirlygig with music-5k-food-trucks-and-stuff, and Fair State will be cutting the ribbon on its new beer garden with music, games, artists, and all sorts of good times.