Sprout Salad is a new tossed salad concept open in the Minneapolis skyway. Get in line, pick your add-ins, and they chop and toss for you. Stay tuned for more of these concepts, like the Salad Bar
This little place called Spoon and Stable opened in the North Loop this week. Too bad nobody's ever heard of it.
Il Foro is the name of the Italian restaurant that will rise in the historic space known as The Forum. The lights will be back on this spring, thanks to the team behind Smack Shack and The Lexington (who have added Lorin Zinter of Heyday to their partnership).
Here's some GREAT news for the downtown Minneapolis lunch crowd: Vin's Italian meatball truck will be parked downtown all winter and will DELIVER hot meatballs to you in your office! Just call or place your order (get some cube mates together for the $20 minimum, or not), and they'll scoot up to your place with a saucy meatball sub, fried eggplant pesto sandwich, hot Italian beef, even grilled cheese with fried pancetta and marinara.
If you were under a rock this week, you may not have heard about the egregious error/insult thrown upon our great state from the outlander New York Times. Outrage. Hand-wringing. Snark. #grapegate (Man, I love this tribe.)
It's Ferndale Market's Turkey Fest this weekend!! It's a good time to take a drive, go pick up a fresh bird, learn some tips and tricks for roasting, sample locally-made food, and generally get in the Thanksgiving Day spirit!
Cooks of Crocus Hill also has a bunch of prep options for the Feast this weekend. Check into a Turkey Talk class to learn everything you can about the bird, or slide into that Thanksgiving and Wine class for REAL survival tips.
Help Grand Cafe celebrate 8 years of service and meet their new chef, Andrew Kraft, this Sunday at a little open house soiree. From 5 to 9 p.m. the eatery will be open for complimentary snacks from the new menu, beverages for purchase, and mingling with the chef, owners, and neighbors.
If you can't make #PowerPies on Monday, consider #TheKatieChronicles pastry pop-up at The Dakota on Tuesday at 11am (not like you're going to be very productive next week anyway, ammiright?). Pastry chef Katie Elsing will be throwing open the doors for dark chocolate brownie $5/doz., peppermint truffle pops $5/half doz., tarts (including pumpkin) $6.50/half doz., and much more.
Finally I think we're getting a hand on this whole winter thing. Get ready for TWO outdoor Chistmas markets to launch next week:
St. Paul's European Chirstmas Market is a three day affair, Nov. 28-30, and will feature gifts, gluhwein, two specially brewed beers from Great Waters Brewing, and pretzels, brats, and apple studel sticks.
The Minneapolis Holiday Market kicks off on Nov. 29 and runs daily 11 a.m.-9 p.m. through Christmas Eve. Taking over Peavy Plaza, this event promises a carousel, live caribou, a gift market plus gluhwein, roasted nuts, brats, potato pancakes, a spaetzle haus and more to keep the lights in your German heart a-glow.
If you really, really want to talk turkey or yams or which pie is the best Fake It Like You Make It pick up to bring to the Feast, then tune into Weekly Dish on Saturday from 1-2pm where my cohost will be chef Scott Pampuch. We'll be taking calls all hour (651-641-1071) to answer your quandries and solve your woes ... kind of like the Butterball hotline, only with more bourbon and snark.