Photo by Caitlin Abrams
>>I know it's a bit scary to think that it's already apple season, but it is. Many of you know my family favorite Fall Harvest Orchard closed last year when owner Farmer Curt Peterson died. My giant 12-year-old literally sobbed when we found out. It was a real working farm, and every year of his life he'd been chasing pigs, feeding cows, and stalking the chickens among the apple trees. Well, I am ECSTATIC to let you know that the farm has been bought by another local family who promises to carry on in the Farmer Curt traditions. It opened opened yesterday for the season with baby goats, some fat little piglets, and State Fair and Paula Red apples.
>>Cook St. Paul is opening up on Friday nights for a little dinner pop. Each Friday the daily-brunch joint will serve vittles from 5-9 p.m. with a different theme each week. This week, the house chef Taelyn Lang (who I first liked at The Modern) will be throwing down lamb and carnitas tacos with all the sauces. Stay tuned to their FB to find out what they're up to each week.
>>Fujiya has closed its downtown St. Paul location, while the Lyn-Lake store remains open. Word on the street says there are already quite a few interested parties for this spot.
>>Thanh Do has closed its Woodbury location, which just opened last spring. The original spot in St. Louis Park remains open.
>>Let's call this: When Chefs Get What They've Always Wanted (Sameh Wadi is annexing the shop next to World Street Kitchen to create MILKJAM, his dream ice cream scoop shop stacked with fun flavors!)
>>Tim Niver is heading West! Well, West Seventh. St. Paul's favorite son is opening a fast-casual red sauce Italian eatery in the former Mildred Pierce cafe on Randolph. Strip Club chef de cuisine Chris Uhrich will be the man behind the meatballs. If all goes well with meetings next week, this could roll out tuto rapido.
>>Well isn't the airport getting all snazzy with the local eats. After heated discussions and much dissertating, the MAC chose a raft of new local eateries to be part of a grand makeover. Smack Shack and Republic got a nod, so did a Twins sports bar and Ryan Burnet with a side of the Minnesota Craft Brewers Guild. A new area called Food Truck Alley will have no actual food truckers, but will have Red Cow, Salty Tart, and Holy Land, which don't need wheels to really roll at all.
>>And this little piggie . . . hello? We need one more piggie! Oh well, this little Pig Ate My Pizza piggie is closing one more day a week. Starting September 2, it's open on Wednesday through Saturday for lunch and dinner.
>>Don't forget that Loring Park will be one giant burrito party this weekend when Chipotle's Cultivate fesitval takes over on Saturday from 11 a.m.-7 p.m. It's free to hang, but tasty bites must be bought.
>>Sunday you can do good and do good drinking with all the bartenders at the Fernet Summer Side Show. The event is a fundraiser for Adam Harness, a barman who broke his femur in a car accident, and could use more than a stiff upper lip to get by. The gang will be throwing all kinds of craziness, pairing cocktails with classic carnival games, and there will be snacks by Chowgirls and donuts by Glam Doll.
>>Or Sunday could be more of a block party situation at Tilia's annual Augtoberfest, at which all the good Bavarian beers are feted. Throw in your $5 and get a host of good music plus access to eats from Terzo, Red Wagon, Cafe 128 truck, and Patisserie 46. It promises to be a chill evening (kids gotta start school the next day!)
>>And then there's the chance to stroll our downtown streets without the fear of getting harvested by a city bus. Open Streets is taking it all the way dooooowwwntown on Sunday by closing off Washington avenue in the North Loop and part of 1st Avenue to 8th. Look for music tents, made-on-the-spot street murals, carnival games, ping-pong, obstacle course, food trucks, Frio Frio, and lots of stores offering tasty bits.
>>Growing weary of your frequent whole hog feasts, are you? Then catch Libertine's Whole Animal Dinner on Wednesday with guest chef Sameh "the ice cream man" Wadi as they break it down lamb style with multiple courses for $75.