I am barely alive today. Just back from the Philippines and grateful to be in one piece. The State Fair starts next week and it may kill me—twelve days of mad hysteria, punctuated with just enough cheese curds to keep me sane.
So here are some highlights from my in-box yesterday. I try every once in a while to let everyone in on some unique events around town or fun websites I stumble across.
Cool new website I found: jamaicatravelandculture.com, some fun recipes for food and drink.
Fugaise is celebrating its one-year anniversary and chef Don Saunders will be preparing a tasting menu on Wednesday, September 20 at 6 p.m., featuring some of the more popular dishes from the past year. There is also a giveaway for a chance to win a privately catered dinner for six, prepared by Don at a location of your choice. Nice idea.
The cost of the tasting menu is $75 with an optional wine pairing for an additional $40. See menu below and call 612-436-0777 if you are in need of a reservation. Should be a fun night.
Fugaise First Anniversary Dinner
Black Risotto, Black Olive Oil, Sauce Antiboise
Coriander Crusted, Fennel-Apple Ragout, Curried Mussels
“Lobster Bisque” Custard, Potato Macaire, Natural Jus
Chanterelles, Prunes, Stilton Cream
Rhubarb Consomme, Honey Tuile, Lemon Oil
Also, if you love good food and nature photography, check out the University of Minnesota's Bell Museum of Natural History is hosting a special prairie-inspired dinner by chef Michael Phillips with special guest Jim Brandenburg at the Craftsman Restaurant and Bar on Thursday, September 28, at 7 p.m. The event is part of a suite of events tied to the museum's upcoming exhibit, "Touch the Sky: Prairie Photographs by Jim Brandenburg." Guests will also receive complimentary tickets to the “Touch the Sky” exhibit premiere event on Saturday, September 30, at 7 p.m. at the Bell Museum. Tickets for the dinner $100 per person; $85 with museum membership. For tickets and more information, please call 612-626-9603.