Soul Bowl Pops Up In North Minneapolis

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By: Katie Fraser

There are few things foodies pride themselves on more than their knowledge of exclusive dining experiences.

Now, there is one more to add to their lists!

Saturday, Nov. 11, Klassics is hosting its third pop up – Soul Bowl.

Klassics, the side project of Chef Gerard Klass the regional chef for Kaskaid Hospitality, started as a way to bring together the love of cooking and culture.

Klass’ latest project highlights his West Indian and African American background while reimagining classic soul food.

Soul Bowl is a quick service restaurant featuring southern style food made healthy.

“Neo Soul Food,” as Klass defines it, features staples such as fried chicken, collard greens, black-eyed peas and corn bread but with a healthy twist.

Using the build-your-own model, guests can customize their dishes to fit their diet as needed.

Diners start with a base of cauliflower, mac and cheese, dirty rice or common cornbread dressin’ – a mix of Holy trinity, sage, cornbread and bread crumbs.

Then, guests choose from veggies, meats and sauce. Mix sweet corn with smoked turkey or black-eyed peas with fried chicken and top it with cranberry sauce, Cajun gravy or bourbon barbeque.

Finally, finish it off by making it soul style – adding beef bacon, Parmesan, lemon zest, chives and breadcrumbs.

Guests can also choose to enjoy the AA Sandwich, fried chicken collard greens, mac and cheese and hot water cornbread. Sides include smoked devil eggs and corn bread muffins.

For dessert, there’s sweet potato pie,  Red Bottoms – red velvet and tiramisu mixed together – and Pam Grier – a mixture of peaches, bourbon, cornbread, apple chips and salted whip cream.

To recognize dietary needs of all groups of people, there is no pork or alcohol on Soul Bowl’s menu.

“I wanted this pop up to give you a look into the future of soul food,” Klass said.

Soul Bowl will be open from 5 – 9 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 11 and 12 – 5 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 12 at New Rules in North Minneapolis.

The best of Neo Soul Music will act as the soundtrack to the event.

Guests are invited to share the experience by eating together at the communal style tables and sharing photos of the event at the selfie wall using the hashtags #soulbowl and #saygrace.

So, foodies, mark your calendars because after next Sunday Soul Bowl will be no more!

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Soul Bowl will be popping up at New Rules in North Minneapolis from 5 – 9 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 11 and 12 – 5 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 12. New Rules is located at 2015 Lowry Avenue N.