Minnesota Owned Baking Betty’s to Open at Mall of America

Credit: Baking Betty’s

Credit: Baking Betty’s

Cookie lovers, rejoice! A brand new bakery is coming to Mall of America later this year. 

Baking Betty’s, a cookie-focused bakery owned by Minnesota native Emily Osterberg, will open its first local location on Level 3 West at MOA. 

Each day, the store will serve up fresh, gourmet, uniquely flavored cookies ranging from Crème Brule to M&M to S’mores. Seasonal flavors range from Caramel Apple to Pumpkin Chocolate Chip to Gingersnap. In addition to cookies, guests can enjoy ice cream sandwiches with any cookie of their choice, S’mores and cookie cakes. 

Credit: Baking Betty’s

Credit: Baking Betty’s

There are also malts, floats and a full range of coffee drinks.  

“I’m so excited to be opening at Mall of America, where I went growing up as a kid and have so many nostalgic memories,” Founder Osterberg said in a press release. “We can’t wait to create memorable experiences with our delicious cookies and bring sweet smiles and happiness to all our customers. One bite and you’ll see why we say they ‘Keep You Coming Back for S’more!’”

Baking Betty’s will open later in 2019. For more information, visit Mall of America online.

Union Kitchen to be First Tenant of Sociable Cider Werk’s Permanent Food Truck


Big things are happening at Sociable Cider Werks for the New Year!

On the eve of 2019, Sociable is introducing its newest venture – a rotating chef food truck. 

As a way to promote the immense talents of up-and-coming Twin Cities chefs, Sociable has launched a permanent food truck. The taproom purchased a food trailer that will sit on site and house several different culinary operations throughout the year. The idea is to provide Sociable’s guests with consistently great food while also allowing newer chef’s to flex their culinary muscles in a physical space. 

The first tenant of this food truck will be Union Kitchen.  

Headed by chef Yia Vang, Union Kitchen will serve up a taste of traditional Hmong dishes with Minnesota flair.  

The menu will include items that are vegetarian, vegan and gluten free, as to help accommodate any dietary restrictions. Dishes range in cost from $6 to $14. 

The soft launch is set to take place 12 – 8 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 29. The official opening will be 4 – 9 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 2. 

Union Kitchen will be open the same hours as Sociable, and it will reside in front at 1500 Fillmore St. Ne, Minneapolis. 

For more information, visit Sociable Cider Werksor Union Kitchenonline.

Mañana Restaurant Celebrates Expansion with Grand Opening

An East St. Paul staple is changing and they are celebrating in a big way. 

Mañana Restaurant y Pupuseria expanded their restaurant earlier this fall, and to celebrate they are hosting a Grand Opening party on Thursday, Dec. 13. 

From 3:30 – 4:30 p.m., guests are invited to come and tour the new space at 798 E. Seventh Street and enjoy a happy hour afterwards. 

The restaurant has been a part of the East St. Paul community much longer than the 15 years it had a brick and mortar presence. Owner and chef Rosario Diaz opened the first location at 828 E. Seventh Street in 2003, but was selling pupusas out of her apartment window for years before that. 

Diaz, a Salvadorian immigrant, came to the U.S. after her husband was killed in the Salvadorian Civil War. She moved across the country from California to New Jersey, eventually landing in Minnesota. In each place, she shared her love of cooking by feeding friends, colleagues and people in her community the Salvadorian dish pupusas.

After years of selling pupusas out of her home, she and her son Luis Diaz-Paiz eventually opened the first Mañana Restaurant y Pupuseria. Soon, her other son Blamore came to join them as well. 

At the restaurant, Diaz cooks up traditional Salvadorian and Mexican, but the pupusas are always the star.  Each griddled masa cake is made to order, and filled with savory meats, bean, stringy mozzarella cheese and fresh vegetables. 

The new location, which opened this fall, is just half a block away from the old spot but has nearly three times the seating. Increasing from 33 seats to 81 – and introducing an outisde patio and bar, the new location will be one of Dayton Bluff’s largest restaurants.  

Serving around 1,000 customers weekly, it is sure to also continue its reputation as one of Dayton Bluff’s favorite restaurants. 

Town Hall Creates Breakfast To Dessert Pairing Menu

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This weekend, celebrate all things barrel aged with a special pairing menu at a Minneapolis staple.

On Saturday, Nov. 17 Town Hall Brewery is hosting “G’Morning, G’Afternoon and G’Night,” a food pairing event featuring dishes from breakfast to dessert. 

From 10 a.m. to 12 p.m., guests will be treated with five courses, including an appetizer and a dessert. Each course will also be paired with one of Town Hall’s bourbon-based cocktails, barrel aged beers or ciders. Pairings will be made specifically to showcase their Bourbon Barrel Aged Maple Syrup.

The menu for the event is as follows:

  • Aperitif: Spiced butter cookie

    • Drink Pairing:Maple cream cocktail

  • First Course:  Bourbon-battered butter pecan brioche French toast 

    • Drink Pairing: Butter washed Old Grand Dad with maple cube 

  • Second Course: Alderwood smoked Atlantic salmon salad with jicama, radishes and barrel-aged maple and Vine’s Eye dressing

    • Drink Pairing: Shacksbury Dry Cider 

  • Third Course: Maple glazed turkey breast with wild rice stuffing, roasted potatoes and barrel-aged maple cranberries 

    • Drink Pairing: Pumpkin Ale 

  • Fourth Course: Crustless pecan pie with bourbon barrel-aged maple syrup

    • Drink Pairing: Tennessee Dessert barrel-aged beer

Tickets for the dinner cast $50. They can be purchased at Town Hall Brewery or by emailing events@townhallbrewery.com

Town Hall Brewery is located at 1430 S. Washington Avenue in Minneapolis. For more information, visit Town Hall Brewery online.

Are You Ready For Some Football (And Food)?

U.S. Bank announces new vendors for 2018 NFL Season

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Summer in Minnesota has come to an end. 

While the weather may still be warm and days long, the State Fair has ended and kids have gone back to school – the true mark of the unofficial end of the season. 

However, the start of fall also means the start of football. Which, for Vikings fans, means a return to U.S. Bank Stadium.

This year U.S. Bank Stadium, in conjunction with Aramark, is enhancing the fan experience by continuing to expand its offerings. And yes, that means at the concessions, too.

For the 2018 – 2019 season, fans can expect to see four new restaurant partners and eight new food items at concessions around the stadium.

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New vendors include:

  • Family-owned and operated Market Bar-B-Que
    • The Loring Park restaurant will bring its smoked brisket sandwich, pulled pork sandwich, jumbo smoked wings and cornbread to Hyundai Club and upper level concessions
  • Chef Billy Tserenbat’s Bibuta
    • Catch the Bigeye tuna and Norwegian salmon sushi burritos and bowls in the Hyundai Club
  • Chickie’s & Pete’s
    • Introduced during Super Bowl LII, their crab fries, cheese steak and chicken cutlets will now be available all season at Hyundai Club
  • Bubble Waffle
    • Another Super Bowl LII favorite, the waffles will be available a 111 main concourse and 318 upper concourse

New concession items include:

  • BeerCycle
    • This over-sized tricycle will serve two varieties of beer. It will start at one end of the concourse and make its way to the other throughout the course of the game
  • Grilled Mexican street corn
    • Grilled corn with chipotle may, cotija cheese, pickled cilantro and chili con limon seasoning will be available in Sections 101 and 347
  • Cuban sandwiches
    • House cured roasted pork with shaved ham, swiss, house garlic pickles and mustard on a Cuban roll will be served in sections 101 and 347
  • Swedish meatballs
    • Swedish meatballs on a stick! These will come with lingonberry chutney and be available in Section 114 at State Fair Favorites
  • Dippin Dots
    • The ice cream of the future will be available in sections 129 and 347
  • Minneapolis Cocktail Co.
    • Formerly known as Mill City Grill, this concession will be where fans can go to enjoy a variety of adult beverages
  • Highland Park Whisky
    • The northernmost Scotch distillery in the world now will also be served all throughout U.S. Bank Stadium, with one dedicated bar on the upper east concourse
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Additionally, Be Graceful Catering and R Taco will now also be available in 124 main concourse/328 upper concourse and Hyundai Club and upper concourses respectively. 

For more information on U.S. Bank Stadium, or its events, visit them online.

Summer Beer Dabbler Announces Music Line-Up


The annual Summer Beer Dabbler is returning to St. Paul for its 10th year!

Once again, Dabbler guests will get the chance to enjoy beer and cider samples from more than 140 local and national craft breweries 

There were also be live music from three performers: DJ TiiiiiiiiiipLakame and The Black-eyed Snakes

DJ Tiiiiiiiiiip is a young, local DJ and promoter; Lakame is a multi-instrumentalist singer blending funk, R&B, blues and soul from Grand Rapids; and The Black-eyed Snakes bring electric blues from Duluth.

The Dabbler will take place from 5:30 – 9 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 25 at CHS Field in Lowertown St. Paul. 

Tickets cost $50 for general admission (in advance), $70 for VID (the very important dabbler) and $20 for designated drivers. 

Dabblers can purchase tickets prior to the event online, at the Beer Dabbler Store,Ale JailStinson Wine Beer and Spirits or Thomas Liquors. Tickets will also be available at the gate for $60.

For more information, visit the Beer Dabbler online.

Build-A-Bear To Open Bakeshop At MOA


From personalized stuffed animals to personalized desserts, Build-A-Bear is opening a Bakeshop!

Joining the Build-A-Bear flagship and concourse location, the new store will be the third in the Mall of America. It will be located on East Level 1. 


The bakeshop will be filled with a variety of treats from local boutique Cocoa & Fig, including cupcakes, brownies, macarons and cookies. Guests can enjoy the pre-iced treats as is, or choose to decorate the cupcakes and cookies with frosting, icing pens and sprinkles. There will also be specialty drinks, including Shatto Milk’s flavored milks.  

For large groups and celebrations, Build-A-Bear Bakeshop will offer party packages that include a Master Decorator who leads the group in decoration. Packages include two cupcakes, a drink and a Build-A-Bear Buddies apron for their stuffed animal.  

“Based on the tremendous success of Build-A-Bear Workshop, we are thrilled that Mall of America is next to roll out this exciting, new and innovative concept,” VP of Real Estate and Leasing Heather Brechbill-Swilley said in a recent press release. 

Build-A-Bear Bakeshop will open later this summer. 

For more information, visit Mall of Americaor Build-A-Bearonline.

Local Vegan-based Facebook Live Show Hosts Get Their Own Radio Show

(Left to Right) YaLonda (Lala) Lolar-Johnson, Coco Laud

(Left to Right) YaLonda (Lala) Lolar-Johnson, Coco Laud

Local Facebook live show hosts Coco & Lala from famed Facebook show, Keeping up with Coco & Lala, get their own radio talk show!

The African American Twin Cities-based duo—one vegan, one newly vegetarian—are now hosts of a live radio talk show on 89.9 KMOJ HD2 The Ice (Wednesdays at 4 p.m. CST). They shed a light on vegan and vegetarian eating and living. Coco and Lala are also creators and hosts of the amazing Facebook live show—Keeping Up with Coco and Lala (Thursdays at 1:30 p.m. CST). On this show they test out trending vegan and vegetarian recipes, try different products, and offer honest reviews. They regularly crack each other up while proving you can eat healthy without much hassle. They are bringing all their fun energy, addicting personalities and education to their radio talk show, Healthin’ it up with Coco & Lala.

What makes “Keeping Up with Coco and Lala” so interesting is their lively personalities and their audience interactions. While recording live via Facebook, the pair regularly interacts with viewers who post back and forth in the comment section of the live stream. With a growing audience, “Keeping Up with Coco & Lala” may soon jump off the computers and mobile devices and onto a much larger platform. A few things they would like to do: they would like a write a cookbook with all their favorite recipes, host their own Food Network show, have a traveling Netflix special and of course meet Ellen Degeneres.

The goal of Keeping Up With Coco & Lala is to teach audiences everywhere that a vegan/vegetarian lifestyle can be affordable and attainable. Every week they buy products and test recipes so YOU don’t have to, all while keeping it fun and real. They have tested around 200 vegan and vegetarian recipes and products!

Coco Laud is an accomplished baker, an entrepreneur and regularly enjoys doing vlogs with her family on their YouTube channel called Laud Family Vlogs. They show how a relationship should generally be as well as: doing challenges suggested by fans, pranks, Q&A, story times, and all the adventures of a large family including managing all the kids' special talents and taking the time to enjoy every minute of it!

In her free time YaLonda (Lala) Lolar-Johnson is a professional recording artist, songwriter and entrepreneur who has just released the fantastic He Saved Me - EP receiving plenty of great reviews! The experience of recording her EP has changed her life forever by igniting an undying flame of purpose inside her to continue to push toward what she has always known is her life’s purpose.

Soul Bowl Returns With Caribbean Twist

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Soul Bowl is back! And this time, it is popping up in a new place and with a new menu.  

For two nights this month, Chef Gerard Klass, and his wife Brittney, are bringing a Caribbean twist to their soul food start-up

As a nod to his late father, Chef Klass has incorporated flavors from two of his homes – South America and the Caribbean. Klass’ father was born in Guyana and moved to Jamaica in his early years to be a teacher. 

Using these two countries as inspiration, Klass combines the fast-casual dining style with slow-cooked flavors and relaxed island vibes.

As with previous installments, the dish starts with a base. This time, diners will have the choice between Bam-Bam coconut rice and peas, Shaggy yellow rice or the classic mac-and-cheese. 

The vegetable and meat fillings will include more Jamaican flavors, such as fried sweet plantains, jamming papaya-candied yams, Jr. Gong smoked jerk chicken, Kingston curry chicken and Steph Curry goat. Special additional items include buffalo soldier braised oxtail, Rasta jerk mushroom and curried cauliflower.  

For dessert, tropical twists are found with the passion fruit crème brulee, sweet plantain fosters – a play on Banana Fosters – and Piña Colada cake. 

Each night, the best of Reggae, Dancehall and Soca music will create the atmosphere at Breaking Bread Café. 

Soul Bowl Caribe will be open Saturday, July 7 and Saturday, July 21 from 5 – 9 p.m. at Breaking Bread Café in North Minneapolis. 

For more information, visit the Soul Bowl event page online.

Mill City Night Market Returns For Summer 2018

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After a long winter, summer has finally returned. Minnesotans can once again get out and enjoy summer staples, like the Mill City Night Market!

On June 5 the Mill City Farmers Market’s Night Market returned for the 2018 summer season. Once again, on Tuesday evenings, the Night Market will take place each week in The Commons park next the U.S. Bank Stadium. The market will open from 4 to 8 p.m., featuring local vendors selling produce, meats, farm-to-table prepared foods, arts, crafts and other items. At 6 p.m., music will be provided by local artists. Additionally, once a month Day Block Brewing will host a special beer and wine night. These will be held June 26, July 31, Aug. 28 and Sept. 18.

This year, Alchemy and YogaFit Studios will present free yoga classes on the lawn. The classes will be offered on:

  • June 5 & 26
  • July 3, 10 & 24
  • August 7, 14, 21 & 28
  • September 4, 11 & 18

A complete list of musical acts and vendors is included below. For more information, visit the Mill City Farmers Market online.

Mill City Night Market Vendors:

Farmers & Grocery

  • Bean Market – heirloom dry beans and fresh fruits and vegetables
  • Best Cellar – pickled vegetables and mushroom jerky
  • Burning River Farm – Certified Naturally Grown vegetables
  • Calvit’s Shrubs – vinegar drink mixes
  • GYST Fermentation Bar – pickled vegetables and kombucha
  • Holistic Health Farm – microgreens and other vegetables
  • Horner’s Corner – maple syrup and seasonal fruit
  • Nistler Farms – melon, sweet corn and tomatoes
  • Northerly Flora – Minneapolis urban flower farm with fresh bouquets
  • Prairie Hollow Farm – fresh fruits and vegetables, mushrooms, farmstead cheese and bread
  • Sunshine Harvest Farm – grass-fed beef, pasture-raised chicken & eggs, pork, lamb and bison
  • Well-Rooted Teas – loose leaf tea
  • Wild Run Salmon

Dinner & Sweet Treats

  • Black Cat – barbecue, rice bowls and more
  • Chef Shack – tacos, burgers, and brats
  • Gohan Sushi
  • Green Garden Bakery
  • Northern Fires Pizza
  • Saint Pops – fresh juice popsicles
  • Solomon’s Bakery
  • Sonny’s Ice Cream

Local Artisans

  • Aprilierre – jewelry
  • Barkley’s Bistro – artisan dog treats
  • Bhavana Organics –natural body products, teas and herbal remedies
  • Crankosaurus Press – tea towels hand-printed in St. Paul
  • Fair Anita – jewelry and apparel

Music Line Up

6 to 8 p.m., unless otherwise noted

  • June 5 – Gypsy Mania
  • June 12 – Sinfonia from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m., followed by One Ukulele
  • June 19 – Roe Family Singers from 5 to 7 p.m., followed by a movie in the park!
  • June 26 – Brass Messengers
  • July 3 – The Preludes to a Blizzard
  • July 10 – Lila Ammons
  • July 17 – Ring Toss Twins DJs
  • July 24 – Light of the Moon Duo
  • July 31 – TBD
  • August 7 – Michael Keys & Jim Krans
  • August 14 – Upper Midwest Folk Fiddlers
  • August 21 – Honest Maude
  • August 28 – Lila Ammons
  • September 4 – The Moonlight Duo
  • September 11 – Roe Family Singers
  • September 18 – Hamdog
  • September 25 – Sam Timmreck from 4 to 6 p.m., followed by The Minnesota Orchestra

Radisson Blu MOA Celebrates 5 Years With Cake & Room Specials


The Radisson Blu at Mall of America is turning five-years-old!

To celebrate, the hotel and its restaurant partner, FireLake Grill House and Cocktail Bar, are serving up a limited edition, three-layer Blu Velvet Birthday Cake.

The cake, created by Executive Chef Dinesh Jayawardena, is inspired by a red velvet recipe. It features three layers of “blu” cake with frosting in between each layer. Each slice cost $10 with a portion of the proceeds going to benefit Simon Says Give, a kid-operated nonprofit that helps promote youth leaders.

The cake will be on the menu at FireLake Grill House and Cocktail Bar all month long.

In additional to birthday cake, there are birthday celebrations!

Through June 30, the Bloomington hotel is inviting guests to celebrate their birthday with a room package that includes a present-shaped piñata, birthday hats, room décor and two slices of the Blu Velvet Birthday Cake for $209 a night.

Additionally, the hotel is holding a special flash sale with rooms as cheap as $5 a night. On June 14, Radisson Blu MOA will be selling 5th birthday gift certificates for $5 - $99. Each gift certificate is redeemable for a one-night stay at the hotel in a Superior guest room. They are valid through June 14, 2019. Gift certificates can be purchased by calling the contest line at 952-851-4036. The contest begins at 3 p.m. CT and runs until gift certificats are out.

For more information about room or birthday specials, visit Radisson Blu at Mall of America online.

D'Amico & Sons Introduces New Brunch Menu

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Attention brunchers!

A brand new brunch is now on the menu at D’Amico & Sons!

Beginning Saturday, May 19 locations across the Twin Cities are rolling out a new brunch menu. 

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Diners can enjoy items like the maple baked French toast served with mixed berries, the sweet potato hash with smoked brisket or an asparagus frittata with balsamic tomato relish. 

There are also a variety of benedicts, sandwiches and even a breakfast pizza. 

Of course, what is brunch without refreshments?

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When it comes to beverages, D’Amico is serving up specialty cocktails like the Sgroppino, a house-made basil lemonade champagne spritz complete with Izzy’s lemon basil sorbet. Guests can also indulge in bottomless mimosas, wine or beer.

Brunch will be served from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays at the Edina, Golden Valley, Roseville, St. Paul and Wayzata locations. 

For more information, visit D’Amico & Sons online.

Pinstripes Celebrates National PB&J Day

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It’s peanut butter jelly time!

April 2 is National Peanut Butter and Jelly Day and Pinstripes is celebrating! The Edina restaurant is taking the classic three-ingredient sandwich and adding in an adult twist.

Starting Monday, Pinstripes will be offering a special menu – the PB&J for Two. It features five courses using the salty and sweet pairing as inspiration.

The first course is the Tenderloin PBJ, an adult take on the sandwich featuring espresso-crusted filet mignon, nut butter and raspberry preserves served on an artisan brioche bun.

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The next course is the crustless PB&J Pistachio Salad. A play on the sandwich that features strawberries, blackberries, mint and burrata cheese with pistachios sprinkled around the plate.

Following the salad course will be the Not Your Mom’s Flatbread – flatbread topped with chunky peanut butter, raspberry preserves, fontinella, mozzarella and Fresno peppers.

Next, guests will enjoy the Nutty Chicken Pasta. House-made pappardelle pasta will be topped with cage-free chicken, peanut sauce and finished with cherry-blueberry-bourbon preserves.

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The final course is PB&J with a Spoon! The meal concludes with house-made peanut butter gelato and Concord grape sorbet all on top of pound cake.

The PB&J for Two cost $75 for the two-person sharing menu.  For $100, each course will include a wine or craft beer pairing. The menu will be available indefinitely after April 2, with a limited number of reservations per seating.

Pinstripes is located at 3849 Gallagher Drive in Edina. For more information visit Pinstripes online.

Raise Money As You Raise A Glass – Hops For Hunger Returns


March means spring, St. Patrick’s Day and the Sweet 16. But in Minnesota, March Madness also includes the annual Minnesota FoodShare March Campaign.

Since it’s beginning in 1982, the statewide, grassroots fundraiser has grown to include over 300 food shelves.  Last year alone, it raised $8 million and 4.7 million pounds of food.

For the last five years, the SACA Food Shelf & Thrift Store has hosted Hops for Hunger as part of the campaign. On Saturday, it is returning again.

Hops for Hunger 6.0 is taking place at the Solar Arts Building in Northeast Minneapolis. From 5 – 8 p.m. guests can try beer from 24 local breweries, including 10K Brewing, Bad Weather Brewing, Indeed Brewing Company, Sociable Cider Werks and more. In additional to ticket sales, proceeds will be raised from a quilt raffle (including brewer donated items), silent auction and beer and cider wall – a wall of bottles valued between $7 - $30 that are wrapped and sold anonymously for $10 each.

Since it started, Hops for Hunger has raised enough to provide over 700,000 pounds of food – enough to feed over 29,000 people. This year’s goal is to provide 200,000 pounds of food.

Tickets cost $40 in advance or $50 at the door. For sober participants, tickets cost $10. The event is 21+.

For more information, or to purchase tickets, visit Hops for Hunger on Eventbrite. For a complete list of breweries participating, see below.

10K Brewing, 56 Brewing, 612 Brew, Able Seedhouse + Brewery, Alloy Brewing Company, Back Channel Brewing Co., Barley John’s Brewing Company, Bad Weather Brewing Company, Bauhaus Brew Labs, Bent Brewstillery, Boom Island Brewing, Broken Clock Brewing Cooperative, Dangerous Man Brewing Company, Fair State Brewing Cooperative, HeadFlyer Brewing, Inbound BrewCo, Indeed Brewing Company, Insight Brewing, Invictus Brewing Co., Modist Brewing, Nutmeg Brewhouse, Pryes Brewing Company, Sociable Cider Werks, Urban Growler Brewing Company.

Miracle On 28th Street: Holiday Pop-Up Bar Comes To Mpls

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Credit: Miracle Pop-Up Bar

By: Katie Fraser

Santa Claus is coming to town…and he’s making a stop in Minneapolis.

On Nov. 24, the Seward speakeasy Lawless Distilling Company will convert into a winter wonderland.

Miracle, a pop-up concept born in New York City in 2014, will open in the Lawless’ space and will stay up through Christmas Eve.

Created by Greg Boehm, owner of Mace, Miracle started in the East Village when, on the advice of his mother, Boehm halted construction on the bar during the holiday season and used the unfurnished space to serve festive cocktails in cheerful décor.

The concept was an instant hit, and the next year Boehm and his team expanded to four locations. Then, in 2016, Miracle went worldwide with pop-ups in Greece, Montreal and Paris.

Now in its fourth year, Miracle is expanding to over 50 locations across the world.

“We’re so pleased that bar-goers have taken a liking to our nostalgic idea of holiday cheer, and we’re very proud of both the cocktail line-up and the bar partners we have for the 2017 season,” Mace manager Joann Spiegel said in a recent press release.

Spiegel and Mace bartender Nico de Soto created the menu, which offers guests a taste of holiday cheer through specialized Christmas cocktails.

Featured drinks include the Snowball Old Fashioned, made with gingerbread bourbon, wormwood bitters and lemon zest, How The Gimlet Stole Christmas, a concoction of gin sage, pine and caraway cordial, and Run Run Rudolph, Blanco tequila, coffee liqueur and iced hot chocolate mixed Mexican spices.

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Additionally, all cocktails will be served in custom Cocktail Kingdom Miracle glassware. For the first time, the glassware will be available for purchase at selection locations. Ten percent of all sales will be donated to Action Against Hunger.

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Credit: Miracle Pop-Up Bar

Miracle will be making sprits bright from Nov. 24 – Dec. 24. It is located at 2619 S 28th Street in Minneapolis’ Seward neighborhood.

Hours are 4 – 10 p.m. Wednesdays through Thursdays and 4 p.m. – 12 p.m. Fridays through Saturdays. For more information, visit Lawless online.

Cafe Lurcat Spreads Holidazzle Cheer With ‘Happiest Hour’

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Credit: Cafe Lurcat Facebook

By: Katie Fraser

The holidays have arrived!

Thanksgiving is Thursday, which means many have already begun looking ahead toward Christmas, including the city of Minneapolis.

On Friday, Nov. 24 the annual Holidazzle celebration returns to Loring Park. The outdoor holiday festival includes boutique shops, outdoor movies, skating and more.

To join in the celebration, and offer festival goers and indoor alternative, Café Lurcat is hosting a special “Happiest Hour” during the festival.

Beginning Friday, Nov. 24, and lasting every Saturday and Sunday leading up to Christmas Eve, Cafe Lurcat will be open at 3 p.m. for the “Happiest Hour.”

From 3 – 5 p.m. it will serve a special happy hour menu, which includes $5 Lurcat burgers, beef short ribs, chicken sandwiches, fish tacos and baby greens with smoked goat cheese. Additionally, the entire bar menu will be available.

The restaurant will also be serving a slew of winter-y drinks, special for the Holidazzle event.

These beverages include:

·      Hot caramel apple cider (non-alcoholic)

·      Hot chocolate (non-alcoholic)

·      The Happy Irishman (Jameson, Stirrings Ginger Liqueur, lemon, agave and hot water)

·      Feliz Navidad (Cabrito Blanco, triple sec, peach schnapps and hot water)

·      Tip Toe Tingler (Loch Lomond high Commissioner Scotch, strenga, lemon, demerara syrup and hot water)

·      Hot Honey (Benedictine, steamed milk and whipped cream)

·      Tuaca Cider (Tuaca, hot cider with cinnamon and caramel)

Café Lurcat will open at 3 p.m. Friday, Nov. 24, then just Saturdays and Sundays until Christmas Eve. It is located at 1624 Harmon Place in downtown Minneapolis.

The Holidazzle Festival takes place in the center of Loring Park. It is open from 5 – 9 p.m. Thursday, 5 – 10 p.m. Fridays, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturdays and 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sundays.

For more information about Cafe Lurcat, visit the restaurant online.



The Chicagoland restaurant brand unveils plans for new location at 12251 Elm Creek Blvd. N. Photo Credit: Portillo's

The Chicagoland restaurant brand unveils plans for new location at 12251 Elm Creek Blvd. N. Photo Credit: Portillo's

(CHICAGO; July 17, 2017) – Portillo’s, the fast casual concept known for its menu of Chicago-style favorites, proudly announces details on its newest location at 12251 Elm Creek Blvd N. in Maple Grove, MN. The Maple Grove restaurant will mark the second Minnesota location for Portillo’s, following a successful opening earlier this month in Woodbury. Portillo’s currently owns and operates 50 locations in seven states.

“We have felt so welcomed by our fans in Minnesota, and we’re excited to continue our expansion in the state,” says Portillo’s CEO Keith Kinsey. “Our decision to open in Maple Grove is a result of the area’s strong, growing retail and residential community. We look forward to becoming a part of the Maple Grove landscape.”

Once complete, the restaurant will feature a Prohibition-themed interior, drawing décor inspiration from the 1920’s era. The 9,000 square foot restaurant will include seating for more than 200 guests, a seasonal outdoor patio, and double-lane drive-thru.

Guests to the new Maple Grove location can enjoy all of Portillo’s classic menu items, including Chicago-Style Hot Dogs, Italian Beef Sandwiches, char-grilled burgers, fresh salads, and Portillo’s famous Chocolate Cake.

Fans can register for a chance to attend a sneak peek training meal prior to opening and receive updates on the Portillo’s Maple Grove location by signing up at www.portillos.com/maple-grove. For more information on the company, please visit www.portillos.com or follow Portillo’s on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram.


About Portillo’s

In 1963, Dick Portillo invested $1,100 into a small trailer to open the first Portillo’s hot dog stand in Villa Park, IL, which he called “The Dog House.” 53 years later, Portillo’s has grown to include restaurants in more than 40 locations across several states. Portillo’s is best known for its Chicago-style hot dogs, Italian beef sandwiches, char-grilled burgers, fresh salads and famous chocolate cake. The Portillo’s brand also includes Barnelli’s restaurants that serve award-winning ribs, pastas with homemade sauces, and fresh sandwiches, soups, and salads. Portillo’s ships food to all 50 states via Portillos.com. Portillo’s Home Kitchen is the company’s fast-growing catering business.

D’Amico Catering Announces the Opening of the Fully Updated Bushel & Peck Café at Mill City Museum

Avocado Toast     -  egg, greens, radish, olive oil and lemon

Avocado Toast - egg, greens, radish, olive oil and lemon

MINNEAPOLIS (April 24, 2017) D’Amico Catering today announced the opening of Bushel & Peck, its newly updated café at Mill City Museum in Minneapolis. Previously called Mill City Café, Bushel & Peck was fully re-concepted with an entirely new menu and a new look.

Here is a summary of what’s new for this property:

-       Weekday menu featuring fresh, approachable lunch fare including burgers, sandwiches, salads, soup and kids’ menu items, with an overall enhanced emphasis on fresh, seasonal produce. Menu development was led by D’Amico Catering Chef Josh Brown.

-       Weekend brunch menu that includes burgers and sandwiches, egg dishes, pancakes and breakfast sides, Bloody Marys (traditional or botanical made with aquavit) and seasonal mimosas (the current spring/summer version is made with orange juice and mint simple syrup).

-       Wine and beer options available daily, in addition to the select cocktail offerings on the weekend brunch menu.

-       Fully updated décor featuring rustic modern furnishings, new and enhanced lighting and new wares.

-       A Bushel & Peck food truck will roll out later this spring, providing fast and convenient lunch service for diners who want to grab and go. Details to be announced at a later date.

 “D’Amico & Partners has operated the Mill City Café and event space since the Minnesota Historical Society opened the museum in 2003,” said Larry D’Amico, co-owner of D’Amico & Partners. “The entire Downtown East area has evolved and grown dramatically since the museum opened. It was time for an update so we could not only better serve museum visitors, but also expand the café’s service and broaden its community appeal to also include local residents and employees of nearby businesses who have limited lunch or early dinner options, farmer’s market attendees, riverfront visitors and passersby, downtown event goers and others.”

The Bushel & Peck name and entire concept are a tie-in to the Mill City Farmer’s Market, which runs year-round at the museum – with indoor operations November through April and traditional outdoor operations May through October. General Manager Dean Taylor will continue to run the café as he has done since its opening. Café hours of operation are Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. (also Mondays during July and August only); and Sunday 12 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Mill City Museum was D’Amico Catering’s first exclusive vendor partnership with the Minnesota Historical Society. Last year, the two organizations announced a new partnership at the Minnesota History Center in St. Paul, where D’Amico Catering manages the event spaces and the museum café, which was updated and renamed Market House as a nod to the city’s nearby historical farmer’s market.

“We are thrilled to continue our wonderful partnership with the Minnesota Historical Society and we look forward to working on some of their other intriguing venues in the near future,” said D’Amico.

For more information on Bushel & Peck, visit (http://bushelandpeck.us/) or follow the café on its social media handles: Facebook – Bushel & Peck at Mill City, Instagram – @bushelandpeckmillcity and Twitter - @bushelandpeckmc.

Photos provided by D'Amico & Partners


About D’Amico & Partners

D'Amico & Partners was founded in 1982 and owns and operates restaurants and catering companies in Minnesota and Naples, Florida. Minnesota operations include seven D'Amico & Sons restaurants, two D’Amico & Sons Italian Kitchen restaurants in Super Target stores, D'Amico Catering, Cafe & Bar Lurcat, Campiello, and Parma 8200. Florida operations include Campiello, MASA, The Continental, Cafe & Bar Lurcat, Masa, Fogg Café, D’Amico & Sons and Lurcat Catering. D'Amico & Partners is a multiple time James Beard Award nominee. For more information, visit www.damico.com.


Sample over 50 beers on April 29


WHAT: Running Aces Casino & Racetrack will host its 8th annual Beer Fest on Saturday, April 29, 2017. Beer lovers will have the chance to sample over 50 craft and microbrews from local breweries.

In addition to sampling a variety of beers, attendees will also receive a souvenir glass, $10 gaming voucher and the chance to win great prizes.

Please note that all beer samples are available while supplies last.


WHEN:           Saturday, April 29, 2017

                        3:00 p.m.  – 6:00 p.m.

WHERE:         Running Aces Casino & Racetrack

15201 Running Aces Blvd, Columbus, MN 55025

COST:            Tickets are $20 in advance or $25 day of event.

                        This event is expected to sell out. Purchase your tickets today at www.runaces.com/BeerFest 

INFO:              For more information on Running Aces Beer Fest, please visit RunAces.com  

Revival of St. Paul’s Only Existing Pre-Civil War Lager House Nears Completion

Stone Saloon becomes Waldmann, announces crowdfunding campaign, launch party and tours

ST. PAUL – April 5, 2017– Restoration of the Twin Cities’ only surviving pre-Civil War saloon is nearing completion, putting owner Tom Schroeder on the home stretch in opening what he calls the “newest, oldest brewery” in St. Paul’s West Seventh neighborhood. When Waldmann opens in September, it will be for the first time in 154 years. And true to its history and heritage, the establishment will feature a craft brewery specializing in German lagers and a wurstery offering a variety of house-made sausages.

The building that houses Waldmann, at 445 Smith Avenue, was one of more than a dozen German lager beer saloons that once quenched the thirst of the city’s pioneers before the Civil War, when lager was first introduced in the United States. Schroeder initially called the business Stone Saloon, but then renamed it Waldmann after discovering a key artifact pointing to Anthony Waldmann, the Bavarian immigrant who was the saloon’s first owner in the fall of 1857.

The discovery—which a team of volunteer archaeologists dug from the site before construction of the brew barn began—was a brass stencil used for marking barrels and bearing the name A. Waldmann. In addition to the stencil, the team found hundreds of nineteenth-century bottles, crocks, tools, tobacco pipes, beer tokens and other artifacts. Local advertising agency Whittier took inspiration from the stencil and the era’s double-wicked whale oil lamps to create a business logo for Schroeder evoking the saloon’s unique history and Germanic influence.

Schroeder’s four-year project has included hundreds of hours of research, a meticulous building restoration and adding a true-to-period brew barn, designed by John Yust, a St. Paul-based historic design architect.  But for Schroeder, restoring the historic site is only part of the motivation for opening Waldmann. It is also about history and community. “I want to give folks a chance to discover the meaning in history, experiencing what it’s like to have a conversation by lamplight over good food and classic beer while sitting in 160-year old rooms that were built from the stone under their feet,” he said. "

“We’ve received so much neighborhood support and good-will throughout the project,” said Schroeder. “Since this has been a community project in many ways, we’re going to invite our supporters to some fun pre-launch events and give them a chance to pitch in and help in whatever way they can in a crowdfunding campaign that we need to get us through the home stretch.” The campaign seeks $45,000 and will launch during an open-to-the-public, crowdfunding launch party at Waldmann’s from 7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. on April 20.  Additional pre-opening events at Waldmann include the Minneapolis/St. Paul Home Tour, April 29-30, with guided tours and history lectures offered both days.