Summer Beer Dabbler Announces Music Line-Up

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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

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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. 

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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

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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

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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.

 

ORDER UP: PORTILLO’S ANNOUNCES MAPLE GROVE, MN RESTAURANT

    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

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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.

RUNNING ACES CASINO & RACETRACK HOSTS 8th ANNUAL BEER FEST

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. 

Caribou Coffee® Leads Coffee Category as First Chain to Offer Clean Label Beverages

Caribou Takes a Stand on Clean Label Handcrafted Drinks Promising Customers What will NOT be in their Cup

MINNEAPOLIS, MN- (March 13, 2017) – Caribou Coffee has set a Clean Label standard for its US locations making the coffee company the first national coffeehouse chain to offer beverages made with Clean Label ingredients.  Caribou’s Clean Label Commitment means the company will not add artificial colors, artificial flavors, artificial sweeteners, artificial preservatives, MSG or high fructose corn syrup to its beverages and all beverages will be made with Clean Label ingredients by 2018.

The coffee company’s Clean Label announcement doesn’t come as a surprise given the brand’s history.  In 2010, Caribou started using real chocolate chips rather than powdered chocolate which many other coffeehouses currently use.  Caribou was the first national coffeehouse company to offer 100% Rainforest Alliance beans in 2012.  In January of 2016, the brand introduced real caramel sauce and real vanilla syrup, made with only four ingredients: pure cane sugar, water, natural vanilla flavor and Madagascar vanilla beans extract. This focus on real ingredients has been a core component of Caribou’s Clean Label commitment.

“Offering premium great tasting drinks for our guests has long been in our DNA,” says Michele Vig, President of Caribou Coffee. “Through our Clean Label commitment, all Caribou Coffee drinks will be made using only Clean Label ingredients by 2018.”

The Clean Label commitment at Caribou means creating handcrafted beverages without adding:

·         Artificial colors

·         Artificial flavors

·         Artificial preservatives

·         Artificial sweeteners

Caribou set its Clean Label standard by creating an “Off-Limit list” of 70+ ingredients which will not be added to its beverages.  Ingredients like high fructose corn syrup, partially hydrogenated oils, artificial colors, aspartame and many others will not be added into any Caribou Coffee beverage. Guests can see the entire “Off-Limit List” at CaribouCleanDrink.com.

 

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Caribou began working on a specific Clean Label plan in February of 2014. Traditionally hard in the coffee category to clean up ingredients, Caribou and its supply partners have been working diligently to lead the coffee industry with finding better ingredients that deliver a better tasting drink.   Currently 91% of Caribou Coffee’s handcrafted beverages are made with 100% Clean Label ingredients. The remaining 9% of beverages (those made with chai, sugar-free chocolate syrup, and two toppings) will meet Caribou’s Clean Label standard by the end of 2018 to bring its drink menu to 100% Clean Label. 

To learn more, visit CaribouCleanDrink.com  for information on Caribou’s commitment to Clean Label ingredients including a breakdown of Clean Label ingredients in Caribou’s handcrafted beverages.

TOP TWIN CITIES BREWERIES WILL UNVEIL SUPERHERO BEERS AT FIRELAKE MALL OF AMERICA FOR EXCLUSIVE ‘CLASH OF THE SUPER BEERS’ TAP TAKEOVER

Six breweries create exclusive limited quantity superhero-inspired beers in celebration of the new Marvel movie

MINNEAPOLIS (February 7, 2017) – FireLake Grill House & Cocktail Bar Mall of America (2100 Killebrew Drive, Bloomington) is teaming up with six major Twin Cities craft breweries for an exclusive Clash of the Super Beers reception on Wednesday, March 1, 2017. In light of the new Marvel movie, opening on March 3, each of the six breweries has concocted a superhero-inspired brew that will be available exclusively at FireLake Mall of America for the tap takeover reception.

Beginning at 7 p.m. on March 1, Surly Brewing Co., Fulton BeerIndeed Brewing Company612 BrewLake Monster Brewing, and Lake & Legends Brewing Company will each take over two FireLake Cocktail Bar taps with their very own superhero draft, or Super Beer, along with their flagship draft. The Super Beers, which will be unveiled the night of the reception, will be available exclusively at FireLake Mall of America for as long as supplies last.

Guests can purchase reception tickets ahead of time for $30, which includes admission and a 5-ounce pour of each of the six Super Beers. Flagship brews from each of the participating breweries will also be available for purchase, including Surly’s Nitro Cacao Bender, Fulton’s Lonely Blonde, Indeed’s Daytripper Pale Ale, 612’s Red Stack Farmhouse Ale, Lake Monster’s Calhoun Claw Pilsner, and Lakes & Legends’ Marigold. In addition to the beers, FireLake will also offer a $7 appetizer menu.

“This tap takeover is the first of its kind at FireLake. We wanted to unite two hobbies that have enormous followings – beer and superheroes,” said Jay Rankin, general manager, FireLake Grill House & Cocktail Bar Mall of America. “We are thrilled that these local breweries were excited to brew a specialty beer exclusive to FireLake for this event.”

FireLake Mall of America invites guests to bring their inner superhero and excite their taste buds at the limited time Clash of the Super Beers. Attendees will cast their vote for their favorite Super Beer, and will also have a chance to win tickets to the new Marvel movie. The Clash of the Super Beers begins at 7 p.m. on March 1, 2017. Tickets are $30 ahead of time, or $35 at the door. Space is limited. For more information, or to purchase tickets, please visit https://www.eventbrite.com/e/clash-of-super-beers-tickets-31525721281.

FIRELAKE GRILL HOUSE & COCKTAIL BAR MINNEAPOLIS DOWNTOWN AND MALL OF AMERICA HOST CHILI COOK OFF, GOURMET HOT COCOA POP-UP BAR, J. CARVER TASTING RECEPTION, AND MORE IN FEBRUARY

 

MINNEAPOLIS (January 25, 2017) – Throughout February, FireLake Grill House & Cocktail Bar hosts a number of special events at both Minneapolis Downtown and Mall of America locations. Spend Fridays after work at the Gourmet Hot Chocolate Pop-Up Bar at FireLake Minneapolis Downtown, indulge in a three-course dinner for Valentine’s Day available at both locations, and enjoy craft spirits at the J. Carver reception at FireLake Mall of America on February 23.

 

FireLake Grill House & Cocktail Bar Minneapolis Downtown

Groundhog Day Chili Cook Off

On Thursday, February 2 FireLake Grill House & Cocktail Bar Minneapolis Downtown’s team will face off in the restaurant’s annual Chili Cook Off. The staff will dish out their best pots of chili to diners for the chance to be named the FireLake Chili Champion. This free event offers guests a tasting of each chili, and their chance to weigh in on the Chili Cook Off winner. Guests are invited to stop by the FireLake Cocktail Bar from 5-7 p.m. and also sip on $3 tap beer while indulging in a variety of chili.

 

Gourmet Hot Cocoa Pop Up Bar

On Friday, February 3, 10, and 24, Radisson Blu Minneapolis Downtown and FireLake invite the whole family to escape the Minnesota cold and warm up at the hotel’s first Gourmet Hot Cocoa Pop-Up Bar. From 4-6 p.m. on each of the designated Fridays, the hotel lobby will be a winter haven boasting three special gourmet hot chocolate drinks inspired by truffles from partner St. Croix Chocolate Company, who will be onsite on February 3. The hot chocolate menu includes The Mamacita, with layered chocolate, three types of chili, vanilla, cinnamon, and dulce de leche caramel, The St. Croix Creamy, with chocolate ganache and gianduja, and The Icy Mint, with bright peppermint and dark chocolate. These non-alcoholic hot cocoas are complimentary for guests and locals. Hot cocoa cocktails will be available in FireLake for the entire month of February, where The Mamacita becomes an adult cocktail, made with Fireball, Absolut Vanilla, Absolut Peppar, Godiva Chocolate, and caramel with a cocoa/chipotle powder rim and The St. Croix Creamy gets souped-up with Frangelico, hazelnut syrup and Godiva Chocolate, and The Icy Mint gets adorned with Rumple Minze and Frangelico.

 

Galentine’s Day Wine & Canvas Dinner

On February 13, FireLake Minneapolis Downtown offers an alternative to Valentine’s Day with a Galentine’s Day Wine & Canvas event in their private dining room from 6:30-9:30 p.m. Guests are invited to bring friends, family or special loved ones in for a night of fun painting Wine & Canvas’ custom design, Reaching Branches, with a special menu available including King Crab and Shrimp Fondue, Chicken and Goat Cheese Pizza, half-priced wine by the bottle and fabulous cocktails, and festive gift bags. Tickets are available for $35 and attendance is limited. Reservations can be made at WineandCanvas.com.   

 

FireLake Grill House & Cocktail Bar Mall of America

Minneapolis Restaurant Week

As Restaurant Week approaches, FireLake Grill House & Cocktail Bar Mall of America unveils its multi-course menus available for both lunch and dinner February 19-24. For $15, guests can enjoy a three-course lunch, which includes a soup or salad, choice of a petite sandwich including FireLake Reuben or Popover Prime Rib Dip, and a homemade snickerdoodle cookie to complete the meal with a sweet treat. For dinner, guests can enjoy the full FireLake experience beginning with a soup or salad, choice of an entrée such as the Apple Pecan Smoked Pork Chop or Wood Fire Grilled Alaskan Salmon, and Warm Lavazza Coffee Custard for dessert. FireLake Grill House & Cocktail Bar’s Restaurant Week dinner menu is $35 plus tax. To make a reservation at FireLake Grill House & Cocktail Bar Mall of America, please call (952) 851-4040 or book online.

 

J. Carver Tasting Reception

On Thursday, February 23, FireLake Mall of America hosts Waconia, Minnesota based J. Carver Distillery for a one-night only reception showcasing the best of Minnesota cuisine paired with J. Carver cocktails. J. Carver Distillery creates artisanal craft spirits made with the highest quality ingredients that are sourced locally and domestically, while the copper stills used are from Germany’s oldest fabricator mixing the old-world tradition with local ingredients to create superb spirits. Executive Chef Dinesh Jayawardena offers a pairing menu including Herb Crusted Pork Loin with Mushroom Fava Bean Risotto and a Star Anise Coriander Honey Glaze, which pairs with the J. Carver Gin Mule, and the Pit Smoked Olivia Beef Steamship with Dijon Horseradish Sauce, FireLake Steak Sauce with Shepherd Rolls, which pairs perfectly with the Bourbon Manhattan. The reception goes from 7-9 p.m. Tickets are available for $49 per person, and reservations can be made by calling 952.851.4040.

 

 

Valentine’s Day Three Course Menu – Minneapolis Downtown and Mall of America

Guests are invited to take their special someone to FireLake on February 14 for an exquisite three-course menu at either location. The menu from Executive Chef Dinesh Jayawardena, FireLake Mall of America, features a Frisée Marche Salad, Surf & Turf with Port Braised Snake River Farm Beef Coulotte, and finishes with a Classic Chocolate Fondant. This three-course menu is available for $55 per person and reservations can be made by calling 952-851-4040. Executive Chef Jim Kyndberg at FireLake Minneapolis Downtown offers guests options for each course, such as Charcoal Grilled Oysters or Venison Carpaccio to start, followed by choice of West Coast Dover Sole, Rotisserie Prime Rib, or Tuxedo Barley Risotto, and ends with a Dark Chocolate Torte. The three-course dinner begins with a glass of prosecco and starts at $49 per person. Reservations can be made by calling 612-216-3473.

 

For more information please visit www.firelakerestaurant.com.

AG Ferrari Foods Expands Namesake Line of Products Nationally

January 11, 2017 — AG Ferrari Foods, the 97-year-old Bay Area-based Italian market, is expanding their namesake line of speciality products nationally for the first time. Their product will now be available in cities throughout the Northeast, Midwest and Western United States including all Fairway Market and De Cicco Market locations in New York, Kowalski’s Markets in

Minneapolis, Woodlands Markets in San Francisco, Dorothy Lane Markets in Ohio, and Jet.com.

The expansion was forged by Jarett Peppard, CEO of AG Ferrari Foods, who has an extensive and successful background in the gourmet grocery industry. AG Ferrari products offer customers a true taste of Italy by collaborating with artisan Italian

producers to create a unique and craveable line of products with a decidedly California perspective. AG Ferrari has been a beacon in the Bay Area for nearly 100 years, offering an exceptional range of the very best local and imported goods like grissini, cheeses, charcuterie and Italian confectionery.

“We’re thrilled that AG Ferrari’s complete line of specialty products - organic dried pastas, spreads, crackers, biscotti, coffee and seasoning salts - will now reach markets and consumers that would otherwise be deprived of our truly unique Italy-inspired, authentic and artisan crafted products,” said CEO Peppard. Since being purchased by the Murano Group in July 2013 and under Peppard’s direction, the company has revamped the in-store experience, rebranded packaging, and seen store sales increase more than 40 percent. Peppard’s primary focus, the Consumer Goods division of the company, has tripled in sales.

 

“AG Ferrari has spent decades establishing deep relationships with the best artisan Italian food producers. For many grocery operators the question hasn’t been whether our products would be a good fit, but rather how quickly they can get our product line to market,” said Peppard.

 

About AG Ferrari

Since 1919, AG Ferrari has served as a neighborhood beacon in the San Francisco Bay Area. Today, they supply the Bay Area and beyond with Italy-inspired specialty food products. Each of their five market cafes in the Bay Area is a destination for quality sandwiches, prepared foods, and a variety of cheeses, wines, olive oils, pantry goods, desserts, and epicurean gifts. Based in Alameda, California, the company also has expanding e-commerce and catering operations.

Celebrate the Holidazzle at Cafe & Bar Lurcat

The holiday season is upon us, and the Holidazzle will be coming back to Loring Park again this year!

Café & Bar Lurcat is located right in the heart of Loring Park, making it the perfect spot to enjoy the festivities. Lurcat will offer special hours, specialty drinks and a holiday brunch service.

Holidazzle hours are as follows:

  • November 25-27 opening at 3:00 p.m. – bar menu will be available.
  • Every Saturday and Sunday in December the bar will be open at 3:00 p.m.

Hot drinks, including alcoholic and non-alcoholic options, will be served during the Holidazzle:

  • Hot caramel apple cider (hot apple cider with cinnamon and caramel)
  • Chocolate snowflake (double espresso with chocolate, vanilla and steamed milk) 
  • Egg nog (brandy, egg, cream, warm spice)
  • Keoke coffee (brandy, creme de cocoa, Tia Maria, whipped cream)
  • Hazelnut mocha (Frangelico, chocolate, espresso, steamed milk)
  • Hard caramel apple cider (whiskey, hot apple cider, cinnamon and caramel)

On December 18, Lurcat will be hosting a holiday brunch service. The brunch will be served family style and will include three courses. Mrs. Clause and her holiday elves will be around all day (10:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m.) making ornaments and decorating stockings with the kids.

Details include: