Yes, fine there were tornado warnings and record high temperatures this week, but we call it anyway: full winter. It is at least a state of mind. That means you are ready for cold winds, salt stains, glorious quiet snowfall and The Hunker, which may be required at any time in the next four months. But there is so much good news with this commitment: You can go cross-country skiing against waffles, you can tense your best karaoke in the direction of fresh burgers, and there are po’boys available to bring the Shrovetide feeling all winter long.
\ The Great Northern the winter festival is BACK and they have just announced some amazing new food programs:
- Chill Out: The Great Northern Launch Party on January 26 features a winter village in northeastern Minneapolis filled with special Vikre cocktails and Fat Tire beers. Can not wait at all for snacks from Yia Vang (Vinai, Union Hmong Kitchen) and Gustavo and Kate Romero (Nixta), who will focus on cabbage rolls with Hmong sausage, grilled chicken, Nixta tortillas and roasted vegetables.
- Year of the Tiger: A Dinner Presented by The Bureau on January 27 looks very cool. Angel Sanders (Angeleas Soul Food Kitchen), Louis Tufte (Glass House) and Mecca Bos (chef and culinary storyteller) will help get us all ready to ring in the lunar new year and Black History Month with a dinner featuring dishes from Soul Food and Chinese New Year traditions as they celebrate the design collective The Bureau’s ‘Year of the Tiger’ capsule collection.
- Waffles & Ski with Karyn Tomlinson on 30 Jan. I’m not sure what else you need to know than that you’ll be cross-country skiing with chef Karyn Tomlinson (Myriel) at Theodore Wirth Park, and then be rewarded with waffles, homemade ham and cheese on homemade buns and egg coffee . Tickets for this go on sale today at 10.00 and there are only 50 seats, so.
- Philip Glass’s 85th birthday at Malcolm Yards on January 30 celebrates the composer with an outdoor screening of his cult classic KOYAANISQATSI projected on Minneapolis’ iconic United Crushers Mill. And they serve his favorite food, potato pizza (from Wrecktangle) along with specialty cocktails and vegan birthday cake.
+ Opens magnificently on Saturday is The kitchen of Baked Brand and Midtown Global Market. By taking over the original Andy’s Garage space just inside the Elliot Avenue doors, this new stall from Destinee Shelby rolls out with freshly squeezed juices and smoothies, but also breakfast all day: unlimited cereal, hangover brunch sandwiches and more. Other items include a Philly Garlic Toast, a baked mac stuffed turkey bone (!!) and vegan chicken sandwich.
+ Yum kitchen! and the bakery is now open in St. Paul, right on the corner of Selby and Snelling. Do you need a cupcake?
+ Uptown VFW has got some new fire in the kitchen. Mik German and Marisol Herling run a scratch-made bar food operation from there, called 264 Grill. It’s similar to the 323 Grill that German made in St. Louis. Paul Park American Legion earlier this year, but the Uptown version has a few more vegan items. And: karaoke on the five evenings of the week.
+ The second phase of NOLA magic has arrived for Edina. Mr. Paul’s Po ‘Boys and Jams has opened behind the new Mr. Paul’s Supperclub. Accessible through the restaurant or at its own door in the alley, the pink brick shop is the place for big sandwiches: Check out the traditional shrimp and oyster po ‘boys, or maybe make the curd or spaghetti and meatballs po’ boy into your new tradition.
+ FRODIG, in its new iteration, officially opens its doors on December 29th!
– PinKU Japanese food in the Northeast has announced that it will close at the end of the year. They are having a huge party at NYE with a 7 course menu and open bar as a farewell. From January 1, Pa Tea & Poke will take over the square to open its first location in Minneapolis. As an Asian-American, women-owned small business, Pa Tea & Poke specializes in Taiwanese bubble tea and poke bowls.
– Brewery in the center Clockworks Brewing throws another night of drinking on Saturday before shutting down. Grab a beer, lift a glass, and if you’re a home brewer, you might want to go from there with some hops, grains or carboys if you’re lucky.
– SoulFu, the counter service venue known for mixing it with South and Southeast Asian food, has closed in the North Loop Galley food hall. No word on future plans yet.
– Augustins in St. Paul has closed after a short run. Chef Derik Moran will move on to other projects, while the owners of the space plan to announce new plans soon.
– Sassy ske has closed in southern Minneapolis, but the gluten-free cafe’s space will soon be filled with bagels and bialys when Asas bakery moving in.
– You only have a few more days to get some amazing fries before Stewarts in St. Paul closes on December 22nd. They are closing the space while reconciling with new owners.
– This Saturday is the last chance you have to get Singing Hills Dairy goat cheese from Mill City Farmers Market until the business is sold and the work picked up by new owners. Thanks to Nancy and Lynne for their 12 year market days at a tribute coffee hour at. 10 in front of the Mølleby Museum’s doors. Sell them out tomorrow!
// Holidazzle is back this weekend! Go down to Peavy Plaza to visit Yeti, she missed you. Loring Park will also have fun with a carousel, giant roller coaster and Santa Claus! Also lots of local artists selling items, vendors of delicious food and a new acapella sing-off on Saturday.
// All weekend you can celebrate The Long Night: Winter Solstice Party at Pryes Brewing. Solid Gold tonight and Chastity Brown tomorrow deliver live music that teaches us a lesson on how to cope with the long haul. There is a huge tape list, vintage bottle bar and fire: bonfires, fire dancers and specialty pizzas that help light up.
// Ugly Sweater Party at Burger Dive tonight you get some santa claus and free mulled wine cider for your disgusting sweater. Better than what the office party offered, yes?
// Food cravings can be kinky. I can not believe there are still tix to 10th annual Kinda Kinky & Friends Show for the benefit of Food Group. Go to the Parkway and get ready to rock, Kinda Kinky has well over 100 Kinks songs in their mix that take you far past Lola.
// After your walk through the farmers market on Saturday, go into the Mill City Museum to learn about Baking traditions: La Posadas. Chef Jose Alarcon and pastry chef Ngia Xiong from Viv! R will be on hand to talk about the Mexican tradition that celebrates Maria and Josef’s Christmas trip.
// If you have already completed all your sip ‘n’ shop duties, you may have earned one sip ‘n’ snuggle at Axebridge Winery in the North Loop on Saturday. Go over and cuddle some kids from Safe Hands Rescue while enjoying some locally made vintages. Prepare to fall in love, fair warning.
// If you’re still looking for gifts, check it out Graze Holiday Market this weekend. Tons of great vendors and you can eat Union Hmong Kitchen and Soul Bowl while shopping.
// I think … Sits also need Christmas?
// Northern Soda Company is where you will find the limited edition Minnesota Birch Beer (which is a bit like root beer, but much more northern) on Saturday. It’s the official craft soda for the Winter Carnival, so if you snatch some cans from the factory, Vulcans and Kates will be there and you’ll be able to get your 2022 Winter Carnival button.
Speaking of a good hunger, The Feed is taking a holiday break for the next two weeks, but stay tuned for other sparkling content! See you next year (never gets old)!