With the first day of the State Fair less than a month away, school supplies are piling up in stores, and that means you need to do one thing: take stock of the summer. Have you done all your road trips? Ate all the ice cream flavors you planned? Sitting in the grass with a good sandwich? Don’t try to pressure, just give yourself the last lap bell. Maybe the plan is nothing more than to head north for a beer, bake some blue-ribbon banana bread, or stroll among vines with a tall glass of grapes.
Guy Fieri announced a special dinner in support of Justin Sutherland. On August 13, you can dine at the DDD Host’s House in Napa with a ton of celebrity chefs all cooking great food, complete with premium wine and tequila. This once-in-a-lifetime meal has a ticket price of $5,000, which will go towards paying Sutherland’s medical bills. People Magazine spoke to Sutherland on his ordeal and his recovery, warning: there are pictures of his injuries.
Many people have been alerted on Facebook over the past few weeks to possible bigoted behavior by the Bad Rooster food truck. Several families told stories, but the food truck owners are notably suing two sisters for defamation after losing reservations. I know people who are seriously studying this.
+ Owned by Ojibwe Coffee Makwa is now open in Roseville, in the former Olive Branch Bistro space off Hamline. Discover the signature drink, a Ziigwan sugar maple that is made with cold brew, caramel, the milk of your choice and real maple syrup. Makwa means black bear in Ojibwe, and owner Jamie Becker-Finn wants to share more of her culture, so beyond pastries and coffee, the shop will also sell hand-harvested wild rice from the Leech Lake Preserve where she grew up. Open every day.
+ Root coffee is now open inside the Native Roots Cultural Arts Center on 7th Street in St. Paul. This brilliant initiative is led by young people from the local chapter of the International Council of Indigenous Youth. They serve hot coffee drinks, cold brews, and teas Tuesday through Thursday from 7:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., will brighten up both of your mornings!
+ Jamaican nanny cooking officially opens in Saint-Paul this Saturday. Bringing the flavors of Mantego Bay, Hanover and Kingston City Jamaica to Rice Street (next to Mama’s Pizza), the menu includes jerk chicken and pork, grandma’s goat curry, oxtail stew, as well as patties, coconut bread and more.
+ Coffee Jones is the new name on the door of two former Dunn Bros. locations, one in Linden Hills and one in Fulton (ok, and a third at the Ridgedale Library outside the Gov Center). Anthony Jones, who has run these franchises for years, just transitioned them to his own brand. Few changes, staff are largely the same, but they are said to bring better local bakery with Bagel Taim bagels, Mother Dough treats and GF options from Sift.
+ Blacksmith & Porter reopened in the Mill District area. The restaurant closed with the pandemic, but got another chance with new management and a new chef, Antione Brown. The chef’s signature dishes include roast chicken with lemon herbs, corn chowder, truffle macaroni and cheese and a burger with smoked bacon, crispy shallots and white cheddar.
– The very marked big closing of the week must be Grumpy in Roseville, which ends service on Saturdays. It seems that so many people wanted to come out and pay their last respects, that they might have forgotten their true respect at home. Let me repeat what Grumpy’s said: if you go to a dying restaurant to extract YOUR last memories of the place and choose not to see or understand the struggle that working people are going through in the last few days, you are the worst. Stay at home. Nope Great Kahuna Party for you.
>> Liquor Lyle’s is about to become a pinball machine. Jasha and Carrie McCabe Johnston have purchased the venerable Uptown dive bar and plan to move their TILT pinball machine into space. The new version will be renamed LITT (same letters, new order), and there’s a lot more room for more pinball machines, more menu items, more parking, more.
>> There’s MORE pickleball in your life, so don’t worry. Pints & Paddle will bring 10 indoor courts to Maple Grove in a building that also houses a restaurant and bar with a wall of self-serve faucets.
>> It seems that the old Boludo area on Nicollet won’t be empty for very long. The space returns to its bird roots with a new tenant Abang Yoli move in soon. Fried chicken for everyone!
>> The malting in Lynnhurst, a burger and shake institution since 1973, hints on their Facebook that they will reopen next weekend!
// Well the 10th Annual All Pints North Duluth Beer Festival is sold out. But, you know, the city will be full of brewers and drinkers if you just want to hang out? Look at trees?
// It’s time to loosen up! The Anoka County Fair is a great way to do it. Besides the fact that there’s Mutton Bustin’ and a demolition derby on Sunday, you know you have to get your face ready with a corn dog.
// Minneapolis Cider Co. is launching a very special canned drink tonight. Magic of the trails is a non-alcoholic, cannabis-infused sparkling drink that contains the now legal 3mg of THC as an ingredient in Berry Basil and Hop Water flavors. They organize a little movie night around a campfire to celebrate the release, from 6 p.m. Four packs of the bevvie will be available for sale next week.
// Happy 3rd birthday to Bap and Chicken! You still have a chance to enter the draw for ONE YEAR OF FREE CHICKEN, but shake a leg: the winner will be drawn tonight. But come tonight for free drumming with every entree ordered, plus a Korean drumming troupe will be on hand, as will the cake.
// National Cheesecake Day is Saturday, and the cool kids of Muddy Leg Cheesecake are about to explode. From 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., they will offer you 20 flavors of cheesecake. Slices and 4-inch cakes are only $5, of which $1 goes to SLP STEP programs. Plus, there will be live music and three food trucks (including Soul Lao!).
// This weekend marks the return of the Waconia Wine Festival. Take an afternoon to shuttle between three different wineries in the Lake District. The $50 ticket includes the shuttle, tastings at the vineyards and a souvenir glass. You will also find special offers on food and discounts on purchases.
// It’s the Minnesota Pottery Festival along the Crow River in Hutchinson this weekend. Sure, there will be food trucks and a beer garden, but let’s start thinking about that Thanksgiving table and what kind of pottery killer should own your tablescape.
// You feel like you need to know something bad is going on Saturday. The private sector, the burger fiends and Boomin’ BBQ are somehow committing crimes by setting up something called The Big Mac with long ribs. They take two cuts of Waygu prime rib, with melted cheese, homemade Mac sauce, and add onion, lettuce, and private sector-exclusive pickles on a three-tier stacked bun. Pure dirt. In the best possible way.
// Frolfers, dust off your putters! The Buck Hill Disc Golf Grand Opening Night is Saturday. This launches the new course spanning over 60 acres of woods, trails, descent plans and great views. At various baskets along the route, sponsored sips like Surly Brewing, Boathouse Brewing, Diageo, Invictus Brewing and more will quench your thirst. Hole #14 (529ft distance / -71ft vertical) will be sponsored by Surly Brewing, and if you hit the hole you get a keg party hosted at your home by Surly themselves.
// Hey this is the last chance to register for a Sharing the harvest with The Good Acre. I did it! You can opt for a 7-week share starting in September for $115, or an 11-week share starting earlier in August for $180. Also: I added bi-weekly egg sharing options because I can’t live without eggs. Harvest is when all the sexy vegetables show up, so that’s movement if you ask me. Weekly pickup from locations around the metro.
// Reminder that August 9 is the last day to register your pastry or jam for a possible blue ribbon at the MN State Fair. This may be your year!! You know there are four new categories to aim for: Grand Chocolate Cake Contest, Low or No Sugar, Salad Bowl Tournament, and Ultimate Sourdough Bread Contest. SOMEONE in their 40s has to earn this one.