I dunno, this Fresh Forkin’ Friday just feels like the official kick-off for summer. It’s not because it’s jammed with events like Art-A-Whirl or graduation parties or big wine tent soirees, it’s not even that there will be food trucks in multi-locations all over town this weekend for your al fresco snacking pleasure. The fact that today might hit 90 may have something to do with it, but it’s more for the fact that the trees are big and robust again, the mosquitoes are starting to bug again, and it just feels like we’ve hit the mark, like we can relax and trust it. I think you can officially put away the winter jacket still in the hallway, go ahead and purchase that magical combination of marshmallow/graham cracker/chocolate and light the bonfire because I’m calling it: The season we live for, the warm and bright yang to our subzero yin, has arrived.
The Left Handed Cook will be open this Monday in the former La Sirena Gorda spot in the Midtown Global Market. What is going on over there? A whole lotta something, that’s what. I love the vibe from these young bucks who are choosing this place as their proving grounds. Give a hey to Thomas and Kat as they slave in their kitchen (wearing bowler hats and suspendered aprons) cranking out cheeky comfort food with Asian tendencies. I tried the 21 spice fried chicken and have dubbed it yummy along with a pork belly ssam that is a perfect hand snack.
It looks like Mill City Cafe, that cute little place I told you to seek out during Art-A-Whirl will be closing as of May 27. The good news is that owners plan to re-open in another location in the near future, so all is not lost. There will be one final hurrah party on May 30.
Caribe, the cute caribbean place that closed in no small part from University Avenue construction, is making a run at it again. Check out their Kickstarter page if you want to help them find a place to lay down their mofongo again. They need to reach $50K by June 13, so put it down.
So yeah … Art-A-Whirl.
Solo Vino is pinking up the weekend with its annual rosé wine tent tasting party. More than 130 wines that do NOT necessarily come in boxes from your sister-in-law’s fridge will be available for sipping and swirling for the tiny ticket price of $30. Who knows, you might learn something.
It’s still Craft Beer Week y’all. There are still a ton of tastings and events going on a local bars and liquor stores in hopes that we all become even louder evangelists for craft beer. For instance, today is Slider n’ Growler Day at the Town Hall Brewery where you can snag $2 sliders and get a Maibock growler for the refill price.
Hey seasonalists! Check out this three part class with The Pampuch and Fresh Tart Steph: May 24 class = canning outside of the cookbook, making flavored salts, new twists on pesto; June 14 class = breaking down whole chickens and fish, smoking veggies & meats, making flavor filled stocks; July 26 = new twists on tomatos, making flavored syrups, and smokey tomato jam. Nice to have the perspective of the chef and the home cook.