It’s Fresh Forkin’ Friday today, but last night was bittersweet. My son Matt is one of the captains of the Orono soccer team, and at last night’s game they honored Colton Gleason, a former captain and Orono grad. At games, we usually have about 50 people there, last night there were hundreds. Stands were packed with families, past and present players, students who knew him and some who never did. It was amazing to see the community support as they retired Gleason’s jersey, #15, which the current team all wore on T-shirts under their uniforms. I didn’t personally know Colton, but I am grateful for the influence he had when Matt was a skinny fresh frosh, and for the way he’s passing it on as a captain. I handled it the only way I know how, through hospitality. I made about 30 lbs. of pulled pork for the concession stand and spent most of the night shuttling food between crock pots and coolers. Did we have enough popcorn, were we running low on soda, can I get another sandwich because this kid just dumped his on the pavement? Surprisingly, I don’t always know what to say to people, but I do know how to feed them, and sometimes I hope that’s enough.
Summit Tap Room opens today beer fans!
Cowboy Slim’s in Uptown is closing down this Saturday. The lease was always temporary, but we’ll see if the dasiy-dukes-bar wins the bid the re-open in the future building which will occupy that spot.
Papa’s Restaurant & Deli in North has closed. They had one mean tomato pie and someone should clone the Philly cheesesteak recipe.
If you’re oyster averse, or you ‘re not a lucky table hopper at SOS this Sunday, maybe you should bake some pie. Brooklyn Brewery’s Food Experiments competition is a bake-off of pietacular proportions! Enter your slice of heaven for a chance to win cash, prizes, honor, and an eating trip to Brooklyn. It all happens at the Fine Line from 1-4pm, and if you just want to go watch and drink beer, as filled with honor and glory, tickets are $10.
Shine on, shine on harvest moon. This weekend’s lunar event will be celebrated on Sunday by the Chowgirls as they host a special Harvest Moon Supper in their event space.The $35 pop-up dinner includes seating at a king-style table, four courses which includes a yummy sounding panzanella, plus cocktails and adult beverages for purchase.
There’s a Healthy Food Summit set to happen on Oct. 1-2 in conjunction with the U of M and the Arboretum. Scientists and experts will present findings and lead discussions on issues such as honeybee production, food safety, and obesity. If you’re one of those people who likes to throw out opinions in the blogosphere, why not get some education as ammunition. Ticket packages range from $30-$95.
Still time to get your Taste! tickets this weekend! Stop by on Saturday to see who wins the Obama beer sample, sip some bubbly with Dara, heckle me while I broadcast the Weekly Dish, dig into oysters with Russell, and see what Landon’s got cooking. It’s going to be an awesome day!