Despite the fact that I had to drive all they way out to Waconia for a kid soccer game yesterday, today on this Fresh Forkin’ Friday I am sitting pretty with a fat sandwich from Mackenthun Meats (out St. Boni way). The family-owned shop has been around forever (no association to the Mackenthun’s Supermarket in Waconia) and smokes, cures, grinds, packs, and sells a lot of meat. I picked up some head cheese, a giant summer sausage, and a smoked salami sandwich on my way to the game. I had to smuggle the sandwich in the stadium in my bag and the guy next to me could smell the smokiness, I’m sure of it. I could only eat half during the game (too intense) but when you have to trip that far for something so good, you want to make it last anyway.
If you’re thinking of heading out to Deardorff Orchard & Winery this weekend, Mackenthun’s is just a hop skip from there. That’s a worthy trip.
Murray’s is open again as of today. The remodel is complete, there’s a bigger emphasis on the bar/lounge area, and I’m told there will be enticing happy hour specials. Go check the old man out.
Eat Shop opened this week in Plymouth. By now I think you know that this is my husband’s restaurant, so let’s just get this out of the way: I won’t be reviewing the place, that would be weird, but to ignore it would be weird too. So there, I just said it was open, now you do the work.
Aura, the little bar in Calhoun Square that was a popular post-shift hospitality hang-out will be closing for good this weekend. There will be free food and $3 drinks on Saturday until they run dry. But don’t count the owners out yet, they’re hinting about a new project in the neighborhood.
They put out the menu for the Big River Slow Food dinner on September 23 and it looks gooood. The harvest dinner/farm tour is being done by Lucia’s, Corner Table, Sen Yai-Sen Lak, and Patisserie 46, for the win. Drinks are included and the chat this year focuses on immigrant farmers. Tickets run from $85-$100.
Blackbird is throwing its 2012 Brewmasters Beer Dinner next Wednesday: 6 Brews. 6 Masters. 6 Courses. The masters include Fulton, Indeed, Tallgrass, Surly, Founders, and Dave’s Brew Farm. It’s a $65 deal for some tasty food and face-time with beer geeks.
Summit’s Backyard Bash is this weekend, celebrating its 26 years of beer. There will be tons of bands, free shuttles from area bars, a new cask area in the back of the cellar, special tappings throughout the day, and Kellerbier served right from the fermentation tank. The Ngon Bistro and Barrio trucks will be in attendance, as well as a bunch of other food vendors so remember to snack between beers. Tickets are $14 but going fast.
There’s a new food community in town called Minnesota Flavor and it’s throwing a kick-off party on Monday at the Midtown Global Market. Founded in part by local wine guy Jason Kallsen, the group plans to offer catchy and interesting food classes and events by or for our local food community. The kick-off is free and open to everyone.