Minnesota State Fair headlines the Week in Food
The Great Minnesota Get-Together returns this week, and with everyone stretching their stomachs, digging out their fat pants, and shotgunning 2% in preparation for the all-the-milk-you-can-drink stand, it's hard to think about anything else. But don't overlook the Swedes, who put up two solid events, as well as Chris Osgood, former singer-guitarist for the Suicide Commandos, who hosts a Rock 'n' Roll Wine Tasting at Kings Wine Bar. Shimmy into your sweats and get ready to take down this Week in Food.
Nikki Miller Fire on a stick is good. Deep-fried candy bars on a stick are better.
- All hail the chief! The Four Firkins welcomes brewing legend Doug Odell, founder of the Colorado-based brewery, Odell Brewing Company. Chat with Odell and sample some of his acclaimed brews, including the IPA, 90 Shilling, 5 Barrel Pale Ale, and St. Lupulin, among others. 5:30 to 7 p.m.
Nikki Miller "What should we eat?" "Everything."
- Rock out at Kings Wine Bar's Rock n' Roll Wine Tasting with Chris Osgood. Osgood, the former singer/guitarist of the Suicide Commandos, is now a wine guru, importing specialty wines from France. Tonight's event will feature the wines of Southern France and will also include tasty small bites. $25. Space is limited--reserve your spot by calling 612-354-7928. 6:30 p.m.
- With a name like Ojakangas it has to be good. Join food writer and food consultant Beatrice Ojakangas at the American Swedish Institute, where she will speak on "Cooking up a Book: A Lifetime Adventure." Ojakangas has led a long life in food, growing up on a farm in northern Minnesota and eventually writing 267 cookbooks, as well as articles for Gourmet, Women's Day, Family Circle, Country Living, Bon Appetit, and Cooking Light. 7 to 8 p.m.
- Dust off your stick and get ready to eat: The Great Minnesota Get-Together returns. Be there for opening day at the Minnesota State Fair. Mini donuts; pronto pups; turkey legs; cotton candy; deep-fried candy bars; sweet, Sweet Martha's; and all the milk you can drink. Follow it up with a ride on the Round-up and empty your gut for Day 2. August 26 through September 6. 6 a.m. to midnight.
- You say tomato; we say salsa. Get your salsa on at the Mill City Farmers' Market Salsa-fest. Taste salsa varieties from sweet to spicy, watch chef demos, and listen to live music. 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.
- Those crazy Swedes are at it again. Join the American Swedish Institute for its annual crayfish party or kräftskivor for those of you fresh off the boat. Enjoy crayfish boiled in salted water and seasoned with fresh dill, as well as bread, cheese, and cold beverages. Not to mention traditional Swedish singing! 6 to 8 p.m.
- Slow down. Take a load off. Think about how we can improve school lunches. Slow Food Minnesota hosts a Snail in the Park potluck and lecture with Greg Reynolds of Riverbend Farm and Barb Mechura, Hopkins school district nutritionist. Learn about their collaboration and the farm-to-school movement in Minnesota. The talk will be followed by a semi-potluck picnic: Slow Food provides grilled meats and various vegetarian options; you bring a side dish or dessert. $15/$10 members. Kids eat free. For more information visit www.slowfoodmn.org. 1 to 3 p.m.
- Tangletown Gardens Farm in Plato, Minnesota, welcomes California chefs Dana Younkin of San Francisco's famed Boulevard restaurant and Ryan Childs of Berkeley's Chez Panisse--the launch pad of famous locavore Alice Waters. Join in on sustainable food and conversation. Guests will enjoy a seven-course meal that uses produce and proteins straight from the Tangletown farm. $180. Call 612-822-4769 for reservations. 3 p.m.