HauteWok Takeover at HauteDish Will Heat Up January Dining

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Haute Dish
General Tso's Sweetbreads will be available during HauteWok week.

Little known fact: Chef Landon Schoenefeld used to be a delivery driver for Ping's, the long-standing, very pink, Nicollet Avenue Chinese spot where fried rice and cream cheese wontons reign supreme.

Seems those long hours trapped in the Pinto with the waft of grease driving him wild had a lasting effect.


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At Long Last, Surly Beer Hall Opens on Friday

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photo courtesy of Surly Brewing Co.

Minneapolis will enter the Surly Age, beginning at 11 a.m. this Friday.

It's been (roughly) eons since the Surly "Destination Brewery" was announced. Well, the local beerscape may have changed, but Surly's new space is as ambitious as ever and it's ready to open in the new Prospect Park location.

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Travail's New Year's Eve "Jamboree" Packages Promise Booze, Brunch, and Shenanigans

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Travail Kitchen and Amusements
The Travail gang knows how to party. Ring in the new year with them instead of falling asleep on the couch at 10.

You're either going to pop open a bottle of Asti while sitting on the couch in your slippers and yawn your way to midnight (hint: not festive) or you're going to sausage your way into your sequins and slip-slide down Hennepin Avenue in stilettos, trying to act like this is New York (hint: Times Square ain't here).

Considering the lameness of both those options, why not make a plan to do something actually cool? In typical over-the-top fashion, the Travail gang is hosting not just one, but three events for your holiday celebration pleasure.

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Where to Have a Beery Festivus in the Twin Cities

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Ed Eaton

Seinfeld, that show about nothing, the one that aired for 180 episodes, left devoted fans with hundreds of inside jokes, references to slip into party chitchat, and a place in the modern lexicon. Oh, and a cherished winter holiday -- Festivus -- complete with its own absurdity and anti-traditions.

This year a few local spots will host Festivus celebrations. Prepare yourselves for the airing of the grievances, the aluminum Festivus pole, and (a milder version of) public feats of strength.

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Free Sweet Science Ice Cream Tasting at Hola Arepa Today

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Benjamin Carter Grimes
Taste Sweet Science's Fernet Cola ice cream for free

We've already gone and declared it the best. If you haven't had a chance to try Sweet Science Ice Cream by now, you'll have your shot today, Monday, December 15, when the artisanal ice cream slingers will be offering free samples -- that's right, free -- of their latest flavor, Fernet Cola, at Hola Arepa from 6 to 9 p.m.

Fernet Cola is a cocktail flavor, which means booze. Free ice cream and booze. You gonna pass that up?

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Details on That Surly-Doomtree Beer Hitting Town This Weekend

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This year marks the 10th and final Doomtree Blowout, and the hip-hop collective is going out big. They're playing eight local stages in the coming week, but it's not just about the music anymore. With Surly getting on board, it's also about the beer.

While the beer collaboration was announced previously, details were scarce on what will be a dark gold convention-defying beer.

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'Tis the Season at Holiday Bake Sale and Tree Lighting at Union Depot

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Cookies from Bars Bakery

Oh, the holidays are coming? If things aren't festive enough just yet, crank up the yuletide joy this Saturday, December 6. Union Depot is throwing an old-fashioned holiday bash with all the things you need to get in the spirit -- and yes, you need cookies to get in the spirit.

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HammerHeart's Winterblot Tap Takeover and Black Metal Fest at Triple Rock

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Alma Guzman
HammerHeart Brewing

Winterblót is a Norse pagan tradition. While the event is historically a winter solstice feast or sacrifice, the Winterblót that HammerHeart Brewing is planning is, mercifully, a concert instead of a bloodletting.

On December 20 at Triple Rock Social Club, six HammerHeart beers will be on tap, including a special one-time brew made just for the occasion. The sweet sounds of black metal will ring through the bar: Wodensthrone, Falls of Rauros, Obsidian Tongue, Woman Is the Earth, Nechochwen, and False.These bands cover the metal genre expanse from atmospheric and brooding to loud, epic, and powerful -- all fitting terms for the HammerHeart line of beers as well.

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Terroir Food Symposium Plans 2015 Conference in Minneapolis

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Terroir Symposium

Fact: The Twin Cities is one of the fastest growing restaurant communities in the country, with close to 100 new restaurants opening this year, many if not most of them independent. With national talent -- the kind that could settle anywhere -- making Minneapolis and St. Paul their home, there's a spotlight on us from around the globe.

Case in point: Many of the very biggest names in the local food world came together in one room last week -- it also happened to be probably the best and porkiest potluck we've ever been invited to -- to assist in planning the 2015 Terroir Symposium.

Who was there? Jamie Malone and Erik Anderson of upcoming Brut, Landon Schoenefeld of Haute Dish, Niki Francoli of La Belle Vie, Jim Christiansen of Heyday, Doug Flicker of Piccolo, Tim McKee, and, well, you get the idea.

So what the hell is a Terroir Symposium and why does it matter?

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Tickets Now on Sale for Cochon 555, March 1 in Minneapolis

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Everyone knows that pro chefs worship at the altar of the hog. They cure the belly, crackle the skin, barbecue the flesh, pickle the feet, and even do things to those cute little ears.

Cochon 555 is a big-deal national event out of New York with the somewhat do-goodery mission of educating consumers on the importance and quality of heritage breed pigs -- plus, you get to eat shit tons of pork prepared by top chefs.


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