National Negroni Week at Red Cow: You Drink, Kids Eat

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You drink, kids eat

The classic Negroni is enjoying its 15 minutes of fame just now. Equal parts Campari, sweet vermouth, and gin, it's an elegant workhorse of a drink that hasn't any time for monkey business. This is your uncle Jack's drink -- the guy with the monogrammed shirts, pewter cuff links, and wingtip shoes.

You know what else is classy? Helping kids. From June 1 to 7, channel Jack and all his class with a Negroni and a donation, by drinking at Red Cow.

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Attend "Give a Shit Social Club" If You Give a Shit About Urban and Sustainable Farming

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Give a shit, will you?

So, you've heard that local, sustainable, organic and all that stuff is good, right? But why is it good? What makes it so good? Why exactly, should you, you know, give a shit?

Give a Shit Social Club has the answers, Saturday, May 30. A few things on the give-a-shit agenda:

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The Morels Are Out! Celebrate (and Eat) at First Ever Morelfest, Saturday, May 30

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Photo courtesy of the Gentleman Forager Facebook page
It's morel season. Let's celebrate.

What gets chefs, foragers, and diners giddier than a pack of schoolgirls jacked up on Red Bull and Justin Bieber? Morels! We find them in our backyards, we find them at the farmers market, we find them all over restaurant menus, we find them at the co-op for jaw-dropping prices, and now there's a bigger, better way to find them.

The first annual Morelfest, where the Gentleman Forager and his secret band of marauding mushroom pirates (nice guys who like to find mushrooms) are expected to drop a whopping 500 pounds of the fungi, outdoors at the Sample Room, for some of our best local chefs to freak out on.

All the shroomy deets:

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The Gentleman Forager Wants to Put a Blindfold on You and Guide You Into the Woods


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You Got Culinary Questions? Food Gurus Got Answers

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Photo courtesy of Linden Hills Farmer's Market Facebook page
Consult with culinary experts at Linden Hill's Farmers Market

Aside from Lynn Rosetto Kasper's excellent radio program The Splendid Table, it can be difficult and intimidating to get good culinary advice from experts. Try to get the soup recipe from the restaurant chef and he will always, always tell you: "There is no recipe. We just make it." Or approach Anthony Bourdain on his next cookbook tour and ask him for tips for getting the best sear on your steak. Go ahead, see how far you get. So what's a home cook to do? The Linden Hills Farmers Market has your answers.

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Chefs Host Curated "Pop-Up" Farmers Markets


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Where to Eat and Drink During Art-A-Whirl Weekend 2015

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Nick Kozel
Festivities from last year's 612 Brew bash during Art-A-Whirl weekend
One thing is for certain, Art-A-Whirl is all about... well, art. But after strolling through tons of galleries all weekend, you're going to work up an appetite for more than just that amazing piece that would be perfect on your wall.

Here are just a few of the places where you can refuel with some grub and suds, hear a little music, and then head back into the artistic fray.

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Saffron Family-Style Cookbook Launch Dinner Monday May 18

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Sameh Wadi will present a family-style dinner "Just like at my mom's house."

In an intimate gesture, chef Sameh Wadi will be giving the public a sneak peek into his his mom's house with an upcoming family-style dinner that he describes as pretty close to the way his large family dines when he's away from his stoves and his mom is in charge of the food.

The details:

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A Private Supper Club That's Neither Stuffy Nor Exclusive

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Lizzie Breyer
Matt Kappra in the kitchen

There are things the stereotypical Minnesotan does not like: having deep conversations with strangers, eating unfamiliar foods (at least those that do not involve lutefisk), and, of course, taking the last piece of anything.

And there are things that such a Minnesotan does like: church suppers replete with hot dishes that make the table groan under their weight, friendly neighbors, and good strong alcoholic drinks.

Could a private supper club, that rarified domain of the elite, ever be homey enough, welcoming enough, to suit this kind of Minnesotan? Indeed.

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The Twin Cities Donut Crawl Is Back and Better Than Ever

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Anna Gulbrandsen


Now with less crawling. Why eat 10 or more donuts and actually have to walk around? This year, they're bringing the donuts to you, at Mears Park.

All the donuty details:

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Best Crawl Minneapolis 2015 - Twin Cities Donut Crawl

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Haute Dish Goes BBQ Hut June 1 to June 6

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HD goes Q

We've already documented the many enthusiasms of Haute Dish (and now Nighthawks chef) Landon Schoenefeld. If you want to know about them, check it out here or here.

Among them is barbecue, and for a second year in a row, Schoenefeld's shutting down the haute, and going hut, to showcase his BBQ prowess. This is a special treat for the city, as our pit masters are few and far between.


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HauteWok Takeover at HauteDish Will Heat Up January Dining

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Taste The New Mediterranean Table at La Belle Vie June 3

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Photo courtesy of Sameh Wadi

No good chef emerges from just nowhere at all. Sameh Wadi, in his excellent new cookbook The New Mediterranean Table, is quite vocal about crediting his parents with his passion for food.

But after them, there was another father of cuisine in Wadi's life, and that was Tim McKee. Wadi worked under McKee at Solera when he was just a young gun (even younger than he was when he opened Saffron at the geezerly age of 22), and that period of his life was importantly influential: "Tim is one of the only chefs in the Midwest that speaks this language, the language of eastern Mediterranean flavors. It's why I went to work for him [at Solera] more than a decade ago before starting my own restaurant." And now the two reconvene for a very special evening at La Belle Vie.

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