Traveling Nigerian Chef's Goat Dinner Tour Makes a Stop in the Twin Cities

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Tunde Wey, Nigerian chef, innovator of press releases

We'll admit, our spam filters have been a little leaky lately. So when the phrase "hot ass dish" appeared in our inbox yesterday, we had our cursor hovering above the trash can before pausing to take a second look.

Tunde Wey. We'd seen that name before.

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Get Some Uniquely Minnesotan Beers at Grumpy's Limited Action Beer Fest

Categories: Beer, Events

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Beer festivals are all the rage, but they can be a bit too similar, with a lot of the same old beers being poured into those 4-ounce tasting cups. Grumpy's is sponsoring the Limited Action Beer Fest to challenge that notion.

The idea behind the festival is that participating breweries -- 612, Fulton, Indeed, Lift Bridge, Mankato, Rush River, and Summit at present -- will each brew a unique beer that includes the following ingredients: hops grown at Grumpy's Northeast, wild rice, and "something Minnesotan."

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Introducing Cocktailian: An Evening of Craft Cocktails, Edibles, and Live Music

Categories: Cocktails, Events

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Shoring up a year of food-centric events (get your Iron Fork tickets while you still can), City Pages is introducing a celebration dedicated to the art of craft cocktails and fine spirits. Cocktailian will take over the Varsity Theater on December 11, and presale tickets are available now.

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It's a Fair State Brewing Grand Opening at Co-Optoberfest

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Loren Green

Fair State Brewing Co-op held a soft opening one month ago, but now, with the kinks worked out and the taplines filling up, they're throwing a grand opening party to make it official.

From 2 to 10 p.m. on Saturday, October 18, the country's third cooperative brewery (and Minnesota's first) will be throwing Co-Optoberfest with an expanded beer garden in back and the release of their seasonal Festbier, a traditional German Marzen. Along with the new beer, there will be eight total taps available, games such as hammerschlagen and bag toss, and food including pretzels from Aki's Breadhaus and brats (meat and vegetarian options) from Gerhard's.

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Watch Kobayashi Feast on Veal Brains at the Zombie Pub Crawl

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Matt Mead
Last year's participants
What's a zombie-themed celebration without a little brain consumption? In proper walking dead fashion, the Twin Cities' annual Zombie Pub Crawl is hosting its second consecutive brain-eating contest this Saturday in Minneapolis's Warehouse District in the midst of a full day of gory festivities.

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Harriet's Food Truck Fall Feast Is the Last Hurrah Before Winter

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The time has come: Get your food truck kicks while it's still warm enough to get them.

Saturday, October 18 marks the third and final food truck rally of the year at Harriet Brewing in Minneapolis. The Fall Feast features 18 food trucks, Harriet beers, and live music with no cover charge. Food truck fanatics can enjoy bites from Gastrotruck, I Luv Coffee, Moral Omnivore, Tiki Tims, and others, while guests who are 21 and over can enjoy Harriet's full lineup of beers. Live music will take place on the stage inside.

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Surly Brews The Devil's Work for Uncle Acid & the Deadbeats Concert Tonight

Categories: Beer, Events

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photo courtesy of Surly Brewing Co.

When British band Uncle Acid & the Deadbeats roll through town tonight, their unique brand of doom metal won't be the only dark and evil presence at the Triple Rock. Surly has brewed a special batch of The Devil's Work, a one-off small batch beer unique to the occasion.

The beer is a porter in style with blackstrap molasses, star anise, and dry-hopped Sterling hops, giving it flavors of black licorice and blackened malt with a spicy, floral hop aroma. It will be on draft at the concert in limited supply.

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Dinner on the Farm Presents a Weekend of Camping, Music, Art, and Indigenous Foods

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Art, cooking, biking and permaculture are all part of WonderGather

Interested in the ways in which art, cooking, the environment, coffee, biking, and s'mores intersect? Of course you are because we said "s'mores."

Coming soon on October 4, WonderGather is the brainchild of Dinner on the Farm's Monica Walch and poet/musician Ben Weaver. Starting with killer coffee at Angry Catfish and a 35-mile bike ride, it's a day and night experience at Garden Farme, with acoustic music, herb and flower education by Foxglove Market, an indigenous feast made by The Sioux Chef, and more.

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Event Shows Why You Should Eat "Trash Fish" and Where You Can Get It

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The prettiest mullet outside of a hockey rink.

They've been called trash fish by some, fringe fish or rough fish by the more euphemistically inclined, but the significance is the same: Because of our grocery store bias for familiar species like salmon and cod, other species -- mullet, scup, invasive carp -- are largely left off the table.

If you follow this trend to its natural conclusion, you'll see overfishing of certain species and the devastating ecological effects thereof. Which is why groups like Chefs Collaborative have been crossing the country, demonstrating the culinary wonders of underused fish and preaching the value of a more diverse seafood scene. This week, the Minnesota Zoo is hosting its own five-course fish dinner to teach Minnesotans about the bounty of sustainable seafood most of us never knew existed.

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Weekend Pop-Up to Try: Black Walnut Bakery at One on One

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Hannah Sayle
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We've been waxing poetic about Sarah Botcher's pastries since she first started Black Walnut Bakery in 2013. After a brief hiatus earlier this year, Botcher is back with a pop-up bakery at One on One bike and coffee shop, and if you know what's good for your pastry-loving, bread-fiending palate, you'll head to the North Loop to snag some of Botcher's baked goods tomorrow.

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