Taproom Cinema event series combines local beers and cult classics

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Americans are always on the lookout for new ways to enliven their film-watching experiences. Movies at the park are great on nice days, but mother nature is always capable of turning family fun into great escapes from torrential downpours or mosquito hell. VIP seating at the theater is always an option, but there comes a time when we can longer justify paying for overpriced popcorn and beers --especially after the already expensive movie tickets.

Chris Meyer gets us. The Minneapolis resident recently debuted Taproom Cinema, a series of film showings that will take place at a new microbrewery each month. The concept is mutually beneficial for participating breweries and patrons in that films will be shown for free, but you'll still be expected to supplement the economy by paying for locally crafted beer and snacks.

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Vincent A Restaurant crafts specialty burgers for different stages of the Tour de France

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Courtesy of the Vincent A Restaurant Facebook page
Vincent's Basque Burger
One of the Twin Cities' favorite Frenchmen is about to prove his Gallic mettle with his own take on the Tour de France. Vincent Francoual, chef and owner of downtown Minneapolis's Vincent A Restaurant, has plans to launch a line of burgers in honor of the world's biggest cycling event.

The burgers are designed to coincide with six different stages of the tour and each specialty burger will only be available during its respective stage. The tour starts pedaling on July 5 and runs through July 26. 

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June's best green, eco-friendly, and local events

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Marsha Trainer
Sometimes it's hard to put your best green foot forward without being in the know. Here's a quick list of some great Twin Cities events that will keep your month's eating, growing, and dating(!) sustainable and eco-tastic. 

Early in the month, it's all about education, mid-month you can dig into some farming, and as June winds down, some great new green markets will be opening. And yes, for the eco-conscious and lovelorn, we've tracked down an event that combines singles, a romantic evening, and getting dirty.

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Haute Dish will soon get a BBQ joint makeover

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Photo courtesy of Haute Dish
From June 24 to 26, Haute Dish will undergo a limited-time-only BBQ-joint transformation
Pop-up restaurants are more and more common these days in the Twin Cities, but it's not too often (or ever, really) that we get to see a restaurant completely transform itself for a limited-time-only event. In a recent announcement on their Facebook page, the masterminds behind downtown Minneapolis's Haute Dish revealed plans to transform their top-shelf comfort food restaurant into a full-fledged, southern-style BBQ joint.

Starting on June 24 and running through the 26, Haute Dish will become HauteQue Soul Hut and completely revamp its menu to feature a variety of specialized BBQ offerings complete with all the fixings. The temporary change-over will also include a redecorating of the restaurant to complete the overall motif.

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A Perfect Pint's Michael Agnew releases definitive guide to upper Midwest breweries

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For those who find it too daunting to keep up with the brew scene in the upper Midwest, Michael Agnew has a primer. The owner of A Perfect Pint and Minnesota's first certified cicerone (like a sommelier, but for beer), Agnew has compiled a guide book that examines every brewery in Minnesota, Wisconsin, Iowa, and Illinois.

"About four years ago I had this feeling that something great was happening to the beer scene in the region," says Agnew. "As grandiose as it sounds to me now, I really wanted to help make the upper Midwest into the next Colorado Front Range." To do so, Agnew hit four states, tacked 10,000 miles on his odometer, and sampled everything he could find.

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Nathan's Famous hot dog-eating contest to host qualifying round in St. Paul

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Joey Chestnut at the 2012 Nathan's Famous Fourth of July Hot Dog-Eating Contest
ESPN's cameras were rolling. The contestants stood ready. "Blitzkrieg Bop" blared in the background. The countdown began. Joey Chestnut reached for his first hot dog from the pile of Nathan's dogs before him and pushed it towards the back of his throat with vacuum-like effect. In the ten minutes that followed, he would consume 68 hot dogs, making him the world's top hot dog-eating champion.

Chestnut has won Nathan's Famous Fourth of July hot dog-eating contest for the past seven years, and has no plans to slow down. But if you want to dethrone the champion, your most gluttonous dreams could come true on June 1, when Nathan's Famous rolls into St. Paul to hold a qualifying round for its annual competition.

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7th annual Fish Bites event celebrates sustainable seafood

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Seafood lovers have a vested interest in the Minnesota Zoo's message: Sustainably sourced fish and fruits de mer are the future -- or else.

At the 7th annual Fish Bites event, this Thursday from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Minnesota Zoo in Apple Valley, eight Twin Cities chefs will gather to celebrate sustainable seafood and spread the word about how to preserve our favorite, tastiest species.

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Register for unlimited bacon at the Bacon Chase 5K and .05K

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Everyone approaches exercise differently. For some, it's an optimal form of stress relief. Endorphins are released, heart rates increase, and obsessive thoughts are pushed to the wayside. For others, it's about staying fit. But for the vast majority of us, exercise is a way to justify eating copious amounts of unhealthy foods.

That's where Bacon Chase 5K and .05K comes in. Bacon Chase is a bacon-based race that will take place in Lake Nokomis Park in Minneapolis on July 19. The race is put on by Red Frog Events, a Chicago-based company responsible for Great Urban Race, Warrior Dash, Firefly Music Festival, and American Beer Classic.

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Eat Street Social launches exclusive drink club for craft cocktail connoisseurs

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A frothy booze treat from Eat Street Social
Gone are the days when drinking was kept only to back rooms and speakeasys. Or are they? With a special new program at Eat Street Social, craft cocktail connoisseurs can add a bit of the mystery back into their libation enjoyment. 

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30 Days of Biking combines Thai food and a nighttime bike excursion

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Ride your bike, eat Thai food, then ride your bike some more to raise money to buy bikes for kids!
If you're at all involved in the local social media scene, you've likely heard of 30 Days Of Biking, a group dedicated to promoting bicycling as an alternate means of transportation. The people behind the initiative have set up a fundraiser in partnership with northeast Minneapolis Thai restaurant Sen Yai Sen Lek, to help raise money for an organization called Free Bikes 4 Kidz.

The event will take place on Tuesday, May 6 at 5 p.m. and will start with a three-course meal at Sen Yai Sen Leck and will end with a nighttime bike ride along the Mississippi river. Dinner is $30 and $5 of every meal will be donated to Free Bikes 4 Kidz.

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