Iron Sommelier at Louie's Wine Dive Lets Drinkers Be the Judge

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Louie's Wine Dive
The "Iron Sohm" event will take place at Louie's Wine Dive on January 12.

Why does beer get all the love? It used to be that quaffing wine was what all the sophisticates were into, and now, suddenly, wine lists have fallen by the wayside at all but the most serious restaurants -- in favor of suds. But Louie's Wine Dive is trying to change some of that.

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Full Lineup Announced for City Pages Cocktailian 2014

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As the holidays near, so does City Pages Cocktailian, a spirited affair celebrating the best that Minnesota distilleries and mixologists have to offer. Join us for the revelry on Thursday, December 11 at Varsity Theater.

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Charlie Awards 2014: Winners, a Kitchen Band, and Bad Yelp Reviews

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For the restaurant patrons and peers attending the 4th annual Charlie Awards at the Pantages Theatre, where over a dozen outstanding food industry professionals were honored, the most-heard mantras from award recipients were:

"Holy shit!" and some variation of "Don't thank me, thank my wife/girlfriend/significant other," ostensibly for putting up with the long hours and absenteeism inherent to dedication to the craft.

Highlights included Salty Tart's Michelle Gayer as co-hostess, as well as the Taste Buds (a Steven Brown-assembled crew of restaurant folk banging on pots and pans in lieu of musical instruments; Brown was disappointingly absent) and a big-screening of pro actors reading hilarious Yelp reviews.

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Eight Years, New Chefs, and Free Vittles at Grand Cafe

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Grand Cafe celebrates eight years

Eight years is a milestone anniversary for an indie restaurant. Grand Cafe owners Dan and Mary Hunter know this, and they're celebrating the occasion with an upcoming "appreciation open house."

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Dine for Climate Dinner Series Launches Its Earth-Saving Mission

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Want to enjoy a hearty meal this winter while sticking it to that Weather Channel founder who doesn't believe in climate change?

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W.A. Frost Launches Arcanum, a Series of Secret Society Cocktail Parties

Categories: Events, Food

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The Commodore will be the first of four locations to host the Arcanum Secret Society Series

Looking for a little taste of the underground? The folks behind St. Paul's W.A. Frost are launching a four-part secret society cocktail party series called Arcanum. Details are hush hush, but we've got some key intel straight from the organizers.

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Pork & Pickle, the Travail Pop-Up, Moved to Next Monday

Categories: Events, Pop-Ups

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The cheesy Cheeto brat from Pork & Pickle

You'll have to wait another week for that meaty pop-up at Travail: The Brats & Beer dinner has been pushed back to next Monday, November 10.

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Iron Fork 2014: The Food, the Drink, and the Competing Chefs

Categories: Events, Iron Fork

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Mixing up drinks at last year's Iron Fork

This Thursday, as the chefs busy themselves in heated Iron Fork competition, how will you keep yourself sated and slaked? A lineup of local restaurants and a number of well placed bars will be at the ready with samples and sips.

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Midtown Global Market Chili Cook-Off Puts International Twists on an American Classic

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Midtown Global Market's chili cook-off

The weather is finally turning, which means snuggies, raging bowls of fiery chili, and the Midtown Global Market's annual chili cook-off.

The event is open to all and features chilis made from several of the Market's most popular vendors. Proceeds benefit homeless and at-risk families in search of transitional housing.

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5 Best Bets for Restaurant Week in the Twin Cities

Categories: Events, Food

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It's restaurant week and we've put together a list to help you narrow down your choices. The Third Bird's buffalo fries, anyone?

It's that time of the year again when restaurants across the Twin Cities put together a variety of budget-friendly prix fixe menus. This time around, MSP Magazine's Restaurant Weekhas added a few newbies to the roster of RW regulars, giving you the opportunity to get out and try something new without breaking the bank.

We've scoured the list of participating restaurants and put together a pretty solid guide to places you should check out -- especially if you don't dine out much or find yourself at the same table in the same joint every date night. Restaurant Week is the perfect excuse to break the trend.

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