This year's Uptown Talks was all about the food

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Chino Latino's Thai pork belly lettuce wrap at Tuesday night's Uptown Talks
This year's Uptown Talks event, hosted Tuesday night by the Uptown Association, paid special attention to the area's bustling restaurant community. In addition the wide array of businesses present, there were also 19 area restaurants, bakeries and other food related businesses serving up tasty samples for hungry event goers.

Some of the restaurants dishing out tasty morsels included the Nightingale, showing off a baby beet salad with beer gastrique; The Gray House, with a pickled ramp and goat cheese spread on house-made crackers; Republic with a decadent duck meatball; and the newly opened Hammer & Sickle serving up creamy stroganoff on their housemade spaetzle. In addition to the tastings, a sit-down dinner was catered by Uptown's It's Greek to Me. The food focus was a new angle for the annual event, and based on this year's success, could become a new tradition.

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Sea Change plans Feast of Seven Fishes and rolls out Omakase menu

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Sea Change puts on their third annual Feast of Seven Fishes dinner
On January 17, Minneapolis seafood hot spot Sea Change will be hosting its third annual Feast of Seven Fishes dinner. For $80 guests will be treated to a five-course family-style meal that focuses on an elaborate array of ocean delicacies and comes complete with drink pairings.  

The Feast of Seven Fishes stems from a longstanding Italian tradition that is typically held as part of the Christmas celebration. Sea Change's annual event takes place in January, as part of a post-holiday season celebration, and according to chef de cuisine Jamie Malone, "We follow a pretty similar format each year. Big, communal tables and lots of family-style food. Basically a big, fun, indulgent party!"

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Gather announces next chefs in residence for free first Thursdays

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Sasha Landskov
Sunny view from inside Gather
The first Thursday of every month always provides a good excuse to get some culture in at the Walker. Not only do they waive admission, but their elegant D'Amico-run restaurant, Gather, invites notable chefs in to make and share a couple of bites of food -- completely gratis. Gather has just announced the next chefs to take up residence alongside its own Josh Brown in the kitchen.

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Bluestem to host salon series with This Perennial Land authors

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Alma Guzman

Bluestem, the wine bar located within French Meadow, is named for a variety of native prairie grass. It's only fitting that this would be the location for a salon series with Paula Westmoreland and Lansing Shepard, authors of The Perennial Land.

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Get your caffeine fix at the Calhoun Square Coffee Festival this Saturday

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Looking to get an early jump on your weekend buzz? 

Calhoun Square's 24th annual Coffee Festival is going on this Saturday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., and will feature samples from 35 coffee vendors, a barista competition, and even a couple of coffee-infused beers for those who need a little downer after all the uppers. 

Here are more details on the Uptown event.

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Third time's the charm at the third annual Charlie Awards

Categories: Events
Joy Summers
Sameh Wadi of Saffron and WSK accepts the Charlie Award for Outstanding Chef
On Sunday, chefs, restaurateurs, and bartenders got dressed up in their finery to attend the Twin Cities' annual Charlie Awards -- a celebration of the best in the restaurant business.

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Weekend Brew round-up: Yoga at 612Brew, Amazing Case pub crawl, and more

Categories: Beer, Events
Courtesy Amazing Case
If you love both beer and trivia, and generally the two go hand in hand, consider this weekend's Amazing Case Pub Crawl your personal Christmukkah

This year's 9th annual Amazing Case event will be held on Saturday in Uptown. Teams will answer questions and decipher clues about different beer styles by selecting and drinking the correct beer. They will then be rewarded with photo clues that send them on a scavenger hunt around this area's many bars -- until one team is crowned the winner and gets a three-month supply of Summit. Pre-registration is required for this all day affair. It starts at noon and ends at 9:00 p.m. so pace yourself accordingly. 

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Best bets for MPLS/St.Paul Restaurant Week

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Hilary Roberts
Lamb chops at Barbette, one of our Restaurant Week picks
Do you have a running list of "must eat" spots, but you never seem to find an occasion to visit them? Well bust out your pens and get ready to start crossing things off. MPLS/St.Paul Magazine's Restaurant Week is upon us (now through October 25) and the menus at this year's participating places are chic and cheap.

Reservations are recommended for most and you can find the full list of restaurants here, but we have a few favorite picks. 

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Town Hall Brewery celebrates 16 years of beer all week long

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Hoppy Anniversary at Town Hall this week 
Monday funday, anyone?

Fresh off their silver medal win at the Great American Beer Festival in Denver last week, Town Hall Brewery is kicking off a weeklong celebration to mark their 16th anniversary. It starts tonight at 5:00 p.m. with the release of their Anniversary Ale, an American hopped red ale with chocolate and caramel malt undertones. Pints will be cheaper from 5:00 to 6:00 p.m. so plan to get there early. 

Here's what's on tap at the Brewery for the rest of the week.

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Weekend brew round-up: Big River Brew Fest, Fall Food Truck Rally, and more

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More fests and firkins this weekend
You've done the apple orchard thing. You've taken a hay ride. Maybe you're so on the ball that you even have your pumpkins all lined up for carving. You think you have done all the fun fall things, but there's even more events going on this weekend and since this is the brew round-up, they all involve beer. 

Top billing goes to the third-annual Big River Brew Fest happening on Saturday from 1:00 p.m to 4:00 p.m at the historic Grain Belt Brewery Bottling House in Northeast. The event is hosted by East Side Neighborhood Services and will feature samples of over 200 varieties of beer, with a strong focus on local brews (full list of vendors here), and a homebrew competition. Tickets are $30 at the door for this rain or shine event.

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