Solo Vino in St. Paul expands store selection and hosts largest rosé tasting yet

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Think pink this May

Wine fanatics will soon notice a few changes when entering Solo Vino, St. Paul's beloved Selby Avenue wine shop. Space has been made for a beer cooler and shelves have been added to include a wider selection of hard alcohol. And that's not all that's expanding. This year owner Chuck Kanski has ordered the biggest tent yet for their sixth annual celebration of rosé.

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Fifth annual Savor Minnesota event in Shakopee celebrates local wine

On April 26 at Canterbury Park, Savor Minnesota hosts its fifth annual wine and food event
If locally produced wine is your thing, or you don't know a lot about it and want to, then mark you calendars for April 26 when Savor Minnesota takes over Shakopee's Canterbury Park, turning it into a celebration of locally grown grapes and locally produced food. This will be the event's fifth year and will feature over 40 Minnesota wineries, breweries, and various other food producers.

Thirsty event goers will receive a wine glass they can use to sample an array of local wines and beers while munching on treats from local producers like Caves of Faribault, the New French Bakery, and Olive on Tap. The event runs from 1 to 5 p.m. and tickets are $40 if purchased in advance and $45 at the door.

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Chipotle to bring food and music festival to Minneapolis this summer

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Chipotle's Cultivate festival will take over Loring Park 

Heads up, residents of Loring Park: This summer the international burrito chain Chipotle will bring its Cultivate "food, ideas, and music" festival to Minneapolis, and more specifically, to your 'hood. 

The event, which is slated for August 23, is designed to be a celebration of sustainability in our food system and will feature a number of national and local chefs, musical acts, and interactive experiences that help festival goers understand the importance of a sustainable food system and the "reality of processed foods."

The Loring Park festival will feature Amanda Frietag of the Food Network's competition cooking show Chopped, along with celebrity chef Andrew Zimmern, and local chefs Jamie Malone, Jack Riebel, Paul Berglund, and Eric Anderson, all of whom are well known for their support of sustainable foods.

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St. Paul to host Twin Cities Burger Battle

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Prepare yourselves: A burger battle will soon take over Mears Park
If there's one thing we love here in the Twin Cities, it's our burgers. With several restaurants touting their own "perfect" variations on the classic sandwich, it's about time somebody set up a Thunderdome-style competition to see who really does have burger bragging rights. The Sanneh Foundation, a nonprofit that seeks to provide life skills to at-risk inner-city youth, has finally gone and organized such an event.

On May 17, several of the Twin Cities' top burgers will enter Mears Park in St. Paul's Lowertown, and only one will leave with the title of the Twin Cities' best burger. 

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Where to eat for St. Patrick's Day 2014

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Buckets of green beer means the need for feed and we've got you covered
With St. Patrick's Day falling on a Monday this year, we have the rare opportunity to rock our Irish pride all weekend long. In order to make sure you've got enough food in your belly to withstand the copious amounts of green beer you'll likely be consuming, we did some hunting to find out what some of the local Irish pubs will be serving up special for the upcoming holiday.

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Boca Chica celebrates 50 years with $1 tacos

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In celebration of their 50th anniversary, Boca Chica offers $1 tacos
It's not too common these days to see a restaurant reach the half-century mark, but clearly Boca Chica is not your average restaurant. Since opening its doors in 1964, this family owned and operated spot has been delighting diners on St. Paul's West Side with scratch-made Mexican cuisine. Today, Boca Chica is celebrating 50 years in business by offering $1 dine-in-only tacos to all its loyal customers.

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Dinner on the Farm teams up with Brooklyn Brewery and heads to Europe

Dinner on the Farm teams up with Brooklyn Brewery to take the show on the road.
There are few things we love more than a small local business making the big leagues, and this week, we caught wind that the local dining event, Dinner on the Farm, will be expanding in a big way. They've teamed up with New York's premier craft brewer, Brooklyn Brewery, to take their event on the road and even across the Atlantic.

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Happy Gnome hosts Fire & Ice bar in honor of Red Bull's Crashed Ice

Happy Gnome to convert patio into Fire & Ice bar for Red Bull Crashed Ice
St. Paul's premier gastropub is getting ready to host one of the hottest and coldest events we've seen so far this winter. Tomorrow, the Happy Gnome will convert its beloved patio into a full-on ice bar to help locals and out-of-towners alike celebrate Red Bull's Crashed Ice. 

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Big names and a few surprises at this year's Share Our Strength cakewalk

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Joy Summers
Salty Tart's stately confection for Share Our Strength's Cakewalk
One of the tastiest charity events of the year is right around the corner. Every year, the best pastry chefs in the Twin Cities come out to support Share Our Strength in their fight against childhood hunger.

This year, in addition to having the confections of pastry chefs like Diane Yang of La Belle Vie and the James Beard Award-nominated Michelle Gayer of Salty Tart, there will be a collection of savory bites -- including an exclusive first taste from an anticipated new restaurant.

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Butcher & the Boar hosts first ever brunch bash

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Butcher & the Boar hosts their first Brunch Bash this Sunday at 11 a.m.
If you've ever dreamt of waking up on a Sunday morning and heading down to your local meat palace for brunch, hold on to your seats, because that dream is about to come true. This Sunday, in lieu of their regular weekend beer bashes, Butcher & the Boar will be hosting their first ever brunch bash.

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