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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Hiroshima Hot Dogs: A Pop-Up of Godzilla-Sized Proportions and Japanese-Inspired Dogs

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Feed your mutant-reptile-sized appetite at the Hiroshima Hot Dogs pop-up
The folks over at Libertine are hosting their first pop-up, and it could potentially be the king of all Twin Cities pop-ups. On October 24 and 25, the cheekily dubbed "Hiroshima Hot Dogs" will bring guests a selection of hot dogs dressed to the hilt in the tastiest Japanese adornments and named after classic Godzilla monsters.

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Dumplings 101: Learn the Craft at the Dumpling House at Nash Gallery

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Dumplings know no borders. These soft, doughy balls of goodness pop up across almost all cuisines in various guises -- from pierogi in Poland to ravioli in Italy -- all colossally comforting no matter the form or the filling.

Maybe it's the rare thing we can agree upon: No matter how down and out we're feeling, there will always be dumplings. Eat one and everything will be okay.

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Forget Pub Crawls: The Twin Cities Donut Crawl Is Here

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On November 8, donut fiends will crawl through the streets, leaving a trail of sugary glaze behind them.

If there's one thing we can say about donut fans, it's that they're diehard. Something in those rings of deep-fried dough inspires a fiercely obsessive hunger that somehow makes triple the daily sugar allowance totally acceptable as breakfast.

Mind you, we aren't complaining. We'll follow those trail-glazing donut devotees wherever they may lead, so long as it's someplace with an exceptional lineup of the goods: cake, raised, filled, and iced. And soon enthusiasts will shepherd locals on a journey just like that -- a quick tour of a few of the finest donuts in the Twin Cities.

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