Grain Belt Brewery unveils cans for this year's Zombie Pub Crawl [IMAGES]

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The new cans have landed and they're only in the Twin Cities
This year's Zombie Pub Crawl IX: Quarantine, happening October 12, is already shaping up to be another brain-binger, especially for beer-drinkers. 

Schell's Grain Belt just released its Brain Belt Cranium, a beer designed exclusively for the crawl, and the cans look even cooler, greener, and more un-dead than last year's.

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In Pursuit Of: The perfect Manhattan

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A perfect pair. Manhattans as presented by The Monte Carlo.

It is understood, especially around Hot Dish, that the culinary arts are just that -- an art. We are lucky to amble among some of the finest displays of food culture and then report back to you, our readers.

But reporting about any art is itself, well, an art. Especially when it comes to classics -- those items with which foodies have had more time to apply countless variations. And so we present to you our newest column: In Pursuit Of. We'll visit and revisit culinary classics at different Twin Cities eateries and bars in pursuit of just what makes them so great.

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Minneapolis church breaks rainbow bread

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Courtney Perry
Rainbow communion bread, tastes a little sweet

To celebrate the passage of the marriage equality bill, Revolution Church pastor Jay Bakker served rainbow bread to congregants gathered at Bryant-Lake Bowl. Photojournalist Courtney Perry had baked the colorful loaf for the occasion. Perry had previously baked the festive bread and prepared it for her own symbolic wedding several years ago.

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The Lowry dedicates a week to local artist Scott Seekins

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Local artist Scott Seekins gets a whole week dedicated to him at Uptown's the Lowry

If you've ever lived in Minneapolis, you know you've seen him. His notorious suits and infamous hair are things of local legend. Starting today, the Lowry in Uptown is hosting a week-long celebration in his honor. He is Scott Seekins.

All week long the Uptown restaurant will be featuring a variety of events all in the name of Seekins. If by chance you've never actually laid eyes upon the man, now's your chance. There will be art showings, a look-a-like contest, and yes, there will be a meet and greet. You'll even have a chance to get your hands on limited-edition pint glasses and T-shirts that bear his now iconic visage.


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Thanksgiving cooking class roundup

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How we do the turkey how-to

It's November, which means the great food fest of Thanksgiving is fast approaching. It's time to get those knives sharpened and plan those shopping lists. Here is a collection of classes for novices, experienced cooks looking for a twist on tradition, parents wanting to get the kids involved, and even a class on a vegan feast. Bring on the gratitude.

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Walker Art Center presents Kitchen Lab: a series of free food events

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Cooking at Open Field
Do you like to combine your food with art? How about the great outdoors?

The Walker Art Center is hosting a series of free food-centered events June 18-28 as part of its Open Field series.

From creating your own "amuse bouche" to an outdoor picnic operetta with a five-course tasting menu, these free, family-friendly events will run throughout the rest of June.


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Bigfoot made out of beef jerky [PHOTO]

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National Jerky Day is June 12

In honor of National Jerky Day (that's today for those of you who didn't already have it on your calendar), Jack Link's, now one of the "fastest-growing meat snack manufacturers in the world," has created an all-jerky portrait of Sasquatch, the creature featured in its current ad campaign.

The portrait was made by Jason Mecier, a San Francisco-based mosaic artist who is known for his bean and noodle portrait of Buffy Summers, Condoleeza Rice made of actual rice, and a card made of holiday candy that features the Olsen twins. It took more than 16 pounds of jerky, which is about 80 bags, of Jack's snack meats to make this work of art.  

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Mill City Museum kicks off farmers market exhibit tonight

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The Growing Strong exhibit opens tonight at the Mill City Museum
With its idyllic location next to one of the best farmers markets in the Twin Cities, perhaps no museum is better suited to hosting an exhibit on "the unique confluence of community aspiration, cultural exchange, and economic activity popularly known as farmers markets" than the Mill City Museum. The "Growing Strong" exhibit is being kicked off tonight with a reception at the museum from 7 to 9 p.m., which will feature live music by Light of the Moon, hors d'oeuvres by D'Amico, and a cash bar.

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Science Museum of Minnesota teams with Doug Flicker of Piccolo to discuss the science of food

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Doug Flicker, taste technician
Minneapolis's own culinary mad scientist is teaming with the Science Museum of Minnesota and the St. Paul Art Crawl to head up a class discussing, in their words, "the intersection of art and science." 

Piccolo restaurant's Doug Flicker is paired with Dr. Gary A. Reineccius from the University of Minnesota department of food, science, and nutrition. Dr. Reineccius describes his work as problem-solving for the food and flavor industry.More »

Jelly Shot Test Kitchen's super cool cocktail gels

Categories: The Art of Food
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Michelle Palm loves this one...
With a City Pages photo shoot, an upcoming book, and a website that's been getting all kinds of acclaim, Jelly Shot Test Kitchen is having an amazing year. It's the brain child of Edina resident Michelle Palm, whose stunning gelatin cocktails and top-notch photography make it obvious why she's been getting tons of attention.

To date Palm has made over 100 different types of gorgeous alcoholic delights. To see some more of her jiggly artwork and hear how she got started, read on.



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