Aegis, HCMC chef come together for homeless youth Thanksgiving dinner

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By some estimates, there are as many as 2,500 homeless kids in the Twin Cities area. With a little luck, a few hundred of them will turn out Thursday for a free meal prepared by the executive chef of HCMC.

"Our goal is to serve 400 kids," said William Panzarella, executive director of Aegis Foundation, which organized the event, "but we don't know what to expect. We'll keep our fingers crossed and hope to serve as many as we can."

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Minneapolis homeless kids story makes Time Magazine



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Rye Deli has a special Thanksgivukkah menu

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Rye Deli releases a creative new holiday menu
For the first time since 1888 Hanukkah and Thanksgiving will fall on the same day. It's a mathematical anomaly, yes, but more importantly, it's a perfect excuse to celebrate the all-new food-centered super holiday that will heretofore be known as Thanksgivukkah. 

As far as we know, only one Twin Cities restaurant has gone so far as to make a full mash-up menu for the holiday and we must say, we're intrigued.

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Order up! Brains at Zombie Pub Crawl [IMAGES]

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AZ Canteen is stocking up for the zombie food crawl this Saturday

This Saturday from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m., the Quarantine Zone at 4th & Portland will be the site of the first World Brain Eating Championship. A number of professional competitive eaters are signed up to participate, including Joey "Jaws" Chestnut. This year, Chestnut defended and maintained his number one spot at the Nathan's Annual Hot Dog Eating Contest by beating his own record and consuming 69 hot dogs in 10 minutes. 

If you're thinking they'll probably go easy on contestants and serve some brain stand-in like a pile of dyed pasta or Jell-o in a brain mold, you'd be wrong.

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Father's Day meal deal roundup

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As much you we love our dads, we also love a good bargain. Thankfully, so do these Twin Cities restaurants -- they want to help you celebrate Father's Day with foodie giveaways and specials galore.

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Mother's Day brunch round-up

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Eggs over subterranean hash at Birdhouse on Hennepin, one of the restaurants on our list that still has reservations on Mother's Day
Did Mother's Day sneak up on you this year? Still want to make good with mom, but worried you missed the reservation window of opportunity? There are a few spots available at mom-approved restaurants around town and if you can't make it for the early shift remember that Sunday night dinner is usually an easy time to get a table. 

Call ahead to confirm, but as of 12:00 on Thursday the following reservations (all are for groups of 4) are still open for you Mother's Day procrastinators. It's this Sunday, remember.

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Muddy Pig to host Arts & Craft Beer Boutique on Sunday

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Beer drinking and Mother's Day shopping: Why didn't someone think of this before?
Mothers' Day is right around the corner. And just in time, the Muddy Pig serves up something that both you and Mom will truly treasure -- beer and artful gifts. On Sunday, from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., the bar will be collaborating with Founders Brewing Company and 14 local artists to present the Arts and Craft Beer Boutique.


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Looking for last-minute New Year's Eve reservations? Look no further!

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New Year's Eve is fast approaching, but reservations are still plentiful

Let's get real. Many of us are the wait-till-the-last-minute types when it comes to booking those special holiday reservations. Well, friends, fear that procrastination bug no longer: We've scoped out some of the Twin Cities' top restaurants that still have seating available. 

Whether you're looking to pregame with some fancy food or for something more romantic, you'll likely find a place on the list. Some of the restaurants listed here are even boasting special New Years Eve only menu's, so get now while the getting's good.


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Sofitel celebrates Bastille Day

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Brunch for Bastille Day!
What better way to celebrate France's National Celebration than to dine like one refueling after having just stormed the Bastille?

Hotel Sofitel, the south metro's nexus of French culture, will be hosting a Bastille Day Grand Buffet at its Colette Bar & Bistro on Sunday, July, 17, from 10 am to 2 pm.

The menu includes juices and hot drinks, plus house wines, mimosas or bloody Marys. Food choices include buffet classics like carved turkey, smoked ham, fresh seafood, smoked salmon, and an omelet station, plus, a sushi station, pasta cooked "a la minute," and eggs Benedict with Canadian bacon. For Francophiles, there will be beef bourguignon, a crêpes station, and a large selection of French desserts.

Jazz vocalist, Maud Hixson, who often performs with the French 75, will be giving a performance for diners.

The cost is $48 per person ($22 for children ages 6 to 11, complimentary for 5 and under) and reservations are recommended by calling 952.835.1900 or by emailing
rebecca.norberg@sofitel.com.


Fourth of July, locavore style: creating a MN-grown menu

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A Minnesota-made menu will cause foodie fireworks this 4th!
Planning your Fourth of July cookout? Us too!

We recommend celebrating with a simple, Minnesota-grown menu of flame-kissed meats, fresh-picked produce, pie, and beer.

Here's what to buy and where to shop.

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Patisserie 46 is your one-stop chocolate shop for Valentine's Day

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Sweets for your sweetie at Patisserie 46.
Sure, a lot of places in town do great chocolate desserts, but if you were looking to crown a local king of the sweet substance, you might consider Patisserie 46's chef-owner John Kraus, who happens to be a past winner of the freaking Food Network's Chocolate Challenge.

This Monday, from 3 to 7 p.m., Kraus will be showing off some of the chocolate sculpting that secured him the title and, with the help of his wife, Dawn, devoting the shop to all dark-and-milk deliciousness.

Check out this list of goodies and photo of what's in store:


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