Soul Food Junkies: Local filmmaker works on documentary about soul food and its "unhealthy" side effects [VIDEO]
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|A plate of soul food prepared by the Hurt family on set of Soul Food Junkies|
|Photo Courtesy of B FRESH Photography|
|A plate of soul food prepared by the Hurt family on set of Soul Food Junkies|The Uptown Art Fair Kitchen Window 1st Annual Culinary Arts Competition
This year the Uptown Art Fair added culinary art to its list of artistic genres by staging a live, onstage culinary competition. Chefs from around the Twin Cities were paired with local artists and tasked with creating dishes and artistic pieces based on a selected basket of ingredients.
As a judge for this year's event, I was asked to grade both the dishes and the art presented by the local artists in the first round on Friday and in the semifinals and finals on Sunday.
It was standing-room only in the Lagoon Cinema last night, as people lined the walls of the theater to see the premiere of Forks Over Knives, the new documentary film by Lee Fulkerson that espouses the life-changing (even life-saving) benefits of a plant-based diet. Never has a jam-packed movie theater been so conspicuously free of tubs of popcorn and vats of soda. We all knew we were about to be schooled, and no one was interested in being caught with their hand in the popcorn jar in the middle of the lesson.
Forks Over Knives opens on Friday at the Landmark Lagoon Cinema in Uptown
Because, you see, the message of the film is not simply that we should engage in Meatless Mondays and cut back on sodium. What it proposes is a much more radical shift in lifestyle that eschews animal products, dairy, processed foods, refined sugar, and even extracted oils. Yes, even that oft-touted bastion of healthy fats and omega-3's, olive oil, is off the menu now. The Hot Dish stuck around after the film to hear what the panel of experts, which included local chef and cookbook author Robin Asbell and Star Tribune journalist and cooking instructor Beth Dooley, had to say.More »
Here's a quick recap of this week's Dish column on Travail Kitchen and Amusements with the essentials of what you need to know when you go to the new Robbinsdale restaurant:
Emily Utne Get the dessert tasting.
Who should go: Anybody who's short on cash but looking for gourmet grub in a relaxed environment.
What to order: The whole menu. Seriously. Go with a big group and just order one of everything. The menu changes regularly, but a few of the mainstays--the burger, the fish and chips, and the charcuterie plate--are definitely worth ordering. But save room for the multi-course dessert tasting.More »
Here's a quick recap of this week's Dish column on Uptown Cafeteria and Support Group with the essentials of what you need to know when you go:
Alma Guzman Give the desserts a whirl at Cafeteria.
Uptown Cafeteria and Support Group
3001 Hennepin Ave., Minneapolis, 612.877.7263; www.uptowncafeteria.com
appetizers $7-$10, entrees $9-$20
Hours: M-Th: 11:30 a.m. to 1 a.m.; Fr: 11:30 a.m. to 2 a.m.; Sat: 8 a.m. to 2 a.m.; Sun: 8 a.m. to 1 a.m.
While talking with several restaurant folks for this week's Dish column about menus, I came across several stories about dishes that staff would never dare remove from the menu.
Eric Hanson These dishes aren't going anywhere...
For example, Richard D'Amico, a partner in the D'Amico restaurant empire, told me that it's not unusual for the Naples Campiello to sell 150 of its famed chicken salads during lunch. The salads are so popular that they have to staff one employee just to prepare them. "Three years in a row, we raised the price," D'Amico says, but even that didn't deter customers from ordering the salad. "Certain items like the chicken salad become so popular, and you had better be in love with that dish because it'd be asking for it to take it off."
Several other Twin Cities chefs/restaurateurs dished on the dishes the offer that are far too popular to ever be removed from the menu:More »
Here's a quick recap of this week's Dish column on Patisserie 46, with the essentials of what you need to know when you go:
Craig Lassig The high art of les petits gateaux.
4552 Grand Ave. S., Minneapolis
Prices start at $1; whole cakes priced up to $38
Hours: Tuesday through Saturday 7 a.m. -6 p.m. and Sunday 7 a.m. -2 p.m.