Food Events

A famed popover from the Oak Grill.

The Oak Grill Closing

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Posted: January 27, 2017

January in Minnesota brings many challenges but this year was exceptional. Besides a sub-zero cold punch and bouts of political strife, the beloved Oak Grill is slated to close. Popovers are on the endangered eating list – at least in downtown Minneapolis. The Oak Grill tradition goes back a long way with my family. I can see my mother and sister seated up straight against the backdrop of over-sized chairs and an old English fireplace. Everyone is dressed in her […]

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Get your Turtle cupcakes this Saturday!

Cupcake Comeback for Canines

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Posted: August 24, 2015

What’s more fun than a weekend cupcake event? “Wag-wag…Why nothing!” says Turtle the dog. A puppy mill survivor, the cute as button pint-sized pouch, has a cupcake named in his honor. Sweet Retreat sponsored a cupcake fundraiser for Turtle when he was sick and need financial help. His tail to recovery is a long one, and many dog-loving thoughtful folks helped along the way. Now Turtle is turning two. He’s better. One look at his deep dark puppy eyes and […]

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Lakewinds Blows into Town

Lakewinds Blows into Town

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Posted: June 28, 2014

Swift as a summer breeze, a new Lakewinds has come to town. A new chapter in healthy eating and co-op community began today. Richfield has been a co-op free zone for far too long. Opening Weekend Store Specials Lakewinds Food Co-Op Richfield started things off right. A series of outdoor events along with in-store specials, samples and freebies made for a memorable shopping trip. What can be better than free cheese? The generous slabs of Parmesan-like hard cheese made a […]

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Taste of Edina Serving Up More Food & Fun Than Ever

Taste of Edina Serving Up More Food & Fun Than Ever

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Posted: May 12, 2014

Like clockwork every year, the Taste of Edina gets bigger and better. More vendors, more food and more people come each time. The people part is what really makes this event fun for me. While the Taste of Edina grows every year, it is still small enough to permit direct interaction with chefs, restaurant owners and their staff. I learn so much chatting with the food pros about their art. Food, Glorious Food Samples The chance to sample food from […]

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Minnesota Farmers Market Cookbook Talk

Minnesota Farmers Market Cookbook Talk

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Posted: March 24, 2014

Farmers Market Wisdom in a Cookbook Shop at your friendly neighborhood farmers market and cook up a storm. A little technique and a good cookbook in hand make mastering a new menu of vegetables and fruits more fun. The last Kingfield and Fulton Winter Farmers Market was an event in itself but also included a cookbook signing and lecture. As a dedicated cookbook collector of 30 years, I had to skip shopping and hear more about the new Minnesota Farmers […]

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True Love Tiramisu for Two

True Love Tiramisu for Two

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Posted: February 3, 2014

  Valentine’s Day gives the perfect excuse to dive into dessert decadence. Like a cake-cream-coffee-chocolate combination? Go ahead, fall in love with tiramisu. Tiramisu for Two Lunds and Byerly’s has a terrific tiramisu treat. Rich coffee-infused sugary Italian cake and cream flavor comes with all the trimmings, ready to go. Tiramisu for two has a catchy name that suggests this is a dessert to share with your sweetheart. In reality, Tiramisu for Two easily becomes a big splurge for one. […]

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Cocoa & Fig Open in Edina

Cocoa & Fig Open in Edina

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Posted: October 21, 2013

Edina has more cake than ever. Cocoa & Fig opened a store in the Yorkdale Shoppes by Southdale in mid-October. The new location is a sister to the original retail outlet at Gaviidae Common in downtown Minneapolis. The Edina shop and catering center features a top-quality, made from scratch, dessert selection that goes beyond cake. It’s like being a kid in the sweet factory showroom. Decadent desserts, rainbows of pastels and glittery touches adorn every turn similar to a fashion-forward […]

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Chef shack vendor

Fulton Farmers Market Grows On You

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Posted: July 29, 2013

  The Fulton Farmers Market easily becomes a weekly habit. Like clockwork every Saturday morning during market season, my family meanders over for a farm-fresh food fix. Bursting with neighborhood charm as cozy as a homemade quilt, the Fulton Farmers Market ranks as a weekend destination point and never a cumbersome, ho-hum, got-to-go-there-because-I-need-something, desperation-driven sort of errand. Similar to the older sister Kingfield Farmers Market, this is a place where the big city feels like a small town. A Lake […]

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Salut and Barrio have fun patio seating along France Avenue South at 50th and France.

10 Places For Edina Art Fair Eats

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Posted: May 27, 2013

The Edina Art Fair brings thousands of new people to 50th and France. Maybe you have plans to visit the fair this year? While art is the focus, food is always a mainstay. Besides art from hundreds of talent artists and craftsman, the Edina Art Fair brings in a differrent assortment of foods from temporary vendors. Still, eating on your feet is not for everyone. Whether just for quick a snack or an entire full-course meal, 50th and France has […]

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Cupcake Fundraiser for Franco

Cupcake Fundraiser for Franco

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Posted: March 27, 2013

Cupcakes of Kindness Kindness to animals runs deep for some people. When Robin Johnson heard about the plight of Franco the pit bull, she put her 50th and France cupcake shop into action. “I just had to do something,” said Johnson who has a few rescue dogs of her own. A Friday Fundraiser for Franco Sweet Retreat Cupcake Boutique is holding a fundraiser on Friday, March 29, for Franco. On this special day, a cupcake dedicated to the dog will […]

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