Minnesota Monthly‘s annual Food & Wine Experience is just around the corner, taking place a week from now, on Saturday and Sunday March 2 and 3. The event upgraded its digs a couple years ago, moving into Target Field’s VIP/event spaces on the Club Level tier, above the main-level seating, with a stellar view of the diamond. Here’s what’s new and notable this year:
Grand Red Tasting Takes Place at the W Hotel
This year, we’re partnering with the Parasole restaurant group and hosting the Grand Red Tasting at the swanky W Minneapolis – The Foshay. Think of the Grand Red as a more focused, intimate offshoot of the main Food & Wine Experience. Chef Tim McKee, now the VP of Culinary Development for Parasole, will be pairing a carefully curated selection of red wines from around the world with food prepared by his team of chefs from Chino Latino, Manny’s, Muffaletta, etc. (Also: the W, as well as the Chambers, are offering a special rate of $109 a night for those who would rather not have to trek home after the event.)
There will be nearly 200 exhibitors offering food samples this year—a very effective way to get a taste of some of those restaurants that have been lingering on your to-try list. While grapes obviously predominate—more than 350 wines will be poured this year!—there will also be more than 75 regional craft beers, including several local up-and-comers like Third Street Brewhouse and Pour Decisions.
The Chance to Win a Freaking Wall of Wine or Pizza and Beer for a Year!!
The new Liquor Boy in St. Louis Park will stock one lucky winner’s cellar with $400 bucks worth of bottles! Show-goers can also register to win a pizza (Brew Pub, a new brand from Bernatello’s in Maple Lake—I just tried one of their samples for breakfast and it’s good stuff) and a six-pack (Leinenkugel’s) each month for a year. Sounds to me like instant Friday night plans for the next 52 weekends!
For more inforamation about the show and to purchase tickets, visit foodwineshow.com/tickets.
See you next weekend!