Here's a note from the excellent Beyond the Yellow Ribbon group:
To all our Military and Veteran members and families:
1. Andy's Liquor is once again sponsoring the THANK A VETERAN event all 4 Andy's locations this coming Saturday, May 24th, from 11 AM to 2 PM. Free food for service members and veterans; lots of other activities going on as well. Details in attached Word Document. All donation proceeds go to Beyond the Yellow Ribbon Southeast Minnesota and Disabled American Veterans.
2. Perkins Restaurants is offering a free "Magnificent Seven" breakfast to all service members and veterans on Monday, May 26th--Memorial Day. Details at the attached flyer.
If you know of other area restaurants that offer meals and discounts for vets and active duty military, pass them along and we'll share. I'm giving this one to the Answer Man today.
Here's something else I need to pack for Memorial Day weekend:
Loon Liquors of Northfield is set to debut their first product. Nearly a year and a half after their Indiegogo fundraiser went live, their un-aged whiskey, Loonshine, will hit bars and shelves this weekend.
The spirit is made from organic wheat and barley, concentrated in a small copper pot still, and steeped for a short period on birch charcoal and toasted white oak chips, before being filtered and bottled. The 80-proof Loonshine has floral and white pear flavors, with oaky tannin and vanilla on the finish. It doesn’t taste like a whiskey (maybe more like a rum/tequila/whiskey hybrid) but it’s certainly not the raw, white lightning you might conjure when you think of moonshine.
Photo courtesy of Growler magazine, the bible of the Minnesota and Upper Midwest beer industry.
Here's a note from Hy-Vee headquarters:
Greenpeace is out with its eighth annual report ranking 26 major retailers for seafood sourcing and sustainability, and it concludes that Whole Foods and Safeway are at the top of the list, followed by Wegmans, Trader Joe’s, and Hy-Vee. It is the first time Hy-Vee that has been evaluated by Greenpeace, and it immediately was lauded for its seafood policies.
The summary of the report says Hy-Vee gets points for an "impressive performance" in its first go-round.
Here's the plan for this summer from the Berne people, one of the coolest things about summer in our area:
Every Wednesday in June, July and August Berne Wood Fired pizza will be served on the grounds of the Zwingli United Church of Christ at 23148 Cty Hwy 24 West Concord, MN from 5:00 to 8:00 pm. Free Concert starting at 6:30 pm.
Would you please respond to this email so I know you received this. Will this take care of this for the summer? Do I have to submit this electronically to get this posted online? Thank you, Pat Derby
June 4th: Berne Wood Fired Pizza from 5:00 to 8:00 pm on grounds of Zwingli UCC (10 Miles N of Kasson on Hwy 57). Free Concert at 6:30 pm.
June 11th: Berne Wood Fired Pizza from 5:00 to 8:00 pm on grounds of Zwingli UCC (10 Miles N of Kasson on Hwy 57). Free Concert at 6:30 pm.
June 18th: Berne Wood Fired Pizza from 5:00 to 8:00 pm on grounds of Zwingli UCC (10 Miles N of Kasson on Hwy 57). Free Concert at 6:30 pm.
June 25th: Berne Wood Fired Pizza from 5:00 to 8:00 pm on grounds of Zwingli UCC (10 Miles N of Kasson on Hwy 57). Free Concert at 6:30 pm.
July 2nd: Berne Wood Fired Pizza from 5:00 to 8:00 pm on grounds of Zwingli UCC (10 Miles N of Kasson on Hwy 57). Free Concert at 6:30 pm.
July 9th: Berne Wood Fired Pizza from 5:00 to 8:00 pm on grounds of Zwingli UCC (10 Miles N of Kasson on Hwy 57). Free Concert at 6:30 pm.
July 16th: Berne Wood Fired Pizza from 5:00 to 8:00 pm on grounds of Zwingli UCC (10 Miles N of Kasson on Hwy 57). Free Concert at 6:30 pm.
July 23rd: Berne Wood Fired Pizza from 5:00 to 8:00 pm on grounds of Zwingli UCC (10 Miles N of Kasson on Hwy 57). Free Concert at 6:30 pm.
July 30th: Berne Wood Fired Pizza from 5:00 to 8:00 pm on grounds of Zwingli UCC (10 Miles N of Kasson on Hwy 57). Free Concert at 6:30 pm.
Aug. 6th: Berne Wood Fired Pizza from 5:00 to 8:00 pm on grounds of Zwingli UCC (10 Miles N of Kasson on Hwy 57). Free Concert at 6:30 pm.
Aug. 8th: Berne Wood Fired Pizza from 5:00 to 8:00 pm on grounds of Zwingli UCC (10 Miles N of Kasson on Hwy 57). Free Concert at 6:30 pm.
Aug. 13th: Berne Wood Fired Pizza from 5:00 to 8:00 pm on grounds of Zwingli UCC (10 Miles N of Kasson on Hwy 57). Free Concert at 6:30 pm.
Aug. 20th: Berne Wood Fired Pizza from 5:00 to 8:00 pm on grounds of Zwingli UCC (10 Miles N of Kasson on Hwy 57). Free Concert at 6:30 pm.
Aug. 27th: Berne Wood Fired Pizza from 5:00 to 8:00 pm on grounds of Zwingli UCC (10 Miles N of Kasson on Hwy 57). Free Concert at 6:30 pm.
News release from the Kahler:
ANNOUNCING THE GRAND OPENING OF DOWNTOWN ROCHESTER’S FIRST FRESHENS®
ROCHESTER, Minnesota. (May 7, 2014) – The Kahler Inn & Suites in downtown Rochester is excited to be the first to house a Freshëns in southern Minnesota. With the motto "Healthy Eating - Better Living" distinguishing Freshëns as an innovator in the Better-for-You category, it will serve an all-day menu offering unique, craveable, and low calorie choices. Freshëns is set to be a new favorite in Rochester with a healthy “fast casual” concept, offering “better for you” products, including handcrafted crêpes, crispy flatbread salads, savory rice bowls, fresh blended smoothies and our signature frozen yogurt.
Freshëns will have a ribbon cutting at 10:00 a.m. on May 14th, 2014, to celebrate the grand opening. “We are excited to share the great freshly made options with Rochester,” said Dick Sursely, Managing Director for Freshëns. “Serving handcrafted savory and dessert crepes as well as the "better for you" product line up is going to give people a fresh new dining option.”
Located on the corner of Third Avenue and First Street Northwest, Freshëns will be ideally situated for both visitors to town going to the Mayo Clinic and to the many Rochester locals who work and frequent downtown. The store also has outdoor seating so guests can enjoy their tasty selections and enjoy the coming summer warmth.
As well as a variety of healthy savory on-the-go options, premium soft-serve frozen yogurt and smoothies, including Fruit Blended Smoothies, Low Cal Smoothies, Nature's Energy Smoothies or High Protein Smoothies will also be available. Enjoy a cup of your favorite flavor of frozen yogurt and visit the toppings bar for 18 options of fresh fruits, natural nuts and granolas, and splurge toppings.
“I know our guests and associates alike are going to be excited to try out the Freshëns menu,” said Adam Kramer, General Manager of the adjoining Kahler Inn & Suites. “It will be a great addition to our downtown dining selections.”
Good news for a great pie shop in one of my favorite area towns:
Local foodie favorite earns national recognition.
ROADFOOD HONOR ROLL!!
Top 100 – Best places in America, the Stockholm Pie Company.
Every year, Michael and Jane Stern and their staff create what has become one of the most popular guides to restaurants in the country, featuring 900 of the best eating establishments in the country “ Roadfood means great regional meals along highways, in small towns and in city neighborhoods.” The Roadfood Honor Roll is an elite 100 of the very best places in America. " Restaurants we have come to love because we believe that each is a unique expression of something wonderful about American food and foodways .”
Many have had the pleasure of discovering the Stockholm Pie Company, located in the artsy Village of Stockholm, Wisconsin, on the shores of the “West Coast of Wisconsin” – also known as Lake Pepin on the Mississippi. If you have not discovered this treasure – just a short, beautiful drive from Minneapolis, Rochester, Eau Claire and La Crosse, then the editors at Roadfood would like to help.
Started in 2008, The Stockholm Pie Company has been honored with numerous accolades. The honors started stacking up in 2011 with City Pages’ “Best Pie in the Twin Cities,” followed by Heavy Table’s “1st Place, The Great 2011 Midwest Pie Tasting.” Then, in 2012, Gourmet Magazine listed the Double Lemon Pie as “one of the 53 best things they ate”… in the world. 2013 brought a glowing review and praise (“Pie Heaven!”)on the National Public Radio show “The Splendid Table.” And, now comes the Roadfood designation as one of the top 100 in the U.S..
The Stockholm Pie Company serves not only its famous pies, but delicious breakfast sandwiches, quiches, world famous savory pies and pot pies along with house made soups and delectable sandwiches – all on bread handmade in its kitchen. Handcrafted ice cream from just up the road in Menomonie, WI, is available by the cup, cone or create a tasty a la mode on your choice of pie.
As a matter of fact, that’s what makes the Stockholm Pie Company so special. It’s all made from scratch. Every crust is made one at a time. Every apple is peeled and sliced by hand. Never will you find a mix, simple as that.
And it shows.
Stockholm Pie Company pies are available by special order, to make sure you get the pie you want (lines can be long in the summer and selection can be limited later in the day). Many can be shipped. The pies have become a very popular treat for weddings and events. Ordering early is a good idea.
You will find the Stockholm Pie Company at
N2030 Spring St.
Stockholm, WI 54769
Contact: Janet Garretson
Plans are made for St. Paddy's Day at the Canadian Honker:
St Patrick's Day celebrations are just around the corner. That means at the Canadian Honker it's time for an Irish feast. Their Irish recipes draws on the fresh ingredients from the sea, the land, and pastureland just like the cooking done in Ireland. Irish recipes have always been the center of Irish heritage and hospitality. Here in Rochester you will find this hospitality from Powers Family, where for over 30 years they have been sharing their authentic Irish recipes with their customers.
With Irish heritage in their blood the Powers family has pulled out their best Irish recipes to celebrate. " The Irish heritage is full of family and food traditions and we look forward to celebration with our customers," states Joe Powers. "We offer all the traditional favorites like Corn Beef and Cabbage, Fish and Chips, Irish Stew and even a Seafood Fisherman Pie. We like to start our celebration a little early so March 14th we offer our special menu and run our Irish feast through St. Patrick's Day." Each meal is served with a warm slices of Irish Soda
The Canadian Honker offers beverage choices to those who like to enjoy these Irish traditions. Guinness and Powers Whiskey are just two that keep with the Irish theme. When a glass of Guinness is poured at the Canadian Honker Restaurant they keep with the double pour which creates the perfect tasting beer, just one more way to offer their customer the best of Ireland. And yes, there is even authentic Irish music as they host local legend Les Fields and company, sure to keep you in the Irish Spirit.
I like bacon as much as the next guy, but it really doesn't belong in every course of the meal.
For those who disagree, Sontes has a special Bacon Dinner coming up at 6 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 25 -- "six courses of bacon-y goodness" for $70, plus some bacon beverages if you're interested. That could be gross, but you be the judge.
Here's the menu:
Trio of Bacon
pancetta and quince paste sandwich, lamb bacon lardon and brioche, bacon "ceviche" stuffed avocado
Scallop Wrapped Bacon
with watermelon radish foam and tomato puree
Poached Egg and Sweet Lomo
served with a savory crepe, frisee and smoked hollandaise
Asparagus and Crispy Pancetta Salad
served with sieved egg yolks, truffled egg whites and potato
Date and Goat Cheese Stuffed Pork Loin Wrapped in Nueske's Bacon
served with duck yolk mashed potatoes, local vegetables and finished with bacon demi
Bacon-Jam-Filled Chocolate Cake
served with chocolate covered bacon and sweet cherries
Seating is limited. Make your reservations today by calling 507.292.1628!
Four Daughters Winery to Hold Annual New Year’s Eve Bash
A special food and wine pairing event.
December 29, 2013—Spring Valley, MN. Four Daughters Winery is gearing up for their 3rd annual New Year’s Eve special event, which features one of the most diverse and unique menus around. The 11-course dinner is carefully crafted by their team of chefs and the suggested wine pairings perfectly complement each dish.
Because they are the only winery (or restaurant!) in the state to make their own bubbly, this event has grown larger and more exciting each year. This year, Four Daughters Sparkling Moscato will greet guests as they walk through the door. Throughout the evening, the winemaker will be visiting tables to discuss wine and suggest wine pairings.
Commenting on the night, owner Vicky Vogt said, “This has become a flagship dinner for us. When we opened 2 years ago, this was our first big event and it continues to hold a special place in our hearts. We try to make each year bigger and better than the last!”
Reservations are required and can be made by calling the winery or by signing up directly from their website, www.fourdaughtersvineyard.com. Interested parties can also peek ahead and check out the menu on the winery’s blog.
ABOUT FOUR DAUGHTERS VINEYARD & WINERY
Four Daughters Vineyard and Winery is the perfect location for locals, visitors and tourists. Located adjacent to Minnesota’s bluff country and just down the road from the Mayo Clinic, the winery is close to the city but far from hustle and bustle. The culture is a blend of Minnesota-nice and casual elegance. Check them out at www.fourdaughtersvineyard.com.