Free Empanadas at Pollo Campero ~ July 27th

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Jul 232012

On Friday, July 27 Pollo Campero located at 1570 Robert Street S. in Saint Paul will celebrate the arrival of its new Latin American inspired empanadas with free empanadas all day long.

Pollo Campero restaurants will carry the new menu item featuring three satisfying flavors starting July 23, 2012.

The three choices include:

  • Spicy Chicken empanada filled with Campero’s famous juicy chicken, green tomatillo salsa, Monterrey Jack cheese and freshly chopped cilantro
  • Citrus Chicken empanada made with Campero chicken, grilled onions, tamarindo sauce and shredded Monterrey Jack cheese
  • Black Bean and Cheese empanada filled with flavorful black beans, Monterrey Jack cheese, fresh cilantro, diced onion, and a touch of smoked chipotle.
Jul 132012

Attention Wine Lovers!

The Capital Grille is once again holding its amazing Generous Pour wine event, running now through September 2nd.  For just $25 a person, you can enjoy as much as you want of any of the nine wines.

Its hard to pass up all this wine pictured and described below for just $25/ person.  What a great deal!! (Its a good idea to have a designated driver if you plan to indulge ;)
The Capital Grille had me out earlier this week to enjoy an excellent meal paired with this great selection of wines.  This year’s wines were once again selected by Master Sommelier, George Miliotes, whose tasting notes I am including here (he’s the expert!)
Lunetta Rose ~ Sparkling Rose from Trentino Italy

  • This was a very nice dry sparkling wine, similar to prosecco.
  • George’s Tasting Note: Pale Salmon in color with a fine, frothy effervescence, this delicate sparkler features fragrant aromas of red berries and crisp, clean flavors.

Lunetta Rose served at The Generous Pour Wine Event at The Capital Grille

Simčič, 2008/2009 ~ Rebula, Goriska Brda Slovenia

  • This is a wine produced in the same manner as wine-making a millenium ago.
  • Made with the Ribolla Gialla grape
  • Has a deep, orange hue
  • We enjoyed this with raw oysters
  • George’s Tasting Note: Unique flavors of ripe apple and poached pear, discreet roasted notes and an aroma of yellow fruit.  Relish the rich texture and long aftertaste.

Simicic, 2008-2009 Rebula froim Slovenia served at The Capital Grille

Gary Farrell, 2009 ~ Chardonnay, Carneros

  • I love chardonnay and this one was wonderful.  Smooth, rich and buttery.
  • We enjoyed this paired with Beef Carpaccio.
  • George’s Tasting Note: 2009 was an exceptional vintage for Sonoma chardonnay, producing flavors of apple cider, white peach and nectarine with surprising notes of lemon cake.

Gary Farrell, 2009 Chardonay served at The Capital Grille Generous Pour Wine Event

Villa Mt. Eden, Grand Reserve 2007 ~ Pinot Noir, Russian River

  • I also love pinot noir and this was excellent
  • George’s Tasting Note: A spectacular red with strawberry, cherry and toffee notes accented with spiced tea, toasted oak and hints of cranberry.

Villa Mt. Eden, Grand Reserve 2007 served at The Generous Pour Wine Event at The Capital Grille

Falesco,  Assisi Rosso, 2009 ~ Sangiovese/Merlot/Cabernet Sauvignon, Umbria Italy

  • Created by Riccardo Cotarella
  • George’s Tasting Note: A delightfully complex wine with youthful notes of ripe berry, plum and cherry, well integrated tannins, bright acidity, and classic Italian earthiness.

Falesco, Assisi Rosso, 2009 served at The Generous Pour Wine Event at The Capital Grille

Chateau Du Pin, 2009 ~ Merlot/Cabernet Sauvignon/Cabernet Franc, Bordeaux France

  • George’s tasting Note: An exceptional, medium-bodied Cabernet, delivering scents of berry, plum and green peppers with marvelously smooth tannins.

Chateau Du Pin, 2009 served at The Generous Pour Wine Event at The Capital Grille

Conn Creek, Anthology, 2007 ~ Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley

  • Blend of the best grapes from 13 different vineyards
  • George’s Tasting Note: Made from a blend of Napa Valley’s finest Bordeaux grapes with an aroma of black currant and dark raspberry, generously spicy flavors and wonderfully plush tannins.

Conn Creek, Anthology, 2007 served at the Generous Pour Wine Event at The Capital Grille

Ferrari-Carano, Mountain Reserve, 2008 ~ Cabernet Sauvignon, Alexander Valley

  • Making its debut at The Capital Grille
  • Pairs well with steak; I had it with the Delmonico ( kona rub and shallot butter)
  • George’s Tasting Note: Nearly pitch black in color with aromas of bing cherries, dried herbs, cedar and dark chocolate, followed by flavors of black tea, licorice and sweet oak.

Ferrari-Carano, Mountain Reserve, 2008 served at The Generous Por Wine Event at The Capital Grille

Kanu Kia Ora, 2006 ~ Chenin Blanc, Stellenbosch South Africa

  • Very sweet
  • Aged for 19 months in French oak
  • George’s Tasting Note: Exceptionally bright on the palate, this deep gold colored indulgence features liquer-like aromas of dried apricot and honey, with intense flavors of orange peel, pineapple and more honey.

Kanu Kia Ora at Capital Grille Generous Pour Wine Event 2012

Deutsche Tage (German Days) Biergarten ~ Germanic-American Institute

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Jun 082012

The Germanic-American Institute is hosting its annual Deutsche Tage (German Days) celebration on its beautiful and spacious Summit Avenue mansion grounds June 9-10. Best described as “Oktoberfest in June”, this event features authentic German foods cooked by actual Germans, a panoply of German beers on tap, live music, family-friendly activities and games, vendors, and a Lederhosenlauf 5K walk/run on Saturday morning, where 500+ participants run in lederhosen and dirndls (German dresses.) The GAI will also feature Grand Ol’ Creamery’s beer-flavored ice cream, and will welcome a real-life Herrman the German from New Ulm: a costumed, larger-than-life mascot of the iconic bronze statue New Ulm.

But there is one more thing that will make this year’s Deutsche Tage will extra-special. The City of Munich and Paulaner Brewery have teamed up to create a nationally-touring beer garden replica in celebration of 200th anniversary of the German Biergarten! The GAI is thrilled to announce that this spectacular set-up will be in Saint Paul at our Deutsche Tage event! This is a once-in-a-lifetime event that will bring the authenticity of Munich’s Oktoberfest to Saint Paul.
Saturday, June 9:
8am: Lederhosenlauf 5K Walk/Run kickoff event
5-10pm: Sommerparty Under the Tent featuring the German band Alpensterne
10pm-12am: After Hours Tanzparty in the Summit Avenue mansion featuring DJ Ben spinning Europop in the authentic Ratskeller (German beer hall-style basement)

Sunday, June 10:
11am-5pm: Deutscher Tag family-friendly celebration, featuring the German party band Alpensterne

6-Course Cajun & Beer Dinner at Tria ~ March 29th, 2012

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Mar 252012

Tria Restaurant ~ 5959 Centerville Road  North Oaks, MN 55127

Thursday, March 29, starting at 6:30 pm with a Reception in the Market, Dinner to follow. 

Cost is $50 per person plus tax and gratuity.

Limited seating available, make your reservation today by calling (651) 426-9222.


6-Course Cajun & Beer Dinner Menu

Meet and Greet:

  • Boudin Blanc
  • Andouille
  • Tasso Ham
  • Paired with 90 Shilling Ale, Odell Brewing Co, Fort Collins, CO

First Course:

  • Oyster Po’Boy
  • Brioche & Bloody Mary Aioli
  • Paired with Island Wheat, Capital Brewery, Madison, WI

Second Course:

  • Shrimp Bisque With Andouille Sausage & Fried Green Tomato
  • Paired with Isolation Ale, Odell Brewing Co, Fort Collins, CO

 Third Course:

  • BBQ Chicken Hoecakes
  • Vinegar Slaw & Coffee BBQ Sauce
  • Paired with Mardi Gras Bock, Abita Brewing CO, Abita Springs, LA

 Fourth Course:

  •  Jambalaya Seafood, Andouille Sausage & Blackened Pork Belly
  • Paired with Turbo Dog, Abita Brewing CO, Abita Springs, LA

 Fifth Course:

  • Sweet Potato Bread Pudding
  • Bourbon Butter Sauce, Pear & Cinnamon Ice Cream
  • Paired with Matilda, Goose Island Beer CO, Chicago, IL

Restaurant News & Upcoming Events

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Mar 042012

A few things you might be interested in:

  • Salut is preparing classic recipes by Julia Child every Monday.  A few of the featured dishes include Tranches de Jambon Morvandelle – Sauteed ham salices in a cream and Madiera sauce (page 397), Tournedos Henri the 4th – Filet steak with artichokes and Béarnaise sauce (page 298), Bouillabaisse de Poulet– Chicken poached in white wine with Provencal vegetables, herbs and flavorings (Vol. II – page 261)
  • The Capital GrilleArtist Series Wine Event is returning for its third year, beginning March 19.  The Capital Grille Artist Series Cabernet was created by hand-crafted at Napa Valley’s Freemark Abbey Winery by Ted Edwards, in collaboration with George Miliotes, one of only 186 Master Sommeliers in the world. Fewer than 1,000 cases of this unique wine, blended solely for The Capital Grille, will be produced. The Capital Grille will donate $25 to Share Our Strength® for every limited-edition bottle sold.
  • Big River Pizza will be out at the Edina Farmers Market and Fulton Farmers Market with their mobile wood-fire oven this summer
  • The BiteHunter App is an app for foodies who want to find special local deals on their smart phones.  There are several LivingSocial Instant deals that you can buy directly from your phone.
  • For those looking to experience the ancient art of cracking of an entire wheel of Parmigiano Reggiano cheese in person, head to any Whole Foods Market store on Saturday, March 10 at 2 p.m. CST
  • Whole Food Markets is coming to Edina on April 18, 2012.  It will be a 35,000 square-foot store, located at Centennial Lakes on France Ave
  • Houlihan’s is looking for Original Artwork and Photography inspired by Graffiti, Tattoos and Cartoons.  Interested artists should send non-returnable work samples (jpg, pdf, etc) by 3/31/12 to
  • CRAVE has partnered with the Girl Scouts of Minnesota and Wisconsin River Valley to celebrate their 100-year anniversary. In addition to developing special Girl Scout themed dishes for the CRAVE CARES menu, CRAVE will also be demonstrating healthy cooking at the Great Girl Gathering at Mall of America March 10 and 11. The Girl Scouts will also be selling their famous cookies at all four CRAVE locations on Saturday, March 3

Washington Wine Dinner at Tria ~ February 29th, 2001

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Feb 132012

Washington Wine Dinner
Five-Course Menu

  • First Course: Buckwheat Bilini, Smoked Salmon, Crème Fraîche, American Caviar & Micro Greens, Paired with Boomtown, Pinot Gris, Washington, 2010
  • Second Course: Mixed Greens, Smoked Duck Breast, Apple, Cheese Curds, Marcona Almonds & a Pear Vinaigrette, Paired with Boomtown, Chardonnay, Washington, 2010
  • Third Course: Pork Belly Pastrami, Mornay, Pumpernickel Rounds, Braised Red Cabbage, Baby Arugula & a Coarse Mustard Vinaigrette, Paired with Boomtown, Merlot, Washington, 2008
  • Fourth Course, Hoof & Fin, Carolina BBQ Smoked Pork, Monkfish Medallions, Creamed Collard & Mustard Greens,, Matchstick Potatoes & Bulls Blood Micro Greens, Paired with Dusted Valley, Stained Tooth Syrah, 2009
  • Fifth Course: Baked Washington, Porter Double Chocolate Ice Cream, Merguine & Blackberry Jubilee, Paired with Dusted Valley, VR Special Cabernet Sauvignon, Washington, 2008

Washington Wine Dinner Menu (PDF)

Winterfest Tent Party at Germanic-American Institute ~ January 28, 2012

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Jan 272012

The Germanic-American Institute is hosting a Winterfest Tent Party 

Saturday, January 28th 3-7pm

301 Summit Ave
St Paul, MN

They will be have live music and entertainment and will also be serving authentic German Karneval foods.

The menu includes:

Knödel mit Pilssoße (German dumpling with mushroom sauce)
Rosemary potatoes in herbed yogurt
Schmalzkuchen (deep-fried German pastry with powdered sugar, similar to mini-donuts)
Leberkäse (German-style meatloaf; goes great with beer!)

There will also be a Euro Dance Party in the Summit Avenue Mansion from 7pm-Midnight

See you there!