Sue Z.’s Eats: Restaurant Picks for March 2020 – Minnesota Monthly

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Sue Z.’s Edible Hot Tips

Great Time at Giulia

Have you ever wondered how they make mozzarella? Well, if you dine at Giulia in the Emery hotel (215 S. Fourth St., Minneapolis), you can order and watch it get hand-pulled at your table, with a chef performing the elegant presentation. (Read Jason’s review here.)

Created by masterful chef consultant Steven Brown, this menu—also including pasta, pizza, carne e pesce, and contorni—is also worth a visit to the refined redo of this former Minneapolis Hotel. Brad Rowe, the gracious manager, is rightfully proud of a super staff and happy to show off the wine vault and party room. Plus, there are special breakfast, lunch, and dinner highlights. Do not miss the crispy brussels that accompany the duck, or the black kale salad—both over-the-top items.

Lovable La La

Jennifer Lisburg’s La La luncheonette, tucked into 31st and Hennepin in Uptown, Minneapolis, offers healthy veggies, sides, salads, sandwiches  flat breads—even a chicken pot pie. But leave room for the homemade ice cream and sodas, including sarsaparilla and strawberry and served bubbly, with a straw, or alone in a homemade cone. It tastes like you stepped back in time. The sweet sisters from Spain who waited on us added to the ultimate La La charm.

Provisions for All

Anna Wienke had always dreamed of owning a restaurant. Now, she lists herself as the founder and executive director of Provision Community Restaurant, a happy place to dine at 2940 Harriet Ave S., in Minneapolis. The volunteer staff is supported by our local restaurant and chef community, and most all of the décor, dishes, and ingredients are donated. The staff are volunteers, too, working to feed those in need, who can gather and eat a great, healthy meal in a joyful setting offering a pay-as-you-can experience. (Read more about what it’s like to eat at Provision, and its mission, here.) Put April 16th on your calendar for the Provision Spring Gala at the Lumber Exchange in Minneapolis.

Sue Z.’s Charitable Check-In

Well into March

The St. Paul Farmers’ Market (290 Fifth St. E., in Lowertown, St. Paul) will host a free “wellness day” on Saturday, March 7, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., with mocktails, dombucha, and lions Mane sautéed mushroom demos. There’s also free snowga (outdoor  yoga ), granted there is any snow left. Check out more than two dozen local growers, food producers, and other artisans, who offer honey, meats, cheeses, baked goods, salsa microgreens, cough and cold remedies, and skincare products. Activities on CHS Field Plaza start at 10 a.m. and go until 1 p.m.

Chowgirls Killer Cotillion

Southern hospitality meets the creative spirit of northeast Minneapolis. Chowgirls Killer Catering are celebrating 16 years with a huge soirée, called the Killer Cotillion. The women-owned company now owns three locations, with a staff of 135. Come join the celebration, with illustrations by Claire Ward and music by Red Rock, on Thursday, March 12, 7 to 10 p.m., at the Solar Arts Building (711 NE 15th Ave., Minneapolis). Full disclosure: Proceeds benefit Perspectives Family Center and Kids Cafe, a nonprofit I founded to improve access to nutritious meals for families in need.

Women’s Expo: Rock What You Got

A two-day trade show at Rosedale Center, in Roseville, Saturday and Sunday, March 28 and 29, will promote women-owned businesses and provide seminars, tastes, entertainment, and product demonstrations that will educate and stimulate your mind and senses. Cooking demos feature Amy Thielen, author of Give a Girl a Knife; Amalia Moreno-Damgaard, author of Amalia’s Guatemalan Kitchen and founder of Amalia, LLC, which broadens appreciation of Latin cultural nuances; and Heather Manley, founder and CEO of Crooked Water Spirits.

Sue Zelickson (Sue Z.) is a James Beard Award-winning food media personality, philanthropist, and longtime contributor to Minnesota Monthly and WCCO radio. She has founded the Charlie Awards, the Women Who Really Cook networking organization for women in the local food industry, and the Kids Cafe at Perspectives, Inc., which improves access to nutritious meals for families in need. You can find her buzzing around from event to event throughout the Twin Cities, helping to raise funds for charitable organizations, including some she has had a hand in building.

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