Category Archives: Eating My Way Through Life

Smack Shack Chicago!

If you are in Chicago, its worth checking out the new Smack Shack in the Google building!  During the VIP Grand Opening Party the hurricanes were flowing and the lobster rolls were rolling!

Smack Shack Chicago - Entrance

Smack Shack Chicago - Entryway

Smack Shack Chicago - Tattinger Sponsored Raw Bar Ice Sculpture

Smack Shack Chicago - DJ

Smack Shack Chicago - Grand Opening Guests

Smack Shack Chicago - Lobster Guacamole

Smack Shack Chicago - Shrimp Boil

Smack Shack Chicago - Hightop

Smack Shack Chicago - Main Bar Guests

Honor at Vieux Carre

Renovating the Artists’ Quarters space in St. Paul has been a much bigger undertaking than one would think given the size of the space.  However, the last several months have been a labor of love for the owners and manager, Martina Priadka, creating Vieux Carre.  Although the kitchen is small, it looks like it could produce some food that will pack a culinary punch!

As Martina was working on her wine menu one day, I asked who her main wine suppliers were.  She mentioned she was excited that the wine list would be a departure from Vieux Carre’s older sister, The Dakota.  In particular she expressed excitement over a wine she put on the menu from the Honor Winery.

It’s a winery that distributes wine with a portion of the proceeds from each bottle of wine sold going to families of military men and women who have either lost their lives or been severely injured.  It really is a beautiful sentiment, communicated through the simple beauty of the bottle.

Vieux Carre opens its doors next week.  Be sure to sample some Honor Wine.

Honor Wine

Morel Mushroom Fanatics

If you’re one of those big Morel Mushroom fanatics (who knew this was a thing?), you’re going to want to make sure to attend the first annual MN Morel Fest!

Morel Fest Postcard

Not To Be Missed

Thomas Keller (yes, THAT Thomas Keller) is having a book release / signing event for Bouchon Bakery at La Belle Vie on June 18, 2013 starting at 6:30 pm.

Ticket price for the La Belle Vie event includes hosted cocktails, wine, passed small plate reception, an Andrew Zimmern-hosted Q&A presentation and an autographed copy of Bouchon Bakery.  Advance ticket purchase is required and tickets are $250 all-inclusive. Tickets may be purchased by calling the restaurant directly at 612.874.6440.

** please note only 125 tickets are available for this once in a lifetime event