Category Archives: Eating My Way Through Life

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

April Showers aka April Flurries

This spring has been so odd weather-wise that I’m not entirely sure if the sweaters are out of sight, out of mind or if they should remain within arm’s reach.  As the saying goes April showers bring May flowers, but for some reason we’ve had more snow flurries than rain!

Regardless, everything was sunny (except the balloon raindrops, but even they were festive) at Lunds & Byerly’s Catering event.

Lunds Catering Raindrops

The event was held in the space above Lunds’ 12th & Hennepin store, with such a cute team, as they all wore wellies amidst the bright yellow and gray decor.  Super cute.

We had a chance to sample products from the Lunds & Byerly’s deli and bakery, as well as the sushi and Asian stir fry that is offered by partnering companies.  And yes, they can do interactive food stations.

Lunds Catering Crab Cake Station

Lunds Catering Cheese Station

Lunds Catering Sushi Boat

Lunds Catering Sushi Platter

And how can you go wrong with a sea of cupcakes?

Lunds Catering Sea of Cupcakes

Unfortunately, we couldn’t sample any of the breakfast donuts (topped off with cereal or bacon or sometimes candy), but I supposed they have to leave us wanting more!

Lunds Catering Breakfast Donuts

To contact Lunds & Byerly’s Catering, visit their website here!