Beef gets a lot of play this week with Red Stag playing host to the Peterson Limousin Farms family (producers of prized Limousin cattle) and Farmer Dan of the Grass Fed Cattle Company inviting the public out to the farm. Meanwhile, vegetarians can get drunk on beer cheese soup, all hail kale, and nosh on veggie shish kabobs this Week in Food.
- This is it--your last chance for deep-fried eating on a stick. Hit up the last day of the Minnesota State Fair. Watch the lamas in costume competition. Take down some deep-fried bacon. See if Princess Kay of the Milky Way will share her 90-pound butter head.
- If fresh food fast includes beer and cheese, we'll put on our racing shorts and hit the starting blocks. Join Chef John Michael Lerma at the Chef's Gallery for "Fresh Food Fast," a hands-on class in which you'll learn to make fresh and tasty dishes, including honey mustard chicken, alfredo sauce with pasta, beer cheese soup, and more. $55. 6 p.m.
- The kale just keeps on coming. Cook and sample various kale recipes and go home with an All Day Kale cookbook at the Seward Coop's "Hail to Kale" class. $17/$15 members. 7 p.m.
- It's that time again: Red Stag Supperclub's Meet the Farmer dinner. This week meet the Peterson Limousin Farms family who raise high quality, hormone- and antibiotic-free beef in the St. Croix River Valley. These are some serious cattle, prized by French chefs. Enjoy a four-course meal and organic wine pairings, while chatting with the family and other selective carnivores. $38. 5 to 10 p.m. Contact the Red Stag with questions: 612-767-7766
- Catholics don't spend all their time in confessional. Join Holy Family Maronite Catholic Church for its annual Lebanese Fall Festival. Enjoy homemade baked kibbi, falafel, hummus, tabouli, shish kabobs, and baklava. Join in on a round of bingo and buy a $10 raffle ticket, featuring a $1,500 grand prize drawing.
- Learn more about cattle. Join the Grass Fed Cattle Company for a family day on the farm. Not only will you get a hayride from Farmer Dan, he'll teach you about his farming practices, the benefits of rotational grazing, the different types of grasses the cattle eat, and the humane treatment of animals. Fresh lemonade and local lunch provide. Free. 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
- Red Stag is all over the place. Tonight it teams up with Gardens of Eagan in Farmington, Minnesota, to host a farm-to-table dinner, benefiting the Organic Field School and Emergency Foodshelf Network. The multi-course meal will include a tour of the farm, local wine and beer, and music provided by Jack Klatt and the Cat Swingers. $75 (tax deductable). 5 to 9 p.m. Contact Red Stag (612-767-7766) to purchase tickets.
- Oh when the Saints, go marching in . . . Linden Hills Coop is moving to a new location on 3815 Sunnyside Avenue and it plans to celebrate Big Easy style. No, there won't be topless women and Mardi Gras beads, but there will be an eight-piece New Orleans-style jazz band to lead patrons from the old location (43rd Street and Upton Avenue) to the new one. The new store doesn't officially open until September 23, but who doesn't love a parade when making your Sunday afternoon grocery run? Meet in the courtyard at high noon.