Counter Intelligence: Vinaigrettes, oysters, sausages and more

  • Article by: RICK NELSON , Star Tribune
  • Updated: September 4, 2013 - 3:06 PM

A change in Apple Valley

After a nine-year run, south suburban restaurant pioneers Dan and Kay Shimek have called it quits. Last week, the owners of Enjoy! (15435 Founders Lane, Apple Valley) sold the property to members of Break Bread Hospitality, the team behind the Italian-themed Bacio (1571 Plymouth Rd. S., Minnetonka, www.baciomn.com), Zelo (831 Nicollet Mall, Mpls., www.zelomn.com) and Zelino (825 Nicollet Mall, Mpls., www.zelinomn.com). The restaurant will undergo a makeover and reopen in mid-November as Vivo.

“We are at a point in our lives where we want to simplify our program and be able to visit the restaurant just as guests,” the couple said in a statement. The Shimeks will continue to operate Paradise Landing, their restaurant in Balsam Lake, Wis., and Chateau St. Croix, their winery in St. Croix Falls, Wis.

 

From Uptown to the western ’burbs

A familiar name to Minneapolis diners has debuted at Lakewinds Natural Foods (17501 Minnetonka Blvd., Minnetonka, and 435 Pond Promenade, Chanhassen, www.lakewinds.com). A half-dozen products from the kitchen at Lucia’s (1432 W. 31st St., Mpls., www.lucias.com) are now being sold at the co-op’s two locations, including vinaigrettes (maple-mustard and sherry), frozen cookie dough (chocolate sea salt and chocolate chip), granola and dog treats. Meet Lucia Watson from 4 to 6 p.m. on Sept. 12 at the co-op’s Minnetonka store.

 

Dinner reservations, times two

On Sept. 8, get an up-close-and-personal taste of the Plato, Minn., farm that supplies Wise Acre Eatery (5401 Nicollet Av. S., Mpls., www.wiseacreeatery.com) with its vegetables, beef, pork and poultry. Wise Acre chef Beth Fisher will be preparing a multi-course, seasonal dinner, with wine pairings. Cost is $175 per person; reservations at 612-822-4769.

On Sept. 9, Nightingale (2551 Lyndale Av. S., Mpls., www.nightingalempls.com) chef/co-owner Carrie McCabe-Johnston will be preparing a seven-course ode to the local tomato, with dishes such as scallops with a Green Zebra gazpacho, glazed beef short ribs with a tomato jam and sweet corn succotash and a tomato upside-down cake with basil ice cream, all served with beverage pairings in a single 7 p.m. seating. Cost is $75 (wine pairings included); reservations at 612-354-7060.

 

Sausages and beer

An event so big it lasts two days: the fourth-annual Kielbasa Festival, held in the parking lot at Kramarczuk’s (215 E. Hennepin Av., Mpls., www.kramarczuk.com) this Friday (5 to 10 p.m.) and Saturday (11 a.m. to 10 p.m.).

Feast on the restaurant’s famous sausages and other street food, along with lots of beer, plus live music. Admission is $12 (first beer is free, mug is included), or $6 for ages 21 and under or designated drivers, sold at the door or at www.startribune.com/a2473.

 

Party on St. Peter Street

Oyster lovers, circle Oct. 13 on your calendars. That’s the day (noon to 8 p.m.) that Meritage (410 St. Peter St., St. Paul, www.meritage-stpaul.com) is hosting its third-annual Oysterfest.

Along with oysters, try lobster rolls, fried clams, oyster po’ boys, burgers, crepes and more. Attend shucking classes, cheer on your favorite local chef in the Oyster Shucking Showdown and meet farmers from Long Island’s Blue Island Oysters, Hama Hama Oyster Farm of Hood Canal, Wash., and Island Creek Oyster Farm of Duxbury, Mass.

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