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Hewing Hotel finally opening coveted rooftop bar to public – for 1 day a week

After decreeing that the rooftop amenities would be available only to hotel guests and social club members, the Hewing Hotel has decided to open up part of its show-stopping facilities to the public on a weekly basis.

Starting next week, the Hewing is inviting the community at large to peruse the downtown views and indulge in a special Tattersall Distilling cocktail takeover at the rooftop bar and restaurant every Tuesday.

What’s on tap? Well, a list of rooftop drinks made exclusively for the Hewing (meaning you won’t find them at Tattersall’s cocktail room), including frozen concoctions.

These will change on a regular basis and be theme-oriented – for the first couple weeks, think “Minneapolis pool party.” Imbibers can expect cocktails like the Island Life – an aquavit bev with pineapple, lime and honey, or the Safety Break – with pommeau, vodka, vermouth and bitters. Icy tiki drinks could be poured, too, in the not-so-distant future.

The lofty lounge and patio, which seat about 75, will be accessible by reservation only — made by e-mailing VIP@hewinghotel.com — from 4 to 10 p.m., and a minimum spend of $25 per person is required. Various small plates, such as ceviche, bruschetta and a tomato-burrata salad, will also be available.

And next up in the rooftop unveiling is lunch – which will be open to the public starting in October.

Christopher Kimball to showcase food on stage in Minneapolis

Provided photo by Channing Johnson.

Provided photo by Channing Johnson.

Christopher Kimball, the droll bow-tied showman of food, will be back in town, on stage, this time with Milk Street Live, from his new production company. 

Shortly after his 2015 visit to Minneapolis, the founder and longtime former host of TV’s “America’s Test Kitchen” and publisher of Cook’s Illustrated, found himself out of a job. 

But not for long. Milk Street, his new venture that’s named for the location his company calls home, offers a similar focus on food, in this case home cooking from around the world, via a magazine, website, television and radio series, and cookbook.

Kimball will entertain his fans on Sept. 27 at the Cowles Center for Dance and Performing Arts (528 Hennepin Av. S., Mpls.) at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $49-$99 and available at the Cowles box office (612-206-3600) or online at www.thecowlescenter.org.   

The show will involve a taste-test for each audience member, along with quizzes and questions, a short-order cook challenge with contestants from the audience and, of course, more. 

Want to stay home and watch him? Milk Street Television will air new shows on PBS this fall, which means on TPT2 locally at 11 a.m. on Sept. 9 (Chinese home cooking), Sept. 16 (baking) and Sept. 23 (Thai food).

He also has a cookbook to be published in September, “Christopher Kimball’s Milk Street Cookbook” (Little Brown).   
 

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