Brewery documentary shown on Sunday
Minnesota is a hotbed of craft breweries, with estimates of 1.9 per capita — two for each of us, really? (The Brewers Association estimates 1.9 per capita, with per capita in this case meaning per 100,000 21-plus adults.) What goes into starting and, more important, surviving is explored in a new documentary, “Blood, Sweat and Beer,” which will be shown June 28 at Bryant-Lake Bowl, part of a 35-city national tour. The film follows the journey of two start-up breweries, especially Backshore Brewing of Ocean City, Md., which struggled to survive its first year of business after being hit with an aggressive trademark lawsuit, not dissimilar to the trademark lawsuit faced by Duluth’s Bent Paddle Brewing, which was settled far more gracefully. Showtime is 3 p.m. at 810 W. Lake St, Mpls. You can watch a trailer here: http://bloodsweatbeermovie.vhx.tv.
Madden’s Food & Wine weekend shaping up
Madden’s on Gull Lake has raised the stakes on its annual Food & Wine Weekend, Aug. 28-30, which offers guests the chance to interact with renowned chefs through a number of activities, demonstrations and educational sessions. Among those on this year’s roster: John Kraus, a new participant whose Patisserie 46 has gained international acclaim; Erik Anderson and Jamie Malone of Brut, both former Food & Wine-honored chefs; Amy Thielen, host of the Food Network’s “Heartland Table” and 2014 James Beard Award Winner; Doug Flicker of Piccolo and Sandcastle; Jim Christiansen of Heydey and on the cover of the current Food & Wine as a 2015 “Best New Chef”; Landon Schoenfeld of HauteDish and Nighthawks; Niki Francioli, pastry chef at La Belle Vie. For details on the weekend or to book a reservation, visit www.maddens.com/food-and-wine-weekend.html.
American Girl is in the kitchen
This summer’s American Girl movie, “Grace Stirs Up Success,” is based on the book series by Minnesota author Mary Casanova. The movie, available this week from Universal Studios Home Entertainment on Blu-ray and DVD, follows Grace Thomas, an avid baker who follows her dream of starting a baking business in Paris. The kitchen theme has led to a partnership with Williams-Sonoma for a line of American Girl-branded baking sets, utensils, food mixes and a cookbook, available this fall. In the meantime, W-S stores are offering a series of culinary classes for girls now through the end of the year. Classes are $30, limited to 12 and suitable for ages 8-12. Call your local Williams-Sonoma store to sign up.
Houston, we have indigestion
ABC’s new miniseries “The Astronaut Wives Club” follows the women married to America’s first astronauts. But a fun sidelight is seeing the food they make, from Technicolor Jell-O molds to bacon-wrapped oysters to a towering shrimp tree. Food stylist Emily Marshall talks to Bon Appétit about working with vintage recipes. Be sure to click on the slide show, if only for the meatloaf decorated in SpaghettiOs and pimento olives. bit.ly/1JejhGD