Thursday, March 21, 2013
With a few simple techniques, East Harriet cooking coach Jen Antila will teach you the confidence to make amazing food fit for an Iron Chef competition.
Jen Antila is, quite possibly, one of the most interesting cooking coaches you might meet in Southwest Minneapolis. Recently, Patch interviewed her over a lunch of homemade lasagna and salad. This was no ordinary lasagna, though—blue cheese, walnut halves, parsley, and a smattering of other ingredients layered between flavorful, parchment-thin homemade noodles. Blue cheese lasagna. Who'da thunk it? As we ate, Antila tested Patch's taste buds by having us try to identify all the ingredients. The sharp, and nutty cheese contrasted with clean flavors of herbs while the slightly crunch nuts balanced out the creamy cheese and added another layer of flavor complexity. As Antila unpacked the recipe, her bounty of cooking knowledge shown brightly…
Friday, February 22, 2013
James Beard award is top accolade of the foodie world.
Southwest Minneapolis is well-known as a top foodie destination in Minnesota, but who knew it might be in the running for a nationally-important food award? Earlier this week, the James Beard Foundation announced the semifinalists for its 2013 awards, to be presented in May. Among the scores of candidates are three of Southwest Minneapolis' own—Chefs Steven Brown (Tilia) and Doug Flicker (Piccolo), and Restaurateur Kim Bartmann (Gigi's, Bread and Pickle, Barbette, Bryant-Lake Bowl, Red Stag Supper Club, Pat's Tap). Brown and Flicker will face off against 18 of their fellow Midwestern chefs for a shot at the "Best Chef: Midwest" title, while Bartmann is up against 19 peers from across the country in the "Outstanding Restaurateur" category…
Thursday, February 7, 2013
Summer sewer work could result in as many as five days without working toilets for some.
A proposed sewer project cutting across Southwest Minneapolis from Linden Hills to East Harriet could force scores of people out of their homes for as many as five days at various points over the next two years. Parts of the sewer line serving much of the area are just about ready to fall apart, according to a statement from sewer maintainers at the Met Council. To keep local toilets flushing, construction crews are slated to start work this fall and next winter on the worst bit: a stretch of sewer running underneath the 4100 block of France Ave, the 3900 and 4000 blocks of Ewing Ave, and the stretch of 41st Street that connects the two avenues. They'll be ripping up the roadway, digging down, and rebuilding the line from scratch. The …
The creative twist on a classic game opens in late spring.
It seems like you can't go anywhere these days without hitting one of Locus Architecture's public art projects. After seeing their design for a temporary sculpture in front of the Minneapolis Convention Center selected as one of five finalists (the ultimate selection is due Mar. 1), Wynne Yelland, Paul Neseth, and Adam Jonas of Locus Architecture of the East Harriet architectural firm are headlining the Walker Art Center's artist-designed mini-golf course. The course—actually two seven-hole courses leading to a shared eighth hole—will be installed in the Sculpture Garden, and opens May 23. Each hole offers golfers a set of interesting problems to solve, like a game of golf twister, garden gnome foosball, a giant ant farm, and a …
Friday, February 1, 2013
At least two trees infested.
According to the Star Tribune, emerald ash borer beetles have been found in Southwest Minneapolis' Lakewood Cemetery: The emerald ash borer, an invasive beetle that threatens Minnesota's nearly 1 billion ash trees, was first found in the state in St. Paul in May 2009. Since then, thousands of ash trees have been taken down, while others have been treated with insecticides to try to thwart the beetle's advance. The Department of Agriculture has also released predator wasps in the fight to curb tree losses "I'm not surprised our foresters are the ones who made the discovery," Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board spokesperson Dawn Sommers told Patch. In a phone interview, Park Board Director of Forrestry Ralph Seivert said that two infected …
Saturday, January 26, 2013
"Sneak peak" to last until the spring, when construction resumes.
Tuesday, January 22, 2013
Pups will get a place to play for the winter before final construction resumes in the spring.
The following is an announcement from the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board, emailed to reporters Tuesday afternoon: In response to overwhelming requests from the community, the much anticipated Off-Leash Dog Park at Lyndale Farmstead Park will open this Friday for a “preview” during the winter months. Although there is still a significant amount of work to be done, the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board (MPRB) determined that the park could open on a temporary basis to accommodate pet owners who are looking for a nearby area for their dogs to run for the winter months. This opportunity will allow everyone who is eagerly awaiting the new off-leash space to get a sneak preview of what the new park will have to offer. The Off-…
Thursday, January 17, 2013
Locals will join kite flyers from the Minnesota Kite Society.
This Saturday, huge and beautiful kites will soar over Lake Harriet's frozen expanse at the East Harriet Kite Fest. Check out these photos, courtesy of the Minnesota Kite Society, whose members will be bringing some of the day's star attractions.
Wednesday, January 16, 2013
Many schools are letting their students out early for an extra-long weekend.
Outdoors Lake Harriet Kite Fest in Minneapolis For the last decade, giant kites have filled the skies above the frozen waters of Lake Harriet in mid-January. This Saturday, Jan. 19, will be no different, as kites of all shapes, sizes, and themes soar over the northern end of the lake, near the Lake Harriet Bandshell. Minnesota Kite Society members will bring some of their biggest and best kites, and demonstrate their kite-flying skills several times throughout the day. Come for the kites, and stay for the horse-drawn wagon rides, ice fishing, snowshoeing, children's medallion hunt and marshmallow roast. Take Your Kids Skating in Hopkins Skating rinks with warming houses are available for your enjoyment at six Hopkins park locations. Call …
Tuesday, January 15, 2013
East Harriet firm is competing to design new Convention Center park.
Last week, East Harriet architecture firm Locus Architecture got some good news. Their design for a sun- and wind-powered sculpture for a plaza in front of the Minneapolis Convention Center was selected as one of the top 5 finalists in a design competition put on by the City of Minneapolis. The plaza, currently a large, grassy expanse, was in need of some jazzing up, city officials concluded. They asked Minneapolis firms to create and install a temporary, interactive, site-specific, eco-focused “portal” to the City of Minneapolis on the Plaza of the Minneapolis Convention Center. This challenge is intended to encourage exciting proposals and thoughtful discussion about how to make our downtown more vital, dynamic, livable, walkable and …