Restaurant Roundup: VIP Chef’s Table, blood for beer, back-to-school deals

Aug. 15, 2019

Parlour Ice Cream House has created the VIP Chef’s Table. Gather six people for an hourlong experience with chef Chris Hanmer at the ice cream show downtown on Main Avenue. The award-winning chef tells stories through his food. Bookings are available daily. Tickets are $35 per person.

Donate a pint of blood Friday, and get a pint of beer from Remedy Brewing Co. or Take 16 Brewing in Luverne, Minn. The two breweries are competing to see which one can recruit the most blood donors. Community Blood Bank bloodmobiles will be at the two locations from 1 to 5:30 p.m. Donors also will get a free T-shirt.

Find a baby-sitter and join McNally’s Irish Pub for a back-to-school patio party for parents from 4 to 10:30 p.m. Friday. According to its Facebook event post, “Look, we all love our kids ok – but, it’s been a long summer and we are ready for the little humans to go back to school!” The pub at 69th and Western has live music lined up with the Bad Neighbor Band from 6:30 to 10:30 p.m. The Craic Power Hour from 4 to 5 p.m. offers half-price on all drinks and $5 Craic Nachos.

Mackenzie River Pizza, Grill & Pub is helping with back-to-school in another way. Bring in receipts for school supplies totaling $25 or more to receive a 25 percent discount on food at the restaurant at 11th and Main. The promotion runs through August.

Join A Homestead Brew for a “field to glass” event at its annual wet hop brew Saturday. The taproom at the Anderson Hop Farm near Valley Springs opens at 2 p.m. Throughout the day, you’ll be able to watch the hop picker in action. Join in the making of the seasonal wet hop brew at 5 p.m. The taproom has 10 beers on tap and 10 other options by the bottle. Snacks will be available, and you can have pizza and chicken delivered by Pizza Ranch in Brandon.

An update to last week’s update on lunch at Books n Brewz Pizzeria: Pizza by the slice is no longer an option. The restaurant at Eighth and Weber will make full pizzas to order – they take about 20 minutes — and offers a pasta dish with a side salad for a quick option during the workweek. It’s closed Mondays.

Oh My Cupcakes will celebrate its 10th anniversary Wednesday with parties at all three locations. The bakery is promoting cupcake giveaways, special flavors, a coloring contest and “top-secret specials to be announced closer to the event.” Get a dozen mini-cupcakes for $10 or buy a copy of founder Melissa Johnson’s book, “Fingers in the Frosting,” for $10.

Erbert & Gerbert’s Sandwich Shop is offering $3 sandwiches, either the 5-inch or 8-inch sizes, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday. The restaurant is on Louise just south of 41st.

Pizza Ranch on West 41st Street will host the Howling Pack’s monthly Lunch With the U. The USD fundraising group brings in various speakers to talk about the upcoming sport seasons. The series kicks off Aug. 22 with head football coach Bob Nielson. The restaurant will donate 25 percent of sales at the events to the USD athletic department.

For more news from the local dining scene, visit our Food & Drink section. Headlines this week include a peek inside Look’s Marketplace, which expects to open in October; “skinny” drinks for summer at Grille 26; Scooter’s Coffee expanding to Madison; and a remodeling project at KFC on Louise that has closed the lobby and dining room. 


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