Dine at Mia amidst the artwork
Once again the Minneapolis Institute of Art is holding after-hours demonstrations and food inspired by its current special exhibit: “Botticelli and Renaissance Florence: Masterpieces From Uffizi.”
Just like Van Gogh’s dinners this summer, Mia tapped James Beard Award-nominated chef Jamie Malone, who will create “An Italian Renaissance Wedding Feast by Botticelli.” Malone will be working with Patisserie 46 chef John Kraus, sommelier Bill Summerville and atmosphereist Jason Berke of Warmhouse Story for the event.
The dinners will be held on selected weeknights starting November 9 and feature a special tour, featuring the Botticelli exhibition, a large dinner with wine pairings, and information from Mia’s director, curator and team cook of the night. Tickets are $475 each; get yours at bit.ly/3WjPZ1R or call 612-870-6323.
Christmas with a twist
This time of year, all is not calm Psycho Suzi’s Motor Lounge. The fifth anniversary of Mary’s Christmas Palace is over a month away – and it doesn’t stop until January 28.
But everything is understandable. The space (1900 NE. Marshall St., Mpls., psychosuzis.com) has been transformed into a Christmas bar – but think spooky, a little messy and sure up, both with decorations and food and drinks. . The holiday extravaganza is open every day; reservations are not required but recommended. A reservation (starting at $2.99 per person) guarantees a seat in the building for 90 minutes. There is also a $5.99 entry fee. Find out more and make reservations at psychosuzis.com.
Dayton’s Holiday Market will be a treat
In honor of the holidays, do some shopping at the Winter Maker’s Market at the Dayton’s Project in downtown Minneapolis, which will be filled with more than 60 local vendors – many of them food . Find Sweet Heaven Cakes, Hepp Salt Co., We Are Nuts, the Smiling Olive (premium olive oil and vinegars), San Jose Chocolate, Hobby Farmer Canning Co., Double Take Salsa, Thumbs Cookies, Isadore Nut Co., North Mallow, Sharab Shrubs and more. The market, at 700 Nicollet Mall, opened Nov. 17; hours are 10am-6pm Mon.-Sat. and 11 am-5 pm Sun.
Bring on the cold beer
Another sign that winter is coming: St. Paul Brewing’s Porterfest is underway. Now through the end of the year, a special bloodbath will be announced every Tuesday. This year’s brews (in order): Grand Design S’mores, Mystic Rhythms Raspberry, Dreamline Cherry Cheesecake, Hazelnut Tree, Twilight Zone Chai, Pooka Irish Creme, Hold Your Fire Paper, Xanadu Orange and Sweet Miracle Salted Caramel. Try six and get a Porterfest beanie. The brewery is located at 688 E. Minnehaha Av., St. Paul. More information at stpaulbrewing.com.