Looking for something to do this weekend? Here are five choice dining and drinking events going on around the Twin Cities:
1) Pig Ate My Pizza Super Bowl XLVIII Party
When: Sunday, 4:30 p.m.
Where: Pig Ate My Pizza
What: There's a big old party at PAMP for the big game. Watch football on the big screen while putting away all the appetizers, pizza, beer, and wine that you can handle. Tickets still remain and you can purchase those here.
2) Town Hall Lanes Chili Cook-Off
When: Sunday, 2:30 p.m.
Where: Town Hall Lanes
What: With Town Hall Brewery currently under construction, the annual chili cook-off is taking place at the Lanes. Enter your chili or just spectate as competitors vie for over $500 in prizes. The $10 ticket gets you a pint of beer and all the chili you can eat. Find more information here.
3) Germanic American Institute Winterfest
When: Saturday, 11 a.m. to midnight
Where: Germanic American Institute
What: Not to be confused with the other Winterfest (craft beer), this one takes place at the Germanic American Institute inside a heated tent. The party offers music, fire acts, dancing, brats, beer, doughnuts, gingerbread, pretzels, and so much more. Stick around for a Euro-style dance party that goes until midnight. Costumes encouraged. More information can be found here.
4) Allez Les Bleus and Les Blancs
When: Saturday, 1 p.m.
Where: Brit's Pub & Vincent A Restaurant
What: The Nicollet Mall institutions are once again teaming up for this 11th annual rugby-watching tradition. Watch the two countries square off in a rugby match while enjoying beer specials at Brit's, then head over to Vincent for a British/French brunch buffet. Details of the event can be found here.
5) Minnesota Craft Beer Dinner
When: Thursday, 6 p.m.
Where: Grand Cafe
What: The Southwest Minneapolis cafe is teaming up with Minnesota craft breweries, Bent Paddle, Indeed Brewing, and Surly, to bring a 5-course dinner on the eve of Minnesota Craft Brewers Guild's Winterfest. Spaces are limited so call for reservations. You can find more information about the dinner here.
Also of Note: Boom Island Brewing opens their taproom doors for the first time and at the new location (Saturday, noon). Sausage Fest is back! Wednesday at Summit Brewery. The Lowry wants you to sip, munch, and mingle at a winter patio party (Thursday, 4 p.m.). Harriet Brewing celebrates their 3rd anniversary at The Cedar (Friday, 6 p.m.). If wine is your thing, make reservations at Solera (Tuesday) and Meritage (Wednesday) with wine dinners highlighting their respective countries. Didn't get tickets to Winterfest? Hit up Anchors & Ales and sip craft beer while looking at sweet boats (Friday, 5 p.m.). Want a few more options for the big game eating and drinking? Then check out Psycho Suzi's Suzi Bowl, Uptown Cafeteria's Big Gay Party, or Groundswell's Summit Bowl Party.