Vice President Joe Biden was in town yesterday for a private fundraiser for the Democratic National Committee, hosted at North Loop restaurant The Bachelor Farmer. Owned by Eric and Andrew Dayton (sometimes also known as the sons of Governor Mark Dayton), the restaurant also hosted a lunch for President Obama in 2012. According to the Star Tribune, the suggested donation to attend last night's dinner topped out at $32,000.
Before the dinner, Biden also stopped at nearby coffee shop Moose & Sadie's to meet with a group of Minneapolis women and thank them for their support of the Affordable Care Act, reported the Star Tribune.
Last night's three-course meal was prepared by chef Paul Berglund, who was named a James Beard Foundation Award semifinalist yesterday for Best Chef Midwest. It included: a first course of Bibb lettuce with aged goat's milk cheese, cider vinegar, and walnuts; a second course choice of either roasted haddock with scarlet turnip confit, cipollini onions, and herb aioli or beef short rib with wilted savoy cabbage, purple fingerling potatoes, and horseradish; and a dessert of brown butter lemon cake with vanilla ice cream, lemon curd, and toasted almonds. The menu itself was designed by local calligrapher Crystal Kluge, who also designed Marvel Bar's logo.