The much-talked about Erik Anderson/Bill Summerville fried chicken and Champagne pop-up has actually come to fruition, reports Dara Moskowitz Grumdahl at Mpls.St.Paul Magazine. Called Ernie's Fried Chicken, the pop-up will be open some Sundays at Travail (which is usually closed on Sundays), starting on May 25th. It will run from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m., and will be serving, what else, fried chicken and Champagne (or sparkling wine, to be more precise).
The crew is selling tickets ahead of time, which go on sale today at noon. A $15 ticket gets you a half-chicken and a $29 ticket gets you a whole one; each amount will come with a habanero hot-honey dip and a pint of a side dish. Diners can also buy more fried chicken at will; the tickets are just to give them an idea of how many people to expect. It's cash only for everything else, which includes a $19 bottle of Cava on up to pricier local grower Champagne, plus a $5 buttermilk sundae with candied peanuts.
The background: a few weeks ago, the Twitterverse was aflutter with news of a potential casual collaboration from Anderson (who has recently returned to Minneapolis from Nashville's The Catbird Seat) and Summerville (who recently announced he is leaving his post as wine director of La Belle Vie). The two had paired up on some much pricier pop-ups (like this $200/person, 12-course tasting menu), but wanted to do something more casual.
· Introducing: Ernie's Fried Chicken! [Dara]
· Tickets for Ernie's Fried Chicken [Tempo Tickets]
· All Coverage of Erik Anderson [Eater MPLS]