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Pop Up Dinner, Festivals and a Sad Farewell Sum Up This Weekend’s Food-centric Events

Drown your sorrows in martinis at Nye’s and take in some great music at Tilia this weekend.

See Andrew Zimmern in Loring Park this weekend
See Andrew Zimmern in Loring Park this weekend

Friday, August 21st

Pop up dinner at Cook

If last Friday is any indication, we are in for a treat again with this week’s pop up by Cook’s executive chef Taelyn Lang. Dinner will be served from 5pm - 9pm and include lamb tacos, pork shoulder carnitas, potato, mushroom, and summer squash tacos, jicama, melon and mango pico de gallo and elote.

Cook will continue to host pop up dinners every Friday night and have openings in September. Chefs interested in participating should contact them via their web site or Facebook page.

Saturday, August 22nd

Celebrity chefs and Chipotle

The Minneapolis Chipotle Cultivate Festival returns to Loring Park and includes cooking demonstrations featuring chefs Andrew Zimmern, Top Chef alumn Richard Blais, Gavin Kaysen, Jamie Malone, Erik Anderson, and Jim Christiansen. Sample and shop for local treats at the Artisans’ Hall or try some Chipotle items and a Surly beer created exclusively for the festival.

Nye's Polonaise courtesy Facebook

Thanks for the memories

Nye's much-bemoaned shuttering is imminent. The restaurant is throwing a farewell party that will last all weekend. Organizers are moving the piano lounge outside, stoking up the grills, swishing some classic martinis, and hosting an impressive line up of musical acts like Molly Maher, New Primitives, Belfast Cowboys and of course, the World's Most Dangerous Polka Band.

Sunday, August 23rd

Tilia’s Augtober Fest

The restaurant's party has become a late summer tradition. Celebrate the release of this season's Oktoberfest beer and enjoy fare from Red Wagon Pizza, Terzo Wine Bar’s porchetta, Patisserie 46, Cafe 128, and Tilia. This year's bands include Two Harbors, Umami and Molly O and Andy Dee.