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How to Beat the Mid-Winter Blues This Weekend

Sick of winter yet? Nothing that a few pounds of pork won’t cure.

The fatback is back at Cochon 555
The fatback is back at Cochon 555
Zoe Francois

Friday, February 19

Happy birthday Glam Doll

Glam Doll Donuts celebrates their three year anniversary with a cocktail party, a reception for artist Timothy G. Piotrowski and of course, hot glazed donuts. Eat Street Social will be crafting classic cocktails, Glam Doll will introduce new flavors of glazed donuts and Tony Peachka and the beauties of Le Cirque Rouge will entertain the crowd.

50% of proceeds from the evening will go to Free Arts MN.

Saturday, February 20

Mardi Gras come to Minneapolis

Billed as the "Biggest Bash North of the Bayou," Mardi Crawl 2016 gives revelers free entry into participating bars, drink specials all night, live music and entertainment and of course, all the colorful beads your neck can handle. Dress up and play Bead Quest- you might even get crowned King and Queen of Mardi Crawl.

For every ticket sold, three meals will be donated to Feeding America Twin Cities.

Frost Free Market Part 4

The Northeast Farmers Market will hold its fourth Frost Free Market at at the Solar Arts by Chowgirls event center. Purveyors like Lovetree Farmstead Cheese, Tantalize Sweets & Savories and St. Paul Switchel will tempt you with their wares while DJs The Ring Toss Twins spin soul and funk on actual real live vinyl and libations from Indeed Brewing Company, Sociable Cider Werks and Norseman Distillery flow.

LynLake Brewery [Official]

HipHop and Hops

LynLake Brewery is hosting a night of beer and Hip Hop music. They promise a great line up, including Omen, Steddy P (KC), Lamon Manuel (of Tomorrow Kings), Rich Jones and DJ Benny Motion. The event is free and hosted by Moonlight Grammar.

Sloppy Loppet 2016

Como Dockside is hosting what is being dubbed a "tipsy winter field day" with a crazy course where Sloppeteers will engage in booze fueled challenges like the Tug ‘N’ Chug, Beerathalon and Snocan Dash. Hearty Minnesotans will enjoy prizes, drink specials and a sticking it to winter.

The event is sponsored by Como Dockside, Summit Brewing Company, Indeed Brewing Company, Pat's Tap and 2 Gingers Whiskey and culminates with a  Summit Brewing shuttle bus ride to the post-party at Pat’s Tap.

The winning moment at last year's Cochon. Photo by Zoe Francois

The winning moment at last year's Cochon. Photo by Zoe Francois

Sunday, February 21

Bring on the pork!

Cochon 555, the national nose-to-tail pork competition raising awareness of responsible farming, is back in Minneapolis for a second year. In its maiden voyage to our fair city last year, Chef Thomas Boemer and the Corner Table team not only took home the trophy, but went on to win the crown at the national finals in Colorado as well. Boom! This year's competing chefs are John Ng of Zen Box Izakaya, Christopher Nye of Spoon and Stable, Jorge Guzman of Surly Brewing Company/Brewers Table, James Winberg, Mike Brown and Bob Gerken of Travail Kitchen & Amusements and Carrie Summer and Lisa Carlson of Chef Shack Ranch, along with their all female team of  top chefs The Crackling Contessas. Attendees sample and vote on the competing dishes in addition to indulging in nibbles from last year’s Prince of Porc, Chef Boemer’s tartare bar as well as a ramen shop and libations galore.

(Get a load of last year's fun here.)

Greatest hits at Marin and Mill Valley Kitchen

Marin’s Executive Chef Mike Rakun kicks off a week long Greatest Hits Menu at Marin and Mill Valley Kitchen. Loyal diners selected their favorite dishes to appear on the bonus prix fixe menu. The Greatest Hits Menu runs Sunday through Friday, February 26th. A portion of the proceeds will be donated to Share Our Strength’s No Kid Hungry campaign.