Lilac bushes around the Twin Cities are blooming just in time for outdoor dining on Mother’s Day, which falls on Sunday, May 9 this year. Whether you celebrate your mother, your chosen family, your partner, your best friend, or honor a mother you’ve lost, the following businesses hope to provide you with something special to fete the occasion — especially with good food.
Hit the Mall and Order Biscuits, Betty & Earl’s Biscuit Kitchen
Whether you prefer sweet or savory, Betty & Earl’s Biscuit Kitchen has a bit of both. For $15, you’ll receive a three-pack of sweet caramel apple, raspberry, and cinnamon rolls or a savory three-pack of sausage gravy, bacon cheddar, and mushroom gruyere. If classic is more your thing, the original six-pack comes with a jar of honey or jam for $25. Additional sweet goodies also include a choice of mini-pies alongside chocolate chunk, butterscotch, oatmeal cherry cookies, and chocolate-covered strawberries for $20. If you forgot to buy your mom a little gift, lucky for you, you’ll already be in the mall.
Order at least 24-hours in advance on Toast.
Complementary Sips with a View at Birch’s on the Lake
On Mother’s Day from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Birch’s in Long Lake is providing a brunch full of all the standby favorites. A complimentary mimosa or beermosa is included for those that wish to imbibe. Adults dine for $51.95, children from 4 to 12 for $21.95, and little ones three and under eat for free. If your family members aren’t morning people, their regular menu is available in the evening if you’d like to watch the sunset on the lake from 4:30 to 9 p.m. instead.
Make reservations at birchsonthelake.com.
Milk Jam Creamery’s Fruity and Crunchy Ice Cream Pie
You’ve heard of and, most likely, enjoyed ice cream cake before but have you ever tried an ice cream pie? Milk Jam Creamery is playing with flavors and textures this Mother’s Day and the result is a stunning strawberry crunch pie made with cream and strawberry jam ice cream, topped with a strawberry and white chocolate crunch, and nestled in a graham cracker crust. The combination of graham cracker crust and ice cream is unarguably the best of both worlds.
Pre-order your pie for curbside pickup between 12 p.m. and 5 p.m. on Saturday, May 8th, or Sunday, May 9th
Animales’ Pork Shoulder Feast Because BBQ is for Moms, Too
Pick up some Peterson Farms smoked coppa and prove that good barbecue isn’t just for dads. Alongside the freshly smoked pork shoulder comes roasted carrots with a lime vinaigrette, crema, and queso fresco, four cornbread muffins, tangy lemon curd with fresh berries, 8 ounces of gold sauce, house pickles, and even one quart of Bloody Mary mix for $100. BBQ season is on its way, but this is barbecue for every occassion.
Pre-order on Tock.
Enjoy Courses and Courses from Holman’s Table
For a memorable take-and-bake dinner that is a whopping eight courses and feeds four to five, head to downtown St. Paul Airport’s Holman’s Table. The $120 charge includes orange-fennel glazed salmon, za’atar roasted chicken, broccolini with peppers, onions and feta, cucumber & tomato salad, marinated olives & naan bread, vegetable couscous, and a lemon chiffon cake with whipped vanilla frosting. If you’d rather dine in, adults will enjoy a four-course prix fixe with a choice of entree and dessert for $39 and kids eat for $15.
Pre-order or make a reservation at holmanstable.com
Get Fancy for Tea Time or a Tea Party at Whiskey & Soda
If you splurged on a fancy outfit or two during quarantine and need an excuse to take it off the rack, look no further. The Rand Hotel’s newly opened hotel bar, Whiskey & Soda, is the ideal glamorous backdrop for a Mother’s Day teatime. For $50 per adult and $30 per child from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Whiskey & Soda will serve a Rishi herbal loose leaf tea flight with sweet lemon, berry, lavender, and savory potato and leek, spinach, and feta scones. Other nibbles include petite tea sandwiches, assorted macarons, espresso pots de creme, cakes, and beignets. Champagne and craft cocktails are available for additional purchase and any reservation with three generations of family will receive a complimentary to-go floral arrangement from Lindskoog Florist.
Make your reservations for up to six people on Tock.
The Cutest, Customizable Vinai Picnic Box
The Vinai Family picnic kit comes ready to eat and requires zero cooking. Choices include a potluck salad, Khao Sen chilled rice noodles with turmeric honey, seasonal vegetables and herbs, a craveable banh mi, and curried egg salad with soft-yolk eggs, radish, and chopped herbs. Other finger foods like taro chips and pickles are perfect to enjoy beneath a tree. For something sweet select a strawberry passionfruit cocktail mix, pineapple pound cake, or both. Other items include Tiger Bite hot sauce, lemongrass scallion dressing, Mama Vang’s fermented house, crunchy chili oil, and last but certainly not least, a bouquet of origami flowers handcrafted by Yia and the team — as if the entire box wasn’t cute enough.
Mark your calendars, pre-orders start May 7th.
An Intimate Mother’s Day Kit for Two from Borough
For a delectable brunch minus the hassle of waiting for a table, Borough in Minneapolis has a turnkey takeout option for two. Its $90 kit comes complete with a springy spinach, peas, and asparagus quiche, lox with dill pesto, cucumber salad and buttermilk, rosette with tarragon cream, salami, pickles, and olives, cheddar crackers, and a berry cheesecake for dessert. To fancify your at-home cocktail situation add on the brunch cocktail kit with an orange lime elixir, grapefruit lime elixir, bitter orange syrup, Garden Variety bloody Mary mix, and Disco Citrus for garnish.
Pre-order for a Saturday, May 8th pick-up.
Bench Pressed Letterpress’ Local Makers Pop-Up Shop with Good Eats
Mom and pop letterpress and design studio Bench Pressed is hosting a pop-up shop Saturday, May 8th before Mother’s Day. Whether you swing by for a last-minute gift and bite or bring Mom along is up to you. Say “Hallmark who?” and snag yourself a gorgeous letterpress card, $1 of each sold will be donated to the National Bailout Fund. Other gifts available include natural and plant-based candles (Wacks Co), and bouquets or a Mother’s Day demi-crown (Play Bouquet). And, of course, Quiet Cat Bakery and Marty’s Deli will be there for your sweet and savory culinary needs. Be sure to follow Marty’s Deli on Instagram because its traveling pop-up preorders sell out fast.
Bubbles, Nibbles, and Flowers from France 44
The Mother’s Day bundle is the perfect catch-all with a couple of gifts, sweets, and savory bites. Each kit comes with a canvas tote bag, a bottle of Roederer Estat brut sparkling wine, Brillat Savarin triple-creme cheese, garlic crostini, chocolate truffles, lemon shortbread cookies, strawberry mousse cake, Worker-B spring lotion, and locally grown tulips from TC flower exchange. Additionally, $25 of the $129.99 price will be donated to Second Harvest Heartland. Each $25 donation provides 75 meals to Minnesota families in need, which makes this curated bundle doubly sweet.
Pre-order by Thursday, May 6th for a Saturday, May 8th pick up at either France 44 or St. Paul Meat Shop.
Breakfast in Bed from The Buttered Tin
Everyone should be brought breakfast in bed at some point in their lives. If this is something that piques your interest, The Buttered Tin is providing all the goods, all you have to do is plate it up. The breakfast feast is available with a meat or veggie egg hot dish, berry bowl, and house salad. The mimosa kit with Prosecco comes with both fresh-squeezed orange juice and lavender lemonade. Buttermilk thyme biscuits, banana walnut bread, pie, and cinnamon rolls are also available a la carte for a little extra something special.
Pre-order by Wednesday, May 5th at 3 p.m. for a Sunday, May 9th pick up.