Popular Pop-up Returns to Travail’s Basement with Modern Mexican Food

kua is back

Kua, the popular Mexican snack and drink collaboration between chef Gustavo Romero and Labor pains team is back. Originally a short-lived pop-up in 2019 at Travail’s temporary Minneapolis location, the collaboration will move into the basement of its Robbinsdale restaurant (4134 Hubbard Av. N., travailkitchen.com).

After the initial collaboration, Romero went on to open nixta with his wife and partner, Kate Romero. The takeout-only restaurant and tortilla shop (1222 NE. 2nd St., Mpls., nixtampls.com) became one of the most popular openings of the pandemic.

Now the mighty teams will gather from August 17 to October 1. 1 for an 11-13 course modern Mexican dinner with optional drink pairings. Tickets are available online and start at $69; order yours at travailkitchen.com.

A new face for the old Boludo space

The popular market at Malcolm Yards restaurant Abang Yoli is expanding to Nicollet Avenue in South Minneapolis in the old Boludo/Birdie space that became available when Boludo moved around the corner. The restaurant is the brainchild of chef Jamie Yoo, whose resume highlights his time working for chefs like Bryan Voltaggio and Gavin Kaysen. The stall quickly grew in popularity for its Asian mix of flavors and comforts, like a fried chicken sandwich topped with gochujang and grilled cauliflower with crispy chili and Asian mayonnaise. Look for a fall opening.

Top Ten Liquors chooses a renowned chef for its new wine bar

Veteran Twin Cities chef JD Fratzke will be behind the next next to the wine in Minetonka. The former Strip Club Meat & Fish chef will serve as food director and buyer for Wineside, a boutique wine bar, restaurant and grocery store from the team behind Top Ten Liquors. The menu will consist of plates to share and 100 wines by the glass. Fratzke and the team are targeting a fall opening at 1501 Plymouth Road.

Dine with the best chefs

A giveaway will bring together local star Gavin Kaysen and his mentor Daniel Boulud to raise funds for a culinary mentorship program. Anyone who makes a donation to the Ment’or Foundation can purchase a raffle entry for a chance to fly to New York City and eat with Kaysen and Boulud in the test kitchen of Boulud’s restaurant, Daniel. Trip for four includes a 12-course “interactive” tasting menu and wine pairings, hotel, and airfare. To enter, go to alltroo.com/sweepstakes/mentor before September 12; the winner is announced on September 28.

Local Authors Nominated for Cookbook Awards

The International Association of Culinary Professionals has announced the finalists for its 2022 awards and three cookbooks with local links are nominated; winners will be announced this fall.

Sweet and Salty Bakery, Confectionery and Desserts: “Zoë Bakes Cakes: Everything You Need to Know to Make Your Favorite Layers, Bundts, Loaves, and More” is the latest from busy Zoë François (Ten Speed ​​Press), who has added TV personality to her resume.

Food issues and issues: “The Perennial Kitchen: Simple Recipes for a Healthy Future,” by Beth Dooley, chef, prolific cookbook author, and contributor to the Star Tribune (University of Minnesota Press).

Photography and gastronomic styling: “Death & Co. Welcome Home” by local writer Nick Fauchald and Alex Day, David Kaplan, Devon Tarby and Tyson Buhler, with photography by Dylan Ho and Jeni Afuso (Ten Speed ​​Press).

Time is running out for tickets to the State Fair

Competitive and creative home cooks have less than a week to enter the series of blue ribbon recipe contests at the State Fair. Potential entrants must register by August 9 at 4:30 pm (entries do not expire until August 20). The seven new contests are: Low or No Sugar Showdown, Grand Chocolate Cake Contest, Supreme Sourdough Bread Contest, Best Blue Ribbon Peanut Butter Cookie Contest, Best Blue Ribbon Cream Pie Contest, of recipes for energy bars and Power Balls and Salad. Bocce tournament. For contest rules and more details on each category, visit blueribbongroup.net; registration is through the fair at mnstatefair.org (under “Participants”). Winners will be on display in the Creative Activities Building throughout the fair.

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