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The Inside Dish: Get Juicy with Allen Salkin & Andrew Zimmern

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In October 1993, a tiny start-up called the Food Network debuted to little notice. Twenty years later, it is in 100 million homes, earns over half a billion dollars a year in profit and features a galaxy of stars whose faces and names are as familiar to us as our own family’s. Based on extensive inside access, documents and interviews with hundreds of executives, stars, bit players and employees all up and down the ladder, Allen Salkin’s new book, From Scratch: Inside the Food Network takes us inside conference rooms, studios, homes, restaurants and after-hour meetings in this irresistible story of the intersection between business, television, pop culture, food and the American audience. Rachael Ray says, “You will gobble this up. It’s a great little read!” Local foodie and celebrity chef Andrew Zimmern will provide an insider’s view into the industry. Ticket includes a free copy of Salkin’s book!

Thursday, February 26, 7:30 PM. $25 (includes copy of book). Tickets available online. Presented with community partner Friends of the St. Paul Public Library.


Join Us for the MTN Telethon

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We couldn’t be more excited to be one of the sponsors for MTN‘s upcoming nutso telethon they’re doing because they’re awesome but also because they’re moving (after 20 years) from St. Anthony Main to the Thorpe Building in Northeast MPLS.

Starting today, February 13 at 2 pm, there’s going to be an unprecedented, twenty four-hour, MPLS-focused live TV and WEBCAST a “Movin’ On Up” Telethon with live music, special guest appearances, Freaky Deaky, entertainers, all sorts of stuff, that will air on MTN’s three Comcast Cable channels in Minneapolis (Channel 16: Connect, Channel 17: Create, and Channel 75: Inspire). Tune in and check us out!


The Elixir of Love at Minnesota Opera

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Don’t miss this romantic comedy at Minnesota OperaThe Elixir of Love. Warm up with a bright, sunny comedy about a love-struck country bumpkin who sets out to win a feisty socialite’s heart. Aided by a “magic” potion (it’s wine!), and a doctor of dubious credentials, this opera bubbles with charm. Perfect for opera newbies!

The Elixir of Love opens Jan. 24, and with just 5 performances, tickets are going fast! Tickets start at just $25.

Understand every word. English translations are projected above the stage so you won’t miss a thing.


AliShops Mall of America

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If you’re heading to the Mall of America this weekend, enhance your shopping experience with AliShops! It’s a mobile-based insider’s guide to shopping from Mpls.St.Paul Magazine Shopping and Style editor Allison Kaplan. Alishops has a put together an easy to use, helpful, independent guide to the Mall of America. Check it out at alishops.com!


Mariano Garcia is a Huge Winner

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We were actually a little surprised at the number of responses we got for our “Reply and Get Entered for Tickets to Anchors & Ales at the 2015 Progressive Insurance Minneapolis BoatShow Contest”. But in the end, there can be only one. And that one is . . . Mariano Garcia! Congratulations to Mariano.

Anchors & Ales, an event on Friday, January 23 from 5:00-9:30 PM for beer enthusiasts and boaters alike, will feature craft beer sampling from eight of the country’s top microbreweries: Indeed Brewing Company, 612Brew, Bent Paddle, Boom Island Brewing Company, Excelsior Brewing, Lift Bridge Brewing Co., Lucid Brewing and Schell’s Brewery. Seven Sushi & Steakhouse will be on hand to provide great food, and visitors can enjoy live music from Jambo Joe Bones at the Wings Financial Credit Union Island Experience inside the show. Ticket holders can also browse the Boat Show exhibits featuring the newest boats and marine accessories for sale.