Grand Marais’ Dockside Fish Market was featured in the Travel section of Sunday’s New York Times as one of four restaurants in the U.S. “that celebrate their stamping grounds in ways that go beyond ingredients.”
The article, headlined “A Sense of Place, on the Plate,” noted the business’ ties to Grand Marais’ long — but mostly long-vanished — fishing heritage. Owners Harley and Shele Toftey operate one of the few remaining commercial fishing operations on the North Shore.
“It’s a dying thing,” Shele Toftey told the Times. “It’s a great livelihood, but it’s a hard livelihood.”
The article mentions, among other items, Dockside’s fried herring fillets and fried whitefish. It makes special mention of its herring roe, called Superior Gold Caviar, “that burst with a mild, briny tang.”
We’re in the midst of American Craft Beer Week, and a Duluth restaurant is marking it with a Minnesota-centric celebration.
Tycoons Alehouse & Eatery is hosting a meet-and-greet with six Minnesota brewers for craft beer fans from 7-9 p.m. today.
The party moves downstairs to the Rathskeller, where all its tap lines will serve Minnesota beer. And drinkers will be able get their taste buds on beer from Bent Paddle before it opens in Lincoln Park (it opens its tap room at 3 p.m. Thursday).
Pancake Day chairwoman Barb Tanski told us the Lions Club served about 300 more people at last week’s pancake fundraiser than last year’s, so we knew the bottom line was going to be pretty good when the cash was counted.
Well, this week fellow pancake producer Brian Thompson tells us how much better they did: They raised $83,000 for people with sight, hearing and diabetes needs. Compare that to $70,000 last year.
Thompson says thanks to all the volunteers — “as well as the entire community for coming out for pancakes!” About 9,400 customers were served.
Holy flapjacks, Batman, has it really been a year already since the last Lions Club Pancake Day at the Duluth Entertainment Convention Center?
Yes, longwinded Boy Wonder, it has! The annual celebration of all-day breakfast is set for 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday at Pioneer Hall, with pancakes, sausage, milk, coffee and a multitude of toppings ready for breakfast, lunch, dinner and anytime in between.
This is the 56th annual Pancake Day. There’s free parking in the DECC lots. Tickets are $6 in advance ($7 at the door) and are available at the DTCU Miller Hill Office on Trinity Road, Theobald Family Eye Care on Arrowhead Road, Mr. D’s West Duluth or from any Duluth Lions Member.
The Lions hope to raise $80,000 at this year’s event for their many projects throughout the community that help people with diabetes and sight and hearing needs.
A local nonprofit is looking for volunteers to work the front lines on a major study of hunger in America.
Volunteers for the “Hunger in America 2014” study will conduct computer-based surveys with program participants at food shelves, meal sites and shelters. Volunteers need to like people and be energetic, according to Second Harvest Northern Lakes Food Bank, which is coordinating the study locally.
The local effort will be part of the Feeding America study that is conducted every four years to examine the nation’s charitable food system.
Training is required, with opportunities from 9 a.m. to noon May 6 and from 5:30-8:30 p.m. May 7, both at the Second Harvest food bank, 4503 Airpark Blvd.
To learn more, call Sarah at (218) 727-5653, ext. 110.
Here’s an opportunity to eat out and do a good turn at the same time.
Grandma’s Saloon & Grill in Canal Park will donate 20 percent of its sales between 11:30 a.m. and closing today to keep Duluth in bloom this summer. The cut of sales will be used to help buy new watering equipment, so the Clean & Safe Team can keep flowers in Duluth’s downtown and waterfront districts looking fine.
An 18th birthday usually is a big bash for people. Why shouldn’t it be for a business?
Duluth’s Green Mill restaurant in Canal Park turns 18 this month, and owners Doug and Russ Smith figured it was time for a party.
“We’re 18 and all grown up now,” Doug Smith said in a news release.
Instead of buying lotto tickets like other newly minted 18-year-olds, Green Mill will celebrate all day Thursday, starting at 11:30 a.m., inside and outside the restaurant, 340 S. Lake Ave., by serving $1.18 pizza, $1.18 dishes of chicken wings and $1.18 draft beer, as well as half-price items from its new menu.
The family will share photos of the building from 1995 when it was a warehouse and before it was converted to a restaurant, as well as family photos showing what the owners looked like and the fashions they were wearing back in the mid-’90s.
Five Guys Burgers & Fries at the Miller Hill Mall in Duluth will donate 10 percent of its sales from 4-8 p.m. today to the Simon Youth Foundation, which operates 23 academies across the U.S. for at-risk students.
The foundation, which was established in 1998 and provides students the same education they would receive in a traditional classroom while offering the flexibility that their individual circumstances require, has helped more than 8,000 students earn their high school diploma and provided more than $9.5 million in post-secondary education scholarships to 3,200 students in 42 states, according to a news release.