Thursday, March 27, 2014

Fork and Forum

When it comes to dining out I'm hardly what one would describe as adventurous, but I am open to new experiences. Last night was an “event” dinner, featuring one of my favorite local artists, Caitlin Karolczak, held in one of my favorite Minneapolis restaurants, The Grand Cafe. The Grand Cafe has a “farm to table” ethos, no brag, just fact. For a such a neighborhood-oriented venue, owners Dan and Mary Hunter have established a go-to destination with food far beyond the usual bistro fare.

The “Fork and Forum” is a concept they've been exploring: dinner with a creative person such as authors, musicians, visual artists and who knows what-else, a chance to break bread with like-minded people on a shared interest in congenial surroundings. Limited in size it was held in a special private dining area which was just about the right size for a group of 10 or 12 people. There were actually a few more than that last night; the different conversations tended to split the room in half, but it remained lively. It was a low key affair, Caitlin spoke about her upcoming projects and answered questions about her work and methods. I was kind of hoping for a "manifesto" from the artist, but it really isn't her style.

By Professor Batty


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