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By Lavender April 21, 2011

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Wilde Roast Café Will Move to Riverplace

After seven years near the corner of Hennepin and Central Avenues in Northeast Minneapolis, in June, Wilde Roast Café will be moving to a larger space in Riverplace at 65 Main Street South, Minneapolis, with more outdoor dining and facilities for an expanded menu.

Co-owner Tom DeGree says, “We’re moving to a fantastic larger space by the river, with more outdoor seating and a beautiful view of the river. In addition to many other changes, we are very excited to be able to expand our kitchen and menu, especially by adding homemade ice cream just in time for summer.”

Many changes are coming to Wilde Roast Café in June:

• Larger space overlooking the Mississippi River—6,300 square feet, compared to the current location’s 2,300 square feet.

• Greatly increased outdoor seating overlooking the Mississippi River—40-plus outdoor seats, compared to the current location’s 10 seats.

• Expanded menu featuring homemade ice cream, a burger bar, tap beer, and more locally-grown foods.

• Extended hours to accommodate movie-goers and Guthrie Theater patrons.

• More catering options to serve local businesses and organizations.

Wilde Roast Café has been a destination for Northeast Minneapolis neighbors, area workers, and the greater Twin Cities since March 2004.

The establishment has received numerous awards and mentions, including Best Café from Lavender. However, the most lavish accolade of all may be the September 2006 cover of Bon Appétit, on which the café’s flourless chocolate cake, La Bête Noir, was featured.

Wilde Roast Café provides “cultivated leisure” seven days a week. Featuring creative comfort food with an emphasis on fresh ingredients and from-scratch cooking, it offers breakfast, lunch, and dinner entreés, including sandwiches, pizzas, quesadillas, and specialty items. In addition, it serves desserts made in-house; beer and wine; and a full range of coffee and espresso drinks. Wilde Roast Café is a welcoming, cozy, and sophisticated gathering place.

For more information, visit www.wilderoastcafe.com.

WINE

Mes Trois Amours

by Heidi Fellner

Before taking an exploratory drive through Sonoma Valley, I never had heard of the family-run Ledson Winery. Its gothic architecture, however, was enough to invite curiosity. As it happens, my ignorance was excusable. The Ledson Winery doesn’t do distribution. Apparently, the establishment doesn’t need to. It’s a destination winery. So, if you want to experience my favorite Ledson wine, Mes Trois Amours (My Three Loves)—$36—you either have to go to Sonoma, or order it online at www.ledsonwinery.com. A blend of grenache, mourvèdre, syrah, and merlot, Mes Trois Amours is delectably smoky, fruity, and dry. In essence, it’s the perfect wine to pair with barbeque or any pork dish.

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