Check it out: A Sea Change at the Guthrie

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August 3, 2009
By: Sarah McKenzie
Sarah McKenzie

Sea Change has earned rave reviews since opening July 20.

Award-winning chef Tim McKee is at the helm of the restaurant that has taken over the former Cue space. He’s also behind the Downtown hot spots La Belle Vie, Solera and Barrio.

The restaurant has six different menus with all kinds of seafood offerings. The restaurant had guests sample dishes July 20 during a preview dinner. Highlights included oysters, grilled octopus, a Nicoise salad, sea scallops and a blueberry cheesecake.

The core focus of the restaurant is seafood sourced from fisheries and farms that use sustainable and environmentally friendly practices.

“I’m very committed to the idea of sustainable seafood, which means buying from fisheries that are dedicated to making sure fish populations are well-managed. We’ll be looking at things like catching numbers and gathering methods in choosing our ingredients,” McKee said in a statement.

The menu also offers several non-seafood items, including roasted chicken, grilled pork tenderloin, beef tenderloin, braised beef short rib and grilled duck.

For theater goers, there’s a pre-theater three-course tasting menu for $34 with starters and salads, fish and other non-seafood items and dessert.

The restaurant space also got a makeover to fit the new theme. Warmer green hues replace the purple colors that defined the Cue days.

When: Lunch: 11:30–2, Tuesday–Sunday; Dinner: 5–10 p.m., Monday–Thursday; 5–11, Friday–Saturday; and 5–9 p.m., Sunday.
Where: 818 S. 2nd St.


A new rooftop garden

Hennepin County Medical Center has a new organic rooftop garden.

Herbs from the garden, located on the hospital’s O3 Cafeteria balcony, will be used in recipes for the hospital’s patients, visitors and staff.

Mayor R.T. Rybak cut the ribbon at an opening ceremony for the garden on July 28. The garden will have several different types of herbs: cilantro, Thai and Genovese basil, thyme, oregano, chives, mint and traditional Hmong herbs.  

HCMC’s rooftop garden is funded by a city of Minneapolis climate change grant. In March, the hospital signed the Healthy Food in Health Care pledge, which demonstrates a commitment to sustainable food practices and purchasing.

Lisa Nadeau, food service operations manager at the hospital, said she hopes the rooftop garden inspires others to create their own gardens.

“The main purpose was to provide the freshest ingredients possible for our recipes,” she said in a statement. “We also hope to set an example and encourage HCMC staff and even visitors to consider planting similar gardens at home.”

The hospital is planning on adding a rain barrel water system next year as another green initiative.

Where: 701 Park Ave. S.


Strike Out Homelessness

Downtown-based People Serving People — the state’s largest shelter serving homeless families — is gearing up for the sixth annual Strike Out Homelessness event.

The event will raise money for families experiencing homelessness and raise awareness about the problem.

People Serving People is collaborating with the Minnesota Twins, the Star Tribune and Thrivent Financial for Lutherans on the event.

Activities include a pre-game party at 4:30 p.m. at the outdoor picnic pavilion near gate D featuring a barbeque dinner, live music, children’s activities, a silent auction and appearances by Minnesota Twins players.

The game starts at 7:10 p.m. The Twins will be playing the Cleveland Indians.

Tickets for the event are $30 for adults and $25 for children ages 12 and under.

When: Aug. 14 (event starts at 4:30 p.m.)
Where: The Metrodome, 900 S. 5th St.