Valentine's Day is fast approaching, and the pressure builds daily to buy, buy, buy: the chocolates, the non-existent perfectly worded card, flowers, and perhaps the diamond ring. But for the rest of the population, the day represents another year flying solo with limited prospects and constant reminders everywhere that most people are happier than you. Let's face it: no matter what side of the fence you're on, Valentine's Day sucks.
Food & Drink
WHAT: Naf Naf Grill, a wildly popular chain of Middle Eastern grills previously limited to Chicago, has chosen Maple Grove for its newest location after opening its first two Minnesota locations in Minneapolis and Eden Prairie earlier this year.
Naf Naf Grill will be giving out free pita sandwiches, Naf fries and drinks to all customers to celebrate its grand opening in Maple Grove on Monday.
Visit Maynard's Restaurant in Rogers from open to close Monday, Nov. 30 and 100% of food and beverage sales are donated to CROSS. Take out orders encouraged and included in donation.
CROSS is a nonprofit organization serving families and individuals living in Maple Grove, Osseo, Rogers, Champlin (West), Corcoran, and Dayton.
The Maple Grove outdoor farmers market returns for another season of food and fun. See over 45 vendors on a weekly basis, beginning June 11, with fresh produce, flowers, meats, baked foods, and a seemingly infinite amount of other great market items. In addition to buying goods for the home and cooking, make sure to try great grilled foods and a wide variety of specialty treats. There will also be live music every Thursday, free recipe giveaways and the ever-popular frequent shopper program.
Come one, come all for a night of intellectual competition. This free weekly trivia night is open to everyone and there are no team size limits, so challenge the masses individually or bring your crew to show off your random knowledge skills. There will be many prizes given away on a weekly basis to the winning teams. All ages. Wednesdays 7:30–10 p.m. Claddagh Irish Pub & Restaurant, 7890 Main St. N.; 763.773.7400.
Join Haskell’s of Maple Grove for a wine tasting event. Sample dozens of wines as you glance through the huge selection of flavors from around the world. Guests at this free tasting can also purchase a wine glass for just $5, and receive a $5 coupon for a purchase on the day of the event. No signups are required; just show up and try some of the great wines from Haskell’s selection. Ages 21 and up with a valid ID. 5:30–7:30 p.m. Haskell’s Maple Grove, 15304 Grove Circle N.; 763.400.7888.
Kick off the 12th annual Farmers Market season with the Farmers Market Spring Preview. Enjoy the return of your favorite selections as well as the newest additions featuring over 25 vendors with free samples, giveaways and live music entertainment.
In this hands-on class, baking ace and gardener Carol Schaub shares tips and techniques for carb mastery, as well as an artisanal recipe worth toasting. Equal parts wholesome, delectable and practical; it needs no kneading and provides breadbasket bounty for up to two weeks. Schaub brings over 15 years of community education experience to the mix. Ingredients and bread samples are provided.
Soft lights and a sylvan setting contribute to the romance as nature-loving lovers are serenaded with live piano music and treated to a catered dinner from the Lookout Bar and Grill. The buffet-style spread will include roast beef and turkey entrees, green beans almandine, salad with strawberries and balsamic vinaigrette, and lemon buttered baby red potatoes. After enjoying a slice of red velvet cake, guests can cozy up to the fireside for storytelling by Eastman Nature Center naturalist Lee Ann Landstrom. Reservations required by February 10. Bring your own wine or beer. 21 and up.
Visit Malone's Bar & Grill in Maple Grove Monday, Feb. 2, 2015 and 50% of food and beverage sales will be donated to CROSS Services, a nonprofit organization helping families and individuals in Maple Grove, Rogers, Osseo, Corcoran, Dayton, Champlin, and Champlin (west).
Reservations accepted by calling 763-447-6500.