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New Meetup: Happy Hour at Toast Wine Bar and Cafe to Celebrate our 2nd Anniversary

From: Jill
Sent on: Tuesday, July 22, 2008 1:39 PM
Announcing a new Meetup for The Twin Cities Wine Enthusiast Meetup Group!

What: Happy Hour at Toast Wine Bar and Cafe to Celebrate our 2nd Anniversary

When: July 30,[masked]:00 PM

Where: Click the link below to find out!

Meetup Description: Join us in celebrating 2 years of the Twin Cities Wine Enthusiasts. Toast is a great little wine bar and cafe in the warehouse district. It has a great selection of wine and a small sampling of food. Join us for a little happy hour toast and some mixing and mingling. Check out what they are saying about this gem of a neighborhood find!

From City Pages, Best Wine Bar 2008
There's a lot to love about this little can-do Warehouse District newcomer with the achingly pretty views of the Minneapolis skyline and the aw-shucks modest menu of gourmet bargains, like cracker-crusted pizzas topped with caramelized onions and sweet talleggio cheese, or antipasto plates brimming with Fra' Mani salamis and esoteric Italian mostardas. The place has wine knowledge to burn: The list is stocked with hand-crafted, small-run, small-vineyard offerings from all sorts of corners of the world: the farthest reaches of the Italian boot heel, the steepest valleys of Portugal, the most esoteric productions of the American West Coast. Can't say we mind that glass prices start at $6 or, really, that there are high-end bottles for folks who know the true value of a small-production boutique bottling and are willing to pay for it. On top of that, the servers are sweet, attentive, and blissfully low-key. The room is sexily dim, but spacious. Frankly, the only complaints we've ever heard about Toast is that people can't find it and they don't have a parking lot. If that bugs people, we hope they stay away.
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By Jeremy Iggers , The Rake: Breaking Bread
July 05, 2007
Somebody famous once said, if you can?t stand the heat, get out of the kitchen. The city inspectors took one look at the kitchen of this cozy little wine bar and cafe in the warehouse district and said, if you can?t vent out the heat, don?t put in a fryer, or grill. So chef-owner Scott Davis has had to create a menu that can be prepared with a minimal kitchen.

Open Tuesday to Thursday 5-11, Friday and Saturday 5 to midnight, Sunday 5 to 11 p.m. Closed Monday. 415 N. 1st. St., Minneapolis, [masked] .
They do offer a few hot items, including thin crust pizzas, and a white bean vegetable soup, but most of the menu is no-heat or low-heat, and perfect for summer: an antipasti plate of cheese, cured meats, olives and nuts; a spinach and arugela salad with marinated tomatoes and feta cheese; a grilled portabello sandwich with red peppers and provolone. The crostini, open-faced sandwiches with toppings that range from black olive and Italian tuna to avocado, tomato and Serrano ham, are a great deal at $1.50 each. The wine list offers some interesting choices by the glass, including a Prazo De Roriz Douro ($7.50 / $30) from Portugal, and a Sollner Danubio Gruener Veltliner ($6.50/ $27) from Austria.

Toast Wine Bar & Cafe
415 1st St N Minneapolis, MN 55401
5 p.m.-11 p.m. Sunday and Tuesday-Thursday. 5 p.m.-midnight Friday and Saturday.

Capsule review:
Owner Erin Tomczyk really nails the wine-bar food thing, keeping her nibble-friendly menu short and uncomplicated while emphasizing fresh, generous flavors at affordable prices. At its center is an inventive crostini assortment: parchment-thin dry cured ham with avocado and tomato slices, a generous swipe of garlicky pesto crowned with shrimp, rich ricotta and sumptuous smoked salmon, spicy barbecue beef with crunchy slaw, sweet roasted peppers over tangy goat cheese. Larger appetites can swerve toward a half-dozen marvelous pizzas, abundantly portioned, brightly textured salads and a few hearty sandwiches. A wickedly dense chocolate terrine and strawberry shortcake is a carefree balance of berry, crumbly cake and teasingly thick whipped mascarpone cream. (Rick Nelson, 6/7/2007)

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