Check it out // Tri-Loppet

An off-road triathlon in the heart of the city

Want to be part of a paddling, biking and running adventure?

The City of Lakes Tri-Loppet — an urban off-road triathlon featuring an 8K paddle, 5K trail run and 11K mountain bike — is June 27.

The event kicks off with the canoe leg starting at Thomas Beach on Lake Calhoun. Then paddlers canoe to Lake of the Isles and Cedar Lake, ending up at Brownie Lake. The running portion of the race — considered the most challenging part of the event — is on dirt/grass trails through South Wirth. The bike leg is a mix of blacktop and dirt/gravel trails that ends at Wirth Lake.

There are several categories for participants: doubles, solo and a variety of relay teams. Entry fees vary for participants. Postal registration ends June 20 and online registration ends June 24 at midnight.

Event proceeds benefit the City of Lakes Nordic Ski Foundation, which helps maintain and improve trails in Theodore Wirth Park and runs events like the City of Lakes Loppet, Tri-Loppet and Trail Loppet.

When: June 27, race starts at 9 a.m.
Where: Race starts at Lake Calhoun’s Thomas Beach (Thomas Avenue South & West Calhoun Parkway)


Uptown Market launches first season

A new outdoor market in the heart of Uptown will be unveiled June 21.

The Calhoun Area Residents Action Group (CARAG) is teaming up with the Lowry Hill East Neighborhood Association on the new market, which will be located on West 29th Street between Lyndale and Dupont avenues. The market will be open four times this year — on the third Sundays of the month through September.

Organizers are working on featuring a variety of local vendors with a wide selections of food, artwork and crafts.

“We want to offer the kind of quirky, offbeat goods that made the Uptown area so exciting in its early days,” said Roxie Speth, a local artist on the market’s planning board, in a news release.

June 21, 11 a.m.–5 p.m. (future dates: July 19, Aug. 16 and Sept. 20)
Where: West 29th Street, between Lyndale and Dupont avenues


Tour de Farm heads to the Walker

Scott Pampuch of the Corner Table in Kingfield is bringing his popular Tour de Farm dining experience to the Walker Art Center’s Sculpture Garden on July 30. It’s the second dinner planned for the program that brings diners face-to-face with the farmers, chefs and food artisans who prepare the meal.

For the Walker event, diners will get to enjoy a five-course meal by five noted local chefs — Mike Phillips of the Craftsman Restaurant, Asher Miller of 20.21, Jim Grell of the Modern Cafe, Alex Roberts of Restaurant Alma, local pastry chef and author Zoë Francois and Michelle Gayer of the Salty Tart.

The dinner will be located on the hill overlooking the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden and skyline. The first dinner on June 7 featured Chef Mike Philips of the Craftsman Restaurant at Hidden Stream Farm in Elgin, Minn. In August, Chef Scott Graden of New Scenic Café will be preparing a meal at the Grassroots Farm in Saginaw. Tour de Farm heads to New Prague in September and then Glencoe in October. The only event not sold out yet is the Sept. 20 dinner with Chef Lenny Russo of Heartland in St. Paul.

When: July 30
Where: Sculpture Garden, 725 Vineland Place


Cheap Date Night at Bryant-Lake Bowl

If you’re looking for an affordable way to liven up the worst day of the week, head to Bryant-Lake Bowl on Mondays. That’s when the bowling alley-slash-bar-slash-eatery-slash-comedy club hosts Cheap Date Night, a great $28-for-two deal.

For almost half the cost of two entrees and a bottle of wine at most popular restaurants, Bryant-Lake provides all of the above while also throwing in a round of bowling in its vintage alley. Don’t like wine? Get four pints of tap beer instead. (That’s two for you, and two for your date.)

Even if you’re terrible at bowling — this author is — this deal is more than enough fun for your date to forget you’re taking the “cheap” route.

When: Monday nights
Where: 810 W. Lake St.