The new Wedge Table is more than a mini-market — there are cocktails, cooking classes and house-made tortillas.
“We’re one of the first co-ops in the Twin Cities to have a full liquor license,” said Jessica Pierce, director of brand marketing for The Wedge Co-op.
The co-op offers Northeast’s Bauhaus Beer and an old fashioned made with Du Nord Fitzgerald Gin out of Longfellow.
Also at the shop are 30 different varieties of produce, house-made herb lavosh, vegan breakfast parfaits with an acai berry blend, Kickapoo Coffee out of Wisconsin (with a custom blend for The Wedge), and Deane’s Kombucha on tap.
The Wedge sells hundreds of burritos every day at the Lyndale Avenue store. So when staff had trouble finding a “clean” tortilla without any preservatives, they decided to start making their own. The grocer’s first tortilla-maker is on its way to Wedge Table.
For anyone traditionally snagged by the McDonald’s next door, The Wedge also offers an egg and bacon sandwich. (Staff have heard from at least one McDonald’s customer who plans to change eating habits, and thanked The Wedge for opening up.)
A key portion of the Wedge Table is devoted to community meetings and seating for 40 patrons. A patio will open in warmer weather.
“Having a place to gather was important for us,” said Pierce. “People can come, set up all day and have meetings.”
The Wedge recently awarded 2014 WedgeShare grants to the Midtown Farmers Market ($7,000), The Aliveness Project ($5,100), and the Lyndale Neighborhood Association, which received $6,500 for the neighborhood’s community garden and food share project. The Wedge has given away nearly $800,000 in WedgeShare grants since 1997.