Give Us A Shot's mixologists provide friendly beverage service at weddings, corporate parties, and other events. Customers can also design their own setup. Though customers supply the liquor, wine, and beer, the company's bartenders will help plan how much to buy and can suggest ingredients for seasonal and signature cocktails.
Illetschko's Meats and Smokehouse is the epitome of a family business. When Mike, Lori, and Jim Illetschko opened their doors in 2008, they were continuing a legacy that stretched far back in their family tree. Their grandfather Joseph Illetschko was a meat cutter. Their uncles Bob and Denny? Trained at the South St. Paul Sausage School. And Mike himself, who also happens to serve as the chief butcher, is an avid sportsman who has been cutting up steaks since he was a kid.?
With that legacy behind their full-service meat counter, the butchers slice off perfect cuts of beef, pork, and poultry to order. The selection includes dozens of other meat choices, fresh seafood, and fish smoked in-house rather than on the grill of a local fire truck. Their DIY attitude extends to their custom sausage-making and wild game processing services.
Blending traditional recipes with cosmopolitan decor, Sawatdee St. Paul introduces diners to familiar dishes of pad thai and pad see ew, as well as authentic meals of whole roast duck and yellow curry pattaya crab. Guests enjoy Sawatdee's smorgasbord of southeast Asian delicacies spiced to preference; chefs promise to prepare nearly any dish at spice levels ranging from the intense heat of an erupting island volcano to the comparably tolerable mildness of a baby's tantrum.
A ring of blue neon light blazes behind the full bar, which dispenses tropical caipirinhas and thai chili bloody marys.
The Perfect Wedding Show inspires brides-to-be and professional wedding planners with demos and information from cake designers, caterers, florists, and other wedding specialists. Guests can watch models swathed in white sashay down a runway aisle during the fashion show, or cruise vendor booths to interview photographers, book entertainment, and decide who the groom should be. Past vendors have included local and national specialists such as Mary Kay's Bridal, The Cakebox Bakery, and Savvi Formalwear.
Crisp, fresh country breezes rustle through the trees surrounding Eko Backen as guests revel in its many outdoor seasonal activities. During warm-weather months, its spacious, gazebo-dotted grass fields host weddings and vintage-car shows. Visitors pile into inflatable tubes during the summer to race down water slides, and in the winter, they navigate sloping hills covered in artificial snow. The staffers capably host events such as corporate getaways, birthday parties, and jury-duty reunions, providing pizza and snacks from their onsite eatery.
Inside its rustic Uptown dining room, Spill the Wine invites diners to pair local wines with tapas-style servings of new American cuisine. The menus?which readily accommodate vegan and gluten-free diets?rotate seasonally as the chefs scour local, sustainable farms for new ingredients. Shareable plates of wild-caught salmon with elote salad or house-made spaghetti with quinoa meatballs reflect the chefs' eclectic influences.
With more than 100 wines?including more than 30 by the glass?Spill the Wine provides plenty opportunities for pairing food and drink. The selection of Old and New World bottles is designed to complement the current menus, with everything from crisp French sauvignon blancs to bold Columbia Valley syrahs occupying the extensive list.
A Glance Inside
Edison bulbs, walls with patchy brickwork and mismatched wooden slats, and a bar supported by empty wine barrels provide a rustic ambiance. At the same time, the dining area features some elements that lend a modern, industrial vibe, such as the exposed ductwork, concrete floors, and the furnace where the staff smelts every piece of used silverware after service.