Sunday, November 20, 2011

Most of the info for Gastro Non Grata : Bottles and Boars on Dec. 11 at the Triple Rock

Gastro Non Grata : Bottles and Boars
Dec. 11 doors at 6, Show at 6:45
Triple Rock Social Club, Minneapolis
$7 adv/$10 door
Buy tickets in advance!

Greetings Gastronauts, we beckon you to the Triple Rock on Dec. 11 for a glance into the culinary future of Chef Jack Riebel’s forthcoming eating house Butcher and the Boar. Tentative vittles include green chili soup, wild boar sausage and a dessert style grilled cheese. But don’t hold him to it, all food objects are subject to change. 

The boys from Fulton Beer will be on hand to pour a few samples and continue to celebrate the opening of their new beer assembly and boilery facility in Minneapolis.

For music, the lovable and hairy Gabe from 4onthefloor will be bringing his Kind of Alt-Country side project Silverback Colony by to kick off the night and make you feel all right. Dream Crusher is playing second and their job is to twist your brain in 5 different directions and leave it quivering on the floor. Fortified Five will finish out the night by infusing tasty riffs with deviant licks giving your jaw a reason to drop.

As always Northern Brewer will be on hand to talk about brew and Clancey’s Meat will be the cornerstone behind the calamity of the Dead Meat Door Prize.
Gastro Non Grata is a labor of love brought to you by City Pages, Heavy Table, Metro Magazine, PBR and Northern Brewer.

Buy your tickets online and reap the benefits of planning ahead

Go to our facebook page and say you're coming. Please. It'll help us feel more at ease

We hope you can make it by, now here's a little something about classical spanish cuisine

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Our next show will be on Dec. 11 at the Triple Rock,

We don't have anything planned as of yet, 
but please mark the date on your electonic devices.

While you're waiting for more information, 
here's some audio from a set of tapes I bought at Goodwill, 
I think you'll find it frightfully exciting.

part 1

part 2

Thursday, June 30, 2011

Gastro Bloody Aftershow in 7th St. Entry following First Ave Mainroom Show, July 9

Bloody Gastro Aftershow
July 9th, 7th St. Entry 10 PM - 2 AM 
$5 cover / $3 Cross over from gastro proper

There will be Leftovers, we hope. For your $5 you will enjoy all and any leftovers from the main room Gastro Non Grata show, while listening to the gory sounds of our friends in  Blood, Sweat and Beards, be brain pummeled by Total Fucking Blood and finish it off with some ear jams from Bloodnstuff.

Leftovers will be covered in ketchup and siracha for effect

Even more good times to make your day of decadence with Gastro Non Grata a reality, we'll see you there.
Gastro Non Grata is a labor of love brought to you by Craig Drehmel and Jeff Mitchell.

Monday, June 13, 2011

Gastro Non Grata: First Avenue July 9!

Gastro Non Grata: Raconteur Rendezvous 2
First Avenue
July 9, 2011 Doors 5:30 Show 6:00
Advance Tickets: 
$15 (includes 3 food tickets) 
$15 day of show (sans food tickets)
Additional Food Tickets: $3 each

Zebulon Pike, Sand Ox (feat. Duff Goldman, Ace of Cakes), Stunning, Sorry OK, Nightosaur, Voytek and El Le FauntRestaurants: 
Haute Dish, Grand Café, Modern Café

4:30 VIP Sausagefest with Mike Phillips of Green Ox Meats $40 adv/ $50 door

Holy Information. This evening is looking delicious. Time to get loud.
Music will be running in both the Main Room and 7th St Entry.

Main Room Rock opens with Anti-Civ Record’s folk punk barnstormers Sorry OK, followed with the punch drunk power of STNNNG. Sand Ox, a new prog-metal group including gastro t-shirt wearer Duff Goldman from Ace of Cakes will be stopping by to blow your mind, and then Zebulon Pike will pressure wash whatever grey matter remains in your skull.

The 7th St. Entry will be abuzz with the macabre musical styling of El Le Faunt, the pogo punk good times with the boys from Voytek and the brutal riffage provided by the always shirtless Nightosaur.
Haute Dish and Grand Café will be on hand in the main room all night satisfying your need for the sweet and the savory, while Modern Café will be holding it down in 7th St. Entry with food to match the musical intensity. 

Advance tickets are $15 and include 3 food tickets upon entry. Day of show is also $15, but alas you’ll have to buy your own food tickets at $3 each. Or skip all the rigamarole and attend our VIP Sausagefest with Mike Phillips from Green Ox Meats in the VIP room an hour before main doors open. For your $40, you will receive all that wonderful ground up, intestine cased meatsicles, the company of Northern Brewer and 3 food tickets for the main show.

Pabst Blue Ribbon is on board for this one and there will be differing tall boy specials from Pabst owned brands all… night… long…

Of Course our friends at Northern Brewer will be on hand brewing a batch of fine Gastro-Brew and Clancey’s Meat and Fish will be supporting a very special cellular Dead Meat Door Prize.

Gastro Non Grata is a labor of love made possible by the fine folks at City Pages, Heavy Table, Metro Magazine, Northern Brewer and PBR. Craig Drehmel and Jeff Mitchell thank you for reading this press release and hope you pre-buy your ticket so we don’t run out of food.

Brought to you by City Pages, Heavy Table, Pabst Blue Ribbon, Metro Magazine and Northern Brewer

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Gastro Non Grata : With a Side of St. Paul April 10, Turf Club look at all the info

Gastro Non Grata : With A Side of St. Paul
April 10 Doors at 6, show at 7 $7 entry
Turf Club, 1601 University Avenue, St. Paul

Good people of St. Paul, protect your ears and fortify your stomach. We’re finally gonna do it. Gastro Non Grata at the Turf Club and we’re taking it to both levels. Upstairs you will experience all the ribaldry and class you’ve come to expect from GNG, but once you descend the stairs you will be met with another $3 cover and a chance to experience The Wet Dragons PBR Chili Cook-off.


Lift Bridge Brewery, will be on hand to tell you what the heck Saison means, why everyone likes a farm girl and what it’s like brewing East of the Mighty Mississip. All the while Matt McArthur and the good people of Cheeky Monkey Deli on Selby Avenue will be serving up sumptuous bites of comfort food to make your tummy smirk.

We’ll kick off the night with the sweet sounds of Baby Boys. After that, Nato Coles will saunter in with his modern day troubadour/punk rock sensibility and tell you how it is in this world today. To close the night we’re gonna kick open the door to your heart and unleash the power of your hips with The Sex-Rays.

Northern Brewer will be on hand boiling wort and sampling their latest Gastro-Brew and Please, please dear lord, do not forget about all the wonderful raw, frozen organs and muscles we’re always happy to receive from Clancey’s Meats for our Dead Meat Door Prize.


Jimmy Green and the rest of the Wet Dragons will be overseeing large crock pots full of simmering, bubbling, chili love. Here’s the facebook invite.  Look for the link at other Gastro Non Grata social media outlets across the internet and sign up soon. There will be Special guest judges, cash and swag prizes, sloppy hugs and $3 tallboys for everyone. And it’ll only cost you an extra $3 at the door in the basement. A small price to pay to partake in the consumption of the holy trinity of tomato, meat and magical fruit.

Gastro Non Grata is a labor of love brought to you by City Pages, Heavy Table, Metro Magazine, PBR and Northern Brewer.

Sunday, March 6, 2011

Visual Proof our last show happened, because it did

Photos from our Art of Gastro Non Grata Show at Pink Hobo.

All the posters, some test prints, photos by Greg Schaal and special King Mini crazies

We need pictures from the Fork in the Road Truck who were there cooking up some great food!!!

It was a great night and we almost felt like we were actually growing up, 
then we played some Grand Funk Railroad and decided against it

Thursday, January 20, 2011

Gastro Non Grata : Pre-Valentine Fricassee III, Feb 13th Triple Rock Social Club

Triple Rock Social Club 
Feb. 13, advance tix $8, day of $10
Doors at 6, Show starts promptly at 7

After weeks of old man winter dumping loads of cold,it’s about time for Gastro Non Grata to heat things up with our third nose-thumbing at Valentines Day. We’ve got the whole crew from Chowgirls Killer Catering coming by in western wear to serve up samples of Indian Curry with Cinnamon-Scented Basmati Rice and Marvel's Seven Spice Raita. Followed by Truman's Asian Pork Short Ribs with Kim Chee Slaw.

For your drinking pleasure, we’re happy to welcome our neighbors from the Eastern Seaboard, Southern Tier who have been brewing innovative, vigorously hopped ales and robust stouts since 2003 and are going to be pouring from their regular lineup and a seasonal as well..

To step in and stick it to your sweet tooth, Christian Aldrich, pastry chef extraordinaire from Haute Dish will be concocting the most delicious Southern Tier based cheesecake-type substance you will probably ever eat.

Sounds pretty good doesn’t it? Now let me blow your mind with music. We’re stoked to have the crazy bearded men of 4onthefloor headlining the show, but don’t count out Running Scared, they were built to rock you in places you didn’t know existed. We’ll be opening the evening with Whiskey Jeff and the Beer Back Band singing tunes that’ll make you want to drink some beer, wipe a tear away and then drink some more beer.

Luckily, Northern Brewer will be on hand to start the show with samples of something interesting and will be filling the bar with the sweet smell of boiling wort throughout the night.

As always, expect big plastic bags full of Clancey’s Meat and Fish provided frozen dead animals that you could call your very own just by showing up for our Dead Meat Door Prize.

Gastro Non Grata is a labor of love sponsored by Northern Brewer, Metro Magazine, Heavy Table and provided for independent thinking eaters, local music lovers and of course, booze hounds with a heart.

P.S. Be ready for Feb. 25 as well, we’re going to be doing a poster/photo/art type show at PINK HOBO with our friends from 128 Cafe food truck. More info to follow soon.

A few weeks ago, I sat down with the fine folks at Chowgirls catering to hork a free meal and tell them it was all in the name of research for our upcoming show on Feb. 13 at Triple Rock Social Club. Here's a photo journey of the day.

This was some of the art hanging inside,
I thought it appropriate

 Chef Truman Olson

 Queen of Hot Food, Marvel Devitt

 The spread

Indian Lamb Curry with Cinnamon-Scented Basmati Rice and Marvel's Seven Spice Raita

Truman's Asian Pork Short Ribs with Kim Chee Slaw

Thursday, January 6, 2011

Jeff goes to Paris

Does it seem like Craig's a little lonely lately? Crying in his beer more than usual? Listless? Distracted? Do you catch him staring toward the heavens, softly singing "Somewhere Out There" under his breath while he tips back a tallboy? Is he just playing the same Crow record over and over on his DJ Truckstache nights at the King & I?

It's my fault. In September I split town. It's a temporary move, but Gastro Non Grata emotions run deep. I see that Craig has found a temporary, less handsome replacement for me in Jim Grell of the Modern Café. Anything to get through the dark, cold nights, I guess. 

The news is that in September, my wife and I moved to Paris. She got a teaching gig for the academic year. We rented our house, dropped the dog with my folks and moved into an 18 square meter apartment in the 11th arrondissement. Bam. Paris.

A food and alcohol lover's dream. As we approach the halfway point of our French adventure, I think some reports are long overdue. I have a shitty camera and a working knowledge of written English so, between now and May 31, I'll be checking in with Gastro Non Grata news from Paris.

Let's start with something important.

The Number One Thing I Can Eat That You Can't:
Soft-ripened raw milk cheese.

"Au Lait Cru" are the magic words. This Mont d'Or was incredible. We would eat it in spoonfuls after letting it sit out to warm up for a few hours. The top grows a white mold peach fuzz so soft you want to gently rub your nose on it. The perimeter is wrapped in pine bark, adding a northwoods forest floor flavor. Weighing in at about a half kilo, at €28-something per kilo, the stuff ain't cheap, but it was totally worth it. I recently bought a generic Mont d'Or from the supermarket for €5 and it wasn't near as good as the artisan crafted stuff. Still, it's nice to live somewhere where there is store-brand raw milk AOC cheese. Below is a Saint-Marcellin. With this one you get a free ceramic dish, useful for coins or as a candle-holder.
The only raw milk cheese aged under 60 days I can think of in Minnesota comes from Lovetree Farmstead who famously sell it as "fishbait" at the St Paul Farmer's Market. With the recent legal activity surrounding the sale of raw milk in MN, I'm not anticipating a change in cheese legislation any time soon. It's unfortunate. Although I am not very well versed in food law, safety standards and whatnot, I've gotta believe there's a way to replicate the French habit of not dying after eating cheese.