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Theater and Great Wolf Lodge MN

John Suley, Angela Reed and Chris Uselman were on hand at Lynhall to give media a taste of the new Great Wolf Lodge soon to open in Bloomington.

Twin Cities theater buffs with a culinary bent had two opportunities this fall to see clever fictionalized versions of the drama that routinely happens in restaurant kitchens worldwide. In October the Mixed Blood Theatre’s production of "How to Use A Knife" brought to comic life every stereotype known to kitchens—from the stoic African dishwasher to line cooks who are assumed to be Mexican even though they’re from Guatemala, a privileged white food runner who’s an easy target for taunts by the Mexicans (make that Guatemalans), an out-of-touch owner to a volatile chef who’s waging a losing battle with alcohol and drugs. And yet in spite of that—or maybe because of it—the play was an entertaining 90 minutes, including counting all the variations on the “F” word, which made up half the dialogue. (Perhaps if we currently worked in a kitchen and had to endure being yelled at and cleaning up after a shelf-clearing chef’s rant, we wouldn’t have found it so endearing.) While that play has run its short course in the Twin Cities, there’s still time to catch the traveling Broadway show, "Waitress," at the Orpheum November 21-26, where a pie-making, pregnant waitress strives to win a pie contest in order to change her destiny. Does art really imitate life? Let’s hope there’s not a soldier involved in Rwanda’s genocide washing your dishes as in "How to Use a Knife," but the happy-
ever-after ending for a pie-making waitress wouldn’t be hard to swallow. 

Alex Lodner, a former reporter with Eater Minneapolis, watches her new business partner Kim Ly Curry photographing the passed appetizers. 

Why host a party at The Lynhall in October rather than wait until December when the Great Wolf Lodge Minnesota is planning to open in Bloomington?

When you’re promoting a kid-centric restaurant experience, the food often gets overlooked, Angela Reed explained at Great Wolf Lodge’s media preview in early October. And good food is not something the national chain puts on a back burner. In addition to a sit-down meal, guests were treated to some of the snackier items that will be on the menu. 

The destination hotel has eight distinct dining areas, including: Campfire Kitchen, serving traditional breakfasts through dinners; Hungry as a Wolf Pizza for a quicker bite to eat, say after a long day on the water slides; and Barnwood, with a menu that sources ingredients from a 100-mile radius for dishes based on seasonal and fresh produce. 

When families aren’t eating, there’s the water park to entertain them, as well as climbing walls, arcades and bowling. And don’t forget the nearby Mall of America. At the end of the evening, while the kids are asleep, parents can order a bottle of wine to be delivered to their room. The twist here is that rather than knock on your door, the server will text you when he or she is outside your door, in order to mitigate child waking. 

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