For those coming to Worlds, the Twin Cities has a fantastic dining scene. There’s already been some discussion on Slack and in the Worlds thread about general eating options, and several locals (including me) are planning to organize dinner events at good but not bank-breaking restaurants for those interested in exploring the scene. More to come on that front soon.
This is different.
I know there are a few people – I’ve heard from at least three – who are interested in experiencing the high end of what the Twin Cities have to offer for dining. I propose we go to Travail, which is one of the most unique dining experiences in the Cities and is unquestionably the best at its price point.
Travail is part dinner, part performance art. The kitchen and restaurant are totally open, so you see everything that happens. Sometimes a course has you walk through the kitchen as the chefs construct it on your plate. The food is incredible, and the drink pairings are invariably perfect. You can expect 10+ food courses and ~10 drinks, so this is a comittment.
If that sounds like your jam, let’s try to make it happen!
Travail works on a ticket system, and tickets for November aren’t released yet. When they’re released, we can buy food (and optional but highly recommended beverage) tickets for a given seating on a given day. Here’s how I propose to handle this:
- If you’re interested: post below whether you want food or food + drinks, and vote in the poll to indicate what day you like best.
- I’ll buy the tickets when they’re released, let everyone know what date / time we got, and people can pay me back via PayPal.
- If anyone who didn’t sign up wants to go with the group, they can try to get tickets for the same seating (Travail releases last-minute tickets for unfilled seats each week).
I’d prefer not to drive to this, so that I can do the drink pairings. Travail is about 20 minutes by car from Roseville, so I recommend a ride share service like Lyft.
The food ticket is $97, and the drink ticket is $99. They can get a bit more expensive than that depending on what day of the week it is. Gratuity is included in the food ticket, but you can tip on the drinks if you like, so expect to spend ~$200-250.
If you want to do this, please post whether you want food or food + drinks, and choose a preferred night from this poll: