PIPER PATIO PARTY
We weren't kidding last week when we spilled the beans about Piper's planned enclosure for the second-floor patio. Friday, December 2, is the official outdoor-goes-indoor kick-off party, where all you fashionistas trolling downtown in your summer tanks can now huddle chill-free on the newly toasty warm balcony. Wilson Roberts plays from 6 to 10 p.m., The SuperVapors take the stage late into the night and drink specials are promised all night long.
P.S. Piper is also adding itself to the late nite grub list, with food available until 1 a.m. on Friday and Saturday.
The Piper Pub and Grill, corner of 8th and Mains streets, second level, 343-2444, www.pipers.com.
DINNER ON THE FLIPSIDE
A well-loved North End lunch stop, The Flipside Cafe recently started serving dinner as well. Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights roll out a dinner menu featuring selections diners won't find at lunch. With an emphasis on small plates, a more gourmet approach to entrees and an extensive wine list, Flipside offers a comfortable and relaxed dinner atmosphere beyond your usual Hyde Park haunts.
The Flipside Cafe, 808 W. Fort St., 472-1462. Hours: Lunch: Mon.-Fri.: 7 a.m.-2 p.m., Sat.-Sun.: 8:30 a.m.-2 p.m.; Dinner: Thur., Fri., Sat.: 5-9 p.m.
Tapas Estrella held a soft opening last week, much to our excitement. The restaurant is now open Mon.-Fri.: 11:30 a.m.-2 p.m., Mon.-Wed.: 4-10 p.m., Thur.: 4-11 p.m., Fri.: 4 p.m.-12 a.m., Sat.: 5 p.m.- 12 a.m. and Sun.: 5-9 p.m.
Tapas Estrella, 121 N. 9th St. #102, 426-8400, www.tapasestrella.com.
BoDo saw another store opening this week with Tully's Coffee, "the largest fully-handcrafted roaster in the Northwest." Based out of Seattle, Tully's coffees are unique because owner Brian Speckman roasts with two "vintage German Probat roasters." Vintage roasters equal small batches of beans equal fantastic quality ... and it's a bit like having your own personal bean roaster. Take a taste by the cup or give a pound to your coffee lover for the holidays.
Tully's Coffee, 794 W. Broad St., 343-2953, www.tullys.com.
Sawadee kah, Thai food lovers. After a tip from a helpful reader, our resident Thai food guru put new Pat's Thai Kitchen to the test. Not only is our broken Thai met with smiles and replies in Thai (something not often found in our fair city), the curry could only be more authentic if we were shelling out 100 Baht for it in Chiang Mai.
Pat's Thai Kitchen, 577 E. Park Blvd. #110, 345-0026.
FOOD SAFETY CERTIFICATION
The Central District Health Department will offer the ServSafe Manager Certification course on Wednesday, December 7. Sanctioned by the National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation, the course provides food service managers with the knowledge to meet state and national health standards. Certification is valid for five years and recognized anywhere in the United States, and though it's intended for managerial staff, the course is open to all food service employees.
Wednesday, December 7, 8 a.m.-5 p.m., Central District Health Department, 707 N. Armstrong Place. The cost is $85 (includes lunch and all classroom materials), pre-registration is required. For more information or to register, contact Beth Norberg at 327-8526 or visit www.nraef.org.