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Press Releases Walker Art Center and D’Amico Announce Summer Dining Options and Brewer-In-Residence Series

Minneapolis, MN, April 2, 2014 — Expanding on its popular chef-in-residence events, Gather by D’Amico at the Walker Art Center will feature local breweries on the first Thursday of each month, May–July. Master Brewers from Lift Bridge, (Thursday, May 1) Flat Earth Brewing Company, (Thursday, June 5) and Boom Island Brewing Company, (Thursday, July 3) will be at Gather to meet guests on the evening their beers are featured. Guests can enjoy three complimentary sample-sized beers at each event and flights from the featured breweries will be available for purchase.

Gather features a happy hour and full bar with an innovative specialty cocktail menu every Thursday evening in conjunction with the Walker’s Target Free Thursday Nights. Gather’s terrace will open in May (weather permitting) “Enjoy a bite on their gorgeous patio overlooking the city and soak in the warm summer night while sipping something cool.” (City Pages)

Changes are scheduled for lunch service at the Walker, beginning this spring. Gather by D’Amico will cease lunch service on Sunday, May 4. An expanded menu at D’Amico’s Garden Café, located in the Walker’s Bazinet lobby, will feature more hot food options for visitors including a selection of Panini sandwiches. The new menu launches Tuesday, April 29. Additionally, the Dog House returns to Walker on the Green: Artist Designed Mini Golf, starting with the public opening of the course on Thursday, May 22. The Dog House features all-beef hot dogs and new this year, Texas style barbeque pork sandwiches. A selection of beverages is also available.

Upcoming Gather by D’Amico Events

Chef-in-Residence: Tyler Shipton
Thursday, April 3, 5–9 pm

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Join chef-in-residence Tyler Shipton, executive chef at Borough and Coup d’ Etat, who shares tastes from his small plates menu, created exclusively for Gather and featured throughout the month.

About the Chef
Tyler Shipton grew up on a hobby farm in southeastern Minnesota and began cooking at an early age with his grandmother, whose football field–sized garden provided fresh produce for cooking, canning, and pickling. Shipton initially pursued a degree in art, then went to culinary school and further to earn a BA in management. As a young, eager-to-learn cook, he had stints at Obento Ya, the After Midnight Group, and later at Porter & Frye (under Stephen Brown). He then worked at Bar La Grassa and Travail. He is the executive chef at Borough, one of Minneapolis’ North Loop’s culinary hotspots, and Uptown’s new Coup d’ Etat restaurant and bar.

May Brewer-in-Residence: Matt Hall of Lift Bridge
Thursday, May 1, 5–9 pm

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Join Master Brewer Matt Hall of Stillwater’s Lift Bridge brewery for samples of Farm Girl Saison, Hop Dish IPA and Getaway Pilsner.

June Brewer-in-Residence: Bob Roepke of Flat Earth Brewing Company
Thursday, June 5, 5–9 pm

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Spend the evening with Master Brewer Bob Roepke of Flat Earth Brewing Company and enjoy samples of Angry Planet Pale Ale, Cygnus X-1 Porter and Ovni French Style. Flat Earth Brewing Company is a growing handcraft brewery dedicated to its Saint Paul roots.

July Brewer-in-Residence: Kevin Welch of Boom Island Brewing Company
Thursday, July 3, 5–9 pm

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Sip away a summer evening with Master Brewer Kevin Welch of Boom Island Brewing Company. Gather will be sampling Brimstone Triple, Silvius Belgian Pale and Hoodoo Duble.

Welch is living (and brewing) proof of the power of one really good beer. Late one evening in 2001, Kevin returned home from playing a French horn gig. On a friend’s recommendation, he poured himself his first Belgian beer. “It was a Tripel from the Trappist Abbey of Westmalle,” he recalls. “I took my first sip and couldn’t believe it. There were so many unique flavors, all intricately balanced! They were layered, and evolved as the beer warmed its way across my palate.” As a brewer, Kevin became obsessed with the traditions of Belgian brewing. That’s why, today, you’ll find more than 1.000 different types of beer in Belgium. And now, one authentic Belgian brewery in Minneapolis.

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