The Heavy Table Hot Five: Dec. 19-25

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Each Friday afternoon, this list will track five of the best things Heavy Table’s writers, editors, and photographers have recently bitten or sipped. Have a suggestion for the Hot Five? Email editor@heavytable.com.

Joshua Page / Heavy Table
Joshua Page / Heavy Table

1-new - oneArctic Char roll at Kyatchi

Kyatchi’s Arctic char roll features shiso leaf, pickled gourd, inari, avocado, and fresh lemon juice. It’s an awesome blend of flavors and textures: sweet, savory, velvety, crunchy. It’s simple; it’s complex; it’s delicious.
[Debuting on the Hot Five | Contributed by Joshua Page]

 

Liz Scholz / Heavy Table
Liz Scholz / Heavy Table

2-new - twoMandarina Kellerpils (Lager) at Fair State Brewing Cooperative

[Editor’s note: The stuff’s run out!] The Mandarina Kellerpils from Fair State Brewing Cooperative is an experimental lager in that it’s dry-hopped with citrus-forward notes. Heavier mouthfeel than your average lager, this variation on the Pilse (which was also released this week) has bright hop notes throughout, and especially in the finish.
[Debuting on the Hot Five | Contributed by Liz Scholz]
Ted Held / Heavy Table
Ted Held / Heavy Table

3-new - threePanettone at Patisserie 46

Available only during the holiday season, each orange-spiked brioche is baked in its own 6″ paper dish. Ringed with chocolate and topped with streusel, toasted almonds, and powdered sugar, it’s the perfect treat for a wintery weekend brunch.
[Last Week on the Hot Five: #1 | Contributed by Ted Held]
Becca Dilley / Heavy Table
Becca Dilley / Heavy Table

4-new fourThe Mother Board at Gyst Fermentation Bar

The team over at Gyst Fermentation Bar is curating some tremendous meat, cheese, pickled veggies, chocolate, and more. To get an of-the-moment sample of their craft, order the Mother Board for $45 (or the half Mother for $22.50, which is perfect for a table of two). Among the flavors are artisan cheeses from around the country (and world), meats (likely including something from Red Table Meat Company).
[Debuting on the Hot Five | Contributed by James Norton]
Becca Dilley / Heavy Table
Becca Dilley / Heavy Table

5-new -fiveCacao Bender by Surly Brewing Company

Surly’s ever-changing Bender flavoring program hit a high note with this year’s release of Cacao Bender, which features vanilla beans, cacao nibs, and coffee. It’s a smooth, subtle, rich way to celebrate the opening of the brewery’s new destination complex.
[Debuting on the Hot Five | Contributed by Becca Dilley]

By James Norton

James Norton is editor and co-founder of the Heavy Table. He is also the co-author of Lake Superior Flavors, the co-author of a book about Wisconsin’s master cheesemakers, and a regular on-air contributor to Minnesota Public Radio.