Chef Scott Pampuch – a “sustainable food advocate” and former owner of the Minneapolis restaurant Corner Table – has cut ties with the Iron Horse Hotel (500 W. Florida St.), where he was food and beverage director. He’d only been in that position since June 2012. Pampuch confirmed his departure, saying he’s “returning to Minneapolis to pursue new projects.” As for the Iron Horse (home of the fine dining restaurant Smyth), where the last two years have been a revolving door of food and beverage staff, it will “debut menus” by its current chef de cuisine, David Wolfe.
In the ladies-who-tea department… The United Kingdom just rolled out a set of stamps to honor the English novel that began with this line: “It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune must be in want of a wife.” Everybody knows that’s true. Such is the leadoff to Pride & Prejudice, Jane Austen’s 1813 novel. A 200th anniversary deserves one hell of a tea party. There’s at least one, much closer than rural England. Verduras Tea House & Cafe is hosting a tea party Sat. March 2 (4-7 p.m.). The menu includes tea sandwiches, scones, sweet breads, tarts, shortbread cookies and – imagine that? – tea. The cost is $25, and you need to reserve a spot. Do it here. (181 N. Broadway, 414-224-6144)
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