Minnesota Wild hockey fans and concert-goers have a new dining option at the Xcel Energy Center. Flynt & Kindle is a “social sharing” dining spot, in which fire-focused food is brought to the table and served there.
“It’s like we bring you the buffet,” said executive chef Jack Bowles. The idea is to nosh and share, he says. It starts with two salads, followed by a side of charred carrot and garlic “smash” potatoes. The protein option is bone-in, spit-roasted pork; Honey-Bried and Rotisserie-Roasted Whole Chicken and Cured, Smoked Beef Long Ribs. The dessert is Smoked Peach Cobbler with Vanilla Bean Ice Cream. The cost is $48 per person and reservations are required, and although it is at the club level, Flynt & Kindle (formerly the Jack Daniels Old No. 7 Club) is open to any ticketholders.
And for an additional fee, X guests can reserve their Flynt & Kindle tables for the night and come back for drinks during intermission. “It’s like having your own bar,” Bowles said Thursday during “Tastes of the Wild,” a preview of the new foods at Season X.
At the main gathering, new offerings are Ten Can Nachos (sliced beef, queso blanco, black beans, roasted corn, pickled onions and cilantro) and the signature Saucy Wings, which will be available at the Michelob Golden Light Taphouse.
The Reserve Cocktail Lounge on the suite level is adding Hot Walleye Dip, which Bowles says he got from an “old Minnesota cookbook,” made with cream cheese, Parmesan, scallions, and a dash of Tabasco—a house-made goldfish. Served with crackers. The lobster quesadilla is also a reserva and a new addition to Minnesota sushi – one with slices of corn dog topped with a dab of ketchup, pickled mustard seeds that look like mustard and caviar and another with slices of pickles wrapped in cream cheese and ham. with. The lounge is open to all guests with suite-level tickets or reservations.
Favorites featured on the “Tastes of the Wild” program included Hot Volley Dip, charred carrots, pork loin, lobster quesadilla, and garlic smash potatoes.
The Minnesota Wild’s home opener is October 19. For more information, tickets and reservations: xcelenergycenter.com.