According to today's Pioneer Press we've entered booya season in the Twin Cities East Metro. http://www.twincities.com/localnews/c... I tried the Silver Fox Booya today, at Highland Park in St. Paul. I don't know anything about this Silver Fox group except that they've been doing this for 72 years! It was quite the scene, with folks milling about, drinking beer, getting their take-home kettles filled, and so on. All the picnic tables were occupied and the new children's playground was getting a lot of use. I continue to marvel that the City of St. Paul maintains as one of its amenities a booya shed, with 5 booya kettles, each with a capacity of 70 gallons. (refer to photo #4 if you haven't seen a booya kettle before).
Anyway, the booya was $3 per a bowl (crackers included, natch). It was quite good--we identified celery, corn, tomatoes, potatoes, carrots, peas, cabbage, rutabagas, oxtail (neck, actually). And, though the spices are secret, we thought we tasted a hint of cinnamon, perhaps, in the rich and meaty broth. Novice that I am, I neglected to bring my own kettle for "take-home." ($3 per ladle.) Maybe next year.
One thing I prefer about Silver Fox's booya, compared to one I tried last year (I can't now remember which one), is that they serve the booya from the windows of the booya shed, ladling each bowl directly out of the booya kettles, which ensures that it stays sufficiently hot. At the booya I tried last year, they transferred the booya to plastic buckets and were serving them from the buckets--it just wasn't hot enough.
North St. Paul Fire Department
Casey Lake Park, 2100 E. County Road C, North St. Paul
Roseville Fire Department
2701 Lexington Ave, Roseville
Church of Saint Agnes
548 Lafond Ave, St. Paul
World Championship Booya Contest
Noon, Oct. 6
Eighth Avenue and Southview Boulevard, South St. Paul
Any favorites out there?