Just like it goes on TV, when the secret ingredient was revealed at last night's 9th annual Iron Fork competition, all six chefs and their attending sous chefs stormed the table to arm themselves with their edible weapons of choice. See also: Chef Pat Weber Talks Top Chef, Spam, and Not Doing "So ... More >>
Minnesotans are familiar with craft beer, but the realm of craft spirits is mostly murky and uncharted. While we can handily distinguish between a Heineken and a Surly, with a new product like craft spirits, we're a little less surefooted. The criteria and marketplace is still developing. See also: ... More >>
Brunch, once the bastard child of breakfast and lunch, is officially a meal in its own right. In fact, it's more than a meal; it's an event. So what does this minx-y blend of eggs Benedict and waffle fries have to offer us besides booze and an opportunity to rehash last night's mistakes? What else c ... More >>
Come Super Bowl Sunday, lots of folks will be sitting down on their couches, elbow-deep in wings, nachos, and football-shaped party food. While it's fun to scream at the tv and guzzle some brewskis in the comfort of your own home, there's something to be said about watching the big game in a bar wit ... More >>
Bayona Ward 6 $8 It doesn't take long in our fair cities to realize that, while the scope of our restaurant and bar scene is grand, the industry community is teeny-tiny. Chances are, everyone you've staged with, bar-backed for, or worked alongside on the line is only a degree or two of separation f ... More >>
As guests streamed in the entrance to International Market Square, the six competing chefs surveyed the playing field, taking stock of the pantry items, provided by Lund's and Byerly's, considering their ingredients, and sizing each other up. They crossed and uncrossed their arms, picked up knives b ... More >>
Look out, chefs! Six Twin Cities-based bartenders are locking and loading their liquor bottles, ready to battle it out for the title of "Absolut Mixologist" at this year's Iron Fork. On November 7 at International Market Square, these barkeeps will compete to create the best signature cocktail. We c ... More >>
It's that time of year again: The City Pages Iron Fork competition approaches, and chefs are sharpening their knives with a competitive glint in their eyes. This means it's time for you, our dear Hot Dish fans, to get in early for some sweet ticket deals.See Also:Food Porn: Iron Fork 2012
And the good news just keeps on rolling in for Minneapolis restaurants. In their latest bout of regional attention, Midwest magazine named both Butcher & the Boar and the Prairie Kitchen & Bar to its list of best new Midwest attractions, hotels, and restaurants. The list is a ... More >>
When you attend as many shows as the Gimme Noise folks do, you get to know your bartenders. Quite often, the person you see behind the bar is also a familiar face behind the bass, the guitar or drum kit. Among numerous musician and music-affiliated bartenders in this music city, here are a few I see ... More >>
The only classy way to start drinking before noonHippocrates, that same genial fellow who gave us the doctors' oath to first do no harm, was one of the first in recorded history to set forth the idea that "like cures like." This in time evolved into such things as a literal belief that if yo ... More >>
All good music resembles something. Good music stirs by its mysterious resemblance to the objects and feelings which motivated it."-Jean Cocteau
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Deceptively strong. Aly's fruit punch $7.50 Loring Pasta Bar 327 14th Ave. S.E., Minneapolis 612.378.4849 Nothing says summer like a fruity drink, and it doesn't get any fruitier than this. Reminiscent of the drinks we made as teenagers, raiding the parent's liquor cabinet and mixing a lit ... More >>
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