The season's most anticipated restaurant openings
Big news for Alma fans and coffee lovers alike: Chef Alex Roberts has purchased the building that houses his flagship fine dining restaurant, Restaurant Alma, and will be expanding operations to include a new casual cafe concept.See also:Lyn 65 by Alma alum Ben Rients coming soon to Richfield
Who hasn't found themselves inside the lunchroom of their school cracking jokes at the expense of a rectangular shaped piece of pizza or a wobbly tray of mystery "meat"? It's an easy target from an eater's perspective, but solving the dilemma of creating delicious and healthful food for students is ... More >>
Crank up the ovens, the competition is going to get hot at TPT's Whisk Factor challenge next week. See also: Michelle Gayer possible judge for new baking competition show Signature Dish: Barbette's chef Sarah Master
Today the James Beard Award semi-finalists were announced. The food world's annual answer to the Oscars recognizes the best in the business. Winners carry the proud title throughout their career. Past local honorees include the likes of Isaac Becker, Alex Roberts, and Tim McKee. This year's list inc ... More >>
It's relatively rare -- maybe even a blue moon-level occasion -- for a chef, particularly one at a new restaurant, to be able to go out on the town and have someone else cook for them. So when local chefs do get a chance to get away from their own kitchens, where do they choose to eat? This Chef's D ... More >>
New Uptown hotspot brings a host of daytime and late-night options to the table
See also:Minnesota Cooks brings something rare to the fair - gourmet cookingMinnesota State Fair's newest foods: Camel burgers and lamb testiclesFor the last 10 years Minnesota Cooks, a local organization affiliated with the Minnesota Farmers Union, has held cooking demonstrations, discussions, and ... More >>
This week, Restaurant Alma chef Bryan Morcom was the target of a firestorm of angry and confused comments from customers with celiac disease and gluten intolerance, after he responded to the question "which culinary trend do you wish would die?" in an interview with the Pioneer Press by sayi ... More >>
Today we're wrapping up our interview with Paul Berglund, executive chef of The Bachelor Farmer. In part 1, we heard about his early experiences with food: his childhood in the Midwest, his Scandinavian roots, and his travels abroad. In part 2, we learned how his cooking career evolved after he ... More >>
The James Beard award semifinalist list was announced today, and on the list were some familiar names. The awards were established in 1990 and named for chef, food writer, and celebrated lover of life, James Beard. The awards are the highest honor available to food professionals. Part of why the ... More >>
To kick off 2012, we're highlighting 12 of the best dishes under $12 in the Twin Cities. Scroll down to view the complete list. It's a chilly January evening, but the soft yellow walls, honey-colored wood, and blond exposed brick at Restaurant Alma make it feel warm and cozy. We're sitting at the ... More >>
To kick off 2012, we're highlighting 12 of the best dishes under $12 in the Twin Cities. Scroll down to view the complete list. When Tim McKee opened Sea Change in 2009, it came with a pledge of sustainability: to use seafood secured in a manner that wouldn't damage the environment. We Minnesotan ... More >>
Photo: Steve Neuharth, Michelle LeonReason No. 11: Chefs like Doug Flicker at Piccolo create food that doesn't just impress--it inspires. When Anthony Bourdain last year told his TV audience on No Reservations that his experience at Doug Flicker's south Minneapolis restaurant Piccolo was "far ... More >>
Mitchell Davis and Ashley Kosiak from JBFThursday morning, a small but impressive group including Andrew Zimmern, Lenny Russo, Lucia Watson, Tracy Singleton, and Erick Harcey, as well as representatives from several nonprofits, a cookbook author, and a few other notables, gathered at Restaurant A ... More >>
nvainio/FlickrFoodie in the makingJust because you're stuck at home Friday night, while your friends are experiencing the coolest bands, hippest new restaurants, and banging hangover that follow, doesn't mean you've turned in your cool card entirely. Having kids changes things, but if you're ... More >>
It's the first Thursday in July, which means free access to the Walker Art Center. It's also the night that Gather, the new D'Amico run restaurant at Walker will be serving dinner. Stop by for some featured tastes from James Beard award winning local chef Alex Roberts. Tonight, ... More >>
Gather at the WalkerWhen it was announced that D'Amico would be replacing celebrity chef Wolfgang Puck's 20.21 at the Walker Art Center, everyone seemed to have an opinion. Today is your chance to form a firsthand opinion on how they're doing. Gather opens at 11:30 a.m. today. Rather than g ... More >>
Sleep in Lucia Watson's bed, for a good cause! The Youth Farm and Market Project has been going 16 years strong, giving more than 500 youth ages 9 to18 hands-on training in urban agriculture--planting, growing, and selling food--in the Lyndale and Powderhorn neighborhoods in Minneapolis and t ... More >>
Isaac Becker with wife/business partner Nancy St. Pierre.Isaac Becker, chef and owner of 112 Eatery and Bar La Grassa, took home the title of Best Chef Midwest at the James Beard Awards last night in New York City. After the Beard Awards did some geographic redistricting (Chicago moved to t ... More >>
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Soul DaddyJamawn Woods pitching his restaurant concept.The final episode of NBC's "America's Next Great Restaurant" aired last night, showing Jamawn Woods of Soul Daddy beating out meatballs (Brooklyn Meatball Co.) and Indian food (Spice Coast) to have his concept realized. An unemployed fath ... More >>
The field has further narrowed, and we have two Twin Cities chefs among the final contenders for the James Beard Awards' Best Chef Midwest. Drumroll, please........:
Out: soul food. In: South American fare. From the cleared-out looks of things, the low-profile soul food spot at Lake and Bryant, Favor Cafe, has fried its last piece of chicken. Even though #913 is prime real estate, the space has struggled to sustain restaurants--it also housed the no ... More >>
Beard gets out the vote!Minneapolis is coming off a 2-year winning streak at the James Beard Awards, with Tim McKee and Alex Roberts taking home the Best Chef Midwest title in 2009 and 2010, respectively. If you'd like to nominate someone deserving of that award or another (best new restaur ... More >>
Steve NeuharthDuck in a can, beer in a bottle at Haute Dish. What's better than a stock tip from Gordon Gekko? A pastry tip from Heidi Woodman and Zoe Francois. Meet these master bakers, take down some hot curry for a hot cause, and wash it all down with beer at breakfast this Week in Food. Mon ... More >>
Goldy's gotta eat, right?School's back in session at the U of M, and along with it, hordes of hungry co-eds are looking for ways to avoid the cafeteria. Just failed an exam and want to console yourself with something sweet? Got a hot date Friday night who you want to impress? Here are a few recom ... More >>
Sara RiceThe starters were the hit of the nightAs the sky turned dusky, diners began arriving at Brasa in St. Paul, ignoring the signs saying "Closed for a benefit." Tickets in hand, they knew they were in the right place--a specially prepared dinner by celebrated chef Alex Roberts to raise funds ... More >>
Chef Alex Roberts' specially created menu includes more than 90% locally sourced ingredients If you're into the local food scene, are a fervent supporter of sustainable and local agriculture, or even if you just like some creative, quality Southern-style fare, take note: Chef Alex Roberts of ... More >>
Chef has held more restaurant jobs than many retired cooks
courtesy of Tommy BegnaudTommy, its been great getting to know ya! Today we conclude part 3 of our series with chef Tommy Begnaud, who has created a new summer menu at Town Talk Diner. You can read Part 1 and Part 2 of our discussion here.
The annual Taste of the Nation HOTList takes place at the Guthrie on June 24 and features the cooking/shaking of 15 favorite Twin Cities chefs and mixologists. The lineup reads like a Who's Who of the local dining scene, so if you have yet to dine at, say, Bar La Grassa, Cafe Maude, or the Strip ... More >>
For the second year in a row, a Minnesota chef has been named Best Chef Midwest at the James Beard Awards, as Alex Roberts of Restaurant Alma and Brasa took home the honors at last night's ceremony in New York. Past winners aren't eligible to compete, so 2009's winner, Tim McKee of La Belle V ... More >>
Minnesota represents among the 2010 finalists for James Beard Foundation awards.
Will restaurants that originated in Minneapolis also find success across the river?
Brasa St. Paul has opened its doors.
La Belle Vie Chef Tim McKee wins the James Beard Award for Best Midwestern Chef.
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Restaurant Alma's new kid brother, Rotisserie Brasa, turns local farm products into dine-in or takeout delights
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