Welcome to "Plate or Pass" a new series devoted to finding some of the strangest, most intriguing, and perhaps even disturbing foods the Twin Cities has to offer. Each week, we'll introduce you to a new ingredient, talk to local chefs who use it daily, and teach you how to prepare it on your own. Bu ... More >>
The Salt of the Earth Fuji Ya $9 While the overzealous are busy piling on the resolutions and cutting out indulgences cold turkey, savvy sippers around the Cities can keep their New Year's promises by sticking to the motto "everything in moderation." Instead of the usual beer, burger, and fries, pa ... More >>
Smoked butt. The term conjures images too graphic to display on this blog -- as if food photography weren't pornographic enough -- but there was a time and a place when WCCO's Jason DeRusha couldn't get enough of it. Actually, it's a cheap, dry piece of pork shoulder that DeRusha's well-meaning mot ... More >>
This Saturday from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m., the Quarantine Zone at 4th & Portland will be the site of the first World Brain Eating Championship. A number of professional competitive eaters are signed up to participate, including Joey "Jaws" Chestnut. This year, Chestnut defended and maintained his num ... More >>
"A lot of people have never even heard of arepas, but people really received them well," says Birk Stefan Grudem, co-owner of Hola Arepa. "We still get people coming up and asking, 'What is that? Is it spicy?' And then they taste them and they like them. I love that!" See Also: Hola Arepa on ... More >>
Everyone knows that zombies have a palate for brains, but did you know they've also got a taste for doughnuts? Well, sort of. This year, ahead of the first-annual World Brain Eating Championships, the Zombie Pub Crawl organizers will determine some of the brain-noshing contestants by hosting a com ... More >>
We're used to eating local, but what about watching local? This weekend Amy Thielen, a Minnesota-grown chef with a New York pedigree will premiere her new show, Heartland Table, on the Food Network.See Also:Andrew Zimmern Chef Chat: part 1, 2
Ah, Yelp, the go-to magnet for wannabe reviewers and genuine foodies alike to vent and gush about their favorite eateries. National website Eater wrangled up a few chefs at the Food & Wine Classic in Aspen, Colorado, to read some of their worst Yelp reviews. Among the talented chefs getting chopped ... More >>
Eater.com has released a list of 25 of the nation's most underrated restaurants, i.e., places that are on par with the top eateries in the country but don't always get the media attention they deserve or are overshadowed by their more-hyped or long-established peers. Two Chicago restaurants -- Near ... More >>
Last month local critic and Bizarre Foods host Andrew Zimmern discussed the user-generated review forum Yelp on his podcast Go Fork Yourself. He heavily criticized the website's exploitative nature, saying,"Yelp has become dangerously unstable, because clearly they have people abusing ... More >>
Chef Erick Harcey has been working double time the past few months. He's been running his successful, pert'-near suburban Victory 44 restaurant, filming a bit with Andrew Zimmern for his Appetite for Life web series, and working feverishly to open his newest venture, Parka, in the Longfellow neighbo ... More >>
Food & Wine magazine has called out Pizzeria Lola as one of the 50 best pizza joints in the U.S. Pizzeria Lola has become a quick Twin Cities classic for thin-crust, wood-fired, Neapolitan-style pizza.Here's where the restaurant ranked on the national list, and what local food personality Andrew ... More >>
The recipe-swap, dinner-inspiration, and food-porn website Tablespoon, recently announced nominees for the Munchies, their first ever People's Choice-style food and restaurant awards. They're judged by an expert panel that includes hometown star Andrew Zimmern, and the nominees include well-kn ... More >>
Amy Senser's trial approaches April 23, but before a jury can be seated the Hennepin County judge overseeing the case must determine whether Senser can get a fair trial in Minneapolis. Senser's attorney Eric Nelson requested a change of venue to Kandiyohi County earlier this month on the grounds ... More >>
Bizarre Foods host Andrew Zimmern tweeted his support for dead True Thai chef Anousone Phanthavong Friday afternoon. Phanthavong had worked at True Thai since 2002. He was the restaurant's head cook until Amy Senser ran him over on the Riverside exit of I-94 last August. A Hennepin County judge ... More >>
Twitter was sent a-flutter yesterday afternoon when Andrew Zimmern announced that Dara Moskowitz Grumdahl would be leaving Minnesota Monthly for its rival, Mpls/St. Paul magazine."Hopefully you heard it here first. @deardara Moskowitz Grumdahl is leaving Minn Mo and joining mspMag #awesome," Zimm ... More >>
When the James Beard Award semifinalists were announced this week, it was no surprise that Michelle Gayer was listed among nods for Outstanding Pastry Chef. We've recognized her Salty Tart as our Best Bakery and the Beard Awards have nominated her in the past. Her career began as a dish ... More >>
Local chef turned big-time TV star Andrew Zimmern is bringing his wildly successful Bizarre Foods home to Minneapolis. The premiere episode of this all-American season, premiering Monday on the Travel Channel at 9 p.m., features Minnesota foods. (It's the second episode he's filmed in his h ... More >>
In the deepest depths of winter, nothing is finer than snuggling in your warm home and catching up on the Hot Dish. Here are a few of the week's top stories.~We love talking to notable people shaping our food scene. This week we check in with Dennis Leaf-Smith of 112 Eatery, and that wacky o ... More >>
Photo Credit: Susan PowersAuthor, chef and blogger, Zoe Francois sets up a shot in her kitchenAuthor of the wildly successful ...in 5 Minutes a Day cookbooks and accomplished pastry chef Zoë François has been traveling the country promoting her latest book with co-author Jeff Hertzberg, Artisan ... More >>
A benefit with good tasteOrganizers had told the chefs to plan on about 350 people, but they were blown away by the crowd that attended last night's so called "Ramen-Off" competition, where local chefs vied for the title of best noodle soup. They might have guessed they were on to something when ... More >>
Your healthy alternative to the typical deep-fried fair.Save the date: The Midwest's largest organic food fest, the Kickapoo Country Fair, will take place on Saturday, July 30, in La Farge, Wisconsin. Event organizers from Organic Valley foods have recruited two keynote speakers with promin ... More >>
The skies might not be friendlier, but things on the ground are tastierWhat began with Ike's and Surdyk's has expanded into a dramatically upgraded foodie experience at MSP International, with new restaurants from a veritable who's who of local star chefs popping up on Concourse G at the Lindberg ... More >>
Scott Pampuch in the kitchen at Corner TableToday is our final installment in our conversation with chef and restaurant owner Scott Pampuch in the kitchen of his restaurant Corner Table. (Read parts 1 and 2 here.) He's been buzzing through his kitchen the entire time, and finally the sausage is r ... 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........:
The Travel Channel thinks Punch is among the world's best!Andrew Zimmern took a break from kung fu fighting to name his hometown Punch Pizza his world fave on the following Travel Chanel segment. To celebrate, Punch is offering pizzas on Tuesday for just $3 a pop. Get the coupon and watch the vi ... More >>
photo: Andrew ZimmernZimmern introduces Richman to the deliciousness that is Brasa.Andrew Zimmern introduced Man vs. Food host Adam Richman to Brasa when he visited Minneapolis, and lo and behold, this week Richman singled out Brasa's slow-roasted pork and creamed spinach is one of the Top 5 ... More >>
At the Salty Tart, chef-owner Michelle Gayer runs a kitchen that's "mostly girls," an anomaly in the restaurant world. Today, in the third part of our interview with her (here are parts 1 and 2), she talks about what it's like to "hang with the boys," why she thinks women are better at cooking, and ... More >>
zingyyellow via Flickr.comHappy National Cheesecake Day! Sure, you can rush out to the Cheesecake Factory to celebrate in, um, style, or you could wait until next week to take a Cheesecake 101 class at Byerly's St. Louis Park with Joan Donatelle, Culinary Shop Manager. We talked with Donatelle ... More >>
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 lauded bad boy of the culinary world talked smack about his competitors, offered his tips on travel, and, of course, complimented the Twin Cities' food scene.
Minneapolis City Council is considering a proposal to allow downtown food vendors this week. From the looks of it, words will be exchanged.
Minnesota represents among the 2010 finalists for James Beard Foundation awards.
On the heels of our story on her new wine book, Dara talks Two Buck Chuck and what's in her fridge with Zimmern.
We compiled the Twin Cities' Top 5 most memorable food stories of the year. Don't worry, the Au Bon Pain mouse isn't one of them.
Guess which local chef snapped up the former Agri site? We couldn't be more excited!
After eating a frozen hamburger, a 22-year-old Cold Spring woman contracted E. coli and is now paralyzed from the waist down.
We couldn't be more excited! Drumroll, please...
Twin Cities Man v. Food episode appears to be back on the table.