Andrew Zimmern

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    October 17, 2014

    Critically Acclaimed Pizzeria Lola Heading to Northeast Minneapolis

    Could it be that another beloved pizza place is on the move? Indeed, just a week after finding out that Black Sheep Coal Fired Pizza would expand to Eat Street, we're getting word that Pizzeria Lola, the wood-fired pizza shop from queen of the slices Ann Kim, has purchased a property in northeast Mi ... More >>

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    September 12, 2014

    5 Best Places to Catch a Pre- or Post-game Meal Near TCF Stadium

    The Vikings home opener is this weekend and a mass of Twin Citians will descend upon the campus stadium in droves. We're guessing that more than a few of you will be looking for some tasty eats before or after the game, so we've put together a few suggestions to ensure maximum home opener enjoyment. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 11, 2014

    Blue Plate responds to minimum wage increase by dipping into servers' tips

    On August 1, Blue Plate Restaurant Company notified employees at each of its eight locations (including the Freehouse, the Lowry, and Longfellow Grill) that as per Minnesota's incremental minimum wage increase, wages would indeed be raised by $0.75 per hour. The good news didn't last. After telling ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 4, 2014

    Chipotle to bring food and music festival to Minneapolis this summer

    Heads up, residents of Loring Park: This summer the international burrito chain Chipotle will bring its Cultivate "food, ideas, and music" festival to Minneapolis, and more specifically, to your 'hood. The event, which is slated for August 23, is designed to be a celebration of sustainability i ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 28, 2014

    Gavin Kaysen of Cafe Boulud to leave New York City for... Minneapolis?

    As if the North Loop wasn't already a dining destination, we just received news that a rather big fish is landing in our little pond. Gavin Kaysen, best known the world over as the executive chef at Cafe Boulud in New York City, will actually be leaving the Big Apple for the Minneapple.

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    January 3, 2014

    Salt of the Earth at Fuji Ya: Keep some resolutions with this drink of the week

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    October 9, 2013

    Order up! Brains at Zombie Pub Crawl [IMAGES]

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    October 1, 2013

    Nguyen and Grudem of Hola Arepa talk Twitter rumors and a brick-and-mortar location

    "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 >>

  • Blogs

    September 20, 2013

    Zombie Pub Crawl and Glam Doll Donuts to host donut-eating contest

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    September 13, 2013

    Minnesota's Newest Food Network Star Debuts Saturday

    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

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    August 14, 2013
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    July 30, 2013

    Punch in St. Paul makes Food & Wine's best pizza places in the U.S.

    Food & Wine recently came out with their list of the best places to get a slice of 'za in the U.S., and one of our own local favorites made the grade. See also: Top 10 pizzerias in the Twin Cities

  • Blogs

    June 25, 2013

    Minnesota chefs read their terrible Yelp reviews [VIDEO]

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    March 6, 2013

    Piccolo among the "most underrated" restaurants in America 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 >>

  • Blogs

    January 28, 2013

    ReviewerCard: "$100 for a lifetime of preferential treatment" [VIDEO]

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    January 23, 2013

    Parka opens today in Longfellow

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    January 8, 2013

    Pizzeria Lola makes Food & Wine's list of 50 Best Pizza Places in the U.S.

    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 >>

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    April 18, 2012
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    April 6, 2012

    The Munchies food awards include several local nominees

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    March 12, 2012

    Andrew Zimmern tweets in support of Chef Phanthavong, Amy Senser's victim

    ​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 >>

  • Blogs

    March 6, 2012

    Dara Moskowitz Grumdahl leaving Minnesota Monthly for Mpls/St. Paul magazine

    ​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 >>

  • Blogs

    March 5, 2012

    Cake Walk was a sweet success

    ​What began as a simple cake walk soon transformed into a sort of sweet vision quest for WCCO newsman Jason DeRusha. "I just don't know how I'm going to get this thing home," he remarked as the cake he'd won from event organizer and James Beard Award-nominated pastry chef Michelle Gayer loomed beh ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 24, 2012

    Michelle Gayer of the Salty Tart: Chef Chat

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    January 20, 2012

    Andrew Zimmern Chef Chat with the Bizarre Foods czar, Part 2

    ​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 >>

  • Blogs

    January 20, 2012

    The Best of Hot Dish: January 16-20, 2011

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    December 7, 2011

    Zoë François, author, blogger & pastry chef - Chef Chat Part 1

    Photo Credit: Susan PowersAuthor, chef and blogger, Zoe Francois sets up a shot in her kitchen​Author of the wildly successful 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 >>

  • Blogs

    July 22, 2011

    Eat Ramen Help Japan event raises money for tsunami victims

    A benefit with good taste​Organizers 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 >>

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    June 22, 2011

    Andrew Zimmern and Will Allen to headline Kickapoo Country Fair

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    May 17, 2011

    Delta teams with top local chefs for 12 new restaurants at MSP

    The skies might not be friendlier, but things on the ground are tastier​What 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 >>

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    March 22, 2011

    James Beard Awards finalists announced

    ​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........:

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    January 24, 2011

    Punch Pizza lauded by Travel Channel, offers $3 pizzas

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    December 10, 2010

    Adam Richman says Brasa serves one of America's Top 5 meals

    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 >>

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    July 30, 2010

    Cheesecake 101: Baker basics from cooking instructor Joan Donatelle

    zingyyellow via​Happy 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 >>

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    July 9, 2010

    Tommy Begnaud of Town Talk Diner: Chef Chat, part 3

    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.

  • Blogs

    April 26, 2010

    Anthony Bourdain charms at the State

    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.

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    March 29, 2010

    Street food vending ordinance before Minneapolis City Council

    Minneapolis City Council is considering a proposal to allow downtown food vendors this week. From the looks of it, words will be exchanged.

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    January 21, 2010

    Zimmern does 5 Q's with Dara

    On the heels of our story on her new wine book, Dara talks Two Buck Chuck and what's in her fridge with Zimmern.

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    December 24, 2009

    Top 5: most memorable food news stories of the year

    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.

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    November 3, 2009

    Coming Soon: Piccolo

    Guess which local chef snapped up the former Agri site? We couldn't be more excited!

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    October 27, 2009

    Bizarre World - Wisconsin airs tonight

    Andrew Zimmern takes on Wisconsin in tonight's episode of "Bizarre World."

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    October 6, 2009

    Minnesota woman paralyzed after eating Cargill burger

    After eating a frozen hamburger, a 22-year-old Cold Spring woman contracted E. coli and is now paralyzed from the waist down.

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    March 26, 2009

    New Guthrie restaurant names chef...

    We couldn't be more excited! Drumroll, please...

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    March 19, 2009

    This week at Coastal Seafoods ...

    What do Martha, Rachael and Zimmern have to say about sea bass?

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    February 7, 2009

    Man v. Minn.: GAME ON!

    Twin Cities Man v. Food episode appears to be back on the table.

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    December 19, 2008

    Open Tables: How much are restaurants suffering?

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    Make sure you're using the right metrics before jumping to co ... More >>

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    January 29, 2008

    Breakfast of Champions: 1/29

    Tuesday is the war god's day. Republican candidates are fighting for delegates. Rudy Giuliani is fighting every newspaper in Florida. We're fighting to keep you entertained though ... More >>

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    March 13, 2007

    3/13 Morning Communiqué

    PA sportsclub fined for shooting at secured turkeys, the Feds sought to limit payouts to dying nuclear weapons workers, man cleare ... More >>

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