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Bob Gerken

  • Restaurants

    April 2, 2014

    Travail and the Rookery return triumphant as ever

    The team behind the Robbinsdale culinary powerhouse has done it again

  • Blogs

    February 4, 2014

    First look: Travail and the Rookery

    Beck is thumping through the speakers as chefs move swiftly about the giant open space. Sodas are being bottled and carbonated by hand. A grown man in a teddy bear hat furiously digs in a low cabinet, practically climbing inside to retrieve more linens. A wild-goateed fellow sharpens knives, furious ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 19, 2013

    Third time's the charm at the third annual Charlie Awards

    On Sunday, chefs, restaurateurs, and bartenders got dressed up in their finery to attend the Twin Cities' annual Charlie Awards -- a celebration of the best in the restaurant business. See also:Dan Oskey, Best Bartender and now a business man, part 2Corner Table's crispy pork belly, 50 Favorite Dish ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 18, 2013

    UMAMI is here to stay

    The chefs of Travail are riding the crest of a crazy beautiful wave. At what seems to be their golden hour, this merry band of culinary mischief makers cannot be stopped. Here's a quick catch up on where they've been and what we can expect to see next.See Also:Oysterfest: Third times the charm for M ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 14, 2013

    Oysterfest: Third time's the charm for Meritage

    At the first Oysterfest in 2011, attendees were either crammed into Meritage or part of the spillover crowd milling about on the sidewalk. Last year, the event was marred by long lines for everything. This year, Meritage's Oysterfest expanded its footprint, brought in a bunch more shuckers, and book ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 19, 2013

    UMAMI, a first look at Travail's pop-up; Plus, an update on the Kickstarter

    Since shuttering the original Travail, co-owners Mike Brown, Bob Gerken, and James Winberg haven't stopped moving. They've been hosting roving pop-up dinners as fundraisers for a new Travail restaurant space, which will include a small plate and cocktail bar under the name Rookery. The newest pop-up ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 27, 2013

    Travail plans a pop-up restaurant for North Minneapolis

    Travail's co-owners Mike Brown, Bob Gerken, and James Winberg have been keeping busy this summer, but somehow between all the sauce-slinging and smoke-spooning at Pig Ate My Pizza, barbecuing at their block party, and planning the upcoming Rookery, plus return of the re-vamped Travail (whew), the tr ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 5, 2013

    Chef Josh Brown of Gather welcomes Travail's chefs into his kitchen; celebrates second anniversary

    Chef Josh Brown of Gather by D'Amico -- the sophisticated modern-American restaurant located in the Walker--has got quite a bit piled up on his plate. In addition to handling all the regular head chef stuff, Brown also heads up Gather's innovative Chef-in-Residence program, where on the first Thursd ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 19, 2013

    James Beard Award semi-finalists announced

    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 >>

  • Restaurants

    October 6, 2010

    Travail's young chefs launch spirited gastro-workshop

    Taste a balloon made of mozzarella, or house-made tofu

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