Brenda Langton

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    November 6, 2014

    Dine for Climate Dinner Series Launches Its Earth-Saving Mission

    Want to enjoy a hearty meal this winter while sticking it to that Weather Channel founder who doesn't believe in climate change? See also: Will Steger's castle in the clouds: The world's greatest Arctic explorer unveils his greatest challenge yet

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    June 20, 2014

    The Mill City Farmers Market: Strawberries, heirloom plants, Chef Shack donuts, and more

    Remember when that couple in Portlandia tracks down the exact origins -- and name -- of the chicken they order at a restaurant? Mill City is that kind of farmers market, one where customers want to know the name and life story of their poultry (and sometimes produce) and the vendors are eager to sha ... More >>

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    April 8, 2014

    R.T. Rybak to emcee Dandelion Honey Pastry Chef Challenge

    While the bees are feasting on dandelion nectar, we'll be sampling treats made from their dandelion honey, at the first Dandelion Honey Pastry Chef Challenge. Chefs from all over the Twin Cities are set to compete in the event presented by the Beez Kneez on Thursday, April 10 at the Nicollet Island ... More >>

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    September 17, 2013

    GrainUp event showcases local restaurants and whole grains

    "I believe restaurants have a real responsibility in society to expose people to healthy, whole foods," says Brenda Langton, chef/owner of Spoonriver. "It's very gratifying for me and my staff to know that we are doing that every day."As a longtime advocate of integrating more whole grains into our ... More >>

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    April 4, 2013

    Signature Dish: Barbette's chef Sarah Master

    In the search for the Twin Cities' best culinary creations, we often come across dishes that stop us mid-bite and force us to reflect on the level of thought and artistry chefs put into their work. The efforts of the chefs are often laborious, and the end results are regularly consumed before the fu ... More >>

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    December 27, 2012

    Best places for post-holiday eating: A round-up, part 2

    In a day or so, perhaps even sooner, you'll be sick of trying to "get creative" with whatever odd scraps of holiday leftovers are still lingering in your fridge and definitely not in the mood for more carbs, cream cheese, or cookies. It's that post-holiday battle with lethargy and we want to he ... More >>

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    November 12, 2012

    Charlie Awards: Who won big

    The second-annual Charlie Awards, an event honoring the Twin Cities and metro area restaurants and key individuals who contribute to our exceptional, ever-expanding food scene, were held yesterday afternoon at the Pantages Theater. Hearty congratulations to all the finalists and winners, but perhaps ... More >>

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    July 18, 2012

    Top 10 farmers markets in the Twin Cities

    See Also: Top 10 street eats in the Twin Cities Top 10 breakfasts in the Twin Cities One of the thrills of living in Minnesota in the summertime, apart from the fact that the chance of snow is quite slight, is the delight of freshly picked peas, beans, tomatoes, corn and other vegetables and fruit ... More >>

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    June 4, 2012

    Fall into the Beermuda Triangle this Week in Food

    Baseball, beer, chocolate, charity...we're hitting all the major marks this Week in Food, and it's not even officially summer. 6/5 Start your week off right with the Wedge's class Chocolate Heaven, where students will enjoy a light meal before watching demos of ultimate chocolate chip cookies, bit ... More >>

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    May 7, 2012

    Mill City Farmers Market returns this Week in Food

    Busy week! The Mill City Farmers Market returns on Saturday, and don't forget to honor mom on Sunday with something especially delicious this Week in Food. 5/8 Creating a fun, tasty dessert doesn't have to take hours or require a long list of ingredients. With the right items in your pantry, you c ... More >>

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    January 11, 2012

    Lucia's lends local flavor to our list of $12 or less

    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. Lucia Watson is in very good company. As a champion for local food and farmers, Watson is often compared to Alice Waters--the iconic owner of Chez Panisse and a leading ... More >>

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    August 19, 2011

    Zimmern, local chefs talk sustainability at James Beard Foundation salon

    Mitchell Davis and Ashley Kosiak from JBF​Thursday 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 >>

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    July 27, 2011

    Salad Days cookbook: Win a copy!

    Salad Days can be yours​Pam Powell, an alum of Brenda Langton's Cafe Kardamena and owner of the Salad Girl Organic Dressings line, has a new cookbook out. Salad Days outlines a few salad-making basics--a useful guide to the various green types, plus tips on washing and storing produce, and sto ... More >>

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    June 7, 2011

    Top 5 restaurants near the Guthrie for dinner before a show

    Meet Minneaplis / Flickr​If you're headed to a show at the Guthrie this summer, why not start the evening with a pre-theater meal downtown? That way, you can park early, enjoy a relaxing dinner, and ensure that your stomach won't start rumbling somewhere in the middle of the second act. While ... More >>

  • Restaurants

    May 11, 2011

    Tilia in Linden Hills feels like it's been around forever

    Steven Brown's comeback rings out loud and clear

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    May 4, 2011
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    March 18, 2011

    Chefs for Change dinner rallies support for a homeless shelter rooftop garden

    Brenda Langton of Spoonriver will host the event​Once a month, People Serving People, Minnesota's largest and most comprehensive family-focused shelter, hosts a Chefs for Change dinner event, in which a local executive chef hosts a cooking demonstration and elegant dinner party to raise funds ... More >>

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    January 11, 2011

    Ten tips from chefs to help you cook more in 2011

    dane brian via​If you've resolved to cook more in 2011, you're in luck: The Twin Cities boasts a wealth of chefs with advice at the ready, and they have more to say than just, "Eat out." (Though they wouldn't mind if you did, of course.)The Hot Dish took chefs' tips for home cooks f ... More >>

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    September 28, 2010

    Top 5 food stops on the Grand Rounds: Downtown Riverfront

    Biking along the riverHave you tuned up your bike yet? It's time to get out on the Grand Rounds bike path and see the sights. We've pedaled and eaten our way around three of the seven byway districts, already tackling Victory Memorial/Theo Wirth and Northeast. The last trek actually involved some hi ... More >>

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    September 13, 2010

    Mill City Farmers Market celebrates fifth anniversary

    The Mill City Farmers Market celebrates five years of bounty for the senses​It all started back in June 2006, when Brenda Langton (chef-owner of Spoonriver restaurant) founded the Mill City Farmers Market on the banks of the Mississippi River, between the Mill City Museum and the new Guthrie ... More >>

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    September 3, 2010

    Spoonriver's Brenda Langton: Chef Chat, Part 3

    A.J. OlmscheidOwner Brenda Langton and pastry chef Kristen Schafbuch of Spoonriver​Today we conclude our chef chat with Brenda Langton, owner of Spoonriver restaurant in downtown Minneapolis. (Here are parts 1 and 2.) Langton talks about the need to revitalize American food culture and her dre ... More >>

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    September 3, 2010

    Best of Hot Dish: August 30-September 3, 2010

    It is the time for the season of loving. And picking stuff.​ Hi, happy harvesters. Is this weather making you dream of Sunday afternoons watching football, crockpots full of soup, leaves falling from the sky, and apples in little grapevine baskets (or your own variation on that theme?) Yeah, us to ... More >>

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    September 2, 2010

    Spoonriver's Brenda Langton: Chef Chat, Part 2

    A.J. OlmscheidSpoonriver owner Brenda Langton outside the Mill City Farmers Market​Today we bring you the second part of our chat with longtime Twin Cities restaurateur and chef Brenda Langton. (Here's part 1 if you missed it.) Langton talks more about her upcoming Spoonriver cookbook, the imp ... More >>

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    September 1, 2010

    Spoonriver's Brenda Langton: Chef Chat, Part 1

    A.J. OlmscheidBrenda Langton likes steak!​Brenda Langton, owner of Spoonriver restaurant and founder of the five-year-old Mill City Farmers Market, has been running restaurants in the Twin Cities for more than 30 years. She is a vocal supporter of natural foods and small, local producers; an ... More >>

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    July 14, 2010

    Meritage, Spoonriver crepes battle for Bastille Day

    A.J. OlmscheidCrepe cooking at Meritage in St. Paul​In honor of Bastille Day, we thought it timely to add a little French flavor to this week's food fight. We gave both Minneapolis and St. Paul a shot at sidewalk crepe dominance, pitting Meritage's crepe cart in St. Paul against Spoonriver's c ... More >>

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    April 28, 2010

    Mother's Day Brunch: Top 5

    Mother's Day is arriving fast--it's on Sunday, May 9, people! While the multicourse brunch at Nicollet Island Inn has been a Mother's Day standard for years, if you can't get a reservation, here are several other great options I'd recommend if you decide not to schlep your batterie de cuisine over t ... More >>

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    December 31, 2009
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    November 19, 2009

    RIP: Cafe Brenda

    You have two weeks to get your fill of Brenda Langton's beloved health-conscious, veggie-friendly cafe.

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    June 3, 2009

    Epic Sandwich: Lunch at Spoonriver capitalizes on fresh ingredients

    Spoonriver's fresh, light and flavorful ingredients elevate even the most simplistic sandwich to an inspiring creation.

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    April 23, 2009

    Savor the Season: Brenda Langton goes with asparagus

    This is the dawning of the age of asparagus! (Sorry, just couldn't resist.)

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    January 14, 2009
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    August 30, 2006

    Healthy Choice

    Café Brenda's new sister restaurant offers a virtuous take on fine dining

  • Restaurants

    June 14, 2006

    River City Rebirth

    Minneapolis's restaurant scene is reborn—again!—This time with big money and farm-positive ideals.

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    June 9, 1999