Here's the scenario: You're invited to a dinner party. Because you know a thing or two about being a good dinner party guest, you ask your host if you can possibly bring anything in order to lighten their load. You're hoping to be assigned dinner rolls or, even better, to be told to "just bring your ... More >>
After a rocky start in 2012, marked by long lines and unhappy ticket holders, the Minnesota Cheese Festival hit its stride in year three. The fromage-filled fest took over the International Bazaar at the Minnesota State Fairgrounds on Sunday and delighted cheese-lovers with cooking demonstrations an ... More >>
We first spotted Chris Kohtz at the Minnesota Cheese Festival, scoping out his favorite cheeses and plotting how he'd stock his case. We were pleased to learn his new gourmet cheese shop, the Wedge and Wheel, is on the verge of opening in Stillwater.See Also:Minnesota Cheese Festival returns and exp ... More >>
Fans of the gooey, chewy and pungent stuff have an exclusive opportunity to feast upon a preview of this year's upcoming Cheesefest. On August 8, the newly formed Minnesota Cheese Guild along with Heidi's restaurant will host a dinner they're calling, "A Cheese Lover's Dream."See Also:2011 Best New ... More >>
Edward Zahn was cleaning out the walk-in cooler in his Oconto, Wisconsin-based County Line Cheese shop when he came upon a very happy accident: several boxes of cheddar cheese that had been repeatedly pushed back by new products over the years.If it were almost any other foodstuff, Zahn's discovery ... More >>
Minnesotans love their summer festivals. It makes sense. This is a horrifically cold and awful place to live (It's true. Admit it. Give up the ghost. Winter is awful) most of the year, so we try to cram as much fun as we can into our two habitable months. This sense of urgency might also explain why ... More >>
Broadening your knowledge of international cheeses can be a very enjoyable--but very expensive--project. And with over 670 recognized types of cheese, it's hard to know where to start without getting overwhelmed ... and over-cheesed. Finding small-scale, local events here and there can cut a lifetim ... More >>
Minnesota is known for lots of things. Lakes, casseroles, and an intentional lack of eye contact immediately come to mind. What Minnesota in not particularly known for is cheese. That's been the hallmark of our neighbors to the east since the borders were drawn. Whitney McChane is on a one ... More >>
If ever there was a loaded dish, it is this. A dish full of fat, cream, cheese, and nostalgia, and so hearty it can redeem the saddest, most downtrodden day. When eaters speak of comfort food, so often they speak of macaroni and cheese. After scouring the Twin Cities for the dishes, armed w ... More >>
Gourmet pizza is crowded territory around here
Cafe has small but thoughtful menu
Tom PilcherSimply Steve's, awaiting the lunchtime hordes. Steve Ramlow has been busy lately. The other day, the owner of the new Minneapolis food truck Simply Steve's was rummaging around his kitchen as he finished up a batch of Strawberry Shortcake Sliders for the Minneapolis Farmer's Market la ... More >>
We're thankful for cheeseWant to impress your Thanksgiving guests with some of the best--and, at times, hardest to get--cheeses in the country? The two cheeses produced by Uplands Cheese in Dodgeville, Wisconsin, fit the bill: the extra-aged Pleasant Ridge Reserve was recently named Best in S ... More >>
Eggs, potatoes, Gruyere, and proscuitto...on a pizza? Yep, and Pizza Nea will let skeptical diners try it for free, as long as they order another pie (we like the Melanzana, with eggplant, roasted red and yellow peppers, mozzarella, goat cheese, onions, parsley and crushed San Marzano tomat ... More >>
Seward Co-op is running a World Cup cheese sale, marking down one representative cheese from each competitor country and keeping them on sale until that country is eliminated. Many of the big cheesemaking countries expected to do well--France and Italy for starters--are already out. But, on the ... More >>
Lisa GulyaTome Verte, a goat cheese sold at Surdyk's"This is kind of the ideal time for goat cheese," Surdyk's cheesemonger Elise Steffel says. Spring brings the first good soft goat cheeses, Steffel explains, since the goats are out to pasture, where they can feast on tender spring grass. An ... More >>
Lisa GulyaA wedge of Saenkanter aged gouda at Surdyk'sThis week, Surdyk's cheesemonger Elise Steffel recommends Saenkanter, a Dutch aged gouda made from cow's milk. "We just started carrying it again after a few months without it," Steffel says. How did people take the deprivation? Steffel says s ... More >>
Adactio via Flickr.comThis week's gloomy weather paused our summery spring and the precocious progress of our vegetable gardens. What better way to escape the damp chill than with a bit of creamy cheese and a warming libation? With visions of a port pairing in mind, I headed to Surdyk's, where ch ... More >>
I had my first sighting of one of my favorite seasonal treats at the Wedge the other day: little pouches of burrata, wrapped in green paper like holiday gifts. Burrata is a fresh mozzarella and cream cheese made from the milk of water buffalo--if you like regular fresh mozzarella, this stuff ... More >>
Wash down your fancy wine and cheese with a PBR at tonight's wine tasting at the Eagles Club.
Owner Rebecca Illingworth: It's about the tasting experience
The metro area has several great places to grab fine foods and great take-out. Surdyk's Deli falls into that category.
It's easy to get all caught up in holiday cookies and candies and fruitcakes and turkeys. What about holiday cheeses?
A good whiff and a decent palate should be able to tell you whether or not that old cheese in your fridge is still in order.
You never need an excuse to eat a sandwich, maybe just a reminder now and then. Here's your reminder.
When you make your first caprese of the season, consider using buffalo mozzarella.
The newly-opened St. Paul Cheese Shop touts a wide variety of excellent cheeses and and takes advantage of their quality inventory to craft some tasty sandwiches.
The Twin Cities can has cheezburger?
Punch just flew in 6K worth of fresh buffalo mozzarella from Italy--and you can have it, free!
A Winona legislator seeks organic food options for WIC program.
Scott Erickson's creations aren't just food, they're a form of self-expression
The food artist of the year is clear: Shepherd's Way Farms makes a glorious art of cheese, and survival
Part two of our guide to the best cheeses of the Twin Cities—ever
Local cheese is better than it's ever been. Here's the first of a two-part guide to the rarest, best, and most glorious examples.
Premier Cheese Market adds new life to the old milk scene
Are the best cannoli in the world available to Minnesotans, and even Bismarckers? Dear Dara finds out.
Southern Italian food goes over gangbusters in Southern Minneapolis
Mary Faulk Makes Magic With Sheep's Milk and Mold
Veggie pizza by the pound, only in Nordeast Minneapolis