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 >>
The hamburger is a solid dish, but slap a slice of cheese on it and you have yourself an American institution. We were happy to learn that today is National Cheeseburger Day, a perfect excuse to tuck into our favorite burgers. Here are the local cheeseburgers we'll be celebrating today. See A ... More >>
While last year's inaugural event resulted in long lines and too little cheddar for the sampling, this year's Minnesota Cheesefest at the Minnesota State Fair grounds was quite the opposite.See Also:Minnesota Cheesefest founder talks about lessons learned
After taking the summer months to settle in, Marin Restaurant & Bar at the Chambers Hotel has decided to ramp up its offerings and add weekend brunch service.The NoCal-inspired restaurant does mostly low-cal elegance, but brunch is a time to indulge and get all your food groups into one killer m ... More >>
Something pungent this way wafts: the Minnesota Cheese Festival returns September 13-14 as a two-day festival of all the gooey good. This year they've also paired with the newly-formed Minnesota Cheese Guild (a not-for-profit group that raises awareness of artisan cheeses) to create a weekend-long s ... 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 >>
Northeast Social and Northbound Brewpub. We like 'em both and visit often, but we couldn't help but feel there's been something missing from two of our best-loved neighborhood spots. One's a go-to for date night dinner and the other for anytime casual drinks, but there's no doubt they could als ... More >>
Homemade food is all the rage these days, with everything from basement breweries to kimchi-making in the kitchen. However, sometimes the goods don't turn out as well as expected. Yesterday, the Minnesota Department of Health revealed that more than two dozen people in Minneapolis have gotten sick f ... More >>
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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 >>
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 >>
Wine and coffee bistro keeps it plain and simple
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
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Now that the turkey is done, the relatives have made themselves scarce, and the cranberry sauce stains have been addressed, it's time to kick this holiday season business into high gear. It's time to get our bake on. For ideas we turned to area cookbook author, chef, and television personal ... More >>
Turkeys from Ferndale Farms will be available for pre-order.Seward Co-op will be hosting a Holiday Warm-Up on November 5 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., where you'll be able to get a small taste of everything from free-range turkey from Ferndale Farms to holiday desserts from the Co-ops' own deli.
Normally our week of food events has a running theme, like heaps of beer tastings or charity dinners. But this first week in October is full of random, which is just how we like it. You can get over your fear of bread, learn to make cheese, brew the perfect cup of coffee, and shuck an oyster all bet ... More >>
Flax USAA local alternative to soy or rice milk.Health nuts like to sprinkle a little flax seed into granola, smoothies, and the like, to give their diet a boost of fiber and omega-3 fatty acids, with the hopes of reducing cholesterol and helping their hearts, among other things. Historically ... More >>
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 >>
Heartland opens its doors for weekend brunch!Exciting news from chef Lenny Russo: starting this Saturday, June 18, Heartland will be serving weekend brunch. Former Heartland chef de cuisine Robb Moore, who left to open the now-shuttered Cru in Blaine, collaborated on the menu with Russo and w ... More >>
Gourmet pizza for mozzarella lovers
First, White Castle comes in candle form, now as chili? The White Castle slyder slips down so easily that it's difficult to conceive of the little steam-grilled burgers as anything other than a three-bite snack. So the Hot Dish was a little stunned to receive these recipes that call for slyde ... More >>
kthread on FlickrRaw Milk: some lawmakers want more of itState senators Sean Nienow, Gary Dahms, and Claire Robling are pushing legislation to make raw milk more widely available in Minnesota, even though the state health department says drinking it poses a serious health risk. The bill would al ... 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 >>
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