Diane Yang

  • Blogs

    November 12, 2014

    10 Twin Cities Apple Dishes and Drinks to Try Right Now

    Good food is all about the present. Spend all your time geeking out about the MN55, the lovechild of a Honeycrisp and a MonArk and the next big thing coming from the poindexters at the University of Minnesota apple research lab, and you'll miss the seasonal flavors sweetening up menus across the Twi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 12, 2014

    Our Predictions for the Oscars of Local Dining: The 4th Annual Charlie Awards

    Sunday is the 4th annual Charlie Awards at the Pantages Theatre, where food industry pros are honored by their peers in formal, ceremonial, celebratory style. Some sneak peeks for this year's festivities include chef Steven Brown of Tilia and a band of mates literally banging on pots and pans, and c ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 31, 2014

    Spoon and Stable: A Sneak Peek and Opening Date for Gavin Kaysen's North Loop Restaurant

    With construction complete and staff all settled, Spoon and Stable has officially announced its opening date of November 16. We stopped by last night for a sneak peek at the space, first tastes of some of the dishes from both the lounge and dining room menus, and sips of the just-delivered liquor co ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 19, 2014

    Robb Jones Tapped to Head Up Bar Program at Merchant

    As the most anticipated restaurant of 2014 readies to open sometime in November, executive chef Gavin Kaysen is putting together a dream team of managers (Bill Summerville), kitchen whizzes (Diane Yang), and servers. Next on the list? The crew behind the bar -- anchored by none other than Robb Jones ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 21, 2014

    La Belle Vie taps Niki Francioli as executive pastry chef; Diane Yang heads to Merchant

    We've got some sweet news coming from Tim McKee's La Belle Vie camp this week. Late Friday we learned that longtime La Belle Vie pastry alum, Diane Yang, would be taking the lead pastry position at Gavin Kaysen's new Minneapolis restaurant, Merchant, and we've now learned that Niki Francioli will be ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 24, 2014

    Heyday's Lorin Zinter on what makes a good server and why he covets criticism

    Open for only a few months, Heyday is easily an early contender for best new restaurant of the year. In addition to the exceptionally well conceived and executed menu, the Lyn-Lake restaurant also offers exemplary service. Co-owner, front-of-house manager, and La Belle Vie alum Lorin Zinter gives th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 18, 2014

    Top local chefs and a Libertine sneak peek at this year's Share Our Strength's HOTlist event

    Philanthropist foodies, it's time again for the Share Our Strength Taste of the Nation HOTlist. The annual summer event is held at the Guthrie Theater and features over 20 of the Twin Cities' top restaurants, chefs, and bartenders sharing their tastiest eats and drinks to raise money for the fight a ... More >>

  • Restaurants

    May 28, 2014

    Heyday and the new face of New American dining

    The Lyn-Lake eatery is the Ocean's Eleven of restaurants

  • Blogs

    February 18, 2014

    Big names and a few surprises at this year's Share Our Strength cakewalk

    One of the tastiest charity events of the year is right around the corner. Every year, the best pastry chefs in the Twin Cities come out to support Share Our Strength in their fight against childhood hunger.This year, in addition to having the confections of pastry chefs like Diane Yang of La Belle ... More >>

  • Restaurants

    February 12, 2014

    Best Twin Cities Valentine's Day desserts

    Sweet treats for your sweetheart

  • Blogs

    January 7, 2014

    La Belle Vie to honor Charlie Trotter with special menu all this week

    It's still hard to believe that such a giant in the food world was taken so soon. Influential restaurateur and chef Charlie Trotter passed away suddenly last year, and locally, some leaders in fine dining knew they wanted to honor the man who gave the culinary world so much. Beginning today, the che ... 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

    May 13, 2013

    Thomas Keller and Bouchon Bakery coming to La Belle Vie

    Thomas Keller and Sebastien Rouxel of Bouchon will be stopping in town to promote their new Bouchon Bakery cookbook along with a little help from local celebrity chefs Andrew Zimmern and Tim McKee. A very special book signing will take place at La Belle Vie, and you're invited.See Also:2013 Best Des ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 27, 2013

    La Belle Vie throws fabulous birthday fête

    La Belle Vie, widely recognized as the pinnacle of Minnesota fine-dining threw itself a birthday party to celebrate its 15 years, inviting the well-to-do to mix with the well-known chefs both present and past who have contributed to the success of this storied restaurant.  The Hot Dish was luck ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 4, 2013

    Cakewalk brings out top chefs to benefit Share Our Strength

    It was an evening of elegance and pastries. Share Our Strength, whose goal is to end childhood hunger, gathered many of the finest chefs in the cities to put on their annual benefit. The gala was presented by Michelle Gayer, James Beard Award nominee and owner of the acclaimed Salty Tart Bakery, in ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 14, 2013

    Share Our Strength's Cakewalk brings out the star chefs

    Late on the Valentine's gift? Suddenly realizing that Russell Stover chocolate might be a bit of a raspberry creme let down? Trust us, if your V-Day present involves any item that could be picked up at the local Super America, it's time to double down. The moment is here, and this event is a one-sto ... 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 22, 2012

    Win tickets to Share Our Strength's Cakewalk

    Cake, tunes and booze--what's not to love?On March 1, James Beard Award nominee and Best Bakery owner Michelle Gayer will be hosting a cakewalk at the Fine Line. The proceeds will benefit Share Our Strength, an organization committed to ending childhood hunger.In addition to the Salty Tart, a few ot ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 18, 2012

    Dennis Leaf-Smith of 112 Eatery: Chef Chat, Part 2

    We're celebrating the 112 Eatery's seventh birthday by featuring its chef de cuisine, Dennis Leaf-Smith. Yesterday, we learned how he cut his teeth as a young chef, first in local kitchens and then out west (click here to read part 1 of our conversation). Today, he tells us how he ended up at the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 23, 2011

    Charlie Awards honor Twin Cities restaurants and food professionals

    ​The stage was set with a long white-linen-covered table, holding gleaming covered trays.  Beneath them were the trophy plates inscribed with the names of the winners for the Twin Cities' first annual Charlie Awards. Organized by preeminent foodie Sue Zelickson with the help of wonder produce ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 15, 2011

    Masu Sushi & Robata: A sneak peek Inside

    Masu Sushi & Robata Japanese meets Nordeast​Take the pop of a Shea-designed restaurant, add the sizzle of a Tim McKee-produced menu, a dash of sustainable seafood, served with a twist, and you'll find yourself with Masu Sushi and Robata, the latest venture of Minneapolis's own menu whisperer. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 22, 2010

    Celebrity Chef Tour Minneapolis: the slideshow

    Tim McKee's grilled lamb ribeye ​A legendary feast took place at Solera last Thursday as a multitude of culinary superpowers combined forces at a benefit for the James Beard Foundation--supporters of all things educational and extraordinary about food. Nine chefs. Nine courses. Here is the team: T ... More >>

  • News

    November 19, 2008