Fact: the Twin Cities is one of the fastest growing restaurant communities in the country, with close to 100 new restaurants opening this year, many if not most of them independent. With national talent -- the kind that could settle anywhere -- making Minneapolis and St. Paul their home, there's a s ... More >>
A big name and an even bigger personality in the world of food has passed away. Brian Nelson is the name on every chef's lips this morning as word spreads that Nelson, wholesale manager and veteran Coastal Seafoods fishmonger, has died. See also: Coastal Seafoods turns 30: Chef Chat, part 3
Doug Flicker is a chef about town. His beloved fine-dining eatery Piccolo continues to push boundaries in molecular gastronomy, while his casual beach joint Sandcastle has Kickstarted its way into a successful second season. At the start of next month, he'll head up a foraging dinner at Star Thrower ... More >>
They call them the Oscars of the food world, a chance to recognize the finest in the culinary industry. The 2014 James Beard Award semifinalists were announced this morning, and several local chefs and restaurants were recognized.See also:Best new restaurants in the Twin Cities 2013Best Service 2013 ... More >>
If you're heading out for dinner tonight, you might want to double check on your reservations. The ridiculous temperatures have forced several of our favorite dinner spots to close and one even seems to be suffering from frozen pipes.
Every week, we'll show you a photo we've snapped at a local restaurant -- it's up to you to guess the dish and the restaurant that serves it. The first person to answer correctly in the comments (be sure to leave your email address -- it won't be visible), will be entered into a drawing to win a $25 ... More >>
Lake Nokomis stand offers fancy food at the beach
It's been yet another week chock full of food and drink news. Catch up on all the latest from Hot Dish.~It's prime time for picnicking lakeside under the radiant summer sun. In case you don't feel like cooking, here are a few places that will pack that picnic for you.~Our "Drink of the week" is a fa ... More >>
We've known for quite a while that the Twin Cities has a culinary scene worth the national accolades it's been receiving. In its third issue, Fool, the newest magazine currently taking the culinary world by storm, has reached out to a global conclave of chef's, food critics, and journalists in order ... More >>
The hot summer sun soaking into our pale skin is nudging us towards the beach. What better way could there be to spend the day on the beach with a picnic lunch prepared by Doug Flicker? Today, Sandcastle is open for business. See also: Bread & Pickle's battle for beer
Lake Harriet has Bread & Pickle, Minnehaha Falls has Sea Salt, and Lake Calhoun has Tin Fish. Lake Nokomis is arguably just as popular and beloved warm-weather recreation destination, but somehow it had been overlooked as a site for a small waterfront eatery. That is, until last summer, when the ... More >>
Inside the Mall of America tundra, the knives will be sharp, the ingredients strange, and the chefs ready for an all-out throwdown. The annual Chef Challenge competition from Minnesota Monthly magazine pits many of the area's top chefs against one another to win the title and an oversized check. Thi ... More >>
Eater.com has released a list of 25 of the nation's most underrated restaurants, i.e., places that are on par with the top eateries in the country but don't always get the media attention they deserve or are overshadowed by their more-hyped or long-established peers. Two Chicago restaurants -- Near ... More >>
Young philanthropists getting together to help raise funds to support young entrepreneurs was the name of the game at this years Graze 4 Good event hosted in Midtown Global Market's kitchen space, Kitchen in the Market. The yearly event was put on by Fourth Generation, a program of the Minneapolis F ... More >>
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 >>
See also:Lake Nokomis calls for food vendorsIn early May, Minneapolis Parks and Recreation issued a request for proposals from potential food vendors who wanted to put in a bid to operate a new concession business on Lake Nokomis. After reviewing all the submissions, last week the Community Advisory ... More >>
If the Food Network's two top-rated competition shows decided to set down in a nice Midwestern town, their spawn would have been the yearly Local Chef Challenge, which played out this weekend at the Mall of America. Some of the most talented toques were selected to go head to head with a box of s ... More >>
The James Beard award semifinalist list was announced today, and on the list were some familiar names. The awards were established in 1990 and named for chef, food writer, and celebrated lover of life, James Beard. The awards are the highest honor available to food professionals. Part of why the ... More >>
Doug Flicker, taste technicianMinneapolis's own culinary mad scientist is teaming with the Science Museum of Minnesota and the St. Paul Art Crawl to head up a class discussing, in their words, "the intersection of art and science." Piccolo restaurant's Doug Flicker is paired with Dr. Gary A ... More >>
Piccolo Chef and Co-Owner Doug FlickerTo kick off 2012, we're highlighting 12 of the best dishes under $12 the Twin Cities has to offer. When Doug Flicker garnishes a plate, he does not mess around. A tray to his left is piled with yellow flowers and tiny greens, and one by one he's meticul ... More >>
Michelle LeonBig island flavors, tiny space.What's nice about dining in a small space? The coziness creates the ability for the chefs and barkeeps to really take time to give you their attention, and, while it's not every Minnesotan's cup of tea, you can also visit with your neighboring tables. L ... More >>
dane brian via Flickr.comIf 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 >>
Piccolo, Travail, and more
Find out who took home first prize...In case you missed last week's Iron Fork and 4-Orange Iron Cocktail competitions at International Market Square, we've got the photographic recap for 'ya right here, right down to the presence of the 4-Orange vodka girls prancing around in some sort of ora ... More >>
Food as blood sport. Six of the Twin Cities' top chefs will engage in a culinary shootout tomorrow night at City Pages' annual Iron Fork competition--and you can win a pair of tickets for free. Star chefs from Piccolo, Chef Shack, and Barbette, among others, will show off their skills in a ... More >>
A.J. OlmscheidThis is the third and final part part of our chef chat with Piccolo's Doug Flicker. (Here's part 1 and part 2 if you missed them.) Read on to find out how Flicker transformed from a kid who ate ring baloney sandwiches to a chef who has cooked at the James Beard House in New Yor ... More >>
A.J. OlmscheidToday we return with the second part of our chef chat with Piccolo's Doug Flicker. Piccolo's "'mini-entrees" won the praise of celebrity chef Anthony Bourdain when he visited the restaurant for the "Heartland" episode of his Travel Channel show, No Reservations, which aired in July. ... More >>
A.J. OlmscheidDoug Flicker, owner of the six-month-old restaurant Piccolo, sounds like a chef you wouldn't expect to see on television. He started working as a cook, he says, "because I didn't want to deal with going out on weekends." He says he's still more comfortable in the kitchen than ch ... More >>
In honor of Thom Pham's announcement that he'll be opening a new restaurant, Wanderers, at 555 Hennepin Ave.--a space notorious for its quick turnover of restaurant operators--Hot Dish decided to take a look at the Top 5 Jinxed Restaurant Locations. Will Thom Pham have better luck in this downtow ... More >>
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