Eric Austin

  • Blogs

    November 9, 2012

    Andy Parrish on marriage amendment defeat: 'We won 74 out of 87 counties'

    Andy Parrish, deputy campaign manager for Minnesota for Marriage -- the leading group pushing the defeated Minnesota marriage amendment -- is apparently having a hard time accepting that a majority of Minnesotans don't want to enshrine a same-sex marriage prohibition into the state constitution.SEE ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 28, 2012

    Supreme Court upholds Obamacare: Top 10 Twin Cities tweets

    This morning, in a 5-4 decision, the United States Supreme Court ruled that Obamacare's so-called individual mandate is constitutional. Perhaps the big surprise was that Chief Justice John Roberts unexpectedly sided with the court's liberals.You probably already know that, but the information may co ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 5, 2012

    Mary Franson, MNGOP Rep., compares food stamp recipients to wild animals [VIDEO]

    ​In a video that was posted to the official YouTube channel for the MNGOP House caucus, Rep. Mary Franson, R-Alexandria, compares food stamp recipients to wild animals. She later tweeted an apology for her comments and had the video removed, but the clip, embedded below, is preserved in the fossil ... More >>

  • Restaurants

    September 7, 2011

    Eric "Big E" Austin is one mean chef

    Storied local soul-food legend has a long rap sheet

  • Blogs

    September 7, 2011

    Big E's: The Early Days

    Austin developed what would become the formula for Big E's on the deck of his apartment.​Minneapolis chef Eric Austin is known best as the owner of Big E's, a popular soul food restaurant he left in 2005 after a fight broke out in the kitchen (read more in this week's cover story). But years ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 1, 2011

    Eric "Big E" Austin: Chef Chat

    Courtesy of Eric Austin​If you follow the local food scene at all, you'll surely recognize chef Eric "Big E" Austin's name. Known for both his sophisticated neo-soul fare and some very public endings to multiple business partnerships, Austin has made his presence known in the Twin Cities since ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 13, 2011

    Big E parts ways with Viva Brazil, threatens legal action

    Eric Austin via FacebookBig E. posing at Viva Brazil.​Drama continues to follow chef Eric Austin, better known as Big E. A few months ago, he partnered with the owners of a forthcoming Brazilian restaurant in Uptown, supposedly set to open this week. But today, Austin announced that he's no ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 24, 2011

    Big E behind the stove at Viva Brazil

    Eric AustinBig E., aka Eric Austin will cook Brazillian.​Big E, a.k.a. Eric Austin, is on his way back! Apparently the soul food chef created the menu for Viva Brazil at 913 W. Lake Street, and will head the kitchen for the first six months. Austin told Jeremy Iggers that the restaurant is expecte ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 3, 2010

    Big E to serve Sunday gospel brunch

    Big E is back!​After his departure from Bourbon Street Steakhouse a few years back, the Twin Cities most lauded and notorious soul food chef Eric Austin, aka Big E, has been keeping a low profile--well, aside from a brief stint in CJ's gossip column where a bride and groom accused him of flaki ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 22, 2010

    Big E is CJ's gossip column

    www.bigesoul.comThe last place you want your name to show up: CJ's column.​I wish I were telling you that Big E had resurfaced in a new kitchen, serving up his killer neo-soul fare. Unfortunately, the latest news with E has to do with his name coming up in CJ's StarTribune gossip column. Rus ... More >>

  • Restaurants

    June 16, 2010

    Willy D's brings real soul food back to Minneapolis

    Try to find more heavenly fried chicken

  • Blogs

    September 2, 2009

    Epic Sandwich: Kings' Fried Green Tomato BLT gets a bit sloppy

    Kings Wine Bar in Kingfield opened only a few weeks ago, but I couldn't wait too long to try their Fried Green Tomato BLT!

  • Restaurants

    August 20, 2008

    Big E is Back

    The popular soul food chef's new venture brings New Orleans to South St. Paul

  • Blogs

    August 19, 2008

    Big E shares a secret weapon

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    The chef endorses a favorite baking shortcut in his recipe for Sweet Potato Corn Muffins.