Famous Dave's, the Minnetonka-based BBQ franchise, announced yesterday that CEO John Gilbert has resigned after 18 months with the company. Ed Rensi, the former president of McDonalds, has been chosen as Famous Dave's interim Chief Executive Officer in Gilbert's place. Rensi served as the presiden ... More >>
Come Super Bowl Sunday, lots of folks will be sitting down on their couches, elbow-deep in wings, nachos, and football-shaped party food. While it's fun to scream at the tv and guzzle some brewskis in the comfort of your own home, there's something to be said about watching the big game in a bar wit ... More >>
Local Frames is a weekly column spotlighting the best new music videos featuring musicians and directors with Minnesota ties. This week we get things going with a cell-phone sourced new video from Sleep Study for the group's catchy current single. We've also got brand new clips from Literati, Patch ... More >>
"May you always be surrounded by good friends and great barbecue," says Dave Anderson over the phone in lieu of a goodbye. But he's earned the right to those coined phrases: Dave Anderson, a.k.a. Famous Dave of Famous Dave's BBQ, has an abundance of two very important things: ribs and enthusiasm. ... More >>
From poutine and bacon ice cream to sweety balls on a stick
This weekend in music is a throwback with Freedy Johnston in St. Paul and Social Distortion across town with a sold-out show. The rest of the heavy-hitters are also performing on Friday with Haley Bonar co-headlining with Peter Wolf Crier, while Rogue Valley performs a free show at the U of M, and r ... More >>
For those not attending Midwest Music Fest in Winona, this weekend will be a flurry of CD releases mixed into Record Store Day. Lucy Michelle and the Velvet Lapelles headline First Ave. to share some new music and A. Wolf and Her Claws release their long-awaited debut. Counting Crows will be in town ... More >>
Drinking and live music are of the utmost importance on St. Patrick's Day, a day reserved for celebrating Irish pride. Grab a dancing partner, and do a jig because most venues around town this weekend will be featuring live music along the Celtic vein to go accompany your Guinness or Shamrock Sh ... More >>
"My heart, which is so full to overflowing, has often been solaced and refreshed by music when sick and weary." - Martin Luther
This is going to be a Super Bowl Weekend...of music. Let's just hope the Black Eyed Peas don't show up. Madonna, on the other hand...
If your New Year's Resolution involved dialing back your booze intake, you might want to sit this Week in Food out, because we've got a bourbon dinner, a California wine dinner, and a celebration of Harriet Brewing's first anniversary all in the span of this January week.
There's still time to get your name changed to Dave!Famous Dave's third "Dave's Day" takes place this year on Sunday, August 14, when all customers showing a valid ID with the first name of Dave, David or Davy receive a free entrée (maximum value of $15) at participating locations nationwide ... More >>
Miguelpdl/FlickrValentine's Day is a perfect excuse for journalists and bloggers to inundate the masses with lists and recommendations of romantic restaurants. Thousands of words are expended every year recapping which eateries boast the best wines or have the most intimate dining accommodati ... More >>
The KFC Double Down: And they get worse. Much worse.It's hard to imagine that food hasn't been invented or combined in every possible combination by now, but humans are still managing to create unique new variations on things to eat or new ways to employ food. But for every delicious new idea ... More >>
Judge the brews AND feed the hungry.Ready to play a part in deciding who's roasting up the best brew in the cities? Then you need to hit up the Calhoun Coffee Festival 2010 on Saturday at Calhoun Square from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. For a $10 donation, festival-goers receive a commemorative mug ... More >>
These new foods are unlikely to become classics.When we heard about the new foods at this year's Minnesota State Fair, some sounded great, others gruesome. Would the latter taste as awful as we feared, or would we be eating our words? Here are several we sampled that aren't worth loosening th ... More >>
Taste of Maplewood is this Friday and Saturday.Nothing says summer quite like a food festival with colorful tents full of food and beer, live music, and lots of happy, hungry people. This is the height of summer festival season, with another big event this Friday and Saturday: the Taste of Maplew ... More >>
Does this man make the best ribs in MN?There's great historical resonance to the story of David and Goliath. We love to root for the underdog, the little guy, especially us Vikings fans (at least we've had years of experience doing it). So when the idea came to compare the biggest BBQ joint ... More >>
Taste of Minnesota kicks off Friday (we leave it up to you to decide whether the music is worth the price of admission), so we asked Andy Faris, one of the managing partners of Taste, what red, white, and blue foods would be for sale and what exactly "Manfood 101" will teach attendees.
Sure, Famous Dave's annual BBQ & Blues Festival is mostly about the music. And Saturday's performance lineup (at Peavey Plaza in downtown Minneapolis, Nicollet and 11th) will feature a number of top blues acts, including Guitar Shorty, Hubert Sumlin, Pinetop Perkins, Willie "Big Eyes" Smith, ... More >>
Free CD- and EP-release parties.
Money changes everything. Until you have some, here's some free stuff to do instead.
No kidding. If that's your name, you're eating BBQ this Sunday.
No money? No worries. Get your poor ass to these events.
Famous Dave's West St. Paul location closed for good on Sunday.
After all-too-lengthy delays, two bands that helped form the 2000s join forces for a powerful reunion tour that shouldn't be missed.
Come and watch swimmers freeze for charity.
'What you are seeing here are the crippled products of madness, impertinence, and lack of talent,' declared Adolf Ziegler, president of the Reich Culture Chamber, of 'Entartete Kunst' (translation: 'degenerate art'), the 1937 Munich exhibition meant to exemplify works unbefitting of Nazi Germany. Sh ... More >>
Ben Marcus & Heidi Julavits @ McNamara Alumni Center (U of M) From today's A-List: "Ben Marcus and Heidi Julavits are the power couple of McSweeney's East, the Diana and Lionel Trilling of the post-punk, post-Boom, post-Me, post-snark generation. (The West Coast version, Dave Eggers and Vendela Vid ... More >>
Black Friday at the Mall of America: Wish you were here. Wait a minute, you are here.