French Food and Cooking

  • Blogs

    September 5, 2014

    More details on the Salt Cellar, the Lenny Russo-influenced steakhouse heading to St. Paul

    You might know him as the Forager Chef. Or you may know him as Lenny Russo's former sous chef at Heartland Restaurant & Farm Direct Market. But soon you'll know Alan Bergo as the executive chef at St. Paul's forthcoming modern steakhouse, the Salt Cellar. See also: Red Stag to host Friends of James ... More >>

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    July 9, 2014

    Town Talk Diner is reopening with a Gallic accent

    It's ALIVE! The much loved and revered Town Talk Diner will be reincarnated in the coming months. In a major announcement yesterday, a new owner finally stepped up to the plate -- only this time, it's a French plate. The Town Talk Diner will be revitalized as a Frenchier incarnation called Le Town T ... More >>

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    July 2, 2014

    Gavin Kaysen's Merchant may be getting top chef backing

    The rumor mill is abuzz with news of James Beard Rising Star and Bloomington native Gavin Kaysen and his homecoming restaurant, Merchant. On her blog, Dara Moskowitz Grumdahl says she has it from "multiple good sources" that the money for Kaysen's new Twin Cities venture is coming in from some of th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 17, 2014

    Corner Table chef Thomas Boemer talks fried chicken, Alain Ducasse, and Revival

    When Chef Thomas Boemer assumed the helm at Corner Table in south Minneapolis, he transformed this neighborhood eatery to a destination restaurant. Three years later, the chef with a pedigree that includes a stint at Alain Ducasse's Mix in Las Vegas, has shepherded the restaurant to its new location ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 17, 2012

    The Lynn on Bryant: Now open [VIDEO]

    After a short, sweet, and successful Kickstarter campaign to raise the additional $25,000 it  needed, the Lynn on Bryant in Lynnhurst has officially opened its doors to the public. Even in its earliest days of development, the surrounding community seemed to embrace the concept of this restaura ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 20, 2012

    10 questions for Meritage chef Russell Klein

    Expect to see the streets of St. Paul paved deep with oyster shells on Sunday, September 30, the date of the second-annual OysterFest, Meritage's bivalve bacchanal. Amid the planning for celebrity shuck-offs and dancing in the street, Russell Klein, chef and co-proprietor of Meritage, took time rec ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 6, 2012

    Beer, cheese, and Julia Child's 100th this Week in Food

    It's clearly the summer of beer, or so our events list would suggest: Town Hall releases its latest brew, and the Twin Cities Beer Festival takes the Mall of America by storm this Week in Food. 8/7 Be one of the first folks to sample Town Hall's newest brew, MPLS (Minneapolis Pale Lager Style), wh ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 6, 2012

    Meritage delivers $12-and-under dandies on its lunch menu

    To kick off 2012, we're highlighting 12 of the best dishes under $12 in the Twin Cities. Scroll down to view the complete list. Go big or go home. When Russell Klein does something, he does it the right way. Exhibit A: the oyster bar. In late 2010, Klein--along with his co-owner and wife, Dest ... More >>

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    January 4, 2012

    La Belle Vie offers exquisite fare for $12 or less in the Lounge

    To kick off 2012, we're highlighting 12 of the best dishes under $12 in the Twin Cities. Scroll down to view the complete list. Tim McKee's fingerprints are scattered around the Twin Cities. And we all eat better because of it. The first Minnesotan to be anointed Best Chef: Midwest by the James Be ... 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

    March 11, 2011

    Jason Blair of Red Stag Supperclub, Chef Chat Part 2

    Chef Jason Blair at Red Stag Supperclub​We continue our chat with chef Jason Blair of Red Stag Supperclub in Northeast Minneapolis, the first LEED certified restaurant in the state.  After working in nationally acclaimed restaurants all over the Pacific Northwest (and Alaska) Jason's experien ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 7, 2011

    Cave Vin's steak frites: 100 Favorite Dishes, No. 67

    Lu LippoldGood, and good FOR you.​I do not want to hear one more word about you and your cholesterol. Furthermore, I do not want you giving me that look when I say I'm having a giant slab of red meat for dinner with a side of fat-ridden fried potatoes smothered in mayonnaise. You know why? Bec ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 11, 2010

    Frog legs--delicacy or eco-issue? Local restaurants weigh in

    STF sticks up for frogs.Frog legs enjoyed a certain level of kitschy popularity about 30 years ago, appearing regularly in Twin Cities buffets. But today, only a few of our restaurants serve the amphibs on their daily menus, and scant others offer them as seasonal specials. Perhaps it's because ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 5, 2010

    Subo RIP

    ​Minnesota's only Filipino restaurant has shut its doors after less than a year in business. Just last winter, owner Jim Hays brought a fresh culinary concept to the Twin Cities by partnering with opening chef Neil Guillen, formerly of New York City's Kuma Inn, to create a menu of Asian-influe ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 22, 2010

    Cafe Maude's Burke Forster: Chef Chat, part 2

    courtesy of Burke ForsterI want to cook in the woods with you.​Yesterday we talked with Burke Forster, the man behind the new lunch menu at Cafe Maude. Forster's style is a natural fit for Cafe Maude's focus on small plates made with ingredients that are simple and fresh. Today we continue with o ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 24, 2010

    Azia does tequila 101, Bulldog does nerd-fest: The Week in Food

    ​ There's lots of learning on the menu this week from French cooking to how to eat local to being vegan. Avoid brain overload with plenty of wine and beer tastings, as well as tequila. Mm . . . tequila. Monday, 5/24 We don't care where the wine comes from, as long as we've got a full glass. I ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 18, 2010

    Most unpronounceable menu items: Top 5

    There's no need to avoid certain food and drink like dirty laundry just because you can't say it right.

  • Blogs

    November 17, 2009

    Food Fight: Croissants

    It's hard to pick favorites with butter-centric foods, but we do our best.

  • Movies

    August 5, 2009

    Julie & Julia is half of a great movie

    Meryl Streep renders Julia Child flesh and blood

  • Restaurants

    June 3, 2009

    Pardon My French, Volnay Bistro bring Paris to the Twin Cities

    Local French cafes will make you say, "Ooh la la!"

  • Blogs

    September 15, 2008
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    August 27, 2008

    Dining with RNC delegates

    "Mr. Speaker, the great state of Texas wants to know, where's a good place to eat around here?"

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    February 27, 2008

    Meritage: superb brasserie dining

    The downtown St. Paul establishment has that touch of class

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    August 22, 2007

    Safe and Sound

    Summer Road Work? Rotting Bridges? Maybe It's Time to Eat Closer to Home. Maybe a Place Like Café Levain.

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    August 23, 2006

    Carrot Invitational

    How do chefs think, and why do they do what they do? A challenge involving the humblest produce reveals all.

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    May 3, 2006

    French Revolution

    With French food and Belgian beers, St. Paul's new Margaux puts a little spring in the city's step

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    December 14, 2005

    Singular Five

    Stewart Woodman's long-awaited solo venture is stylish, costly, and absolutely unique

  • Restaurants

    November 2, 2005

    Pretty on the Inside

    Now run by cooks, Bakery on Grand has emerged as one of the nicest restaurants on the south side

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    February 16, 2005
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    November 24, 2004

    Shop Smart

    A roundup of great places for fueling up before shopping, or for unwinding after finding the last gift on your list

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    December 31, 2003

    The Best Dishes of 2003

    A top-10 list for a banner year

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    December 17, 2003

    A Grand Experiment

    In which a handful of culinary brainiacs scramble, strive, scheme, surprise, and succeed

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    September 17, 2003

    Gallic Counterculture

    A bad year for U.S. Francophiles? Not in Minneapolis.

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    October 9, 2002

    Erratic Boogie

    Come for the dancing, stay for the dancing

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    May 16, 2001
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    August 30, 2000
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    August 16, 2000