Flashback to 1995. A young Gavin Kaysen is at work. He's slicing fresh tomatoes by the case. One by one, they fall under the spell of his knife. Lettuce is on the block next. It's almost lunchtime in the business district, and he's anticipating a busy rush. Prepping for a steady stream of h ... More >>
Looking to get an early jump on your weekend buzz? Calhoun Square's 24th annual Coffee Festival is going on this Saturday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., and will feature samples from 35 coffee vendors, a barista competition, and even a couple of coffee-infused beers for those who need a little downer ... More >>
Each week, we'll interview two of the chefs participating in our 2013 Iron Fork competition. On November 7th, these six culinary masterminds will go head to head to see who can create the most appetizing and healthful dish using a secret ingredient provided by Lunds. For more information on the even ... More >>
Yesterday afternoon, Rep. Keith Ellison and comedian Lizz Winstead joined on Twitter to talk politics and have a little fun. While the two jumped around on a lot of topics, they focused on jobs, economic empowerment, women... and that omnipresent invasive species Asian carp. We collected some of the ... More >>
This Thursday more than 180 restaurants around the Twin Cities will take part in a national fundraiser to help raise money and awareness for the fight against HIV/AIDS. Dining Out for Life is an annual event in which restaurants from across the country donate a portion of their evening's proceeds to ... 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 >>
New Japanese fusion restaurant borrows from a few too many influences, but does traditional favorites well
The North Loop dining options continue to expand. There is an intriguing new restaurant and bar taking shape at the foot of the ElseWarehouse building. Borough and Parlour is being run by two up-and-coming chefs and a big-name craft cocktail mixer, who already have our mouths watering.See also:Smack ... More >>
Minnesota shut it down at the 2012 New York City Wine and Food Festival. This year's event was hosted by the Travel Channel's baron of bizarre eating, Andrew Zimmern. The weekend's final event, sponsored by the Food Network and presented by Food & Wine magazine, was a who's who of celebrity cook ... More >>
Iron Chef, the fast-paced televised cooking competition, was first popularized in Japan in the '90s before making its way to American audiences. Then the remake, Iron Chef America, moved to Food Network's Kitchen Stadium. Next week, the concept gets a local flavor -- quite literally -- at City Pages ... More >>
The "Iron Chef" of Minnesota home brewing is about to get under way. Starting this Thursday, October 11, a select group of experienced brewers will go head to head to become the state's first Top Brewer. Twenty-four competitors will square off in the qualifying round that will narrow the field to fo ... More >>
This weekend, the knives come out at the Minneapolis Farmers Market. Local chefs Sameh Wadi and Jack Riebel will go head to head in a market cook-off using whatever is in season and available at the market. With both chefs well versed in competition, it should make for a food throw-down not to be mi ... More >>
As contentious debates go, the dispute between Palestine and Israel is right up there near the top. Many lives have been lost and a peace accord has been elusive. It's not a discussion one would expect to be addressed between two chefs, on either side of the divide, aired over social media, but that ... More >>
The recipe-swap, dinner-inspiration, and food-porn website Tablespoon, recently announced nominees for the Munchies, their first ever People's Choice-style food and restaurant awards. They're judged by an expert panel that includes hometown star Andrew Zimmern, and the nominees include well-kn ... More >>
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. Sameh Wadi is our culinary Boy Wonder. Still in his 20s, he's already gone knife to knife with Masaharu Morimoto on Iron Chef America and been recognized by the James Bea ... More >>
Five chefs. Four judges. One secret ingredient.Five of the Twin Cities' best chefs will have to take the heat or get out of the kitchen on Thursday, when City Pages' annual Iron Fork competition gets cooking at International Market Square. You're invited to watch star chefs from Café Levai ... More >>
Farm to table is a badge of restaurant pride many list boldly on their menus. It says they are nurturing relationships with area farms to bring local produce and animals to the table using methods kind to the soils and animals. As a landlocked state, we don't always hear much about seafood sustai ... More >>
photo by Mike FeltaultWhen Sameh Wadi's classmates were betting on him to drop out of culinary school, they probably never thought that one day they'd see him on the Food Network battling celebrity chef Masaharu Morimoto on Iron Chef America, in an episode that aired early last year. Wadi was ... More >>
Yesterday we gave Hot Dish readers a chance to win two free tickets to tonight's Iron Fork chef competition by telling us, in five words or less, why they deserve to go. Our winner is Jennifer Lesch for her touching and slightly desperate entry: NEW MOM NEED DATE NIGHT. Jennifer and a guest ... 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 >>
Taste a balloon made of mozzarella, or house-made tofu
A creation at Town Talk Diner. The team won with ingredients like lavender vapor, avocado, and fireLast night, the Town Talk Diner team held onto its crown as Iron Bartender--their second consecutive win. The competition, held at Hell's Kitchen each Sunday since May 2, pitted the Cities' b ... More >>
(All hail seitan! Image by moria) Seitan, also known as mock duck, is probably the most meat-like of the meat substitutes out there. Made from wheat gluten, it's chewy in texture and works especially well in curries. This Saturday, you can sample it in a variety of recipes at Iron Chef: Seitan ... More >>
It's festival week! Pay homage to the state's dietary staples: rhubarb, beer, and dairy products. Enjoy free bacon and set your sights on making the world's largest meatball. God bless a Minnesota summer. Tuesday 6/1 Did you know? The record for the World's Largest Meatball was set three time ... More >>
The lauded bad boy of the culinary world talked smack about his competitors, offered his tips on travel, and, of course, complimented the Twin Cities' food scene.
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We discussed the dietary habits of cavemen, compared Top 10 lists, and taught you how to make winter cocktails this week. And YOU?
Saffron's Sameh Wadi takes on Iron Chef Morimoto Jan. 24 at 8 p.m. Tune in!
Sample dishes from 25 top restaurants at the City Pages event, where chefs from Cosmos, Saffron, Solera and more will be slaving over a hot stove.
New food site allows you to express the competitive side of your culinary genius.
Town Talk Diner bartenders beat out Eli's -- barely -- for "Iron Bartender" title.
Minneapolis's restaurant scene is reborn—again!—This time with big money and farm-positive ideals.
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Andrew Broder has gone from punk rocker to Life Sucks Die crew member to house-party DJ to turntable scientist to Picked to Click poll topper. What comes next?