Tim Fischer, a James Beard Award nominee himself, has the aura of Beard surrounding him. The Minnesota born and raised chef ("My parents moved us up to the lake when I was 10," he says, and by "the lake" he means Brainerd) headed to the Culinary Institute of America as soon as he turned 18. Like an ... More >>
Buckle up your seatbelts Minneapolis, because the James Beard Foundation is coming to town in a big way. On Sunday, October 5, the Red Stag Supper Club will host a benefit dinner for the foundation, and the event roster is filled to the brim with top chefs from across the Twin Cities. The host chef ... More >>
The third incarnation of Union is on its way, this time under the leadership of James Beard Award nominee Stewart Woodman, and soon they'll be giving a sneak peek of what's afoot. The new restaurant, now known as the Workshop, will host a special, three day only preview event today, tomorrow, and Sa ... More >>
Wine fanatics will soon notice a few changes when entering Solo Vino, St. Paul's beloved Selby Avenue wine shop. Space has been made for a beer cooler and shelves have been added to include a wider selection of hard alcohol. And that's not all that's expanding. This year owner Chuck Kanski has order ... More >>
On Tuesday the news broke that several local chefs were nominated for James Beard Awards. We reached out to everyone to see what exactly one does to toast this honorable recognition. The most common answer? Working. Typical. Here's what they had to say.See also:Twin Cities' chefs among the James Bea ... More >>
They are the biggest awards for the food business. The James Beard Award finalists were announced this morning and we were thrilled to see some of our local food leaders and friends make the list.See also:Amy Thielen brings rustic fare to Food NetworkChef Chat: Salty Tart's Michelle Gayer
It's back! This quarterly event dedicated to dining is back and badder than ever. This week marks the first Restaurant Week of 2014 and there are some great new restaurants to choose from and a lot of classics that might be worth a revisit (or two).We've gone through and selected a few choice option ... 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 >>
It's still hard to believe that such a giant in the food world was taken so soon. Influential restaurateur and chef Charlie Trotter passed away suddenly last year, and locally, some leaders in fine dining knew they wanted to honor the man who gave the culinary world so much. Beginning today, the che ... More >>
Everyone knows that no one does slow-braised meats like Brasa. Tomorrow, Brasa St. Paul is celebrating the succulent beauty of beef with a multi-course dinner of carnivorous, juicy delights paired with some very fine beers.See Also:Drink of the Week: St. Paul Brasa's homemade sodasBest Take-out 2011 ... More >>
Practice makes perfect, even when you're talking about an actual sausage fest. That's why, in order to gear up for its fourth-annual Kielbasa Festival (September 6-7, mark your calendars), Kramarczuk's is teaming up with Natedogs and launching their first-ever combined pre-fest "Classic Kielbasa Min ... More >>
As the summer is finally starting to get underway, Madden's Resort in Gull Lake is getting ready for their annual Food & Wine Experience, and this year it's going to be a doozy. The resort will play host to not only a local roster of culinary heroes, but they'll also be bringing in a variety of ... More >>
Thomas Keller and Sebastien Rouxel of Bouchon will be stopping in town to promote their new Bouchon Bakery cookbook along with a little help from local celebrity chefs Andrew Zimmern and Tim McKee. A very special book signing will take place at La Belle Vie, and you're invited.See Also:2013 Best Des ... More >>
Today Food and Wine magazine put out the call for the people to choose their best new chef. In the Midwest region there is a strong Minneapolis showing, with several familiar names.
When the semifinalists for the James Beard Awards were announced, the local food world was all a-twitter. Each year the James Beard Foundation hands out its awards recognizing excellence in the restaurant industry. The tales of the awards and ensuing after-parties are always tantalizing. To be a fly ... More >>
These twin towns are totally bonkers as they burst with food and drink news; Find out what's been happening this week from Hot Dish.~There's lobster-fueled madness going down in the North Loop at the new Smack Shack. Read our review, and take the tour.~What are the best dishes in town? Our Top 50 di ... More >>
Both 2012 and 2013 have been kind to Twin Cities restaurants, and the national recognition just keeps rolling in. This week the restaurant reservation website Open Table has published its 2013 list of the top 100 restaurants in the country with the best service, and Minneapolis fine-dining restauran ... More >>
It was an evening of elegance and pastries. Share Our Strength, whose goal is to end childhood hunger, gathered many of the finest chefs in the cities to put on their annual benefit. The gala was presented by Michelle Gayer, James Beard Award nominee and owner of the acclaimed Salty Tart Bakery, in ... More >>
The most lauded restaurant in Minnesota is turning 15 years old this year. In honor of the event, La Belle Vie's James Beard Award-winning chef Tim McKee is hosting a party on Sunday, March 24. A collection of chefs who have passed through the kitchen in both its current and the original Stillwater ... More >>
The highly anticipated restaurant from James Beard Award-winning Chef Isaac Becker at the corner of Hennepin and Franklin is shockingly close to opening their doors. What's more, it will be not one, but two restaurants and just wait until you hear about all of their menu plans.
Last night, on the bluffs in Mendota Heights, the James Beard Foundation, in conjunction with Le Cordon Bleu and Mpls/St.Paul magazine, hosted a benefit dinner in which eight of the Twin Cities most regarded chefs prepared a multiple-course, roaming tasting menu. Guests could nibble their way from k ... More >>
See Also: Masu Sushi makes list of best new American sushi restaurantsBest of the Twin Cities: Best Japanese Restaurant -- 2012 Dining options at the mega mall are about to get a little hipper. The Best Japanese restaurant of last year is getting a suburban sibling. The menu will be nearly identica ... More >>
Drinking has gotten more adventurous lately, or so this Week in Food has led us to believe. Whether you're doing yoga in a vineyard (and topping it with a glass of wine) or doing blind tastings of 28 specially chosen beers, it's almost like Outward Bound for folks who like to tipple.
Michelle Gayer, the James Beard Award-nominated chef, has been running her bakery, the Salty Tart, for four years today. That is four tasty years of macaroons, cakes, breads, and her unmistakable brand of salty sass. It's hard to imagine a world without those tasty milk buns that have popped up on s ... More >>
It's nice to get the notice, when the man running the bar program literally wrote the book on fine drinks cocktails. Johnny Michaels's cocktail-shaking star continues to rise. This week Men's Fitness magazine named La Belle Vie one of the 25 best bars in America.
Minnesota food celebrity and TV show host Andrew Zimmern has won a James Beard Foundation Award for Best Television Show on Location. His popular Bizarre Foods show is now in it's seventh season, with new episodes airing on the Travel Channel Mondays at 8 p.m. The James Beard Awards are known as the ... More >>
With an early spring shining upon us and the Cities bursting with life. one of the great joys of the season is the return of the food trucks. Here are a few Hot Dish posts from this week to get you in the mood. ~The truck court in St. Paul returns for the season on Wednesday, May 2.~We ... More >>
While Minnesota chefs and restaurants were well-represented when the semifinalists were announced, fewer were recognized as finalists. The James Beard Awards are regarded as the Oscars of the culinary world. Here are the local nominees who made the cut:
Cake, tunes and booze--what's not to love?On March 1, James Beard Award nominee and Best Bakery owner Michelle Gayer will be hosting a cakewalk at the Fine Line. The proceeds will benefit Share Our Strength, an organization committed to ending childhood hunger.In addition to the Salty Tart, a few ot ... 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 >>
A tasty Halloween dinner that bites backHalloween is here, and we've been contemplating more dishes that make the meek go "eek." Part of the fun of being an adventurous eater is bragging rights to your friends, especially the squeamish, that you have endured--nay, savored--a food that other ... More >>
Photo: Steve Neuharth, Michelle LeonReason No. 11: Chefs like Doug Flicker at Piccolo create food that doesn't just impress--it inspires. When Anthony Bourdain last year told his TV audience on No Reservations that his experience at Doug Flicker's south Minneapolis restaurant Piccolo was "far ... More >>
Mitchell Davis and Ashley Kosiak from JBFThursday morning, a small but impressive group including Andrew Zimmern, Lenny Russo, Lucia Watson, Tracy Singleton, and Erick Harcey, as well as representatives from several nonprofits, a cookbook author, and a few other notables, gathered at Restaurant A ... More >>
nvainio/FlickrFoodie in the makingJust because you're stuck at home Friday night, while your friends are experiencing the coolest bands, hippest new restaurants, and banging hangover that follow, doesn't mean you've turned in your cool card entirely. Having kids changes things, but if you're ... More >>
One reason to party...Much rejoicing has come to the land of Minnesota--perhaps because winter is finally over or maybe due to the fact that there is a wealth of good food news to groove on. As you look back on this fine week, tornado warnings not withstanding, the Hot Dish would like to help you ... More >>
Masu Sushi & Robata Japanese meets NordeastTake the pop of a Shea-designed restaurant, add the sizzle of a Tim McKee-produced menu, a dash of sustainable seafood, served with a twist, and you'll find yourself with Masu Sushi and Robata, the latest venture of Minneapolis's own menu whisperer. ... More >>
photo by Saed WadiSameh WadiSaffron's Sameh Wadi has a lot on his proverbial plate. He was named as a semifinalist for the "Rising Star Chef of the Year" James Beard Award and was invited to cook at the awards ceremony this May. He's also collaborating on a family book of Palestinian cooking ... More >>
The field has further narrowed, and we have two Twin Cities chefs among the final contenders for the James Beard Awards' Best Chef Midwest. Drumroll, please........:
Jason Blair is a Minnesota guy through and through. Growing up in Delano, one of his first jobs was working at a hometown pizza joint. From there he started down a culinary path that has led through some of the most beautiful, lush parts of the country, only to find himself right back ... More >>
Newsy, but choosyThis week at the Hot Dish was chock full of straight-up restaurant happenings--the comings, the goings, the James Beard Awards, and more. The Hot Dish presents this week in foodie news:The James Beard Award semi-finalists were announced and also Food and Wine nominated four local ... More >>
"Damn, I'm hungry."Dear Mr. President, Welcome to the Twin Cities. We're very much looking forward to your Northrup Mall visit. (The opening band is going to be awesome, by the way!) But surely with all that baby kissing and public speaking, you're going to work up an appetite. Here's where ... More >>
Beard gets out the vote!Minneapolis is coming off a 2-year winning streak at the James Beard Awards, with Tim McKee and Alex Roberts taking home the Best Chef Midwest title in 2009 and 2010, respectively. If you'd like to nominate someone deserving of that award or another (best new restaur ... More >>
Lisa GulyaMichelle Gayer of the Salty Tart bakeryMichelle Gayer, owner and head chef at the two-year-old Minneapolis bakery Salty Tart, has been busy the last six months. Last spring she was nominated for a James Beard Foundation Award for Outstanding Pastry Chef. After attending the awards c ... More >>
A foodie's dream come true.Dining at the James Beard House in New York City is an experience very few people enjoy. Since chances are slim that any of us will ever be invited, the next best thing is happening in Minneapolis on Thursday: The Celebrity Chef Tour creates the experience of those dinn ... More >>
This week featured Hot Dish revealed some hot dish having to do with the weinermobile.
Trying to narrow down Sunday brunch options? Here's one way.
Last night in a Manhattan ballroom our own Dara Moskowitz won her second James Beard award, this time for Newspaper Writing on Spirits, Wine, or Beer, in recognition of the 2005 edition of this paper's annual Wine and Dine supplement.