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    March 12, 2014

    Romancing the Twin Cities: Our picks for a perfect date night

    Earlier this year, in a poll done by USA Today, St. Paul was named the most romantic city in America. Now, USA Today has extended that accolade a bit by including St. Paul's sister on the other side of the river, Minneapolis, in a recent round-up of weekend trips for romance. The arti ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 18, 2014

    Big names and a few surprises at this year's Share Our Strength cakewalk

    One of the tastiest charity events of the year is right around the corner. Every year, the best pastry chefs in the Twin Cities come out to support Share Our Strength in their fight against childhood hunger.This year, in addition to having the confections of pastry chefs like Diane Yang of La Belle ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 15, 2014

    Johnny Michaels, La Belle Vie's longtime bar man is out

    Chances are, if you've tippled at any number of local bars, you've had a drink created or inspired by Johnny Michaels.Now Michaels, the local craft cocktail godfather, is leaving his long term station at La Belle Vie. Michaels has been with the James Beard Award-winning restaurant since 2005, a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 26, 2013

    Lenny Russo signs book deal for new cookbook

    It's been a big year for Lenny Russo.  From traveling Slovenia and filming a television show to surviving what could have been a deadly car crash to recommitting himself to health, the award-winning chef has hardly found a moment to stop moving. Now, he has finally announced what many fans have ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 18, 2013

    Minneapolis bakeries named among the nation's 50 best

    Flour and fat and favorable reviews. That's what it's all about for the two Minneapolis bakeries recently featured on the Daily Meal's list of the 50 Best Bakeries in America.  Like most food and cooking blogs, the Daily Meal site is currently flooded with tips on carving turkey and t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 17, 2013

    Chef Ian Gray talks goats, Park Tavern, and his favorite meal at Leeann Chin

    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 ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 3, 2013

    Al's vs. Fat Nat's: Dueling Diner Pancakes

    One of the most interesting things about diner pancakes -- which, at their worst, are as flat as Kansas and taste like blanket -- is that humans have been making them forever, potentially as far back as the Stone Age. Yet this ubiquitous breakfast dish elicits strong personal associations -- being ... More >>

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    September 13, 2013

    Minnesota's Newest Food Network Star Debuts Saturday

    We're used to eating local, but what about watching local? This weekend Amy Thielen, a Minnesota-grown chef with a New York pedigree will premiere her new show, Heartland Table, on the Food Network.See Also:Andrew Zimmern Chef Chat: part 1, 2

  • Blogs

    September 12, 2013

    Top 10 Places to Eat in the North Loop

    As its ubiquitous, chic loft condominiums suggest, the North Loop is quickly becoming a hot spot for trendy Minneapolitans. Bordered by the new Twins Stadium to the southwest, Hennepin Avenue to the southeast, Plymouth Avenue to the northwest, and the Mississippi River to the northeast, the heart o ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 5, 2013

    Twin Cities chefs dish on the foie gras controversy

    Foie gras... It's the ultimate symbol of silken, rich, culinary decadence, but beyond that, it has moved into the forefront of Twin Cities culinary conversation. A heated debate has sprouted around what many claim to the be the apex of luxury ingredients. When it comes to fancy, high-end, expensive ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 16, 2013

    Travel Channel renews Bizarre Foods America for another season

    Andrew Zimmern's Bizarre Foods America was picked up for another season Hot off the heels of Andrew Zimmern's 2013 James Beard Award win for Outstanding Personality/Host, the Travel Channel has announced that it will renew his popular food and culture show, Bizarre Foods America, for another season. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 13, 2013

    Butcher & the Boar's pastry chef opens Black Walnut, a pop-up bakery

    Though bourbon, big portions, and beer gardens may be the most talked-about attractions at Jack Riebel's Butcher & the Boar, a recent James Beard Award semi-finalist in the Best New Restaurant category, early on we also recognized there's something special going on in the pastry station. Souther ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 15, 2013

    Joe's Garage closing. Who's moving in?

    They had a rooftop patio with a killer summer view long before everyone was slapping a deck up on a building. Joe's Garage was always a popular spot for people (and even their pooches) to bask in the sun and grab a burger. Today, via its Facebook page and Twitter account, Joe's Garage announced ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 1, 2013

    Kramarczuk's wins James Beard Award

    Yesterday the James Beard Foundation announced the winners of its 2013 American Classics awards. On the list of America's restaurant treasures was the Northeast classic Kramarczuk's.See also:Kramarczuk's holubets, 100 Favorite DishesBest Restaurant for GluttonsBest Kolaches

  • Blogs

    February 20, 2013

    Michelle Gayer possible judge for new baking competition show

    As American television networks are wont to do, CBS announced it is developing its own version of the popular UK series The Great British Bake Off, a competition show that pits the country's best amateur bakers against one another over the course of several weeks. Contestants must display proficienc ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 26, 2012

    La Belle Vie is undergoing some changes

    La Belle Vie, the stalwart of fine dining, the creme de la creme of the local restaurant universe (Best Service, Best Chef, Best Restaurant, Best Martini to name a few accolades), and the first local restaurant to be recognized with a James Beard Award, will be undergoing some surprising changes. W ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 24, 2012

    Barbette debuts new fall menu from returning head chef

    This spring, after holding the position of head chef at Barbette, running the kitchen at the prestigious Porter & Frye, and stints cooking at Restaurant Alma and Spoonriver, Minnesota native chef Sarah Master returned to take the helm at Barbette once again. Chef Master has a new fall ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 10, 2012

    Top 10 Italian restaurants in the Twin Cities

    School's in session, the sun is setting earlier in the evening, and there's a distinct chill in the early morning air. There's no denying it--autumn is upon us. Gone are the days when all you feel like eating are crisp salads and cups of frozen yogurt. Whether you're looking to fuel up for fall s ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 23, 2012

    Masu Sushi and Robata at Mall of America: a first look

    See also:Masu Sushi Mall of America has an opening dateBest Japanese Restaurant: Masu Sushi & RobataMasu Sushi & Robata goes the extra mile for happy hourTurn your head away from the steady stream of shoppers and it's not hard to imagine that the new Mall of America restaurant is the Nordeas ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 23, 2012

    Top 5 butcher shops in the Twin Cities

    As the three-day weekend looms, it's time to scrape off those grates and get ready for grilling. The key to a carnivorous cookout is a high-quality cut of meat. While it's not hard to pick up a chub of hamburger from any old grocery mart, buying meat from a butcher shop not only ensures quality but ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 4, 2012

    Erik Anderson, from Minneapolis to Food & Wine Best New Chef

    He once was ours. Erik Anderson, who until this time last year was the head chef at Sea Change, has gone on to be named one of Food and Wine's Best New Chefs. Anderson had run the kitchen at Sea Change under Tim McKee. Before that he had worked at Doug Flicker's Auriga.Anderson had come to the Twin ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 27, 2012

    Time for charity and a leap beer this Week in Food

    $2.50 pints at Town Hall on Wednesday​There's an extra day this month to cram in some more eating, so we recommend a few charitable dining enterprises or the well-timed "leap beer" at Town Hall on Wednesday to make the most of it. 2/28 Don't wait for takeout to get your Thai fix. Hit up the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 24, 2012

    Michelle Gayer of the Salty Tart: Chef Chat

    When the James Beard Award semifinalists were announced this week, it was no surprise that Michelle Gayer was listed among nods for Outstanding Pastry Chef. We've recognized her Salty Tart as our Best Bakery and the Beard Awards have nominated her in the past.   Her career began as a dish ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 24, 2012

    The Best of Hot Dish: February 20-24, 2012

    And thus ends another week at the Hot Dish, a week packed full of exciting local food news. Here are a few stories we wouldn't want you to miss.​~Find out which local food superstars are now semifinalists for the prestigious James Beard Award.~We visited Jack's Cafe, now open in Kingfield. Read th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 8, 2012

    Cake Walk benefits Share Our Strength

    ​The Taste of the Nation Minneapolis is holding a cake walk with James Beard Award-nominated chef Michelle Gayer. Gayer's Salty Tart bakery in the heart of Midtown Global Market in Minneapolis churns out delicious confections, beautiful breads, and stacks of buttery cookies every day. The chef beg ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 20, 2012

    Andrew Zimmern Chef Chat with the Bizarre Foods czar, Part 2

    ​Local chef turned big-time TV star Andrew Zimmern is bringing his wildly successful Bizarre Foods home to Minneapolis. The premiere episode of this all-American season, premiering Monday on the Travel Channel at 9 p.m., features Minnesota foods.  (It's the second episode he's filmed in his h ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 19, 2012

    Restaurant Alma's starters and sweets are a steal for less than $12

    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. It's a chilly January evening, but the soft yellow walls, honey-colored wood, and blond exposed brick at Restaurant Alma make it feel warm and cozy. We're sitting at the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 12, 2012

    112 Eatery is chock full of delicious dishes for less than $12

    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. Isaac Becker has much to be thankful for, and he knows it. The restaurant game can be brutal, and when you're fortunate enough to survive, you count your lucky stars. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 5, 2012

    Piccolo is brimming with bites for under $12

    Piccolo Chef and Co-Owner Doug Flicker​To kick off 2012, we're highlighting 12 of the best dishes under $12 the Twin Cities has to offer. When Doug Flicker garnishes a plate, he does not mess around. A tray to his left is piled with yellow flowers and tiny greens, and one by one he's meticul ... More >>

  • Blogs

    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

    January 3, 2012

    Saffron's $12-and-under options pack a mighty punch

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    December 19, 2011

    Il Gatto: CLOSED

    The kitty is no more​Il Gatto, the Parasole-owned restaurant anchor in Calhoun Square at the corner of Lake Street and Hennepin Avenue, served its last diner Saturday night.The restaurant had struggled to find it's footing after the parent company had transformed it about two years ago from its pr ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 29, 2011

    Il Gatto: happy hour of the week!/ilgattominneapolisIl Gatto: an upscale urban happy hour ​Has enough time finally passed that we can mention Il Gatto without referring to it as the restaurant that replaced Figlio? It certainly has its own identity by now, under the firm direction of local rainmaker and ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 7, 2011

    Alex Roberts and free food tonight at Gather

    ​It's the first Thursday in July, which means free access to the Walker Art Center.  It's also the night that Gather, the new D'Amico run restaurant at Walker will be serving dinner.  Stop by for some featured tastes from James Beard award winning local chef Alex Roberts.  Tonight, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 17, 2011

    Delta teams with top local chefs for 12 new restaurants at MSP

    The skies might not be friendlier, but things on the ground are tastier​What began with Ike's and Surdyk's has expanded into a dramatically upgraded foodie experience at MSP International, with new restaurants from a veritable who's who of local star chefs popping up on Concourse G at the Lindberg ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 10, 2011

    Isaac Becker of 112 Eatery and La Grassa wins Best Chef Midwest

    Isaac Becker with wife/business partner Nancy St. Pierre.​Isaac Becker, chef and owner of 112 Eatery and Bar La Grassa, took home the title of Best Chef Midwest at the James Beard Awards last night in New York City. After the Beard Awards did some geographic redistricting (Chicago moved to t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 14, 2011

    Heartland Restaurant will celebrate St. Paddy's Day with a cocktail pairing dinner

    Heartland is teaming up with North Shore Distillery to create a cocktail pairing dinner​St. Patrick's Day doesn't intuitively go hand-in-hand with great food. Plenty of holidays are associated with cooking or dining out, but St. Paddy's Day is more likely to conjure images of green beer and g ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 1, 2011

    Andrew Zimmern wants you to watch Bizarre Foods tonight and help the homeless

    Travel ChannelWatch Zimmern eat bizarre foods and help the homeless​Andrew Zimmern has been encouraging everyone via tweets to watch the San Francisco episode of Bizarre Foods tonight to help out 100,000 Homes Campaign, a charity organization that battles against homelessness. For every viewe ... More >>

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    February 18, 2011

    Sea Change introduces new prime-time happy hour

    Not your average filet o' fish​It's been a busy week at Sea Change in Minneapolis. First chef de cuisine Erik Anderson was nominated by Food & Wine magazine as one of the Midwest's best new chefs, then he was recognized as one of the semi-finalists for a James Beard Award for best Midwestern c ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 14, 2011

    Top 5 restaurant breakups

    Universal PicturesIf Jennifer Aniston were Tim McKee, then who would Vince Vaughn be?​Valentine's Day is a celebration of love. But then, it's hard not to think about relationships that have gone sour. Let's open up a box of chocolates and take a stroll down memory lane of top five Twin Citi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 10, 2011

    Heidi's opens tomorrow, but we already dined there

    Heidi and Stewart Woodman are opening Heidi's 2.0 on 1/1/11​Last February, Heidi's was claimed by fire just hours after chef and owner Stewart Woodman was named one of the Top 20 Chefs in the Midwest by the James Beard Foundation. Luckily for Twin Cities food lovers, the Woodmans weren't about t ... More >>

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    December 29, 2010
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    October 25, 2010

    The Melting Pot celebrates boobs this Week in Food

    Tschadi & ZehntnerEat this. ​We're all over the board this week, from pasta to Asian wine pairings to roaches and rodents to fondue for boobs. It's a lot to take on, but we know you're up to the challenge of this Week in Food. Monday 10/25 Get your eatin' pants on--it's World Pasta Day. The ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 14, 2010

    Tim McKee consulting for new Masu Sushi & Robata

    www.labellevie.usMcKee does Japanese.​Our James Beard Award-winning Best Chef Midwest, Tim McKee, has been busy not just operating his own eateries (La Belle Vie, Solera, Sea Change, etc.) but consulting with other local restaurateurs to improve their businesses. In addition to his current g ... More >>

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    September 22, 2010

    Celebrity Chef Tour Minneapolis: the slideshow

    Tim McKee's grilled lamb ribeye ​A legendary feast took place at Solera last Thursday as a multitude of culinary superpowers combined forces at a benefit for the James Beard Foundation--supporters of all things educational and extraordinary about food. Nine chefs. Nine courses. Here is the team: T ... More >>

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    August 9, 2010

    Franklin Street Bakery II now open

    A new sweet shop for Edina​Let the scent of char-grilled burgers mingle with cupcakes: Frankin Street Bakery opened a second outpost near 44th and France in Edina, next to the Convention Grill. Even with this spring's arrival of Sweet Retreat, ever since Patisserie Margo moved to Excelsior, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 8, 2010

    Lenny Russo: Chef Chat, Part I

    ​Stunning is the scope of Heartland's move to Lowertown, from its current location at 1806 St. Clair Ave. Heartland Restaurant & Farm Direct Market, scheduled to open on Thursday, July 15, 2010, will be in the Market House building, a 1902 warehouse across the street from the St. Paul Farmer's ... More >>

  • Restaurants

    October 7, 2009

    Sea Change's Tim McKee brings sustainable seafood to the Guthrie

    Award-winning chef presents creative dining options at the "theatery"

  • Restaurants

    September 3, 2008

    Minneapolis and St. Paul's midnight snacks

    The Twin Cities best late-night eats are here

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