James Beard Foundation

  • Blogs

    November 19, 2014

    Stewart Woodman Returns to the Twin Cities Culinary Scene That Disowned Him

    It's Labor Day at the Minnesota State Fair, and Stewart Woodman is vying for the public's attention. Three days earlier, he challenged fairgoers to crash his cooking demonstration with "the craziest Woodman story." No one does. Instead, the crowd eagerly lines up for a taste of his chicharron and ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 27, 2014

    Ready Your Forks: A Two-Month-Long Pie Pop-Up at Hola Arepa

    It would be difficult to overstate our love of pies. Pretty lattice-topped domes, peaks of dainty meringue, the golden surface of a perfectly set chess pie: We quell the urge to dive face first into these buttery crusted confections every time we see one. Even getting a pie in the kisser doesn't so ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 18, 2014

    Top local chefs and a Libertine sneak peek at this year's Share Our Strength's HOTlist event

    Philanthropist foodies, it's time again for the Share Our Strength Taste of the Nation HOTlist. The annual summer event is held at the Guthrie Theater and features over 20 of the Twin Cities' top restaurants, chefs, and bartenders sharing their tastiest eats and drinks to raise money for the fight a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 29, 2014

    Chef Tim McKee dishes on his new Uptown restaurant, Libertine

    If the last few years have seen a boom in the North Loop's dining options, this year might be Uptown's time to shine. And with restaurants like Coup d'Etat and Hammer & Sickle, plus nearby World Street Kitchen and the newly opened Heyday, it's no surprise that the big dog himself, James Beard Aw ... 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

    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

    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

    July 15, 2013

    Tastemakers series continues this Wednesday

    After the last rolicking Tastemakers series, the bar has been set high for Minneapolis/St. Paul Magazine's panel series. Wednesday evening, they are once again gathering those who lead by example, this time to discuss what it takes to run your own successful business. Even better? They're bringing s ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 28, 2013

    Taste of the Nation's annual HOTlist

    Each year a collective of the most talented chefs in the Twin Cities gather inside the Guthrie to serve up delicious bites of food in an effort to end childhood hunger. Led by honorary chef chair and James Beard Award winner Tim McKee, the event is always a hot ticket.

  • 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 27, 2013

    La Belle Vie throws fabulous birthday fête

    La Belle Vie, widely recognized as the pinnacle of Minnesota fine-dining threw itself a birthday party to celebrate its 15 years, inviting the well-to-do to mix with the well-known chefs both present and past who have contributed to the success of this storied restaurant.  The Hot Dish was luck ... 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 22, 2013

    Burch in Lowry Hill: A first look at Isaac Becker's new restaurant

    A moment of silence for the Cotty Lowry billboard. The delightfully defaced ad is gone, and the building it once clung to has been revitalized. Now, rather than looking for clever captions or dubious mustaches, we can eagerly peek inside the brand, new Burch Steak.See also:Burch announces openi ... More >>

  • 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

    February 19, 2013

    James Beard Award semi-finalists announced

    Today the James Beard Award semi-finalists were announced. The food world's annual answer to the Oscars recognizes the best in the business. Winners carry the proud title throughout their career. Past local honorees include the likes of Isaac Becker, Alex Roberts, and Tim McKee. This year's list inc ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 10, 2013

    Chef's Day Off: Where Carrie McCabe-Johnston of Nightingale likes to eat

    It's relatively rare -- maybe even a blue moon-level occasion -- for a chef, particularly one at a new restaurant, to be able to go out on the town and have someone else cook for them. So when local chefs do get a chance to get away from their own kitchens, where do they choose to eat? This Chef's D ... 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

    April 9, 2012

    Gastro Non Grata's next event: dessert extravaganza Confection Carousel

    If you have a sweet tooth, mark your calendars for Friday, April 20. Gastro Non Grata, the collective "chef-driven labor of love" headed by organizers Craig Drehmel and Jeff Mitchell has announced its next event, and it features a killer lineup of pastry talent.Tunes will be provided by the Cactus B ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 5, 2012

    Cake Walk was a sweet success

    ​What began as a simple cake walk soon transformed into a sort of sweet vision quest for WCCO newsman Jason DeRusha. "I just don't know how I'm going to get this thing home," he remarked as the cake he'd won from event organizer and James Beard Award-nominated pastry chef Michelle Gayer loomed beh ... 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 10, 2012

    Top 10 romantic restaurants in the Twin Cities

    ?The theater of dining is an excellent way to set the stage for an encore, maybe even a standing "O" that extends far into the following day. The only thing you need other than a willing partner is a restaurant up to the task. A perfect date-night dinner is a delicate balance of fine food, complimen ... 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 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

    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

    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 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 >>

  • Blogs

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    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 >>

  • 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"

  • Blogs

    January 5, 2009

    Union Square Cafe's maverick marketing

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    The NYC eatery uses the USPS for word-of-mouth mark ... More >>

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    November 18, 2008

    FireLake brings Minnesota elk to NYC

    elk2(2).jpgFireLake chef Paul Lynch will debut his cooking for the James Beard House in NYC today.

  • Restaurants

    September 3, 2008

    Minneapolis and St. Paul's midnight snacks

    The Twin Cities best late-night eats are here

  • Blogs

    June 10, 2008

    Breakfast of Champions 6/10: Users' Guide to the new site

    It's all happening, Penny Lane. The redesign is up, as I'm sure you've noticed, and there are a host of new features to talk about and try out. Find out what they are inside.

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