James Winberg

  • Blogs

    September 2, 2014

    Red Stag to host Friends of James Beard benefit dinner

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    May 14, 2014

    Champagne and fried chicken? Perfect pairing pop-up takes over Travail

    Nothing goes better with a bucket of fried chicken than a side of mashed potatoes -- unless, of course, there's a good bottle of bubbly around. That's the scenario dreamt up by Erik Anderson and Bill Summerville for their latest pop-up, Ernie's Fried Chicken, slated to run Sundays at Travail startin ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 13, 2014

    Travail's Mike Brown & James Winberg on serving crickets: "We pushed too far"

    If the owners of Travail could play hooky from one duty around their kitchen it would be the caster work (that's the long and difficult job of cleaning up the wheels and bases of all of the kitchen equipment). But, it's not likely Mike Brown and James Winberg will be skipping shifts anytime soon. Th ... More >>

  • Restaurants

    April 2, 2014

    Travail and the Rookery return triumphant as ever

    The team behind the Robbinsdale culinary powerhouse has done it again

  • Blogs

    February 4, 2014

    First look: Travail and the Rookery

    Beck is thumping through the speakers as chefs move swiftly about the giant open space. Sodas are being bottled and carbonated by hand. A grown man in a teddy bear hat furiously digs in a low cabinet, practically climbing inside to retrieve more linens. A wild-goateed fellow sharpens knives, furious ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 18, 2013

    UMAMI is here to stay

    The chefs of Travail are riding the crest of a crazy beautiful wave. At what seems to be their golden hour, this merry band of culinary mischief makers cannot be stopped. Here's a quick catch up on where they've been and what we can expect to see next.See Also:Oysterfest: Third times the charm for M ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 14, 2013

    Oysterfest: Third time's the charm for Meritage

    At the first Oysterfest in 2011, attendees were either crammed into Meritage or part of the spillover crowd milling about on the sidewalk. Last year, the event was marred by long lines for everything. This year, Meritage's Oysterfest expanded its footprint, brought in a bunch more shuckers, and book ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 19, 2013

    UMAMI, a first look at Travail's pop-up; Plus, an update on the Kickstarter

    Since shuttering the original Travail, co-owners Mike Brown, Bob Gerken, and James Winberg haven't stopped moving. They've been hosting roving pop-up dinners as fundraisers for a new Travail restaurant space, which will include a small plate and cocktail bar under the name Rookery. The newest pop-up ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 27, 2013

    Travail plans a pop-up restaurant for North Minneapolis

    Travail's co-owners Mike Brown, Bob Gerken, and James Winberg have been keeping busy this summer, but somehow between all the sauce-slinging and smoke-spooning at Pig Ate My Pizza, barbecuing at their block party, and planning the upcoming Rookery, plus return of the re-vamped Travail (whew), the tr ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 5, 2013

    Chef Josh Brown of Gather welcomes Travail's chefs into his kitchen; celebrates second anniversary

    Chef Josh Brown of Gather by D'Amico -- the sophisticated modern-American restaurant located in the Walker--has got quite a bit piled up on his plate. In addition to handling all the regular head chef stuff, Brown also heads up Gather's innovative Chef-in-Residence program, where on the first Thursd ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 7, 2012

    Food & Wine online voting for "The People's Best New Chef" ends Sunday

    Yesterday's spotlight was focused on the presidential hopefuls. But today there's a much tastier race at stake. From now through Sunday, Food & Wine is accepting online votes for the People's Best New Chef award. The Twin Cities is represented by four outstanding talents, but the competition is f ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 21, 2012

    James Beard Award finalists include Twin Cities names - Updated

    ​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 >>

  • Blogs

    February 15, 2011

    Food & Wine nominates four locals for People's Best New Chef

    Nominee Erik Anderson working his kitchen magic. ​Since 1998, the editors of Food & Wine magazine have selected 10 up-and-comers in the restaurant world to honor on its cover each July--Stewart Woodman, Tim McKee, and Seth Bixby Daugherty among them. This year, the magazine is expanding its ... More >>

  • Restaurants

    December 29, 2010
  • Restaurants

    October 6, 2010

    Travail's young chefs launch spirited gastro-workshop

    Taste a balloon made of mozzarella, or house-made tofu

  • Blogs

    August 3, 2010

    Travail Kitchen and Amusements now open

    Travail is the best thing to happen to  Robbinsdale dining yet.​Mike Brown and James Winberg made a name for themselves with their tasty, playful pub fare at the North Side's Victory 44 and then decamped for the suburbs. Their new venue, Travail Kitchen and Amusements, in the site of the form ... More >>

  • Restaurants

    March 17, 2010

    Cooks vs. Servers: Wage battle continues

    Servers' pay is often double that of chefs