Jim Christiansen

  • Blogs

    November 24, 2014

    Terroir Food Symposium Plans 2015 Conference in Minneapolis

    Fact: the Twin Cities is one of the fastest growing restaurant communities in the country, with close to 100 new restaurants opening this year, many if not most of them independent. With national talent -- the kind that could settle anywhere -- making Minneapolis and St. Paul their home, there's a s ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 1, 2014

    Stewart Woodman Looks to Win Back Fans at the Workshop at Union

    A lot has changed in the main-level dining room of Union since the triple-decker restaurant first opened in downtown Minneapolis at the tail end of 2012. Originally, the space was intended to provide a more intimate experience than the rooftop, with a more formal, burger-free menu to match. After ch ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 25, 2014

    5 New(ish) Brunches to Change Your Weekend Routine

    If you're a diehard bruncher, you've likely got your regular haunts: Psycho Suzi's for its bloody Mary bar and expansive, almost guaranteed-no-wait dining room; Haute Dish for inspired twists on brunch classics; Grand Cafe for an award-winning, hangover-buster with panache. But what are you, married ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 24, 2014

    Figlio's Closing Marks a Trend for the Capricious Kaskaid Hospitality

    The newest reincarnation of Figlio, this time at the West End, will be closing its doors at the end of October. Kaskaid Hospitality, the parent company behind not only Figlio, but also Union, Crave, Urban Eatery, and Boneyard, made the announcement late last week that Figlio would be remodeled and r ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 12, 2014

    Ian Gray to open food truck, swears: "I'll quit or close the doors before I order from Sysco"

    When Ian Gray announced the closing of the Gray House in May, legions of fans were disappointed. Until then, it had seemed the Gray House avoided the restaurant curse afflicting 610 W. Lake St. (once occupied by Risotto, among other failed ventures). Business was solid, and Gray's $20 prix fixe was ... More >>

  • Restaurants

    May 28, 2014

    Heyday and the new face of New American dining

    The Lyn-Lake eatery is the Ocean's Eleven of restaurants

  • Restaurants

    March 26, 2014

    Spring 2014's fresh crop of Twin Cities eateries

    The season's most anticipated restaurant openings

  • Blogs

    August 22, 2013

    Union unveils a new seafood-focused concept for its main level

    Changes are afoot once again at Union Restaurant & Rooftop on Hennepin. Earlier this spring, we reported that their dining room's reservation policy shifted in order to make the main level available to rent out to large private parties and corporate events, effectively closing this are ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 3, 2013

    More details revealed about Heyday in Uptown

    A few weeks ago news broke that Jim Christiansen was leaving his post as the executive chef of Union, the multi-level see-and-be-scenery in downtown Minneapolis, to open a new restaurant with Loren Zinter, former general manager of La Belle Vie. That new restaurant is Heyday, a still-evolving concep ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 14, 2013

    Chef Jim Christiansen has left Union

    Some tasty restaurant news broke this afternoon. Jim Christiansen, the opening chef at Union, has packed his knives and is heading toward Uptown to open his own space. Hot Dish was able to confirm the news with the chef. Here are the details:See Also:Chef Chat: Jim Christiansen Part 1, Part 2Union's ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 1, 2013

    Gather's chef-in-residence for May, Jim Christiansen of Union

    The first Thursday of every month, Gather, the D'Amico owned restaurant inside the Walker Art Center invites a celebrated local chef to take over the kitchen for one night. This month Jim Christiansen, head chef at the downtown hot spot Union will be making two complimentary small dishes. Plus, the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 28, 2013

    La Belle Vie turns 15: An interview with Tim McKee

    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 >>

  • Restaurants

    January 9, 2013

    Union: Amazing dining from the top of the town

    Hennepin's newest multilevel hotspot has outstanding cocktails, thoughtful food, and a lively vibe

  • Blogs

    December 19, 2012

    Jim Christiansen of Union: Chef Chat, part 2

    After a career in some of the best kitchens in the Twin Cities and one famous restaurant closure, chef Jim Christiansen has landed behind the burners at Union in downtown Minneapolis.  Yesterday, in part 1 of our chat with Christiansen, we discussed his time learning from the greatest chefs aro ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 18, 2012

    Jim Christiansen of Union: Chef Chat, part 1

    We almost lost him. A local boy, born and raised, chef Jim Christiansen garnered great reviews as a chef and a member of Tim McKee's team. However, when Il Gatto, where he was chef, went under, he followed a former coworker to work for a while in Denmark, at the famed Noma.  Hungry diners need ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 26, 2012

    New restaurant in Shinders space has a chef and a name

    After months of folks trying to get a glimpse of what was going inside the old Shinders space at Hennepin and Eighth Street, plans have finally been announced. It will be an ambitious space, with year-round dining under the stars, a talented chef, and a stellar bar program. Everybody hold onto your ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 3, 2012

    Local Chef Challenge crowns a winner

    ​If the Food Network's two top-rated competition shows decided to set down in a nice Midwestern town, their spawn would have been the yearly Local Chef Challenge, which played out this weekend at the Mall of America. Some of the most talented toques were selected to go head to head with a box of s ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 21, 2011

    Il Gatto chef Jim Christiansen suggests 5 ways to eat beets

    Minnesota beets on Minnesota soil​These aren't the sad pickled beets of your Sizzler salad bar, circa 1985. The fresh, area beets from farmers markets, roadside stands, and your nearby co-op are full of flavor and can be used in a variety of ways. Il Gatto, the Italian darling at Calhoun Square ha ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 3, 2011

    Festa Mangalitsa at Il Gatto serves the pig, from snout to tail

    Loved for its lard​Parasole calls the Mangalitsa "the fattest pig breed in production," which is a fine reason to have chefs Tim McKee and Jim Christiansen hold a Festa Mangalitsa at Il Gatto on May 17 at 7 p.m. It's an evening unsuitable for those who get timid at the thought of some unusual part ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 26, 2009

    MSPMag, Shefzilla showdown over "up and coming" chefs

    MSPMag article inspires a semi-heated exchange over local chefs and food writing.

  • 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

    September 2, 2009

    Sea Change's Erik Anderson takes our questions

    Sea Change's head chef has known his way around a kitchen since he was a wee suburban tot.