Lenny Russo

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    September 5, 2014

    More details on the Salt Cellar, the Lenny Russo-influenced steakhouse heading to St. Paul

    You might know him as the Forager Chef. Or you may know him as Lenny Russo's former sous chef at Heartland Restaurant & Farm Direct Market. But soon you'll know Alan Bergo as the executive chef at St. Paul's forthcoming modern steakhouse, the Salt Cellar. See also: Red Stag to host Friends of James ... More >>

  • News

    May 21, 2014

    How to make the Twin Cities the best region in America

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    March 20, 2014

    Local chefs celebrate their James Beard Award nominations

    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 >>

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    February 19, 2014

    James Beard Award semifinalists announced; Twin Cities chefs and restaurants make the list

    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 >>

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    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 >>

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    October 22, 2013

    Chef Stephanie Kochlin talks St. Paul pride, her Iron Fork competitors, and hatred of foams

    Each week, we'll interview two of the chefs participating in our 2013 Iron Fork competition. On November 7, 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 event, ... More >>

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    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 >>

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    September 24, 2012

    Farm in the Cities chefs create dazzling dinner for Youth Farm and Market Project

    The event room was packed at Solera last night as some of the area's top chefs worked together to create a seven-course meal for ticket holders. Solera's chef Jorge Guzman worked with some of his local farm purveyors and chef friends, on what should have been most of their nights off, to put on the ... More >>

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    August 28, 2012

    Solera hosts second annual Farm in the Cities

    A collection of local, sustainable food producers and the area's top chefs will gather Sunday, September 23, at Solera to share food and help raise money for Youth Farms. Guests are invited to attend an early, free meet-and-greet with the farmers, or attend a full-on foodie bash with a seven-course ... More >>

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    August 14, 2012

    Minnesota Cooks events at the State Fair: Celebrating 10 years

    See also:Minnesota Cooks brings something rare to the fair - gourmet cookingMinnesota State Fair's newest foods: Camel burgers and lamb testiclesFor the last 10 years Minnesota Cooks, a local organization affiliated with the Minnesota Farmers Union, has held cooking demonstrations, discussions, and ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 2, 2012

    Colossal Cafe St. Paul adds dinner service

    See also:Colossal Cafe St. Paul: A First LookColossal Cafe expands to St. PaulBest Pancake: Colossal Cafe Colossal Cafe, breakfast darling and Best Neighborhood Cafe in St. Paul, announced this week that it is also adding dinner service to its St. Paul location. After securing a beer and wine list, ... More >>

  • Restaurants

    July 25, 2012

    New Nordic food movement

    How to eat like a Scandinavian

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    March 20, 2012

    James Beard Award finalists announced

    ​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:

  • Blogs

    January 9, 2012

    Heartland serves local, sustainable, organic for $12 or less

    What's in Heartland's basket for less than $12?​We should all be so lucky to live in Lenny Russo's neighborhood. As the executive chef of Heartland Restaurant & Farm Direct Market, which he co-owns with his wife, Mega Hoehn, Russo focuses his efforts locally--on the people who live and work cl ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 11, 2011

    Meritage hosts Oysterfest

    ​An unseasonably warm Sunday afternoon welcomed attendees to the first ever Oysterfest at Meritage restaurant in downtown St. Paul. Saint Peter Street in front of the restaurant was closed in honor of the occasion. Inside they moved out the usual bistro tables and chairs and set up shucking statio ... More >>

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    September 21, 2011

    50 tasty reasons to love Minnesota food

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    August 19, 2011

    Zimmern, local chefs talk sustainability at James Beard Foundation salon

    Mitchell Davis and Ashley Kosiak from JBF​Thursday 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 >>

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    June 15, 2011

    Heartland begins serving brunch this weekend!

    Heartland opens its doors for weekend brunch!​Exciting news from chef Lenny Russo: starting this Saturday, June 18, Heartland will be serving weekend brunch. Former Heartland chef de cuisine Robb Moore, who left to open the now-shuttered Cru in Blaine, collaborated on the menu with Russo and w ... More >>

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    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

    March 22, 2011

    James Beard Awards finalists announced

    ​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........:

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    March 18, 2011

    Heartland's cocktail pairing dinner in pictures: North Shore spirits and Irish-inspired cuisine

    Horseradish infused...​Don't let chef Lenny Russo's playful manner or the St. Patrick's Day holiday fool you--the cocktail pairing dinner at Heartland with resident bartender Peder Schweigert and Sonja Kassebaum of North Shore Distillery, was no joke. Set in a gorgeous room behind the bar, guests ... 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

    November 18, 2010

    Stewart Woodman and Lenny Russo trade blows in the blogosphere

    Woodman and Russo trade blows in the blogosphere.​Usually chefs criticize each other's work in private and leave restaurant critics to do the public skewering. But with the rise in chefs taking part in social media, it was only a matter of time before they started slinging serious mud at each ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 25, 2010

    Top 5 tasty things to do with pumpkin seeds

    Public Domain Photos via flickrDon't throw them away!​We know you usually just throw them on the compost heap, but wait... we've got some ideas about how to use all those pumpkin seeds that your October decorating scheme has left you with. And not to worry, we know that a "wild honey-hazelnut-pump ... More >>

  • Restaurants

    September 29, 2010

    Heartland launches ambitous complex in Lowertown

    St. Paul's most lauded restaurant thinks big

  • Blogs

    September 29, 2010

    Top 5 restaurants for foodies

    Four TC restaurants made the Fit for Foodies list. ​I'm often disappointed when national magazines and whatnot make their picks for the best this-and-that in various cities across the country without doing very thorough--if any--on-the-ground research. But I recently found myself impressed b ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 13, 2010

    Gasthof's unveils a 39.4-inch wiener this Week in Food

    Enzian44The mighty meterwurst.​We have to admit--St. Paul is gaining an edge. On Tuesday chef Lenny Russo opens up Heartland's Farm Direct Market, where patrons can buy the restaurant's house-made charcuterie, jams, and jellies. It also will offer locally raised meats and poultry. But you'll have ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 28, 2010

    Heartland now open in new Market House digs

    Heartland is back, in a big way!​ So far, the Hot Dish hasn't made a big deal about Heartland's move from St. Claire and Fairview to its new Lowertown digs. There was supposed to be a bigger dining room, an adjacent food market, a more bustling location, and so on...okay, cool, great, sure. Bu ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 15, 2010

    Dawn Droulliard of Fabulous Catering: Chef Chat

    courtesy of Dawn Drouillard​ Dawn Droulliard, chef and owner of Fabulous Catering, is not your average chef. Formerly a singer in the bands Interstate Judy and That's What You Get, Droulliard has a rocking style that has translated itself into her kitchen.After moving to the Twin Cities in 1991, D ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 10, 2010

    Lenny Russo: Chef Chat, Part 3

    ​ While Lenny Russo takes on his biggest endeavor yet, Heartland Restaurant and Farm Direct Market, opening in Lowertown next month, he took the time to talk to Hot Dish, and shared one of his favorite recipes, in the third part of our series. You can read Part 1 and Part 2, here if you missed t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 9, 2010

    Chef Chat: Lenny Russo, part 2

    ​ Today we continue our discussion with Lenny Russo (click here to read Part 1), as we learn more about his leadership style, the weirdest things he has ever eaten (think psychedelic lizards), and some of the strange request he gets over the phone (think balls).

  • 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 >>

  • Blogs

    April 2, 2010
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    March 10, 2010

    Groupon: Helping restaurants or hurting them?

    If a restaurant gives $50 of food away for $25, and the site takes half, the restaurant makes $12.50 on $50 worth of food...

  • Blogs

    December 31, 2009
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    November 28, 2009

    Lenny Russo's Facebook imposter

    Somebody's impersonating Lenny Russo on Facebook: Can you help track the wacko down?

  • Restaurants

    November 25, 2009

    Anonymous online reviews affecting Twin Cities eateries

    Heartland's Lenny Russo says some of it "borders on libel"

  • Blogs

    August 10, 2009

    Is Denny's trying to kill its customers?

    Unhealthy meals raise the question: should we enact a "junk food tax"?

  • Blogs

    April 21, 2009

    Lenny Russo blogging for the Strib

    Nice move, Strib. Lenny Russo starts blogging for the local paper.

  • Blogs

    February 20, 2009

    Heartland's Lenny Russo talks to The Hot Dish

    Lenny Russo of Heartland may have a reputation for speaking his mind, but deep down there still lives the 10 year-old boy cooking with his mother in the kitchen.

  • Blogs

    February 16, 2009

    Best seats in the house

    V-Day 2010 is only 363 days away: Plan ahead or celebrate early by booking these restaurants' most romantic tables.

  • Restaurants

    February 11, 2009
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    January 12, 2009

    "Twin Cities Insider" talks snow cones

    Have you heard of a piragua?

  • Blogs

    December 30, 2008

    Five Questions for... The Dairy Queen

    An interview with The Dairy Queen, a legendary local chowhound ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 19, 2008

    Open Tables: How much are restaurants suffering?

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    Make sure you're using the right metrics before jumping to co ... More >>

  • Restaurants

    December 10, 2008

    Dining prix fixe leads to the best deal, great meal

    Leaving decisions to the chef takes away the pressure

  • Restaurants

    November 1, 2006

    Cue the Applause

    Cue, the fine-dining restaurant in the new Guthrie, neatly combines high food ethics and high style

  • Restaurants

    June 14, 2006

    River City Rebirth

    Minneapolis's restaurant scene is reborn—again!—This time with big money and farm-positive ideals.

  • Restaurants

    November 23, 2005

    Triumph in the Heartland

    Fine-dining northern lights open affordable annexes

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    December 11, 2002

    Pride of the Prairie

    Heartland serves purely Midwestern ingredients in pure French style

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