Run by chef Lenny Russo, Heartland Restaurant and Farm Direct Market takes the idea of eating locally to heart. The Lowertown establishment changes its menu often, but is constant in its dedication to local farms and culinary artisans. While the restaurant takes its name from the Midwestern fare it ... More >>
The Twin Cities' annual award ceremony for the best and brightest in the local restaurant scene is quickly approaching. This week a number of the finalists for the Charlie Awards -- so named for Charlie's Exceptionale, a legendary downtown Minneapolis restaurant -- were announced. We have the ... More >>
The second-annual Charlie Awards, an event honoring the Twin Cities and metro area restaurants and key individuals who contribute to our exceptional, ever-expanding food scene, were held yesterday afternoon at the Pantages Theater. Hearty congratulations to all the finalists and winners, but perhaps ... More >>
Last night, on the bluffs in Mendota Heights, the James Beard Foundation, in conjunction with Le Cordon Bleu and Mpls/St.Paul magazine, hosted a benefit dinner in which eight of the Twin Cities most regarded chefs prepared a multiple-course, roaming tasting menu. Guests could nibble their way from k ... More >>
They came, they saw, they slurped, and often, they stood in line. Meritage hosted its second-annual Oysterfest with sold-out crowds. The restaurant was all hands on deck, with everyone taking a shucking station, including chef-owner Russell Klein and the celebrity chefs who came to compete in the sh ... More >>
From small digs in Minneapolis to a big place and bigger flavor in St. Paul
See also: Solera hosts second annual Farm in the Cities Jorge Guzman; many of you know him as the man behind Solera's comeback. His new menus have been met with critical kindness, and his dedication to locally sourced, sustainable products is quickly turning him into a community pillar. Perhaps les ... More >>
See also: Summit Backyard Bash is Saturday Minnesota has seen a recent boom in local brewers, with startups ranging from Fulton to Harriet to the upcoming openings of Pour Decisions and HammerHeart Brewery. As the local scene gets ever more crowded, City Pages is taking the time to hear what local ... More >>
See also: Top 10 Indian restaurants in the Twin Cities Top 10 farmers markets in the Twin Cities Top 10 street eats in the Twin Cities There's no shame in not wanting to cook. With a frantic pace of life, it's hard to carve out the time and energy to hit the grocery store and slog through the dirty ... More >>
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 >>
Minnesota food celebrity and TV show host Andrew Zimmern has won a James Beard Foundation Award for Best Television Show on Location. His popular Bizarre Foods show is now in it's seventh season, with new episodes airing on the Travel Channel Mondays at 8 p.m. The James Beard Awards are known as the ... More >>
Today we're wrapping up our interview with Paul Berglund, executive chef of The Bachelor Farmer. In part 1, we heard about his early experiences with food: his childhood in the Midwest, his Scandinavian roots, and his travels abroad. In part 2, we learned how his cooking career evolved after he ... More >>
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 >>
After traveling the globe, conquering the world one plate at a time, Andrew Zimmern brings the Travel Channel's Bizarre Foods home to roost. This season, which premieres Monday, Zimmern focuses entirely on food in the United States. To kick off the season, he's highlighting food from Minnesota. H ... More >>
Loved for its lardParasole 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 >>
Michelle LeonOver at Heartland Restaurant & Farm Direct Market, when it comes to locally sourcing meat and produce, there is no messing around. So when you see the words "Kansas City" on the menu, this might cause a bit of head-scratching. But according to chef Lenny Russo, the Kansas C ... More >>
Heartland is teaming up with North Shore Distillery to create a cocktail pairing dinnerSt. 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 >>
dane brian via Flickr.comIf you've resolved to cook more in 2011, you're in luck: The Twin Cities boasts a wealth of chefs with advice at the ready, and they have more to say than just, "Eat out." (Though they wouldn't mind if you did, of course.)The Hot Dish took chefs' tips for home cooks f ... More >>
Michelle LeonHeartland Restaurant & Farm Direct Market is now open.With much buzz and anticipation, Heartland Restaurant and Farm Direct Market recently opened its doors. In the century-old Market House warehouse in Lowertown, a revolution is taking place as Lenny Russo plays master improvise ... More >>
The new Blue Plate special? Italian fare.The Blue Plate restaurant group, long known for its neighborhood grills serving turkey burgers and beer-battered green beans--Highland Grill, Edina Grill, Longfellow Grill, etc.--has a new Italian concept in the works for the St. Paul space recently va ... More >>
photos by Michelle LeonHis goal: to make good food accessible to all. At 24 years old--a time when most of us are/were still getting lost and found--Derik Moran is celebrating his 14th year in the kitchen. Starting at the age of 11 at a small resort in Wisconsin, he moved into fine dining at the ... More >>
Mayor Coleman hits neighborhood hauntsSt. Paul Mayor Chris Coleman is gearing up for his city to host one of the most food-tastic events in the state: the newly revamped Taste of Minnesota. While you may find the mayor lurking near the Barrio taco truck this weekend, the rest of the year he ... More >>
Martino!'s/flickrHappy Friday! This week the writers at Hot Dish have been working hard to make sure you are up to date on the food scene. Here are a few of our favorite things, in case you missed them:~ The ever fascinating Sven Sundgaard talks to Monica Wright about his choice of eats.~Cub take ... More >>
For the second year in a row, a Minnesota chef has been named Best Chef Midwest at the James Beard Awards, as Alex Roberts of Restaurant Alma and Brasa took home the honors at last night's ceremony in New York. Past winners aren't eligible to compete, so 2009's winner, Tim McKee of La Belle V ... More >>
Groupon's believers enthuse about its marketing possibilities, while skeptics blame Groupon for preying on people's fears.
Minnesota represents among the 2010 finalists for James Beard Foundation awards.
Aquavit? Cafe un deux trois? Are you old enough to remember any of these?
Award-winning chef presents creative dining options at the "theatery"
Both restaurants offer distinct takes on sophistication
Lots of local contenders named for the prestigious national restaurant awards! Drummroll please...
"Mr. Speaker, the great state of Texas wants to know, where's a good place to eat around here?"
Would you drive 40 miles for dinner? Here are some places that might be worth the trip
2006 was a tasty, tasty year. Dara goes through her memory book and anoints the stars.
2003: The year everything got Big, in both ambition and execution, but pandering lurked darkly in the background