Lisa Carlson

  • Blogs

    February 21, 2014

    100 Favorite Dishes: No. 37, Chef Shack Ranch's chicken wings

    When we spoke to Chef Shack Ranch's co-owner Lisa Carlson, she would only tell us that what goes on their super crispy whole-joint Kadejan Farms chicken wings is a magical mix they call "secret wing dust." We took them to the lab (a.k.a went back for seconds) to try to find out more, but really ... More >>

  • Restaurants

    January 8, 2014

    Chef Shack goes brick-and-mortar

    The folks behind the popular food truck bring their goods to Seward

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    December 13, 2013

    First Look: Chef Shack Ranch

    They've conquered the mobile restaurant scene, garnering multiple awards as one of America's most creative food trucks, best farmers market lunches, and most memorable market meals. Then they went on to open a successful brick-and-mortar eatery in Bay City, Wisconsin, centered on their kit ... More >>

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    October 30, 2013

    Chef Shack finds a permanent home in Seward

    Though the novelty of getting Indian-spiced mini donuts from a big red truck still has not worn off for us, there is a wonderful comfort in knowing that we can now get these perfect little treats just about any time we want. That's right: Chef Shack has gone brick and mortar.Following the trend of m ... More >>

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    October 16, 2012

    Chef Shack announces Bay City opening event

    The preeminent Twin Cities food truck is moving into its winter weekend digs. The former River Bay Cafe in Bay City, Wisconsin, has been given a facelift and a shine. When can we expect to taste Chef Shack's delights in its new space?See also:Chef Shack opening a brick-and-mortar restaurant2011 ... More >>

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    August 10, 2012

    Chef Shack opening a brick-and-mortar restaurant

    See also:Chef Shack named one of America's 'most creative' food trucksChef Shack may be moving into former Jack's space Amid recent rumors that they might put down roots in the East Harriet neighborhood of Minneapolis, Carrie Summers and Lisa Carlson of Chef Shack announced they'll actually be going ... More >>

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    June 28, 2012

    Top 10 street eats in the Twin Cities

    People called them a fad, but as a new truck or trailer seems to pop up every day, it's hard to argue with the popular food delivery system. Many of these new street food purveyors are serving food just as good and sometimes better than stand-alone restaurants. We'll admit it; we are smitten with th ... More >>

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    May 18, 2012

    Chef Shack may be moving into former Jack's space

    At the end of April when Jack's/Jack's Cafe/Java Jack's/the revolving door of drama at 46th and Bryant closed its doors, the Nicollet East Harriet Business Association (NEHBA) said a "nonfood business" would be taking over the space. Looks like they were wrong, but that might be great news for the n ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 26, 2012

    Chef Shack named one of America's 'most creative' food trucks

    ​Many of us are well aware that we can get amazing, global cuisine handed directly to us from the windows of our local food trucks, but now the rest of the nation is sitting up and taking notice. Chef Shack, already named one of Bon Appetit's Top 10 Lunches at Farmers Markets and one of ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 17, 2011

    Top 5 INDOOR food truck experiences

    We'll miss you, sunny days of summer​Day by day our favorite street finds are dropping out of the game. A few intrepid souls like Nate of Natedogs and the vivacious ladies of Fork in the Road plan to stay out all winter long. Others, like Lisa Carlson and Carrie Summers of the Chef Shack, will lea ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 31, 2011

    Food truck season almost over: Who's still open and who's closed

    Gastro Truck: Still open.​The food truck season is almost over. Last Wednesday was the last food truck court in St. Paul, and today is the final food truck rally until spring. But even as many food trucks shut down for the winter, others are staying open, and some are just getting started. We ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 2, 2011

    Five favorite Twin Cities food trucks

    Brent SchoonoverOur favorite meals on wheels!​Food truck season is in full swing. Now, if only the weather would cooperate! Here are five of our favorite street eats well worth braving the dreary damps.

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    May 24, 2011

    Food truck food court every Wednesday in St. Paul

    Jill Wilson of the 128 Cafe​Long lines of smiling faces braided together as they stretched out on the downtown city sidewalks across from City Hall last Wednesday in downtown St. Paul. It wasn't long before menu items were being erased from boards as they sold out. Jill Wilson watched the crowds a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 13, 2010

    Iron Fork chef competition fires up tomorrow. Win free tickets today!

    Food as blood sport. ​Six of the Twin Cities' top chefs will engage in a culinary shootout tomorrow night at City Pages' annual Iron Fork competition--and you can win a pair of tickets for free. Star chefs from Piccolo, Chef Shack, and Barbette, among others, will show off their skills in a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 10, 2010

    Top 5 St. Paul street eats

    Baby got Shack!!!​ This week's Dish column takes a look at street eats in St. Paul. In a quest to find the best, we downed all manner of veggie burritos, sweet corn fritters, Reuben bratwurst, pineapple sno-cones, and more. Here are the top five dishes we found in St. Paul. (Click the link to ... More >>

  • Restaurants

    September 8, 2010

    Street food takes over the Twin Cities

    In search of the best meal on wheels

  • Blogs

    August 30, 2010

    Chef Shack in contention to be Food Network's favorite food truck

    Chef Shack could be #1 with your help...​Chef Shack, pioneers of the local street food scene, have been nominated one of America's Favorite Food Trucks in the Food Network's contest. Now it's up to the voting public to push one sidewalk vendor over the top. If Chef Shack wins, they'll receive $10, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 5, 2010

    SHE Royal food truck brings a taste of Ethiopia to 1st Ave

    Michelle BruchThe food truck is across the street from the First Avenue nightclub.​ "You have never tasted food like this," says Samson Benti, co-owner of the new SHE Royal Deli food truck on First Avenue and North Eighth Street. "We recommend that everyone taste it at least once." Benti's Et ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 29, 2010

    Chef Shack debuts at 5th and Hennepin

    Donuts for breakfast, tacos for lunch​The smell of Indian-spiced mini-doughnuts in the steaming core of downtown Minneapolis is not a trick: The Chef Shack has set up shop at the corner of Fifth Street and Hennepin Avenue and is offering its trademark doughnuts, tacos, Arnie Palmers, and even ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 23, 2010

    Chef Shack dreams big with new plans, Minneapolis roll-out

    From their humble trailer to our happy bellies.​ Chef Shack, brought to you by our favorite ladies of summer, chefs Carrie Summer and Lisa Carlson, bring our Cities the many joys of street food that we have been sorely missing. With meat and produce from area farms, Chef Shack's upscale burgers an ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 16, 2009

    Chef Shack III debuts at Uptown Market

    Chef Shack expands its family once again--meet the newest addition this Sunday.

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    August 18, 2009

    Chef Shack II makes its debut

    Chef Shack has a new sibling...coming soon!

  • Blogs

    July 28, 2009

    Chef Shack builds business and fans with social media

    The local mobile kitchen is making headway using social media and tweeting about their treats.

  • Blogs

    May 29, 2009

    Chef Shack expanding its reach

    Saturdays at Mill City, Sundays at Kingfield and, coming soon, an as-of-yet undisclosed Thursday evening locale...

  • Blogs

    March 17, 2009

    Great news from Chef Shack!

    They'll be open on Sundays, too. More grass-fed beef hot dogs for all!

  • Restaurants

    December 31, 2008
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    June 18, 2008

    Chef Shack brings curb appeal to summer eats

    For two entrepreneurial chefs, street food means grass-fed bison burgers andtorched-to-order crème brûlée

  • Blogs

    February 21, 2008

    Chef Shack Preview

    A taco truck that sells creme brulee? Coming this summer to a farmers' market near you.

  • Blogs

    February 21, 2008

    Chef Shack Preview

    A taco truck that sells creme brulee? Coming this summer to a farmers' market near you.

  • Blogs

    July 25, 2007

    Pi Press buyout list

    Yesterday was the deadline for Pioneer Press staffers to opt for a buyout package offered by parent company MediaNews. The goal was to convince 30 workers to voluntarily leave the company, including 15 editiorial employees.

  • Restaurants

    June 14, 2006

    River City Rebirth

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

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    May 28, 2003
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    August 7, 2002

    Pantry to the Stars

    Spanish cheese as a talent-retention tool?

  • Arts

    June 19, 2002

    Natural High

    Cynthia Stevens wades into a spectacle in Wirth Park

  • Restaurants

    March 6, 2002

    What's Good for the Goose

    Tasting menus near and far, or what I did on my Winter vacation

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    May 16, 2001
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    February 28, 2001
  • News

    July 26, 2000

    The Heart of the Heartland

    Aquatennial hits Minneapolis where we live