Lucia Watson

  • Blogs

    November 17, 2014

    Charlie Awards 2014: Winners, a Kitchen Band, and Bad Yelp Reviews

    For the restaurant patrons and peers attending the 4th annual Charlie Awards at the Pantages Theatre, where over a dozen outstanding food industry professionals were honored, the most-heard mantras from award recipients were: "Holy shit!" and some variation of "Don't thank me, thank my wife/girlfr ... More >>

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    November 6, 2014

    Dine for Climate Dinner Series Launches Its Earth-Saving Mission

    Want to enjoy a hearty meal this winter while sticking it to that Weather Channel founder who doesn't believe in climate change? See also: Will Steger's castle in the clouds: The world's greatest Arctic explorer unveils his greatest challenge yet

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    June 26, 2014

    Heyday, Lucia's, and Nico's Tacos make top 100 neighborhood gems list

    We love our neighborhood restaurants here in the Twin Cities, and apparently the rest of the country does too. OpenTable just released its 2014 list of the 100 best neighborhood gems in the United States, and three Twin Cities restaurants make the cut: Heyday, Lucia's Restaurant & Wine Bar, and Nico ... More >>

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    June 3, 2014

    June's best green, eco-friendly, and local events

    Sometimes it's hard to put your best green foot forward without being in the know. Here's a quick list of some great Twin Cities events that will keep your month's eating, growing, and dating(!) sustainable and eco-tastic. Early in the month, it's all about education, mid-month you can dig into ... More >>

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    March 18, 2014

    Kate Moore of "Community Cooking with Kate" on reinventing the potluck

    Seven years ago, Kate Moore decided she could no longer tolerate the Minnesotan tendency to hibernate over long winters. To combat isolation, she combined two of her favorite things -- community building and cooking -- and started what she considers a "modern, urban reinvention the potluck," otherw ... More >>

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    November 19, 2013

    Third time's the charm at the third annual Charlie Awards

    On Sunday, chefs, restaurateurs, and bartenders got dressed up in their finery to attend the Twin Cities' annual Charlie Awards -- a celebration of the best in the restaurant business. See also:Dan Oskey, Best Bartender and now a business man, part 2Corner Table's crispy pork belly, 50 Favorite Dish ... More >>

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    May 9, 2013

    Lucia's chicken pot pie: 50 Favorite Dishes, No. 8

    "As American as apple pie" is the simile we're all familiar with, but when I think of quintessential American comfort food, I think of chicken pot pie. Roasted bird, humble vegetables, and creamy gravy encased in buttery pastry crust - it's all so very homey and soul-soothing. As simple as the ... More >>

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    March 26, 2013

    Signature Dish: Sanctuary's chef Patrick Atanalian

    In the search for the Twin Cities' best culinary creations, we often come across dishes that stop us mid-bite and force us to reflect on the level of thought and artistry chefs put into their work. The efforts of the chefs are often laborious, and the end results are regularly consumed before the fu ... More >>

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    March 15, 2013

    Best of Hot Dish: March 11-15, 2013

    It's been another week jam-packed with tasty tidbits from the Hot Dish. Here are a few of our top stories.~Wondering which local food crazes have most inspired us? Read the feature story "Our Favorite Twin Cities Food Trends" and get the visuals with this slideshow.~Ian Gray of the Gray Ho ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 14, 2013

    Signature Dish: Lucia's chef Lucia Watson

    In the search for the Twin Cities' best culinary creations, we often come across dishes that stop us mid-bite and force us to reflect on the level of thought and artistry chefs put into their work. The efforts of the chefs are often laborious, and the end results are regularly consumed before the fu ... More >>

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    December 21, 2012

    Sameh Wadi named Gather's first Chef-in-Residence for 2013

    Gather by D'Amico at the Walker Art Center will once again run its popular Chef-in-Residence series, in which the restaurant invites a local chef to create two new dishes on Gather's menu on Thursdays throughout the month that chef is hosting. Gather just announced its late winter/early spring lineu ... More >>

  • Restaurants

    September 5, 2012

    Cheap eats around the Twin Cities

    A dozen different dishes for under $10

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    August 21, 2012

    Top 10 takeout restaurants in the Twin Cities

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    January 11, 2012

    Lucia's lends local flavor to our list of $12 or less

    To kick off 2012, we're highlighting 12 of the best dishes under $12 in the Twin Cities. Scroll down to view the complete list. Lucia Watson is in very good company. As a champion for local food and farmers, Watson is often compared to Alice Waters--the iconic owner of Chez Panisse and a leading ... More >>

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    December 20, 2011

    5 great books for Minnesota foodies

    ​What else is there for your foodie friends to do in the winter other than read, eat food, and read about food? Probably not much. Food books, therefore, are the perfect gift. Here's our selection of the best in local food books--available at independent book stores citywide. Minnesota Lunch: ... More >>

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    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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    August 7, 2011

    Burger geeks and Celtic freaks will delight this week in food

    Seduced by Burger Jones​Start the week as a "burger geek" at Burger Jones and end it awash in Irish brews at St. Paul's annual Irish Fest. What's not to like? 8/8 Start your week with the aptly named Burger and Beer Dinner for Beer Geeks at Burger Jones. A flight of Brooklyn Brewery Summer A ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 3, 2011

    The Northern Heartland Kitchen cookbook: Win a copy!

    Comment to win this book!​Local author Beth Dooley, who-co authored Savoring the Seasons of the Northern Heartland with chef Lucia Watson, has a new cookbook coming out this fall. Her Northern Heartland Kitchen, which builds on the content in the previous book, aims to be a comprehensive guide ... More >>

  • Restaurants

    May 11, 2011

    Tilia in Linden Hills feels like it's been around forever

    Steven Brown's comeback rings out loud and clear

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    May 10, 2011

    Youth Farm and Market Project recruits top chefs for fundraising dinner

    Sleep in Lucia Watson's bed, for a good cause! ​The Youth Farm and Market Project has been going 16 years strong, giving more than 500 youth ages 9 to18 hands-on training in urban agriculture--planting, growing, and selling food--in the Lyndale and Powderhorn neighborhoods in Minneapolis and t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 26, 2011

    Lunch at Lucia's honors the gastronomic French meal

    The home of the gastronomic meal.​UNESCO, in all its wisdom, added the gastronomic meal of the French to its list of intangible world heritage back in November, along with Croatian gingerbread, a Peruvian scissor dance, and the hopping procession of Echternach from Luxembourg. In all, 46 new eleme ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 13, 2010

    Healthy Food Summit with Mark Bittman

    andrew brussoAlluring green and crunchy bits​Mom wasn't kidding when she told you to eat those veggies.  Distressing statistics about the American diet seem inescapable these days.  Turns out the burger 'n' fries way of life is harming not only our families but the planet.  The Univ ... More >>

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    August 31, 2010

    Minnesota Cooks brings something rare to the fair--gourmet cooking

    Photo: Crystal GrobeLocal chefs cooking today at the fair.​At the Minnesota State Fair we all make mistakes. With temptations on every corner, before you know it you've run out of money and inhaled a week's worth of calories. But there is one place to find gourmet, healthy cooking: Minnesota Cooks ... More >>

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    July 15, 2010

    Southwest Journal editor Sarah McKenzie has the scoop on the area's food scene

    Hillary KlineSarah McKenzie's chosen reading material​Celebrating 20 years in business isn't just a milestone in the newspaper industry; these days it's almost a miracle. The Southwest Journal newspaper reached that landmark this year, and editor Sarah McKenzie took a break from knocking out t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 4, 2010

    Beth Dooley's pan roasted radishes: celebrity dish

    ​Beth Dooley is a food lovin' gal about town. The author of several cookbooks, including Savoring the Seasons of the Northern Heartland --co-written with restaurateur Lucia Watson--her mastery of cooking with the freshest local ingredients, as well as her warm and rich writing style, are highlight ... More >>

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    December 31, 2009
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    August 27, 2008

    Dining with RNC delegates

    "Mr. Speaker, the great state of Texas wants to know, where's a good place to eat around here?"

  • Restaurants

    November 23, 2005

    Triumph in the Heartland

    Fine-dining northern lights open affordable annexes

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    January 12, 2005

    The Best Restaurants of 2004

    Sweet compliments all around, except for one big spoonful of medicine to make the sugar go down

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    April 21, 2004

    Burger Meisters

    Of undeterrable German shepherds and buttered bison

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    March 24, 2004

    Widening the Wine Aisle

    A reader worries that the sale of wine in grocery stores will kill funky Mom-'n'-Pop shops, but Dara disagrees

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    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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    July 25, 2001
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    July 11, 2001
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    October 25, 2000
  • News

    August 16, 2000

    Let the Good Thymes Roll

    Dog day afternoons: Teeny handbags, lutefisk jokes, and the virtues of loose tea

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    September 8, 1999
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    March 18, 1998