Michelle Gayer

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    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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    October 27, 2014

    Ready Your Forks: A Two-Month-Long Pie Pop-Up at Hola Arepa

    It would be difficult to overstate our love of pies. Pretty lattice-topped domes, peaks of dainty meringue, the golden surface of a perfectly set chess pie: We quell the urge to dive face first into these buttery crusted confections every time we see one. Even getting a pie in the kisser doesn't so ... More >>

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    June 18, 2014

    Top local chefs and a Libertine sneak peek at this year's Share Our Strength's HOTlist event

    Philanthropist foodies, it's time again for the Share Our Strength Taste of the Nation HOTlist. The annual summer event is held at the Guthrie Theater and features over 20 of the Twin Cities' top restaurants, chefs, and bartenders sharing their tastiest eats and drinks to raise money for the fight a ... More >>

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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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    March 18, 2014

    Twin Cities chefs among the James Beard Award finalists

    They are the biggest awards for the food business. The James Beard Award finalists were announced this morning and we were thrilled to see some of our local food leaders and friends make the list.See also:Amy Thielen brings rustic fare to Food NetworkChef Chat: Salty Tart's Michelle Gayer

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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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    February 18, 2014

    Big names and a few surprises at this year's Share Our Strength cakewalk

    One of the tastiest charity events of the year is right around the corner. Every year, the best pastry chefs in the Twin Cities come out to support Share Our Strength in their fight against childhood hunger.This year, in addition to having the confections of pastry chefs like Diane Yang of La Belle ... More >>

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    January 7, 2014

    La Belle Vie to honor Charlie Trotter with special menu all this week

    It's still hard to believe that such a giant in the food world was taken so soon. Influential restaurateur and chef Charlie Trotter passed away suddenly last year, and locally, some leaders in fine dining knew they wanted to honor the man who gave the culinary world so much. Beginning today, the che ... 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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    November 18, 2013

    Minneapolis bakeries named among the nation's 50 best

    Flour and fat and favorable reviews. That's what it's all about for the two Minneapolis bakeries recently featured on the Daily Meal's list of the 50 Best Bakeries in America.  Like most food and cooking blogs, the Daily Meal site is currently flooded with tips on carving turkey and t ... More >>

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    July 15, 2013

    Tastemakers series continues this Wednesday

    After the last rolicking Tastemakers series, the bar has been set high for Minneapolis/St. Paul Magazine's panel series. Wednesday evening, they are once again gathering those who lead by example, this time to discuss what it takes to run your own successful business. Even better? They're bringing s ... More >>

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    June 18, 2013

    Local chef showdown at TPT's Whisk Factor

    Crank up the ovens, the competition is going to get hot at TPT's Whisk Factor challenge next week. See also: Michelle Gayer possible judge for new baking competition show Signature Dish: Barbette's chef Sarah Master

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    May 31, 2013

    National Macaroon Day: Where to celebrate locally

    It is a little silly that practically every confection, cocktail, ingredient, and dish you can think of now has its own dedicated day and they just keep getting more and more specific and obscure. National hot pastrami sandwich day is January 14, crab meat Newburg day is September 25, and in an effo ... More >>

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    March 27, 2013

    La Belle Vie throws fabulous birthday fête

    La Belle Vie, widely recognized as the pinnacle of Minnesota fine-dining threw itself a birthday party to celebrate its 15 years, inviting the well-to-do to mix with the well-known chefs both present and past who have contributed to the success of this storied restaurant.  The Hot Dish was luck ... More >>

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    March 18, 2013

    James Beard Award finalists announced

    The award finalists were announced today for America's top culinary honors. We'd like to extend our congratulations to our locals chefs who will be attending the awards ceremony this May in New York City. Our finalists are:

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    March 4, 2013

    Cakewalk brings out top chefs to benefit Share Our Strength

    It was an evening of elegance and pastries. Share Our Strength, whose goal is to end childhood hunger, gathered many of the finest chefs in the cities to put on their annual benefit. The gala was presented by Michelle Gayer, James Beard Award nominee and owner of the acclaimed Salty Tart Bakery, in ... More >>

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    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 >>

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    February 20, 2013

    Michelle Gayer possible judge for new baking competition show

    As American television networks are wont to do, CBS announced it is developing its own version of the popular UK series The Great British Bake Off, a competition show that pits the country's best amateur bakers against one another over the course of several weeks. Contestants must display proficienc ... 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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    February 14, 2013

    Share Our Strength's Cakewalk brings out the star chefs

    Late on the Valentine's gift? Suddenly realizing that Russell Stover chocolate might be a bit of a raspberry creme let down? Trust us, if your V-Day present involves any item that could be picked up at the local Super America, it's time to double down. The moment is here, and this event is a one-sto ... More >>

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    October 19, 2012

    James Beard benefit dinner brings out the star chefs

    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 >>

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    September 19, 2012
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    June 6, 2012

    Salty Tart celebrates 4 years with cookies

    Michelle Gayer, the James Beard Award-nominated chef, has been running her bakery, the Salty Tart, for four years today. That is four tasty years of macaroons, cakes, breads, and her unmistakable brand of salty sass. It's hard to imagine a world without those tasty milk buns that have popped up on s ... More >>

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    April 18, 2012
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    April 16, 2012

    Gastro Non Grata and CSA selections this Week in Food

    We're inching toward farmer's market season, and the proof is in this week's events: from a CSA fair at Seward Co-op to the opening of Mill City Museum's new "Growing Strong: How Farmers Markets Nourish People, Communities and the Planet" exhibit, the veggies are in the air this Week in Food. 4/17 ... More >>

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    April 9, 2012

    Gastro Non Grata's next event: dessert extravaganza Confection Carousel

    If you have a sweet tooth, mark your calendars for Friday, April 20. Gastro Non Grata, the collective "chef-driven labor of love" headed by organizers Craig Drehmel and Jeff Mitchell has announced its next event, and it features a killer lineup of pastry talent.Tunes will be provided by the Cactus B ... More >>

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    March 5, 2012

    Cake Walk was a sweet success

    ​What began as a simple cake walk soon transformed into a sort of sweet vision quest for WCCO newsman Jason DeRusha. "I just don't know how I'm going to get this thing home," he remarked as the cake he'd won from event organizer and James Beard Award-nominated pastry chef Michelle Gayer loomed beh ... More >>

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    February 29, 2012
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    February 24, 2012

    Michelle Gayer of the Salty Tart: Chef Chat

    When the James Beard Award semifinalists were announced this week, it was no surprise that Michelle Gayer was listed among nods for Outstanding Pastry Chef. We've recognized her Salty Tart as our Best Bakery and the Beard Awards have nominated her in the past.   Her career began as a dish ... More >>

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    February 22, 2012

    Win tickets to Share Our Strength's Cakewalk

    Cake, tunes and booze--what's not to love?On March 1, James Beard Award nominee and Best Bakery owner Michelle Gayer will be hosting a cakewalk at the Fine Line. The proceeds will benefit Share Our Strength, an organization committed to ending childhood hunger.In addition to the Salty Tart, a few ot ... More >>

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    February 8, 2012

    Cake Walk benefits Share Our Strength

    ​The Taste of the Nation Minneapolis is holding a cake walk with James Beard Award-nominated chef Michelle Gayer. Gayer's Salty Tart bakery in the heart of Midtown Global Market in Minneapolis churns out delicious confections, beautiful breads, and stacks of buttery cookies every day. The chef beg ... More >>

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    January 20, 2012

    Andrew Zimmern Chef Chat with the Bizarre Foods czar, Part 2

    ​Local chef turned big-time TV star Andrew Zimmern is bringing his wildly successful Bizarre Foods home to Minneapolis. The premiere episode of this all-American season, premiering Monday on the Travel Channel at 9 p.m., features Minnesota foods.  (It's the second episode he's filmed in his h ... More >>

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    October 24, 2011

    Good deeds, a beer dinner, and afternoon tea this week in food

    Food Day arrives at Coffman Union​In the lead-up to everyone's favorite candy-laden holiday it can't hurt to embrace some healthier activities before you go full-on gut-rot. Thankfully this week in food brings both the first Food Day at Coffman Union and a great charitable opportunity at Soler ... More >>

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    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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    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 >>

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    May 11, 2011
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    January 11, 2011

    Ten tips from chefs to help you cook more in 2011

    dane brian via​If 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 >>

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    September 24, 2010

    Best of Hot Dish: September 20-24, 2010

    Have a nice trip, see you next fall.​It's officially fall, the time for scarfs and sweaters, pots of soup, whole chickens roasting with lemons and garlic--this is the season that many consider the best time of the year. The Hot Dish brings you the recipes, food events, and news to help you enjoy t ... More >>

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    September 23, 2010

    Salty Tart's Michelle Gayer: Chef Chat, part 2

    Lisa GulyaMichelle Gayer of the Salty Tart bakery​ Today we bring you part 2 of our interview with Michelle Gayer, chef-owner at the Salty Tart bakery in Minneapolis's Midtown Global Market. (Here's part 1.) Today Gayer talks about why she likes making pastries more than bread and her favorite dis ... More >>

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    September 22, 2010

    Salty Tart's Michelle Gayer: Chef Chat, part 1

    Lisa GulyaMichelle Gayer of the Salty Tart bakery​Michelle Gayer, owner and head chef at the two-year-old Minneapolis bakery Salty Tart, has been busy the last six months. Last spring she was nominated for a James Beard Foundation Award for Outstanding Pastry Chef. After attending the awards c ... More >>

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    June 21, 2010

    Tour de Farm in Tangletown, Gastro non Grata in the Main Room: The Week in Food

    ​ There's a lot on tap this week: swig on Shakespeare, get in a food fight, and see our own Gastro non Grata at First Ave. Enjoy your Week in Food. Monday 6/21 A Midsummer Swig: sounds like our kind of culture. Enjoy music, local food, and drinks at CodeSpace while raising money for Tales of ... More >>

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    June 18, 2010

    Taste of the Nation HOTList has a hot list of chefs

    ​The annual Taste of the Nation HOTList takes place at the Guthrie on June 24 and features the cooking/shaking of 15 favorite Twin Cities chefs and mixologists. The lineup reads like a Who's Who of the local dining scene, so if you have yet to dine at, say, Bar La Grassa, Cafe Maude, or the Strip ... More >>

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    March 26, 2010

    Best of Hot Dish: March 22-26

    Drink some wine or drive to taste some wine and then store it using a crazy new gadget. Check out what we learned reading this week's Hot Dish.

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    March 24, 2010

    James Beard names finalists, Minnesotans among them

    Minnesota represents among the 2010 finalists for James Beard Foundation awards.

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    March 18, 2010

    Salty Tart ups the ante with a Surly cupcake

    Michelle Gayer of the Salty Tart knows how to make a mean cupcake. Thanks to a little help from Twin Cities' own Surly Brewing, she knows how to make a Furious one too.

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    July 31, 2009

    Coming soon: Fresh Taste Festival

    The Fresh Taste Festival will celebrate the local, the sustainable, the organic, and the biodynamic.

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    December 17, 2008

    Sweet Spot: Salty Tart's sugar buns

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    Sweet, satisfying, and worth risking a cavity.

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    December 10, 2008

    Dining prix fixe leads to the best deal, great meal

    Leaving decisions to the chef takes away the pressure

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    November 19, 2008
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    July 2, 2008

    Sweet Spot: Salty Tart's take-and-bake cookies

    These dark chocolate delights are worth turning the oven on for, even in the sweltering summer heat ... More >>

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