Michelle Leon

  • Blogs

    July 14, 2014

    Are cocktail rooms the next taprooms?

    Let's paint a scene: You enter a bar and grab a seat. You're handed a copy of the latest menu, hot off the press. As you peruse the menu, you notice a variety of choice cocktails crafted from house-made liquors. You make your choice, order, sit back and revel in a refined experience designed with 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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    September 12, 2013

    Top 10 Places to Eat in the North Loop

    As its ubiquitous, chic loft condominiums suggest, the North Loop is quickly becoming a hot spot for trendy Minneapolitans. Bordered by the new Twins Stadium to the southwest, Hennepin Avenue to the southeast, Plymouth Avenue to the northwest, and the Mississippi River to the northeast, the heart o ... More >>

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    December 21, 2011

    Artists of the Year, Northeast's Pearl Studio featured in this week's City Pages

    Photo by Emily UtnePearl Studio owners Zach and Noah Hollander​With the year-end review season in full swing, this week marks the publication of our annual Artists of the Year issue, which pays tribute to 15 local and national artists whose voices rose above the din in 2011. 

  • Blogs

    November 15, 2011

    RIP Laura Kennedy of Bush Tetras

    ​Laura Kennedy, the original bassist and co-founder of seminal no wave band Bush Tetras who has spent the past 12 years living in Minneapolis, passed away on Monday afternoon. 

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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 >>

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    August 16, 2011

    Vintage cocktail recipe to celebrate National Rum Day

    Michelle LeonBringing back the Fix for National Rum Day.​Today, August 16, might be better known by its proper name: National Rum Day.  We intend to celebrate with a forgotten cocktail recipe. According to Ted Haigh, a.k.a "Dr. Cocktail," drinks in the category known as the "Fix" were ma ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 21, 2011

    Sweets Bakeshop co-owner leaving

    photo by Michelle Leon for City PagesA recent expansion isn't Sweets' only change.​ We recently rejoiced about St. Paul bakery Sweets Bakeshop opening a second shop in Minneapolis. We really liked their hands-on approach to teaching students the art of fondant decorating in their School of Sweets. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 8, 2011

    Heartland's Kansas City strip steak: 100 Favorite Dishes, No. 29

    Michelle Leon​Over 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 >>

  • Blogs

    March 10, 2011

    Bars Bakery's Turtle Bar: 100 Favorite Dishes, No. 64

    Shauna Younge for City PagesYou can visit the bar, even on your lunch break.​ Even though Bars Bakery hasn't even been open six months, the little Selby Avenue shop has made itself heard over the din of the ever-expanding cupcake competition. By specializing in freshly baked bars of every variety, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 16, 2011

    20.21 closing, D'Amico confirmed for Walker Art Center food service

    D'Amico ousts Wolfgang Puck from the Walker. ​"It's true," says Richard D'Amico, when asked about Heavy Table's anonymous report that his restaurant group would be ousting 20.21 from its prime digs at the Walker Art Center. D'Amico says he was recently approached by a Walker consultant, alon ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 9, 2011

    Faces bakery, Wayzata High team up for better school lunches

    Michelle LeonFaces bakery offers students pizza, bread, and other favorites​Complaining about school lunches is a time-honored student tradition, but it's a lot harder for the students at Wayzata High this year. The school is teaming up with entrepreneur Kyle Hale and executive chef David Fhim ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 17, 2010

    Chocolat Celeste's dazzling confections in a sweet new slideshow

    Michelle LeonGobble-licious.​ As Chocolat Celeste settles in its new St. Paul space, heavenly creations emerge from the kitchen with that perfect chocolate shine. Chocolat Celeste elevates chocolate making into a fine art, specializing in truffles--ganache-based delights. CEO/Chocolatier Mary ... More >>

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    September 22, 2010

    Celebrity Chef Tour Minneapolis: the slideshow

    Tim McKee's grilled lamb ribeye ​A legendary feast took place at Solera last Thursday as a multitude of culinary superpowers combined forces at a benefit for the James Beard Foundation--supporters of all things educational and extraordinary about food. Nine chefs. Nine courses. Here is the team: T ... More >>

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    August 16, 2010

    National Bratwurst Day--we visit the very best place for wurst

    Tj's Country Corner, a place of bratwurst dreams.​For National Bratwurst Day, which is unofficially Monday, August 16 (there is another school of NBD that celebrates August 3), we wanted to praise the brat by visiting the place that calls itself "The Best of the Wurst": TJ's Country Market in Maht ... More >>

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    August 12, 2010

    Heartland Restaurant & Farm Direct Market--the tour

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    July 27, 2010

    Derik Moran of Nick and Eddie: Chef Chat, part 1

    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 >>

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    July 22, 2010

    The Hemingway Daiquiri--toasting the legend

    Michelle LeonCome to Papa: The Hemingway Daiquiri/ Papa Doble​Since this week we celebrate the anniversary of the birth of Ernest Hemingway, it seems fitting to sample the cocktail that bears his name. This Hemingway Daiquiri recipe is a variation of the cocktail the legendary writer drank at his ... More >>

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    July 13, 2010

    Faces Mears Park: Take the tour

    Michelle Leon​As another restaurant settles into Lowertown, a renaissance is taking place in the once desolate dining landscape. In the spot that was formerly home to LoTo, David Fhima brings updated American cuisine with a focus on local farm-fresh food to the scene. Fhima's scope is wide, as Fac ... More >>

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    July 6, 2010

    Top 5 sake picks from a specialist

    Michelle LeonSurdyk's sake row.​ With sake growing in popularity, the beautiful flavors that emerge from different forms of processing are facinating to explore. Surdyk's Liquor and Cheese in Minneapolis recently expanded its sake selection to include 56 types, including many uniqu ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 25, 2010

    Forum's Ramos Gin Fizz: drink of the week

    Michelle Leon Like a flower in a glass.​ Ramos Gin Fizz $9 Forum 40 7th Street S., Mpls. 612.354.2017 In New Orleans, during the late 1800s, there was a saloon owner by the name of Henry Ramos. At his place the most popular drink was the gin fizz. Other saloon owners tried to make Ramos ... More >>

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    June 23, 2010

    Uptown Cafeteria vs. Stella's in happy hour face-off

    Michelle Leon​Move over Stella's, there's a new patio in (Up)town. Uptown Cafeteria opened its roof to ravenous crowds last week, so we here at Hot Dish slathered on the sunblock to see who had the best happy hour.

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    March 12, 2010

    Best of Hot Dish: March 8-12, 2010

    Eat some ice cream, drink some gin, whip up some shrimp and then go to Fork the Fire this weekend!

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    January 19, 2010

    Sneak Peek: Piccolo

    Doug Flicker's tiny eatery packs plenty of punch

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    November 4, 2009

    Sharp Teeth CD-release this weekend

    The noise-pop trio are playing the Hexagon Bar this Friday.

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    May 8, 2009

    This week's "Best of Hot Dish"

    This week featured Hot Dish revealed some hot dish having to do with the weinermobile.

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    October 7, 2008

    Patches and Gretchen set to release her debut album Thursday evening

    patches.jpgMichelle Leon previews the Patches and Gretchen CD release party tomorrow night at the Turf Club.

  • News

    March 8, 2006

    She Bop

    It Didn't Start with Babes in Toyland: A Short and Eccentric History of Women in Local Music, 1931-Present

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    June 8, 2005

    Minnesota's Fifty Greatest Hits

    The greatest Minnesota-made records of all time

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    December 29, 1999

    A Power of Ten

    Slug's love bug, Kat Bjelland's exorcism, Dave Pirner's throbbing shins: Ten years of local music served on ten great platters.