Mike Phillips

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    November 12, 2014

    Our Predictions for the Oscars of Local Dining: The 4th Annual Charlie Awards

    Sunday is the 4th annual Charlie Awards at the Pantages Theatre, where food industry pros are honored by their peers in formal, ceremonial, celebratory style. Some sneak peeks for this year's festivities include chef Steven Brown of Tilia and a band of mates literally banging on pots and pans, and c ... More >>

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    October 13, 2014

    This Is the Line of Locally Cured Meats You've Been Waiting For: Red Table Meat Co.

    Red Table Meat Co. is now in full production and distribution mode with the release of an impressive array of custom cured meats.

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    August 1, 2014

    Modern Café will celebrate its 20th anniversary in pop-up style

    Who wouldn't want to celebrate breaking out of their teenage years? From August 5-9, Northeast's Modern Café will mark its 20th anniversary with pop-ups, DJs, cameos by the chefs of Modern's past, and a special celebratory menu. See also: Yellow Rattler at Modern Cafe: Embrace your inner cowboy wi ... More >>

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    June 11, 2014

    Brasserie Zentral's new spin on Old World cuisine

    Russell and Desta Klein's European-style dining empire expands

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    April 22, 2014

    The Digging offers workspace, resources for Twin Cities artisan food producers

    As if running his own Irish whiskey company weren't work enough, 2 Gingers mastermind and owner Kieran Folliard has set his sights on a new project. The Digging, a small-scale incubator in northeast Minneapolis, will help give local, artisan food makers not only a home, but also access to a wide arr ... More >>

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    April 30, 2013

    Mike Phillips's Three Sons Meats charcuterie: 50 Favorite Dishes, no. 11

    It seems every restaurant is now required to have a chef with a pig part tattooed on them and a charcuterie platter on the menu. There was a time in the not too distant past when salumi was in short supply. A little neighborhood joint in Longfellow called the Craftsman (again, back when that neighbo ... More >>

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    December 12, 2012

    Mike Phillips teaching charcuterie workshop

    Mike Phillips is the superstar of charcuterie. While it seems every restaurant is now trying its hand at cured meats, Phillips has elevated the practice to an art form. He has partnered with Kitchen in the Market at Midtown Global Market to lead a series of butchering classes that sold out quickly a ... More >>

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    September 24, 2012

    Farm in the Cities chefs create dazzling dinner for Youth Farm and Market Project

    The event room was packed at Solera last night as some of the area's top chefs worked together to create a seven-course meal for ticket holders. Solera's chef Jorge Guzman worked with some of his local farm purveyors and chef friends, on what should have been most of their nights off, to put on the ... More >>

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    August 28, 2012

    Solera hosts second annual Farm in the Cities

    A collection of local, sustainable food producers and the area's top chefs will gather Sunday, September 23, at Solera to share food and help raise money for Youth Farms. Guests are invited to attend an early, free meet-and-greet with the farmers, or attend a full-on foodie bash with a seven-course ... More >>

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    August 10, 2012

    Outstanding in the Field dinner held at Little Foot Farm

    Guests arrived at the rural Afton farm location and parked their cars beneath apple trees. Spotted pigs grunted their greetings as they ambled around the fields, which smelled of fresh grass. The setting rolled out in dazzling shades of green, dotted by hay bales and lolling oak trees. A table was s ... More >>

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    June 19, 2012

    Scott Pampuch, from farm to table to ... Milwaukee? UPDATED

    Scott Pampuch, the celebrated chef  who owned and operated Corner Table for seven years and a champion of farm-to-table eating, will be leaving the Twin Cities for a new job in Milwaukee. His new title will be director of food and beverage at The Iron Horse Hotel in Milwaukee. Which means he'l ... More >>

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    November 23, 2011

    Charlie Awards honor Twin Cities restaurants and food professionals

    ​The stage was set with a long white-linen-covered table, holding gleaming covered trays.  Beneath them were the trophy plates inscribed with the names of the winners for the Twin Cities' first annual Charlie Awards. Organized by preeminent foodie Sue Zelickson with the help of wonder produce ... More >>

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    October 31, 2011

    Five more freaky local dishes you'll love to eat

    A tasty Halloween dinner that bites back​Halloween is here, and we've been contemplating more dishes that make the meek go "eek."  Part of the fun of being an adventurous eater is bragging rights to your friends, especially the squeamish, that you have endured--nay, savored--a food that other ... 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 21, 2011

    Farm in the City snags top chefs to benefit Second Harvest Heartland

    The charity event includes a FREE tasting open to the public​On Sunday, October 30, many of the best-known chefs in the Twin Cities are partnering with Dragsmith Farms at Solera to host a dinner celebrating the local harvest to benefit those who have a hard time putting food on the table.  We ... More >>

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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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    July 21, 2011

    Kieran Folliard leaves pub business--don't panic!

    Tony NelsonFolliard sold his bar business to focus on whiskey.​In the past few months, the Twin Cities' most famous Irish face, pub owner Kieran Folliard, has been launching several other food and beverage businesses. First, there was the Green Ox meat company he started with charcuterie king ... More >>

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    July 4, 2011

    Independence day gorging this week in food

    A mountain of wiens​Celebrate your good old fashioned American freedom by checking out one of these great gorging opportunities this week in food. It's your American duty, folks.

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    June 8, 2011

    Solera's suckling pig dinner is Sunday

    ​We aren't going to say you can pig out at this event, because that would be too obvious, but Sunday will be an extra special evening at Solera, as it hosts a suckling pig dinner on its second floor terrace. Solera's executive chef Jorge Guzman will be at the helm, with charcuterie king Mike Phill ... More >>

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    June 5, 2011

    Time to try a suckling pig this week in food

    June is shaping up nicely both in weather and dining events -- we think you'll agree, especially if you're into suckling pigs.

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    April 1, 2011

    Corner Table's Scott Pampuch: Chef Chat, Part 3

    Scott Pampuch in the kitchen at Corner Table​Today is our final installment in our conversation with chef and restaurant owner Scott Pampuch in the kitchen of his restaurant Corner Table. (Read parts 1 and 2 here.) He's been buzzing through his kitchen the entire time, and finally the sausage is r ... More >>

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    March 30, 2011

    Corner Table's Scott Pampuch: Chef Chat, Part 1

    Scott Pampuch in the kitchen at Corner Table​Spend any amount of time with Scott Pampuch and you'll find he doesn't sit still for long. "I've got a pretty light prep day, and I've been wanting to make sausage. So I'm going to make sausage," he said, ducking into his walk-in cooler and returning wi ... More >>

  • Restaurants

    March 9, 2011

    Kieran Folliard expands his Irish empire

    Restaurateur introduces new whiskey and specialty meats

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    December 28, 2010

    Kieran's Old Pub RIP

    Kieran closes The Old Pub.​When Kieran Folliard moved his bar from its out-of-the-way digs at Fourth Street and Second Avenue to a more prime Block E spot, he said he'd keep the old spot open to fulfill the 19 months left on his lease. But Folliard changed his mind and closed the Old Pub las ... More >>

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    December 7, 2010

    Corner Table, Green Ox "whole hog" dinner and cookbook signing

    Mike Phillips of Green Ox teams up next Tuesday with Corner Table's Scott Pampuch to host a "whole hog" dinner​Next Tuesday, local chefs Scott Pampuch of Corner Table and Mike Phillips of Green Ox will celebrate being featured in a new butchers' cookbook. And how better to celebrate than by go ... More >>

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    September 27, 2010

    Haute Dish hosts a beer dinner; Highland Grill stops human trafficking this Week in Food.

    Steve NeuharthDuck in a can, beer in a bottle at Haute Dish. ​What's better than a stock tip from Gordon Gekko? A pastry tip from Heidi Woodman and Zoe Francois. Meet these master bakers, take down some hot curry for a hot cause, and wash it all down with beer at breakfast this Week in Food. Mon ... More >>

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    September 23, 2010

    Ben Weaver kicks off BLB residency tonight

    Photo by Jonathan Levitt​Twin Cities-based singer-songwriter Ben Weaver is a man of many talents: Not only is he a nationally esteemed musician and award-winning poet, but he's also a passionate and forward-thinking culinary professional, working for Minneapolis restaurant the Craftsman. Starting ... More >>

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    September 15, 2010

    Craftsman's new chef plans to keep the charcuterie, add more vegetarian entrees

    ​The blogosphere was abuzz when Mike Phillips left the Craftsman to start his own charcuterie company, but Minneapolis foodies paid little attention to who was taking over the Craftsman kitchen. That would be the "brunch guy," Ben Jacoby, who is taking on the head chef job after five years at ... 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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    August 20, 2010

    Dinner at Craftman, a photographic farewell to Mike Phillips

    ​ When my friend suggested we head to Craftsman for one last hurrah with Mike Phillips at the helm, I jumped at the chance. We got the last remaining reservation for Friday night dinner and ordered according to Phillips's M.O.: Meat!

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    August 20, 2010

    The Best of Hot Dish: August 16-20

    tiki-kiliki/flickrTo wash down all the meat.​Meat. This week the Hot Dish was all about carnage. Big meat sandwiches, bratwurst, steak, charcuterie: roasted, fried, BBQed, and boiled. Read all about some of this week's meat-filled highlights here: ~Teddy Hobbins takes on a truly epic sandwich: ... More >>

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    August 9, 2010

    Mike Phillips and Kieran Folliard launching Green Ox meat co.

    Mike "Charcuterie" Phillips with some of his wares ​For years, Mike Phillips, the man behind the 100 Favorite Dishes-worthy charcuterie at the Craftsman, has dreamed of becoming the Midwest's first artisan salami maker, and I'm happy to report that plans are in the works to make that dream a r ... More >>

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    August 6, 2010

    Outstanding in the Field farm dinner: a photo gallery

    Food can't get any fresher​Farm dinners are all the rage in Minnesota and across the country this year, and with more and more people focusing on regional fresh ingredients, it's no wonder why. Sitting at a table with 149 other members of the community, along with the farmers who have devoted ... More >>

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    July 29, 2010

    Cooking classes to unleash your inner chef

    ​Are you a great cook? A horrible cook? In either case, learning new skills is never a bad idea. Several amazing cooking classes are going on around the Twin Cities, highlighting the foods of summer. Here are some of the most intriguing:

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    June 25, 2010

    Weekend Checklist: Gay Beast, Mark Mallman, Ween, Gastro Non Grata, and more

    ​We at Gimme Noise think that if rock and roll was a national currency, the Minnesota economy would be through the roof. As it is, you still have to shell out some hard earned bucks, but there's plenty worth it this weekend. Here's a quick list of awesome local shows (and a few national acts we co ... More >>

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    June 10, 2010

    Gastro Non Grata @ First Avenue

    ​ GASTRO NON GRATA : VAGABOND VACATION SUNDAY, JUNE 27. DOORS AT 5:30 $12 ADVANCE/$15 DOOR FIRST AVENUE, 7TH ST. ENTRY AND RECORD ROOM Gastro Non Grata plays the main room. Returning chef faves Erik Anderson, Heather Hartman, Jim Grell, and Mike Phillips will be making food (hand-ground and ca ... More >>

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    April 1, 2010

    DIY Meat & Fish workshop on Saturday

    Photo courtesy of the Minnesota Historical Society​Learn how to make sausage with The Craftsman's meat wizard Mike Phillips and how to prep a whole fish with Coastal Seafoods' Nils Westdal this Saturday courtesy of ... the Minnesota Historical Society? Yep, that's right. The afternoon delight at ... More >>

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    March 31, 2010
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    March 17, 2010

    Cooks vs. Servers: Wage battle continues

    Servers' pay is often double that of chefs

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    December 31, 2009
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    November 25, 2009

    Anonymous online reviews affecting Twin Cities eateries

    Heartland's Lenny Russo says some of it "borders on libel"

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    November 20, 2009

    Heavy Table nominates Best Chef, Purveyor, New Restaurant

    Heavy Table's getting in the award-bestowing business. The blog announced nominees for its Silver Whisk Awards this week.

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    August 12, 2009
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    April 29, 2009

    Mike Phillips hopes his handmade salami cures local food woes

    Pork shoulders are bought directly from Fischer Farms and Hidden Stream Farms

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    April 8, 2009

    Tour de Farm accepting dinner reservations

    Tour de Farm brings large, outdoor family farm dinners to eager Minnesotans.

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    February 13, 2009

    Weekend Pick: Gastro Non Grata @ the Triple Rock

    Live music? Pot roast? Cupcakes? Beer? A meat raffle? For free?

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    February 11, 2009
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    May 2, 2008

    Living Green Expo

    Highlights from the local food fest taking place this weekend at the state fairgrounds.

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    November 13, 2002

    Birds Gone Wild

    From the great outdoors to your oven

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    March 17, 1999
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