Flashback to 1995. A young Gavin Kaysen is at work. He's slicing fresh tomatoes by the case. One by one, they fall under the spell of his knife. Lettuce is on the block next. It's almost lunchtime in the business district, and he's anticipating a busy rush. Prepping for a steady stream of h ... More >>
Tonight's dinner service will be a busy one for Peter Botcher and his staff, one of many to come for this new executive chef. Now that opening chef and part-owner Jack Riebel has sold his stake and left the business, Botcher has taken over this fan-favorite known for rustic takes on regional Am ... More >>
Do you know what sets Burgundy wines apart from those made in Bordeaux, Napa Valley, or Tuscany? Not all wines are created equal, and even the most experienced oenophile can use a little brushing up on those wine-tasting skills every once in a while. This October, join the Alliance Française in r ... More >>
Brothers Chris and Andrew Ikeda have returned from stints cooking in Hawaii and Napa Valley and are working together on opening a new restaurant called Lake & Irving in the old Blue Sky Creamery building at 1513 W. Lake Street, reports the Southwest Journal.The brothers are Minnesota natives who ... More >>
It's an all-alcohol Week in Food, with numerous beer, wine, and liquor-themed events -- most with food mixed in to keep you from having an entirely liquid diet. Instead of staying at home and depleting your own stash of booze, head to one of these events for a good cause/time/meal.
On a holiday that's all about food, why not let the professionals do the cooking? Whether you're hosting notoriously judgmental family members or looking to start a new lower-key Thanksgiving tradition, choosing one of the many Twin Cities restaurants that offer Thanksgiving Day meals just might be ... More >>
Folie à Deux WinesWine can determine fun and sexy, or sweet and romanticCooking at home for Valentine's Day? It's not a bad idea, considering it's one of the busiest and thus potentially nightmarish days for restaurants. Even if you aren't a master chef, a well-chosen bottle of wine can mak ... More >>
Haskell'sHaskell's Wine Sale on NowWine shop sale week continues with the annual Haskell's Fall Sale. I hope you were able to attend the free tasting last Saturday. A lot is going on at Haskell's over the next month. Here are some of the events, plus recommendations on great wines to look fo ... More >>
Surdyk's big fall sale: Here are in-store tastings and 10 recommendations on what to buyWhen you pull into the Surdyk's lot on a Saturday afternoon during it's big sale, you'd think you were trying to find a parking spot in downtown New York. There's a reason for that: Surdyk's offers not onl ... More >>
St. Paul Grill rolls back to 1990s prices.This October 4 marks a milestone that might be measured in food and beverage: 106,080 filet mignons, 127,920 walleye, 40,800 apple crisps, and 260,640 ounces of scotch later, the St. Paul Grill turns 20. The clubby institution is known for its upsca ... More >>
Haskell's DowntownHaskell's Downtown Minneapolis: Try before you buyEveryone who drinks wine has been to, or at least noticed, an in-store wine tasting, whether it's a winemaker in town or a distributor pouring six of their value wines. Well, a big in-store tasting tomorrow (Saturday, October ... More >>
I sample over a thousand wines a year (yes, I spit many, for the sake of my health and liver), and very few wines are what I deem undrinkable. My dad, for example, loves his Tisdale Merlot, which is usually on sale at Morelli's in St. Paul for $2.00. I consider it drinkable, especially for ... More >>
tsuacctnt / FlickrSurdyk's Wine Shop Sale through July 24There is no better time to shop for quality wines than during a sale. You can easily save $3 to $10 a bottle, which you can use to buy more wine. Surdyk's big summer wine sale runs today through July 24, and with the store's try-before- ... More >>
Ernst LoosenMosel region in GermanyIn this third part of a series about important wine terms and concepts, we'll talk about appellation, which tells you what region of the world your wine comes from. (You can read here about the first two terms, terroir and vintage.) Appellations are geograph ... More >>
Mike Feltault PhotographyOld Arizona's Wine BarCharity wine events are popular, but not all are created equal. The best have several things in common. They don't just pour wines under $15, and they make sure to list the vintages of the wines. They offer selections from around the globe. (We a ... More >>
tsuacctnt / FlickrSurdyk's is a Twin Cities institution and has been serving consumers since 1934. Today through Saturday, Surdyk's Heart Healthy Sale is offering 20 percent off all of its wines. In 1979 Surdyk's moved to its current Northeast location and over the years expanded its busine ... More >>
There are, on occasions, reasons to visit the Mall of America--say, to get married at the Chapel of Love or to pick up the newest plaid swooshflex at LIDS. Between the parking and the walking to your destination, inevitably you're going to be there long enough to work up an appetite. The best ... More >>
Vina SiegelChile is home to amazing value wines and is creating a reputation for producing wines to rival Napa Valley and Bordeaux. Vitis vinifera grapes were planted by the Conquistadors back in the 16th century, but it has only been recently that their wine has been exported in volume.
SorellaSale through May 22I love asking people the question, "How do you save money on wine?" Many say they buy by the case, or the comedian in the group will say don't buy wine at all. The key is buying wine on sale, as the average savings are $3 to $5 per bottle at most shops. Sorella (the ... More >>
One question I love to ask wine drinkers is: "What is 'vintage'?" Some people respond with "old," or the year the wine was bottled, or the year the grapes were picked. In this Wine 101 post, I'll explain the importance of vintage talk about how winemakers can create good wine in almost any year. ... More >>
Ernst LoosenWehlener Sonnenuhr on the Mosel RiverOn a bottle of wine there is so much information, with some items being extremely important while some meet just meet legal requirements. Over the next five Wine 101 blogs I will explain five of the most important wine concepts in the world: t ... More >>
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