Nick O'Leary

  • Blogs

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    November 7, 2014

    The 2014 Iron Fork Results Are In!

    Just like it goes on TV, when the secret ingredient was revealed at last night's 9th annual Iron Fork competition, all six chefs and their attending sous chefs stormed the table to arm themselves with their edible weapons of choice. See also: Chef Pat Weber Talks Top Chef, Spam, and Not Doing "So ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 17, 2014

    Slurp That Spaghetti! Where to Celebrate National Pasta Day in the Twin Cities

    Sure, it's easy to boil some water, toss in some spaghetti, and open up a bottle of sauce at home... but there's something divine about the perfect plate of pasta while you're out on the town. The snap of al dente tendrils of bucatini, the melt-in-your-mouth creaminess of ravioli, meaty and rich Bé ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 7, 2014

    Erick Harcey of Victory 44 Shares His Ruthless Tactic for Iron Fork 2014

    Each week, we'll interview one of the chefs participating in our 2014 Iron Fork competition. On November 6, these six culinary masterminds will go head to head to see who can create the most appetizing and healthful dish using a secret ingredient. Tickets are on sale now. Easily one of the most nota ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 30, 2014

    Don Saunders on Climbing the Ranks, Opening the Kenwood, and Training for Iron Fork

    Each week, we'll interview one of the chefs participating in our 2014 Iron Fork competition. On November 6, these six culinary masterminds will go head to head to see who can create the most appetizing and healthful dish using a secret ingredient. Tickets are on sale now. If you're a lifelong resta ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 23, 2014

    Nick O'Leary of Coup d'Etat: "These Kids Come Out of Culinary School Worthless"

    Every good chef has to start somewhere, usually at the lower end of the food service totem pole. For Nick O'Leary of Coup d'Etat, Borough, and Parlour, that meant working as a 15-year-old busboy at a truck stop near his family's Denmark, Wisconsin farm. See also: Uptown's Coup d'Etat is love at fi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 11, 2014

    Ready for Iron Fork 2014? Pre-sale Ends Tonight

    It's time again for our annual Iron Fork competition, in which we pit some of the top Twin Cities chefs against one another in a battle of quick wits and even quicker whisks. If you want to get in on the action -- cocktails, loads of food samples, and a front row seat to the cooking competition -- w ... More >>

  • Restaurants

    February 19, 2014

    Uptown's Coup d'Etat is love at first bite

    The duo behind Borough & Parlour opens a casually grand Italian eatery unique in Uptown

  • Blogs

    January 14, 2014

    First look: Coup D'état, the new Uptown restaurant from the team behind Borough

    The rest of the building is still under construction as condos continue to materialize above this corner of Lagoon and Girard, but the long-awaited Coup D'état feels insulated from all the hubbub, boasting a mix of easy comfort and sophistication one can expect from the same team that brought us Bo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 18, 2013

    Top 5 Cheeseburgers for National Cheeseburger Day

    The hamburger is a solid dish, but slap a slice of cheese on it and you have yourself an American institution. We were happy to learn that today is National Cheeseburger Day,  a perfect excuse to tuck into our favorite burgers. Here are the local cheeseburgers we'll be celebrating today. See A ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 22, 2013

    Borough team to open Coup D'état restaurant in Uptown

    So, what is one to do when your restaurant is packed every night of the week with happy customers quaffing some of the best drinks in the city while filling their bellies with your innovative menu items? Do you sit back and sigh, content to let the soft glow of success wash over you, or do you head ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 3, 2013

    Borough's champagne potato soup: 50 Favorite Dishes, No. 9

    Like an unexpected storm of restaurant industry talent, Borough and its downstairs bar Parlour came on the scene quickly and with a head-spinning ferocity. Where was once a raw, empty building suddenly became a new and necessary-to-visit restaurant (not to mention our favorite neighborhood speakeasy ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 8, 2013

    Parlour's Panty Dropper: 50 Favorite Dishes, no. 22

    As a countdown to the Best of the Twin Cities 2013, coming April 17, the Hot Dish is serving up 50 of our favorite local dishes. As excited as we were about Borough opening in the North Loop this year, we were even more interested about what was happening underneath it. In the growing trend of eater ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 3, 2013

    Local Chef Challenge invades Mall of America this weekend

    Inside the Mall of America tundra, the knives will be sharp, the ingredients strange, and the chefs ready for an all-out throwdown. The annual Chef Challenge competition from Minnesota Monthly magazine pits many of the area's top chefs against one another to win the title and an oversized check. Thi ... More >>

  • Restaurants

    February 12, 2013

    Borough & Parlour makes good company

    The delicious brainchild of Travail alums is a two-tiered dining destination in the North Loop

  • Blogs

    February 5, 2013

    Gastro Non Grata: Marrow Inamorata

    The unholy matrimony of raw and roll is set to rock the Triple Rock Social Club once again.  Gastro Non Grata's next event is one for lovers: featuring killer tunes, food from one of the hottest new restaurants of this young year, and as always, the Dead Meat Door prize courtesy of Clancey's Me ... More >>

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    January 30, 2013
  • Blogs

    January 2, 2013

    Borough opens today. Here's a preview

    In a flurry of construction and creativity, a new restaurant has sprung up in the North Loop neighborhood. Borough's official opening is today, but we were invited to a preview event for a first taste and a couple of sips of what Best Bartender Jesse Held will be pouring in the downstairs bar, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 14, 2012

    Borough and Parlour soon to open in North Loop

    The North Loop dining options continue to expand. There is an intriguing new restaurant and bar taking shape at the foot of the ElseWarehouse building. Borough and Parlour is being run by two up-and-coming chefs and a big-name craft cocktail mixer, who already have our mouths watering.See also:Smack ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 26, 2010

    Sameh Wadi defeated -- barely -- by Iron Chef Morimoto

    It was a mackeral battle between Saffron Chef Sameh Wadi and Iron Chef Morimoto.

  • Blogs

    January 8, 2010

    Saffron Chef Sameh Wadi to appear on "Iron Chef America"

    Saffron's Sameh Wadi takes on Iron Chef Morimoto Jan. 24 at 8 p.m. Tune in!