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 >>
This week's print edition of City Pages is currently being delivered to hundreds of stands around the Twin Cities. Here are some of the pulse-pounding stories you will find inside:On the Cover: Andy Mannix brings us some investigative food reporting and a fascinating character portrait of a local ... More >>
Tools of the "Best of" tradeThis week in Hot Dish was full of juicy event drama as well as heartwarming gift lists and restaurants, making it difficult to choose which posts deserve more of our time and attention. We sifted through this week's posts and came up with this roller coaster ride of th ... More >>
A story by City Pages' food critic, Rachel Hutton, has been included in the latest edition of Best Food Writing 2010. The prestigious annual anthology is a collection of the year's best essays and articles on food from national magazines, books, newspapers, and websites. Hutton was selected f ... More >>
Darkness is upon us.It has been another delicious week at the Hot Dish. Here are a few highlights from this week's food news:~Don't forget about Surly Darkness Day, as the brewery releases a limited amount of their big-ass Russian Imperial stout, Darkness.~Number 69, Jared Allen, teaches you how ... More >>
We heart fall.This will be a great weekend to enjoy autumn breezes and falling leaves--and to can, dry, and freeze every last bit of the season's harvest. This has been a great week for food news. Here's a recap of our favorite stories: ~Let Rob Barrett show you how to use up all that basil in yo ... More >>
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 >>
A perfect weekend for pickling, canning, and baking (with this produce from the '70s)This week's The Hot Dish was chock-full of great stories and events about food and drink. Here's a recap of some highlights:~The word on the street is that there is so freakin' much to eat. How do you decid ... More >>
It is the time for the season of loving. And picking stuff. Hi, happy harvesters. Is this weather making you dream of Sunday afternoons watching football, crockpots full of soup, leaves falling from the sky, and apples in little grapevine baskets (or your own variation on that theme?) Yeah, us to ... More >>
We'd like to go somewhere for Middle Eastern food--maybe Persian or Lebanese--with a nice ambiance. Any suggestions? Depends on what you mean by "nice," I guess, but I'm assuming you want something a little more ambient than Emily's Lebanese Deli in Northeast. In that case, you could try th ... More >>
nosogoodphotography/flickrWe love you summer.It has been a wonderful week here in the Cities, and we hope we can help you decide what food-and-drink-related fun to partake of this weekend. What with pies, ice cream, wine, beer, and pastries all represented, the possibilities are endless. While yo ... More >>
Rachel HuttonAre you smarter than this guy?It's a week of mixed emotions and varying intellectual states. Battle it out over random facts with men in tights on Tuesday; discover how to eat local over the weekend. In between, raise money for cancer. Monday 7/12 Coeliacs love pasta too. Learn ... More >>
It was nearly 90 degrees in the Twin Cities yesterday, and it should be almost as hot today. Sitting here with a box fan in the window exhausting the hot air and drawing in a cool breeze, I noticed that a food critic at our sister paper in Phoenix was posed a question about finding the coldes ... More >>
Don't get iced this weekend...unless, of course, you want to. Here at the Hot Dish it has been nothing but great food, cool drinks, and the brotherhood of man. Here are some of the best stories of the week, in case you missed them. ~Rob Barrett show us how to make cherry pie that is perfect ... More >>
Jana FreibandThe Pumphouse: Great for kids or jilted loversNow that it's June, the spring flings that launched a few months ago have started to bust up. The question has popped up a few times lately among those whose friends just got dumped: Where can I take him/her out to cheer up? Your fir ... More >>
xray delta/flickrI know what I'm making this weekendWell, hello there! We hope you had a wonderful week full of delicious meals, thoughtful conversation, and ice cold beverages. Memorial Day weekend is quite classic with its BBQing, lake swimming, firework lighting, good times.We hope you get to ... More >>
Only three days left--what did your mother tell you about procrastinating?Still looking for a few ideas for Mother's Day on Sunday? Rachel Hutton has her picks here for the five best brunches for mom. And Open Table has helpfully provided dozens of other suggestions. Here are a few of the mos ... More >>
Thoth, God of Knowledge/Flickr These Twin Cities are exploding with food news, as the season of all things fresh and bountiful comes upon us. A perfect weekend to hop on the bike, hit the May Day parade, stop at the farmer's market for the earliest harvest items, grill in the yard...there is no l ... More >>
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