It's Labor Day at the Minnesota State Fair, and Stewart Woodman is vying for the public's attention. Three days earlier, he challenged fairgoers to crash his cooking demonstration with "the craziest Woodman story." No one does. Instead, the crowd eagerly lines up for a taste of his chicharron and ... More >>
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 >>
In less than surprising news, it was announced yesterday that Parka in south Minneapolis will close up shop. It was also announced that while Parka might be going dark, the company behind the restaurant intends to keep the space alive in the form of a new Dogwood Coffee bar. Parka's last night of s ... More >>
Cafe Zentral, located on the skyway level of 5th St. and Marquette in the Historic Soo Line Building, is the newest addition to the Zentral empire that's rapidly overtaking the block. After Labor Day, Foreign Legion, the company's upcoming wine bar, will join Cafe Zentral and Brasserie Zentral to fo ... More >>
Besides being blood-related, sisters Jen and Kate Lloyd have one major thing in common: their love for artisan bagels. But a little digging on their part revealed some major holes in Minneapolis's bagel scene. Where were the locally-grown and organic ingredients? The traditional techniques? Where we ... More >>
Since opening his first Minneapolis restaurant, Stewart Woodman has been served his share of challenges, only to rise from the (sometimes literal) ashes. Five, his 2005 restaurant, was hotly anticipated, but short-lived, and their next venture, the first incarnation of Heidi's, was destroyed i ... More >>
Makes No Sense At All captures the visions, ramblings, and memories of Chris Strouth, a Twin Cities-bred master of music, film, and everything else.I have waited for a very long time for an Adam Ant show that I can actually go to, and Sunday represents just that. I have written in these pixels b ... More >>
The Afghan WhigsWith WussyVarsity Theater, MinneapolisSunday, October 28, 2012"What else you got? I want you naked in three more songs," the Afghan Whigs' Greg Dulli called to the adoring person who threw a sparkling black scarf onstage amid "What Jail is Like," from 1993's Gentlemen. "I'm not jokin ... More >>
The brothers Wadi are preparing to open their second restaurant. The two already run Saffron in Minneapolis's Warehouse District. Chef Sameh runs the kitchen, while his elder brother Saed keeps the front of the house humming. When not at Saffron, they also run the wildly popular World Street Kitchen ... More >>
Cafe Maude's owner Kevin Sheehy is eying a new space that would bring Cafe Maude a little sister of sorts, according to Rick Nelson's blog at the Star Tribune. Sheehy expressed his thoughts on moving by saying, "When it comes to expanding, I've always thought, 'Do I go to Maple Grove or Eden Prai ... More >>
Local chef turned big-time TV star Andrew Zimmern is bringing his wildly successful Bizarre Foods home to Minneapolis. The premiere episode of this all-American season, premiering Monday on the Travel Channel at 9 p.m., features Minnesota foods. (It's the second episode he's filmed in his h ... More >>
The Bachelor Farmer has ladies coming and goingThe Bachelor Farmer has been garnering raves from around the Cities, from four stars from Rick Nelson at the Star Tribune to Best New Restaurant awards. Just try to get a 7 o'clock dinner reservation and you'll see just how beloved the Dayton b ... More >>
Rogue Valley is a Minneapolis-based theatrical folk-pop band who are currently on tour. On the road are drummer Luke Anderson, bassist Paul Engles, keyboardist Joey Kantor, guitar/vocalist Chris Koza and guitarist Peter Sieve. Their tour diaries are written by Koza and edited by Sieve. The road ... More >>
St. Paul's diminutive burger darling, the Blue Door Pub, has settled on a Minneapolis location for its next outpost, according to Rick Nelson at the Star Tribune. Here are more details about where co-owners Jeremy Woerner and Patrick McDonough say they plan to set up shop.
Unexpected and unusual, Sleeping in the Aviary charm their way into the indie-rock scene with their quirky albums; they now have three under their belt, and one on the way.With all these albums out, you might be asking yourself, "Where has Sleeping in the Aviary been all your life?" The ans ... More >>
More new eats at Target Field? Just because there's still snow on the ground, that doesn't mean we can't start getting psyched up for baseball season. The Star Tribune points out that the Twins will be announcing this year's concessions lineup on March 29--and that there may still be time to ... More >>
Universal PicturesIf Jennifer Aniston were Tim McKee, then who would Vince Vaughn be?Valentine's Day is a celebration of love. But then, it's hard not to think about relationships that have gone sour. Let's open up a box of chocolates and take a stroll down memory lane of top five Twin Citi ... More >>
Bob McNamaraC.J. without the saltC.J., the Star Tribune's legendary gossip columnist and contributor to Fox 9's "Dish with C.J." segments, known for her dogged pursuit of scandals and scuttlebutt, has recently met her match: sodium. After an inner ear problem left her with rigid dietary restr ... More >>
Lisa GulyaPinching and punching: for Rustica baker Steve Horton, it's all in a day's work.This week's chef chat is better labeled baker banter, as owner Steve Horton of Minneapolis's Rustica Bakery explains that professional baking is all about consistency. Producing the same high-quality loa ... More >>
Sugary ballsEvery December the Star Tribune tackles a problem that many people would envy: sorting through hundreds of cookie recipe submissions to find the annual Christmas cookie champion. This year Rick Nelson (check out this video describing the cookie-sorting process) chose a pistachio-o ... More >>
Woodman and Russo trade blows in the blogosphere.Usually chefs criticize each other's work in private and leave restaurant critics to do the public skewering. But with the rise in chefs taking part in social media, it was only a matter of time before they started slinging serious mud at each ... More >>
www.portercreek.comFiner dining now in Burnsville.Porter Creek Hardwood Grill opened earlier this summer and the Star Tribune's Rick Nelson reports that it's breathing new life into Burnsville's less-than-inspiring dining scene. The former Baker's Square Outlet (!) has been remade into a su ... More >>
www.wikipedia.comBayfield hosts a classic, Door County-style fish boil!We can't say enough good things about dining along Minnesota's North Shore of Lake Superior:Chez Jude and the Angry Trout in Grand Marais, the Lockport Store in Lutsen, Nokomis and New Scenic near Two Harbors, and the heav ... More >>
So hush now, little babies
Rick Nelson reports a big scoop on a local restaurateur accused of "cooking the books." Josh Thoma--James Beard Award winner Tim McKee's partner in La Belle Vie, Solera, and Smalley's Caribbean Barbeque, who more recently entered partnerships with the white-hot Barrio (with McKee) and La Gra ... More >>
We look forward to it every year: Rick Nelson's list of favorite Minnesota foodstuffs, purveyors, and more, the epic Taste 50. The 2010 version features a bunch of items that we love, too, including Piccolo's pickled pigs feet with scrambled eggs, New Scenic Cafe fruit pie, D'Amico Kitchen's ... More >>
Someone finally leased the former Goodfellow's space!
It's part good news, part bad...
How to entertain visiting relatives *and* have some good eats? Start planning now...
Have your last Tex-Mex meal at 50th and France before Tejas closes next month.
Bar La Grassa is now open on Washington Ave.
Rick Nelson road trips to St. Peter and finds a destination restaurant worth the drive.
Finer dining comes to the northern 'burbs.
We'll forgive you for calling us "flyover country," WSJ, mostly because you're right.
Izzy's People's Flavor Awards take place this Sunday, plus Rick Nelson has some great recs for local licks.
Here's where to refuel when you head to Duluth and beyond...
A Heartland expat is opening a classy spot to eat in the northern suburbs...
Kerri Miller talks Twin Cities dining with local food critics Rick Nelson and Adam Platt.
The Strib's annual cookie contest has a famous finalist...
Dara departs, and leaves a memoir in her wake
Statehouse continues its bold crusade against horny massage therapists
Star Tribune honchos pooh-pooh insinuations that they're at war with that other paper across the river. So why is the Strib stomping all around the PiPress's back yard?
Charity afoot: Minnesotans participate in the AIDS Walk
Thr Strib's Dubious Timing Puts it on the Wrong Side of Another Local Pol