Sameh Wadi

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    November 21, 2014

    Nikola Govich Has a Classic in His Glass at Saffron

    Saffron's bar is romantically lit, filled with deep saturated hues and best of all a place to cozy up and get a fine cocktail. The person newly in charge of making sure that the mood and the drinks stay top-notch is Nikola Govich, an alum of Bradstreet Craftshouse, Meritage, and Eat Street Social (n ... More >>

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    November 17, 2014

    Charlie Awards 2014: Winners, a Kitchen Band, and Bad Yelp Reviews

    For the restaurant patrons and peers attending the 4th annual Charlie Awards at the Pantages Theatre, where over a dozen outstanding food industry professionals were honored, the most-heard mantras from award recipients were: "Holy shit!" and some variation of "Don't thank me, thank my wife/girlfr ... 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 >>

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    September 9, 2014

    World Street Kitchen offers free burritos for life to anyone who can find catering van vandal

    Now, we appreciate good street art as much as anybody else, but when you're throwing up a tag on something that could potentially cost a small, locally owned, independent business some hard earned cash, you're not so much a street artist as a dickhead with a spray can. Well-known Twin Cities chef Sa ... More >>

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    November 19, 2013

    Third time's the charm at the third annual Charlie Awards

    On Sunday, chefs, restaurateurs, and bartenders got dressed up in their finery to attend the Twin Cities' annual Charlie Awards -- a celebration of the best in the restaurant business. See also:Dan Oskey, Best Bartender and now a business man, part 2Corner Table's crispy pork belly, 50 Favorite Dish ... More >>

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    August 8, 2013

    Borough & World Street Kitchen make Bon Appetit's 50 Best New Restaurants list

    Well, the time has come and Bon Appetit magazine's Andrew Knowlton has published his list of the 50 best new restaurants in the United States. It should come as no surprise that Minneapolis has nabbed not one, but two spots on the illustrious list; downtown's Borough and Uptown's World Street Kitche ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 16, 2013

    Where to eat during summer 2013 Restaurant Week

    Enter Restaurant Week: from July 14-19 find special deals at over 40 participating restauantsIt's that time of the year again, friends. This summer's Restaurant Week has fallen upon us and as per usual, there are a ton of great lunch and dinner options featured at local restaurants across the Twin C ... 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 >>

  • Blogs

    March 1, 2013

    Best of Hot Dish: February 25-March 1, 2013

    And again we find ourselves at the end of another fine week of food and drink news from the Hot Dish. Here are a few of the week's top stories.~We continue the tasty countdown of our 50 favorite dishes with choice picks from Cajun 2 Geaux, A Cupcake Social, and French Hen.~Go&nbs ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 27, 2013

    Signature Dish: Saffron's chef Sameh Wadi

    In the search for the Twin Cities' best culinary creations, we often come across dishes that stop us mid-bite and force us to reflect on the level of thought and artistry chefs put into their work. The efforts of the chefs are often laborious, and the end results are regularly consumed before the fu ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 21, 2012

    Sameh Wadi named Gather's first Chef-in-Residence for 2013

    Gather by D'Amico at the Walker Art Center will once again run its popular Chef-in-Residence series, in which the restaurant invites a local chef to create two new dishes on Gather's menu on Thursdays throughout the month that chef is hosting. Gather just announced its late winter/early spring lineu ... 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

    October 23, 2012

    World Street Kitchen Uptown releases more details on the Wadis' new restaurant

    As the days grow shorter and the weatherman threatens us with the white stuff, we're cuddling up to a cozy press release we just received promising that we will not have to spend another cold season without the hearty comfort of a Yum Yum Bowl.World Street Kitchen, the truck from Saed and Sameh Wadi ... More >>

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    October 19, 2012

    James Beard benefit dinner brings out the star chefs

    Last night, on the bluffs in Mendota Heights, the James Beard Foundation, in conjunction with Le Cordon Bleu and Mpls/St.Paul magazine, hosted a benefit dinner in which eight of the Twin Cities most regarded chefs prepared a multiple-course, roaming tasting menu. Guests could nibble their way from k ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 25, 2012

    Top 10 sandwiches in the Twin Cities

    The venerable sandwich has long been lauded as the ultimate portable meal, and yet the best sandwiches are well worth sitting down for and lingering over. We've eaten our way through umpteen slices of rye, torpedoes of baguettes, and towers of toast (not to mention the meats-and-cheeses situation) t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 21, 2012

    Saffron's Sameh Wadi wins Country Chef Challenge

    This weekend, the Minneapolis Farmers Market hosted the Country Chef Challenge, which featured two local chefs going head to head in a market cook-off. Jack Riebel from Minneapolis's Butcher & the Boar faced off against Saffron's master of Middle Eastern cuisine Sameh Wadi. The two chefs put out ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 17, 2012

    Country Chef Challenge at the Minneapolis Farmers Market: Wadi vs. Riebel

    This weekend, the knives come out at the Minneapolis Farmers Market. Local chefs Sameh Wadi and Jack Riebel will go head to head in a market cook-off using whatever is in season and available at the market. With both chefs well versed in competition, it should make for a food throw-down not to be mi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 3, 2012

    Andrew Zimmern and Sameh Wadi in political Twitter spat: How much do we want to know about our celebrity chefs?

    As contentious debates go, the dispute between Palestine and Israel is right up there near the top. Many lives have been lost and a peace accord has been elusive. It's not a discussion one would expect to be addressed between two chefs, on either side of the divide, aired over social media, but that ... More >>

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    June 20, 2012
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    April 6, 2012

    Hola Arepa, World Street Kitchen are among food trucks hitting the streets

    They continue to emerge from their wintry slumbers, these motorized beasts of street cuisine. This week saw the return of a few fan favorites and the promise of more to come.World Street Kitchen has returned, Sameh Wadi rolled out his truck for the first time Thursday. The line for the Yum Yum bowl ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 21, 2012

    James Beard Award finalists include Twin Cities names - Updated

    ​The James Beard award semifinalist list was announced today, and on the list were some familiar names. The awards were established in 1990 and named for chef, food writer, and celebrated lover of life, James Beard. The awards are the highest honor available to food professionals. Part of why the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 3, 2012

    Saffron's $12-and-under options pack a mighty punch

    To kick off 2012, we're highlighting 12 of the best dishes under $12 in the Twin Cities. Scroll down to view the complete list. Sameh Wadi is our culinary Boy Wonder. Still in his 20s, he's already gone knife to knife with Masaharu Morimoto on Iron Chef America and been recognized by the James Bea ... More >>

  • Restaurants

    September 21, 2011

    Saffron reboots for the Target Field crowd

    Middle Eastern mainstays remain on the menu

  • Blogs

    August 10, 2011

    Food truck owners to restaurateurs: Blame yourself, not our trucks, for business problems

    Barrio Restaurant Group think it's easy for restaurateurs to blame food trucks for their problems.​Local food truck vendors are striking back at the suggestion that their trucks are eating local restaurants' profits. "I think in a downward economy we blame everybody but ourselves as restauran ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 2, 2011

    Five favorite Twin Cities food trucks

    Brent SchoonoverOur favorite meals on wheels!​Food truck season is in full swing. Now, if only the weather would cooperate! Here are five of our favorite street eats well worth braving the dreary damps.

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    July 8, 2011

    Saffron 2.0: Sameh Wadi talks new menu, new decor, and more

    After five years, version 2.0 debuts.​After a 10 day shutdown, the five-year-old Saffron Restaurant & Lounge reopened this week debuting a made-over interior and a brand new menu. Chef and co-owner Sameh Wadi says the reboot started with a desire to replace the restaurant's big, bulky tables ... More >>

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    May 24, 2011

    Vote for Sameh Wadi in Chow's Most Innovative Chef contest

    Saed WadiVote Sameh Wadi!​We already know why Saffron's Sameh Wadi is one of the Best Chefs in the region, but is giving us the chance to let the rest of the country learn about his talents. (Did you miss our recent Chef Chat with him? Catch up here.) Chow's Most Innovative Chefs con ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 7, 2011

    Saffron's Sameh Wadi: Chef Chat, Part 3

    photo by Michelle BruchSameh Wadi and his big red truck​Today we wrap up our three-part series with chef Sameh Wadi of Saffron and World Street Kitchen. (If you missed them, read parts 1 and 2 here.) We discuss when the big red truck will be back on the streets, what's keeping him up at night, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 6, 2011

    Saffron's Sameh Wadi: Chef Chat, Part 2

    photo by Mike Feltault​When Sameh Wadi's classmates were betting on him to drop out of culinary school, they probably never thought that one day they'd see him on the Food Network battling celebrity chef Masaharu Morimoto on Iron Chef America, in an episode that aired early last year. Wadi was ... More >>

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    April 5, 2011

    Saffron's Sameh Wadi: Chef Chat, Part 1

    photo by Saed WadiSameh Wadi​Saffron's Sameh Wadi has a lot on his proverbial plate. He was named as a semifinalist for the "Rising Star Chef of the Year" James Beard Award and was invited to cook at the awards ceremony this May. He's also collaborating on a family book of Palestinian cooking ... More >>

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    December 14, 2010

    The Twin Cities' best new food trucks of 2010

    Chef Shack paved the way for a crop of new street food vendors​Most of the food carts have been put away for the season--even street food pioneer Chef Shack is skipping Holidazzle this year. But a few brave souls, such as Fork in the Road, have been serving through the snow, and several others ... More >>

  • Restaurants

    October 20, 2010

    Marrakech Moroccan Cafe: North African comfort-food

    restaurant spices up Central Avenue

  • Blogs

    September 30, 2010

    World Street Kitchen: Better late than never for newest food truck

    Michelle BruchWorld Street Kitchen finally opened this fall. ​The meatball subs at World Street Kitchen are nothing new to friends of chef Sameh Wadi. At Saffron, the downtown restaurant he's operated for the past three-and-a-half years, meatballs are a popular snack for the waitstaff when the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 29, 2010

    Top 5 restaurants for foodies

    Four TC restaurants made the Fit for Foodies list. ​I'm often disappointed when national magazines and whatnot make their picks for the best this-and-that in various cities across the country without doing very thorough--if any--on-the-ground research. But I recently found myself impressed b ... More >>

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    September 22, 2010

    Celebrity Chef Tour Minneapolis: the slideshow

    Tim McKee's grilled lamb ribeye ​A legendary feast took place at Solera last Thursday as a multitude of culinary superpowers combined forces at a benefit for the James Beard Foundation--supporters of all things educational and extraordinary about food. Nine chefs. Nine courses. Here is the team: T ... More >>

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    September 17, 2010

    The best thing I ate this week

    Crowning a new banh mi king!​The best thing to come out of France's colonization of Vietnam is, arguably, the banh mi. The pitch-perfect sandwich marries a pillowy, delicately crusted baguette with meat (often pork) or mock meat, pickled and fresh veggies (carrots, cucumber, and usually cilant ... More >>

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    September 15, 2010

    Top 5 Minneapolis street eats

    Head to the streets for some Brotherly love.​This week's Dish column investigates the new street eats in downtown Minneapolis: goat curry, Ethiopian coffee, pulled pork sandwiches, homemade lemon-ginger sodas, and more. We ate our way through the new carts' offerings to bring you the five be ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 10, 2010

    Iron Fork Competition seeks contestants

    So you think you can cook?​You slay your own deer. Confit your own ducks. And think nothing of whipping up a 7-course meal at home on a Tuesday night. Here's your chance to test your culinary mettle against some of the Twin Cities top chefs at the upcoming Iron Fork competition sponsored by Su ... More >>

  • Restaurants

    August 4, 2010

    The art of the menu and ordering good food

    Tips on making a great menu and avoiding buyer's remorse

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    June 18, 2010

    Taste of the Nation HOTList has a hot list of chefs

    ​The annual Taste of the Nation HOTList takes place at the Guthrie on June 24 and features the cooking/shaking of 15 favorite Twin Cities chefs and mixologists. The lineup reads like a Who's Who of the local dining scene, so if you have yet to dine at, say, Bar La Grassa, Cafe Maude, or the Strip ... 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.

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    December 9, 2009

    Top 5: Foodie Gifts

    You can't keep giving those cute, mini-jars of Ames honey or Kitchen Window gift certificates year after year. Check out these cool, new, gift ideas.

  • Blogs

    October 16, 2009

    This Week's "Best of Hot Dish"

    If you've been out with H1N1 this week, you missed gross Halloween candy, offensive iPhone apps, and more...

  • Blogs

    October 16, 2009

    Iron Fork Redux

    If you missed last night's event, here's your chance to catch up on the pics.

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    March 23, 2009

    James Beard Awards finalists announced

    See which locals made the short list for this year's foodie Oscars...

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    March 2, 2009

    Grand Cafe's Jon Radle wins Local Chef Challenge

    A combination of cool-under-pressure cooking skills and an intimidating publicity photo put Radle on top of his competition.

  • Blogs

    February 16, 2009

    Best seats in the house

    V-Day 2010 is only 363 days away: Plan ahead or celebrate early by booking these restaurants' most romantic tables.

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    June 2, 2008

    Food Events This Week

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    A fundraiser, a cookoff, and an educational potluck all taking place this w ... More >>

  • Restaurants

    November 21, 2007

    Complicated Dining

    Saffron, the most buzzed-about Middle Eastern restaurant in the history of Minnesota, offers unique pleasures if you know how to order

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