They call them the Oscars of the food world, a chance to recognize the finest in the culinary industry. The 2014 James Beard Award semifinalists were announced this morning, and several local chefs and restaurants were recognized.See also:Best new restaurants in the Twin Cities 2013Best Service 2013 ... 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 >>
After the last rolicking Tastemakers series, the bar has been set high for Minneapolis/St. Paul Magazine's panel series. Wednesday evening, they are once again gathering those who lead by example, this time to discuss what it takes to run your own successful business. Even better? They're bringing s ... More >>
There's only so much family, togetherness, and turkey sandwiches a sane person can take. By the Sunday after Turkey Day, we're a little twitchy to get out. Thanks to Gastro Non Grata, we have a perfect way to close out the weekend with some killer brew, fantastic food, and a rock 'n' roll remedy for ... More >>
If you spent the weekend snacking on brains zombie-style, it might be nice to mix up the menu a bit and explore something a little less ... raw. Fortunately this Week in Food is packed with options, including City Pages' own Iron Fork competition.
Iron Chef, the fast-paced televised cooking competition, was first popularized in Japan in the '90s before making its way to American audiences. Then the remake, Iron Chef America, moved to Food Network's Kitchen Stadium. Next week, the concept gets a local flavor -- quite literally -- at City Pages ... More >>
The event room was packed at Solera last night as some of the area's top chefs worked together to create a seven-course meal for ticket holders. Solera's chef Jorge Guzman worked with some of his local farm purveyors and chef friends, on what should have been most of their nights off, to put on the ... More >>
See also: Solera hosts second annual Farm in the Cities Jorge Guzman; many of you know him as the man behind Solera's comeback. His new menus have been met with critical kindness, and his dedication to locally sourced, sustainable products is quickly turning him into a community pillar. Perhaps les ... More >>
A collection of local, sustainable food producers and the area's top chefs will gather Sunday, September 23, at Solera to share food and help raise money for Youth Farms. Guests are invited to attend an early, free meet-and-greet with the farmers, or attend a full-on foodie bash with a seven-course ... More >>
It's (almost) May, and our week in food reflects this most welcome month: Cinco de Mayo cooking classes and a new chef at Gather just to name a few. Enjoy!
No foolin': if the first week of April is any indication, we're ramping up to some seriously exciting food events in the Twin Cities this spring. Get out there and start sampling this Week in Food. 4/2 As we mentioned last week, it's Great Waters Brewing Company's 15th anniversary, and it's celebr ... More >>
Firkin casks and maple trees are both being tapped this week, two sounds that are music to our ears every March. And don't forget to celebrate Tilia's first birthday with drinks and snacks at its southwest Minneapolis HQ this week in food.
Chef Josh Brown has been working in the kitchens of the D'Amico company for almost all of his culinary career. In the kitchen at Gather in the Walker, he's stepping out from behind the burners for the first time and garnering critical acclaim as he does so. Yesterday we chatted with him abo ... More >>
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 >>
It's a new year, and there is no dearth of new restaurants opening in the Twin Cities. In 2011, we anxiously awaited the arrival of the Kickstarter-funded Donut Cooperative, welcomed Steven Brown and the fabulous Tilia, and covered every move made by the Dayton brothers as they prepared to l ... More >>
Photo Credit: Susan PowersAuthor, chef and blogger, Zoe Francois sets up a shot in her kitchenAuthor of the wildly successful ...in 5 Minutes a Day cookbooks and accomplished pastry chef Zoë François has been traveling the country promoting her latest book with co-author Jeff Hertzberg, Artisan ... More >>
The charity event includes a FREE tasting open to the publicOn Sunday, October 30, many of the best-known chefs in the Twin Cities are partnering with Dragsmith Farms at Solera to host a dinner celebrating the local harvest to benefit those who have a hard time putting food on the table. We ... More >>
We've spent this week talking with Sea Change's new chef de cuisine Jamie Malone. (To catch up read part one here and part two here). After growing up in St. Paul, she traveled the world before attending Le Cordon Bleu. After culinary school, she landed in the kitchen with Stev ... More >>
Great food abounds near the Chain of LakesNow that spring has finally kicked winter to the curb, activity on Minneapolis's Chain of Lakes is swarming with those gratefully relieved of cabin fever. Releasing all that pent-up energy is bound to work up an appetite, but who wants to cut the day ... More >>
Krista CuallarIt isn't often that my jaw literally drops, but it did when I glanced at the handsomely presented beer menu above the bar at Tilia a couple weeks ago. As a resident, I've often grumbled about Southwest Minneapolis's lack of a good beer bar (or at least a restaurant with some war ... More >>
Steven Brown's comeback rings out loud and clear
See the people and the space.This week's Dish column reviews Tilia, chef Steven Brown's new restaurant in Linden Hills. For a peek into the space and a few glimpses of the people who made it happen, check out this video created by the marketing agency Fast Horse, owned by Brown's partner, J ... More >>
[UPDATE: Jorg Pierach contacted us to say that the new opening date is now slated to be March 19 and that they are still fine-tuning many details]Tilia now slated to open March 19Linden Hills, and all of the Twin Cities' dining community, has been anxiously awaiting the opening of Tilia in the o ... More >>
Mark LuinenburgZoe Francois is pro-carbsLocal baker and author Zoë Francois is most well-known for convincing us all to keep a bucket of bread dough in our refrigerators at the ready. Her book Artisan Bread in Five Minutes a Day (co-authored with Jeff Hertzberg) and the follow-up Healthy Bre ... More >>
Gastro Non GrataGastro expands to a two-day affair!Gastro Non Grata has proved so successful that it's holding a two-day food and music extravaganza this weekend to benefit the Ritz Theater in NE Minneapolis. The November 12 show features chef Philip Becht (Modern Café) and Steven Brown ... More >>
Kate N.G. Sommers I had been driving by the skeleton of Stasiu's for over a year, frequently wondering what was to become of yet another shuttered classic Northeast space. In July, I noticed a dumpster had joined the ranks of the Marina truck in the parking lot, and I perked up: Something ... More >>
Chef has held more restaurant jobs than many retired cooks
courtesy of Dawn Drouillard Dawn Droulliard, chef and owner of Fabulous Catering, is not your average chef. Formerly a singer in the bands Interstate Judy and That's What You Get, Droulliard has a rocking style that has translated itself into her kitchen.After moving to the Twin Cities in 1991, D ... More >>
Local French cafes will make you say, "Ooh la la!"
The talented staff at Café Levain has decided to add brunch service, and I couldn't be happier.
MnMo-sponsored food and wine show going on today through Sunday.
Restaurant Massacre in St. Paul; Top-Secret Most-Ambitious-Restaurant-Ever Debuts in Minneapolis—What a Season!
Steven Brown is back! After the '07 Massacre, Minneapolis is regrouping in other ways, too.
Got Champagne tastes and a Grain Belt budget? Welcome to the Minneapolis of your dreams.
Auriga has closed—and so have Five and Levain. Is Minneapolis over?
The Modern and its hardworking Chef Phillip Becht define what it really means to be a Midwestern cook
Why all the taste-making top-tier kitchens in the Twin Cities are suddenly awash in plastic bags
If you read this list and subsequently eat your newspaper and/or hat, don't come crying to me
If only the surroundings at Rock Star were as brilliant as the food