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  • Blogs

    September 17, 2014

    Merchant's Gavin Kaysen on Watching People Eat, Soggy Cereal, and Sloppy Joes

    Gavin Kaysen may keep a cool head, but this Minnesota native is busy working on one of the most anticipated restaurants of the fall of 2014, right here in the North Loop neighborhood of Minneapolis. Kaysen, former executive chef at the acclaimed Café Boulud in NYC, took some time to talk with us ab ... More >>

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    September 16, 2014

    Gavin Kaysen: "We Shouldn't Compete Against Chicago, That's Not Our Competition"

    Flashback to 1995. A young Gavin Kaysen is at work. He's slicing fresh tomatoes by the case. One by one, they fall under the spell of his knife. Lettuce is on the block next. It's almost lunchtime in the business district, and he's anticipating a busy rush. Prepping for a steady stream of h ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 2, 2014

    Gavin Kaysen's Merchant may be getting top chef backing

    The rumor mill is abuzz with news of James Beard Rising Star and Bloomington native Gavin Kaysen and his homecoming restaurant, Merchant. On her blog, Dara Moskowitz Grumdahl says she has it from "multiple good sources" that the money for Kaysen's new Twin Cities venture is coming in from some of th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 9, 2014

    Peter Botcher dishes on Butcher & the Boar's future, bagel pizza, and world domination

    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 >>

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    November 18, 2013

    Minneapolis bakeries named among the nation's 50 best

    Flour and fat and favorable reviews. That's what it's all about for the two Minneapolis bakeries recently featured on the Daily Meal's list of the 50 Best Bakeries in America.  Like most food and cooking blogs, the Daily Meal site is currently flooded with tips on carving turkey and t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 23, 2013

    La Belle Vie's sweet pea tortelli: 50 Favorite Dishes, no. 3

    No matter if you're rolling in a hooptie. Step inside La Belle Vie and be transported to an opulent world where every aspect of the restaurant functions at the pinnacle of fine dining.See Also:2013 Best Desserts: La Belle VieLa Belle Vie throws fabulous birthday feteThomas Keller and Bouch ... More >>

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    May 13, 2013

    Thomas Keller and Bouchon Bakery coming to La Belle Vie

    Thomas Keller and Sebastien Rouxel of Bouchon will be stopping in town to promote their new Bouchon Bakery cookbook along with a little help from local celebrity chefs Andrew Zimmern and Tim McKee. A very special book signing will take place at La Belle Vie, and you're invited.See Also:2013 Best Des ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 4, 2013

    Signature Dish: Barbette's chef Sarah Master

    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

    January 30, 2013

    Signature Dish: Solera's chef Jorge Guzman

    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

    April 26, 2012

    Jack's officially closing tomorrow

    After a tumultuous few months, it looks like Jack's Cafe will close its doors for good.Late Wednesday afternoon, Matt Perry, the Nicollet East Harriet Business Association (NEHBA) president, broke the news via Twitter writing, "Jack's (46/Bryant) formerly Java Jacks is closing this Friday (4/27). As ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 6, 2012

    The Munchies food awards include several local nominees

    The recipe-swap, dinner-inspiration, and food-porn website Tablespoon, recently announced nominees for the Munchies, their first ever People's Choice-style food and restaurant awards. They're  judged by an expert panel that includes hometown star Andrew Zimmern, and the nominees include well-kn ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 7, 2012

    Food & Wine online voting for "The People's Best New Chef" ends Sunday

    Yesterday's spotlight was focused on the presidential hopefuls. But today there's a much tastier race at stake. From now through Sunday, Food & Wine is accepting online votes for the People's Best New Chef award. The Twin Cities is represented by four outstanding talents, but the competition is f ... More >>

  • Restaurants

    February 22, 2012

    Jack's in Kingfield champions fresh textures

    Chef Kevin Kathman invents sculptural small plates

  • Blogs

    January 17, 2012

    Dennis Leaf-Smith of 112 Eatery: Chef Chat, Part 1

    Dennis Leaf-Smith​The 112 Eatery turns seven years old this month. So in its honor, we're sitting down with chef de cuisine Dennis Leaf-Smith, who was there on opening day. Leaf-Smith is a local, growing up in Minnetonka. And although we know his work from 112 and Café/Bar Lurcat, he actuall ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 14, 2011

    Jamie Malone of Sea Change: Chef Chat, Part 3

    ​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 >>

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    June 14, 2011

    Top 5 beach reads for foodies

    Drool a moat around that sandcastle​As graduation processions pass and Saturday-night wedding dates begin to loom, we've decided it safe to declare this season summer. Sultry long nights, lethargic cabin trips, and charcoal-scented sizzling meats are upon us.  Because leisure pairs so beautif ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 21, 2010

    Dinner on a deadline

    jules:stonesoup via​Michael Ruhlman stirred the pot for foodies on Huffington Post, calling "bullshit" on the idea "that we all lead such busy lives that we have no time to cook." It's easy to take Ruhlman's admonition with some cynicism--after all, the man makes his living writin ... More >>

  • Restaurants

    May 5, 2010
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    March 11, 2010

    Is sous vide safe?

    You just threw out your Nalgenes and now you're eating food cooked in plastic?

  • Blogs

    February 16, 2010

    Top Food Trends of the Decade via. the Food Channel

    From Acai to DIY, is there anything they missed?

  • Blogs

    January 15, 2009

    Foodie at Fifteen

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    Kids these days: A fifteen-year-old treats himself to a $300 meal ... More >>

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    June 9, 2008
  • Restaurants

    March 7, 2007

    Raising the Bar Bar

    Is it just beer goggles, or does the Nordeast Bulldog have the best bar food ever?

  • Restaurants

    January 31, 2007

    Then There Were None

    Auriga has closed—and so have Five and Levain. Is Minneapolis over?

  • Restaurants

    September 20, 2006

    Minneapolis on the Hudson

    Jean Georges sets up shop across from Solera while Soho hipsters attempt recapture of Loring Park

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    June 28, 2006

    Nasty, Brutish, Shortish

    Anthony Bourdain's newest, The Nasty Bits, is perfect summer reading: Riveting to pick up, easy to put down

  • Restaurants

    October 5, 2005

    Really Fine Dining

    Minneapolis is a-changin', and the restaurant scene will never be the same

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    February 16, 2005
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    January 5, 2005

    2004's Top Dozen Dishes

    If you read this list and subsequently eat your newspaper and/or hat, don't come crying to me

  • Restaurants

    December 15, 2004

    Pucker Power

    If life gives you lemons, that's a start. But local chefs cook with a symphony of sour.