We've got some sweet news coming from Tim McKee's La Belle Vie camp this week. Late Friday we learned that longtime La Belle Vie pastry alum, Diane Yang, would be taking the lead pastry position at Gavin Kaysen's new Minneapolis restaurant, Merchant, and we've now learned that Niki Francioli will be ... More >>
Your guide to the premier patios in the metro
We in the Twin Cities pride ourselves on the diversity of our food scene. Chefs like Jack Riebel, Jamie Malone, Isaac Becker, and Tim McKee have all helped to put us on the map, fine-dining wise. But we can also tout things like camel burgers and yak momo, plus the fact that there are few places out ... More >>
Bocadillo fans take note: The second location of Sonora Grill is now open for business. What began as a stand inside the Midtown Global Market has now moved into a second location, further down Lake Street -- complete with roomier digs and a full bar. See Also:Sonora Grill to open second locati ... More >>
Once again, it's time for the a change of the reigns at Gather. The Walker's D'Amico-owned restaurant features monthly tastings of their chef-in-residence's cuisine, and this September is no different. See also: The Lynn on Bryant blends elegance and coziness
Each year a collective of the most talented chefs in the Twin Cities gather inside the Guthrie to serve up delicious bites of food in an effort to end childhood hunger. Led by honorary chef chair and James Beard Award winner Tim McKee, the event is always a hot ticket.
Each year Food & Wine Magazine anoints a collection of chefs across the nation as the best, new up-and-comers. Historically it's been a career springboard for many leaders in the culinary world. Locally, past winners have included Stewart Woodman of Heidi's and Erik Anderson, late of S ... More >>
When the semifinalists for the James Beard Awards were announced, the local food world was all a-twitter. Each year the James Beard Foundation hands out its awards recognizing excellence in the restaurant industry. The tales of the awards and ensuing after-parties are always tantalizing. To be a fly ... More >>
Both 2012 and 2013 have been kind to Twin Cities restaurants, and the national recognition just keeps rolling in. This week the restaurant reservation website Open Table has published its 2013 list of the top 100 restaurants in the country with the best service, and Minneapolis fine-dining restauran ... More >>
It was an evening of elegance and pastries. Share Our Strength, whose goal is to end childhood hunger, gathered many of the finest chefs in the cities to put on their annual benefit. The gala was presented by Michelle Gayer, James Beard Award nominee and owner of the acclaimed Salty Tart Bakery, in ... More >>
Hennepin's newest multilevel hotspot has outstanding cocktails, thoughtful food, and a lively vibe
They've already garnered endless praise from locals, and recently opened a second location at the Mall of America, but Tim McKee's northeast Minneapolis Japanese joint Masu Sushi and Robata has made the Travel Leisure magazine's short list as one of the very best sushi restaurants in the country.S ... More >>
Here's an election we can all agree on. The Charlie Awards celebrate the best in Twin Cities food. Last year the awards recognized such local restaurant successes as the D'Amicos (Lifetime Achievement), Tim McKee (Outstanding Chef), and Piccolo (Outstanding Restaurant). For its second ... More >>
One of the newest farmers markets to pop up in the Cities is the one found in the Apple Valley parking lot outside the Minnesota Zoo. We stopped by to have a peek and a taste of the goodies available. We found the usual, beautiful Minnesota bounty, but then we spotted something unexpected.
Drinking has gotten more adventurous lately, or so this Week in Food has led us to believe. Whether you're doing yoga in a vineyard (and topping it with a glass of wine) or doing blind tastings of 28 specially chosen beers, it's almost like Outward Bound for folks who like to tipple.
Just a month after being awarded Best Sushi in City Pages' Best of the Twin Cities issue, Tim McKee and Katsuyuki Yamamoto's Masu Sushi and Robata in northeast Minneapolis got a much grander shout-out when it made the list of Bon Appetit's 10 Best New Sushi Restaurants in America. Bon ... More >>
What began as a simple cake walk soon transformed into a sort of sweet vision quest for WCCO newsman Jason DeRusha. "I just don't know how I'm going to get this thing home," he remarked as the cake he'd won from event organizer and James Beard Award-nominated pastry chef Michelle Gayer loomed beh ... 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 >>
Two of the top seafood chefs in the city will be going head to head in a culinary battle to the finish. Both chefs are relatively new to their head toque positions. Jamie Malone is still only into her first (official) year as chef de cuisine at Tim McKee's Sea Change in the Guthrie Theater. ... More >>
January ends with a Week in Food that begins at the library and ends in a steaming pot of homemade chili. Sounds about right to us.
If ever there was a loaded dish, it is this. A dish full of fat, cream, cheese, and nostalgia, and so hearty it can redeem the saddest, most downtrodden day. When eaters speak of comfort food, so often they speak of macaroni and cheese. After scouring the Twin Cities for the dishes, armed w ... More >>
The kitty is no moreIl Gatto, the Parasole-owned restaurant anchor in Calhoun Square at the corner of Lake Street and Hennepin Avenue, served its last diner Saturday night.The restaurant had struggled to find it's footing after the parent company had transformed it about two years ago from its pr ... More >>
True. Time flies when you're having rum.Smalley's Caribbean Barbeque423 Main Street, Stillwater651.439.5375websiteHours: Monday-Friday, 3 p.m.-6 p.m. Monday-Thursday, 9 p.m.-midnightFriday and Saturday, 10 p.m.-midnightSunday, all daySpecials: $4-$13 food menu50-cent wings$3 domestic bo ... More >>
http://www.facebook.com/#!/ilgattominneapolisIl Gatto: an upscale urban happy hour Has enough time finally passed that we can mention Il Gatto without referring to it as the restaurant that replaced Figlio? It certainly has its own identity by now, under the firm direction of local rainmaker and ... More >>
Isaac Becker with wife/business partner Nancy St. Pierre.Isaac Becker, chef and owner of 112 Eatery and Bar La Grassa, took home the title of Best Chef Midwest at the James Beard Awards last night in New York City. After the Beard Awards did some geographic redistricting (Chicago moved to t ... More >>
Loved for its lardParasole calls the Mangalitsa "the fattest pig breed in production," which is a fine reason to have chefs Tim McKee and Jim Christiansen hold a Festa Mangalitsa at Il Gatto on May 17 at 7 p.m. It's an evening unsuitable for those who get timid at the thought of some unusual part ... More >>
Young Chef Mike DeCamp at La Belle VieLong after formal fine dining was declared dead, Minneapolis's La Belle Vie continues to garner awards and recognition as the classiest restaurant in town. At the helm of the kitchen is soft-spoken, facial-hair-festooned tastemaker Mike DeCamp. Sending ... More >>
photo by Mike FeltaultWhen 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 >>
The field has further narrowed, and we have two Twin Cities chefs among the final contenders for the James Beard Awards' Best Chef Midwest. Drumroll, please........:
A bigger, badder Barrio?
Nominee Erik Anderson working his kitchen magic. Since 1998, the editors of Food & Wine magazine have selected 10 up-and-comers in the restaurant world to honor on its cover each July--Stewart Woodman, Tim McKee, and Seth Bixby Daugherty among them. This year, the magazine is expanding its ... More >>
SopranosDo you want to work for JP Samuelson's newest restaurant?It looks like JP Samuelson's upcoming restaurant Sopranos Italian Kitchen is coming along. Samuelson tweeted last week, "menu is almost done, hope to b open by late march website is up, heres the link www.sopranosmn.com to get o ... More >>
Based on reader response, Shakey's may be the average City Pages reader's most highly anticipated restaurant opening this year. (This April in Plymouth, everybody!) Here are five other soon-to-open eateries that the Hot Dish is especially excited about.
Holidazzle: an excuse to eat Scotch eggs!The [insert name of current corporate sponsor here] Holidazzle parade is a local tradition that everybody gets dragged to at one time or another. And unless you snag one of the coveted skyway spots, you're going to be standing out in the cold or sittin ... More >>
Beard gets out the vote!Minneapolis is coming off a 2-year winning streak at the James Beard Awards, with Tim McKee and Alex Roberts taking home the Best Chef Midwest title in 2009 and 2010, respectively. If you'd like to nominate someone deserving of that award or another (best new restaur ... More >>
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 >>
Michelle BruchThe Smack Shack opens for lunch and doesn't close until at least 10 p.m.Ever heard of a lobster smack? It's a one-man sailboat used in the Northeast during the 1800s for commercial lobster fishing, explains Josh Thoma, the chef/restaurateur who, with Tim McKee, brought us La Belle ... More >>
Meet the Minnesotans shaping our future
For the second year in a row, a Minnesota chef has been named Best Chef Midwest at the James Beard Awards, as Alex Roberts of Restaurant Alma and Brasa took home the honors at last night's ceremony in New York. Past winners aren't eligible to compete, so 2009's winner, Tim McKee of La Belle V ... More >>
Drink like an adult on a college kid's budget
Tim McKee's new restaurant in the old Cue space at the Guthrie features sustainable seafood.
We couldn't be more excited! Drumroll, please...
Leaving decisions to the chef takes away the pressure
Terrific new bar adds brighter possibility to everyone's tequila story
Spanish cheese as a talent-retention tool?