Tim McKee

  • Blogs

    November 24, 2014

    Terroir Food Symposium Plans 2015 Conference in Minneapolis

    Fact: the Twin Cities is one of the fastest growing restaurant communities in the country, with close to 100 new restaurants opening this year, many if not most of them independent. With national talent -- the kind that could settle anywhere -- making Minneapolis and St. Paul their home, there's a s ... More >>

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    November 12, 2014

    Our Predictions for the Oscars of Local Dining: The 4th Annual Charlie Awards

    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 >>

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    September 25, 2014

    5 New(ish) Brunches to Change Your Weekend Routine

    If you're a diehard bruncher, you've likely got your regular haunts: Psycho Suzi's for its bloody Mary bar and expansive, almost guaranteed-no-wait dining room; Haute Dish for inspired twists on brunch classics; Grand Cafe for an award-winning, hangover-buster with panache. But what are you, married ... More >>

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    September 2, 2014

    Bar Abilene unexpectedly closes its doors after 16 years in Uptown

    Sometime after bar close on Sunday, Bar Abilene, a 16-year fixture of the Uptown bar scene, abruptly closed its doors for good. A sign currently posted outside the bar reads, "Old Cowboys never die, they just keep moving on." See also: Libertine brings spark to former Cafeteria space in Uptown

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    July 21, 2014

    La Belle Vie taps Niki Francioli as executive pastry chef; Diane Yang heads to Merchant

    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 >>

  • Restaurants

    June 4, 2014

    The best outdoor dining in the Twin Cities

    Your guide to the premier patios in the metro

  • Blogs

    February 17, 2014

    Kickstarter to bring Ghanaian food to the Twin Cities

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    December 23, 2013

    First look: Sonora Grill's second location

    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 >>

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    May 28, 2013

    Taste of the Nation's annual HOTlist

    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.

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    April 2, 2013

    Food & Wine names Jamie Malone of Sea Change one of its Best New Chefs

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    March 8, 2013

    Win a trip to the James Beard Awards

    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 >>

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    March 6, 2013

    La Belle Vie makes Open Table's top 100 best service restaurants

    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 >>

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    March 4, 2013

    Cakewalk brings out top chefs to benefit Share Our Strength

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    December 14, 2012

    Masu makes the short list for country's best sushi

    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 >>

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    August 9, 2012

    Minnesota Zoo Farmers Market features Fish Smart chefs

    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.

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    June 25, 2012

    Blind beer tastings and yoga in a vineyard this Week in Food

    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.

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    May 16, 2012

    Masu Sushi and Robata makes list of best new American sushi restaurants

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    March 5, 2012

    Cake Walk was a sweet success

    ​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 >>

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    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 >>

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    February 15, 2012

    Kitchen in the Market to host 'Seafood Throwdown' competition

    ​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 >>

  • Blogs

    January 30, 2012

    Author Gabrielle Hamilton and the Surly Mild release this week in food

    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.

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    January 27, 2012

    Top 10 macaroni & cheese dishes in the Twin Cities

    ​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 >>

  • Blogs

    December 19, 2011

    Il Gatto: CLOSED

    The kitty is no more​Il 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 >>

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    October 14, 2011

    Smalley's Caribbean Barbeque: Happy hour of the week

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    May 10, 2011

    Isaac Becker of 112 Eatery and La Grassa wins Best Chef Midwest

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    May 3, 2011

    Festa Mangalitsa at Il Gatto serves the pig, from snout to tail

    Loved for its lard​Parasole 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 >>

  • Blogs

    April 26, 2011

    Mike DeCamp of La Belle Vie: Chef Chat, part 1

    Young Chef Mike DeCamp at La Belle Vie​Long 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 >>

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    April 15, 2011

    Masu Sushi & Robata: A sneak peek Inside

    Masu Sushi & Robata Japanese meets Nordeast​Take the pop of a Shea-designed restaurant, add the sizzle of a Tim McKee-produced menu, a dash of sustainable seafood, served with a twist, and you'll find yourself with Masu Sushi and Robata, the latest venture of Minneapolis's own menu whisperer. ... More >>

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    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 >>

  • Blogs

    March 22, 2011

    James Beard Awards finalists announced

    ​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........:

  • Restaurants

    March 2, 2011

    Cocina del Barrio opens in Edina

    A bigger, badder Barrio?

  • Blogs

    February 15, 2011

    Food & Wine nominates four locals for People's Best New Chef

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    January 5, 2011

    Most anticipated restaurant openings of 2011

    ​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.

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    December 8, 2010

    Best Holidazzle dining on Nicollet Mall

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    October 20, 2010

    James Beard Awards accepting nominations

    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 >>

  • 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 >>

  • Blogs

    August 4, 2010

    Smack Shack sells high-class street food till late

    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 >>

  • News

    July 14, 2010

    Twin Cities Thinkers

    Meet the Minnesotans shaping our future

  • Blogs

    May 4, 2010

    Alex Roberts named Best Chef Midwest at James Beard Awards

    ​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 >>

  • Blogs

    July 21, 2009

    Now open: Sea Change

    Tim McKee's new restaurant in the old Cue space at the Guthrie features sustainable seafood.

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    July 2, 2009

    Cue's alternative: Sanctuary

    Here's your chance to branch out (and save some $) while you're waiting for Sea Change to open...

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    March 26, 2009

    New Guthrie restaurant names chef...

    We couldn't be more excited! Drumroll, please...

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    January 10, 2009

    Barrio II in the works for St. Paul

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    Is St. Paul Single, White Female-ing t ... More >>

  • Restaurants

    December 10, 2008

    Dining prix fixe leads to the best deal, great meal

    Leaving decisions to the chef takes away the pressure

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    November 19, 2008
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    November 12, 2008

    Barrio treats tequila with wine-style reverence

    Terrific new bar adds brighter possibility to everyone's tequila story

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    June 9, 2008
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    March 26, 2008
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    May 28, 2003
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    August 7, 2002

    Pantry to the Stars

    Spanish cheese as a talent-retention tool?

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