Round Two: Why Raul Gracia Turned From Boxing to Butchery

At Target Center on January 12, 2007, Raul Gracia was winning a fight against Bobby “Sweet Dreams” Kliewer. In the fourth and final round, Raul figured he was ahead on the scorecards. He got cocky. “Come on Bobby, hit me!” he taunted. With 15 seconds left in the match, Bobby did just that. In hindsight, that was the punch that […]

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Slay to Gourmet: Alaskan Game Dinner

Moose, halibut, rockfish, cod, and salmon with vegetables and an herb vinaigrette My father’s side of my family has a long tradition of hunting. When my uncle Mark suggested having a game dinner at the cabin with animals he’d harvested in Alaska, I was in. After all, a family who slays together, stays together. This […]

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DIY Fermentation: Beet Kvass

We’re in the tail end of beet season at the farmers markets. And perhaps the dipping temperatures have you thinking about ways to prolong the harvest. Fermenting vegetables at home might seem like a daunting task, but the barriers to entry are lower than you might think. Take beet kvass for example (above, left). It’s […]

A celebration of fermentation at GYST

A California-inspired concept has taken root a block from Eat Street Photos by James Eastman Yeast is a remarkable thing. It’s wild, temperamental, and unpredictable. Under the right circumstances, it creates some of the tastiest edibles on the planet—ones currently being gathered under the same roof in South Minneapolis. Gyst is an Old English word for […]

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The Minnesota Spoon: savory wild rice pancakes with anchovy butter

Photos by Matt Lien Minnesota has an obsession with wild rice. The grain is so emblematic of our state, it’s baffling how we became labeled as a group of grape-salad eaters. Apparently the importance of this abundant, local grain isn’t abundantly clear to the rest of the country. From being a staple of Native American […]

First Taste: L’Etoile Du Nord

Olivier Vrambout is a bike-crazy Belgian with the most charming café in the St. Croix Valley Photos by Aaron Davidson Brown’s Creek State Trail is a brand-new six-mile bike path that extends the Gateway State Trail all the way from St. Paul to Stillwater. You might arrive in Stillwater after a long ride and be […]

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Twin Cities in the running for ‘Best Local Food Scene’

Does Minneapolis-St. Paul have the best local food scene in the nation? A USA Today and 10Best Readers’ Choice Poll is pitting America’s great food cities against one another and will crown a winner following the August 17 voting deadline. At the time of publishing, the Twin Cities were in second place behind Louisville, Kentucky, […]

Slay to Gourmet: Salt-dome walleye

“Slay” photos by John Wipfli “Gourmet” photos by Matt Lien Walleyes and campfires are a big part of living in the Midwest. Just like lobsters come to mind when I think of Maine, and images of mountains pop into my head when I think of Montana, walleyes and campfires are two things that define Midwest […]

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Keeping up with Jon Oulman

The man behind the eponymous salon, 331 Club, Amsterdam Bar and Hall, Como Dockside, and soon-to-be Sheridan Room opens up about his journey from meat cutter to restaurateur Photos by Aaron Davidson It’s 10am on a sunny Tuesday in early June and Como Dockside Lakeside Pavilion is already buzzing. Even though Dockside’s full menu doesn’t […]

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‘Business incubator’ Kutzky Market to serve up art, beer & food in Rochester

What do a brewpub, coffee shop, commercial kitchen, pop-up restaurant, and nine spaces for artists to sell their works have in common? They’ll all be under one roof at the soon-to-open Kutzky Market in Rochester, Minnesota. The market is the brainchild of Annie Henderson, a former teacher and current arts advocate and real estate appraiser. The basic idea […]

Dakota Jazz Club opens St. Paul speakeasy Vieux Carré

Downtown St. Paul has another feather for its increasingly crowded hat. The owners of the Dakota Jazz Club, a downtown Minneapolis music institution with roots in St. Paul, is opening a “sister location” across the river in the former home of the Artists’ Quarter. Vieux Carré (pronounced “View Kah’ray”) will have a “speakeasy vibe” and offer a light, seasonal menu […]

The Minnesota Spoon: Morel-Crusted Cod

Morel-crusted cod with morel, asparagus, and fava bean sauté Photos by Matt Lien There are few things more satisfying than foraging for food in the forest. Not only do you get to stomp around in the woods, but you get to find tiny treats growing within inches of your every step. There’s a plethora of food […]

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The Late Show: A Week of Midnight Meals in Minneapolis

Photos by Daniel Murphy Thursday – 10:30pm Nighthawks • kitchen until midnight, Mon–Sat A cook sits at the bar and eats a cheeseburger. His name is Russ. He first came to 38th Street, in South Minneapolis, looking for a job. When he walked into Nighthawks, Landon Schoenefeld said, “Show me what you got.” Russ made potatoes, […]

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Happy Days at Gordy’s Hi-Hat

Visiting Minnesota’s beloved burger joint Photos by Tate Randall I get excited when I see Black Bear Casino. It means I’m close. I skipped breakfast to start my drive north on Interstate 35 through the early fog. I passed the usual landmarks along the way: the Forest Lake interstate merge and the North Branch Outlet […]

Slay to Gourmet: Wild Turkey

Field photos by Jon Wipfli, recipe photos by Matt Lien Plain and simple, I love to turkey hunt. It’s the time of year when I get my first taste of spring, and waking up an hour before the sunrise is also something I look forward to. The temperatures are finally rising, ramps are exploding all […]

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