Jorge Guzman, Steven Brown named finalists for James Beard 2017 Best Chef: Midwest






The James Beard Foundation Awards list of finalists was announced today, March 15. Among the five finalists for Best Chef: Midwest is Steven Brown, who has added to the success of his Linden Hills institution, Tilia, with a elegant new-French vibe of St. Genevieve. Also a finalist: Jorge Guzman (above), who has received national acclaim […]




New gastropub opening on St. Paul’s East Side: Brunson’s Pub






Thomas and Molly Murphy LaFleche’s vision for a comfortable hangout for people to enjoy great food and drinks is just about to become a reality on St. Paul’s Payne Avenue. The former Schwietz Saloon has gained new life as gastropub Brunson’s Pub, named after St. Paul’s historic land surveyor Benjamin Brunson. Molly grew up on the […]




Eat out to help fight hunger this month with FINNEGANS & Minnesota FoodShare






FINNEGANS Brewing and Minnesota FoodShare have teamed up with eight Twin Cities restaurants to raise money and increase awareness about hunger in Minnesota through a friendly cooking competition—the 2nd Annual FINNEGANS Chef Food Fight. In conjunction with Minnesota FoodShare’s March Hunger Awareness Campaign, chefs at the restaurants were given the challenge of developing a menu item that incorporates […]




The Lone Grazer Creamery is closing






The Lone Grazer Creamery, which opened in the Northeast Minneapolis Food Building in 2015, announced today that it is closing. In a letter posted on The Lone Grazer’s website, Food Building owner Kieran Folliard said, “After two and a half years of laboring, building a plant, and fostering positive relationships with farmers, vendors, customers, and […]




Photos: Bottle Rocket now open in Mac-Groveland






Bottle Rocket, an updated concept from the Blue Plate Restaurant Co. in the former Scusi space, is now open at St. Clair and Fairview in the Mac-Groveland neighborhood. “The feeling is casual and carefree,” says Blue Plate owner Stephanie Shimp, via press release. “It’s in the space, it’s in the menu, it’s the easy answer to […]




Get to know the Minnesota chefs & restaurants up for 2017 James Beard Awards






The James Beard Foundation announced its list of semifinalists for 2017 chef and restaurant categories today, and Minnesota was well-represented with 13 chefs and two restaurants making the cut. The Best Chef: Midwest category, which last year was awarded to The Bachelor Farmer’s Paul Berglund, includes Thomas Boemer of Corner Table, Mike Brown, Bob Gerken, and James […]




Marin closing Feb. 20, will re-emerge as ‘Mercy’ in April






Marin Restaurant in the Le Meridien Chambers hotel will close on February 20th. Chef-partner Mike Rakun will re-open the space as Mercy as early as April. “I’m thrilled for the opportunity to share more of who I am and create a spot that represents how and where I like to eat,” said Rakun, via press […]




NYT’s Francis Lam to replace Lynne Rossetto Kasper on The Splendid Table






American Public Media announced today that New York Times Magazine columnist Francis Lam will become the new host of The Splendid Table. After 21 seasons, Lynne Rossetto Kasper is retiring at the end of 2017, and will continue to contribute to the program throughout the year until her retirement. Lam will host his first show […]




The fun in the sun continues into 2017 for Red River Kitchen






Last August, St. Paul was blessed with the opening of Red River Kitchen at City House, a former grain elevator and storage facility located on the Mighty Mississippi. The establishment, which had it’s humble beginnings as a food truck, is owned by the people behind Republic in Minneapolis. But big things are in the works for the Upper […]




Birdie announces three nights of beer dinners with Bang Brewing






The culinary adventures at Birdie, the chef’s table annex of the Eat Street diner, Nighthawks, are soldiering on without Landon Schoenefeld. But as any diner who’s experienced Birdie knows, the shop is in good hands. The powerhouse trio of Brittany St. Clair, Jessi Peine, and Tlanezi Guzman has been running the show since long before Landon’s departure, […]




Red Table, Spyhouse score 2017 Good Food Awards






Three Minnesota companies were among the 193 honored at the 2017 Good Food Awards. Purveyors were chosen from among 2,059 entrants on various criteria that support a delicious, authentic, and responsible food system. Red Table Meats was honored in the Charcuterie category for their Speck. Spyhouse Coffee Roasting Co. took home an award for their Ethiopa—Kayon Mountain roast. […]




Reverie Cafe + Bar transitioning to fully vegan menu, adds breakfast service






For everyone who made a New Year’s resolution to eat more vegetables in 2017, Minneapolis’ Reverie Cafe + Bar is making it easier to follow through as they are transitioning to a 100% vegan menu. After a successful year of business and an outpouring of support, this month will mark a move for the all-day cafe, […]




Revival St. Paul opening December 26






Christmas is coming a day late this year for St. Paulites, as Revival St. Paul will officially be opening on December 26. Revival St. Paul is located in the old Cheeky Monkey space at 525 Selby Avenue. Revival owners Thomas Boemer and Nick Rancone, who were included into The Growler’s 2016 Trailblazers, opened the original Revival location in […]




New Bohemia coming to downtown St. Paul






New Bohemia Wurst + BierHaus is adding to their beer hall lineup, with a new location in downtown St. Paul. Coming in late January, the restaurant will be located on the former Seven Corners Hardware site—one block from the Xcel Energy Center. The St. Paul New Bohemia will be the company’s biggest restaurant yet, according […]




Spoon and Stable chef-owner Gavin Kaysen announces new restaurant set to open in 2017






Soon this entry way will lead to a French inspired bistro & we can’t wait to welcome you in! pic.twitter.com/O5NvRtgV48 — Bellecour Restaurant (@bellecourmn) December 7, 2016 Spoon and Stable chef and owner Gavin Kaysen has officially announced his second restaurant: Bellecour. The restaurant will be located at 739 Lake Street in Wayzata, the former longtime […]