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 […]

Photos: Before and after at Hotel & Cafe Alma

The bar and seating area at the new Cafe Alma // Before photo by Aaron Davidson, after photo by Kevin Kramer, The Growler Welcome back, Alma. It’s like you never left. After owner and chef Alex Roberts purchased the entire building Restaurant Alma is located in and closed in August to complete an expansion, Alma is […]

Trailblazers 2016

What’s the value of a brewery’s stance on mining? Why be concerned with obscure English apples? What’s so important about a chicken sandwich at a stadium? Why does it matter if a basketball team weighs in on current events? The answer to all those questions is the same: it makes a difference. There are people […]

Trailblazers 2016: Alex Roberts of Alma: Cafe, Hotel, and Restaurant

It’s one thing to own a restaurant. It’s one thing to own a restaurant that aspires to the highest levels of plating, flavor, design, and customer service. It’s one thing to own said restaurant while trying to discover new ideas and techniques from the rich food traditions of the region and continent. It’s one thing […]

Minnesota Spoon: Smoked brisket recipe from Thomas Boemer of Revival and Corner Table

The brisket hit the smoker at 8am. The whiskey was open by 11am. An early start is important. It’s well established that good barbecue should begin around dawn. It needs the better part of a day to drip, blacken, and break down into tender perfection. That’s why Thomas Boemer, chef at Revival and Corner Table, […]

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Alex Roberts on the history and unexpected virtue of masa

By Alex Roberts, as told to John Garland What we do at Alma is try to honor tradition without saying we’re cooking something traditional. Brasa is the same way—I’m not saying I can make rice and pigeon peas like your Puerto Rican grandmother. But I try to learn from tradition what is the best practice. […]

Grand Designs: Alma is expanding to make you feel more at home

Have you ever been to Restaurant Alma? The acclaimed restaurant has been quietly sitting on the corner of University and 6th Avenue Southeast in Minneapolis for 17 years now, while Dinkytown was razed and rebuilt with luxury apartments and St. Anthony Main has waxed and waned. It’s not new or hot, and you can’t sum up […]

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Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Pancetta Cream Recipe

Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Fresh Thyme and Pancetta Cream By Alex Roberts, Restaurant Alma (serves 8) Pancetta Cream 2-1⁄2 cups heavy cream 1 tablespoon good olive oil 1⁄4 pound Red Table Meats pancetta, cut into a 1⁄4″ dice or lardons 2 cloves garlic, roughly chopped 1 shallot, roughly chopped 3 sprigs thyme 1 teaspoon whole […]

Minneapolis City Council Approves Alma Hotel

A unanimous city council vote has cleared the way for a boutique hotel to take shape above the future Cafe Alma. Alex Roberts purchased the two-level space on University Avenue, adjacent to his standard-bearing Restaurant Alma. MinnPost reports plans for a six-room hotel and ground-level cafe inspired by Chicago’s Longman & Eagle.