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 […]

Wine pros set to battle in Somm Slam at Monello, Tuesday June 7

On Tuesday, June 7, eight well-known sommeliers will compete at Monello to be crowned the winner of Somm Slam 2016. Each guest sommelier will pair one wine with a food course and guests will vote for which wine and food pairing they prefer. Attendees will enjoy four courses, created by Chef Michael DeCamp, each paired […]

Craft Cocktail: Something to Talk About at Heyday

“We’re food-focused here,” says Britt Tracy. “We need drinks to come out fast, but still be ingredient-focused and balanced.” Britt has been helming the bar at Heyday since it opened nearly two years ago. Recently, she noticed a cook pitting Kalamata olives. “There’s still lots of flesh on those pits,” she remembers thinking. “They’re like […]

Minnesota’s 12 James Beard semifinalists

Twelve Twin Cities chefs, bakers, restaurateurs, restaurants, and importers have been named semifinalists for the 30th-annual James Beard Foundation awards, reports the Star Tribune. The so-called “Oscars of the food world” recognize and celebrate excellence in 21 categories.The category with the most local names is Best Chef: Midwest. The Midwest region includes Minnesota, Wisconsin, Iowa, […]

Eat This Now! Beef Tartare at Tongue In Cheek

It’s either a surge of joy or pangs of regret. It’s that feeling when you see a plate leave a kitchen destined for another table. You’ve already ordered, and there it goes. It’s so beautiful. Depending on whether or not it’s what you’ve ordered, your night has just taken a turn. That’s why it’s our strategy […]

The Mill: Summer Celebrations

The Mill is ready to party. We’ve got a holiday weekend, a big match against Belgium, and The Growler’s 2nd Birthday party, Thursday from 6-10pm at the Nomad World Pub. Join us for special firkins, DJ Backpain, food trucks and more. Events: Eat Street Social announced that their Polynesian cocktail annex, the Torpedo Room, will be […]

Eat This Now! Lamb Tartare at Heyday

By John Garland A “small plates” menu is a constant tug-of-war between artistry and value. It’s a line that Heyday is walking with purpose, where a smart order of two or three items can be immensely satisfying to the stomach and wallet. Based on the La Belle Vie lineage of its key players, Heyday was expected to impress right […]