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 […]

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 […]

Blended Burger Project: How can chopped mushrooms improve a hamburger?

This month we’ve been intrigued by interesting vegetables—when restaurants use them in new, novel, and unexpected ways. The James Beard Foundation has an idea along those lines: put them in a burger. The Blended Burger Project, now in its second year, encourages restaurants to blend chopped mushrooms into their hamburgers (up to 25% of the patty […]