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 […]

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: Jorge Guzman of Surly Brewing

Brewery taprooms have become one of most significant cultural developments in the Twin Cities in recent years, but most lack in one clear area: food. Food trucks get the job done, but they rarely take dining to the next level. That’s where Jorge Guzman separates Surly from the pack. Guzman spent years as lead chef […]

Minnesota Spoon: Tacos and timing with chef Jorge Guzman

At some point early on Sunday afternoon, I looked up from my work as enthusiastic-but-mostly-unskilled sous chef, and felt a pang of concern. This was not coming together. We were all over the map. Jon Wipfli, The Growler’s resident chef, was downstairs fussing with his new smoker on the sidewalk. Somebody was out on the […]

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Brewer’s Table at Surly Brewing named among Food & Wine 10 Best New Restaurants

Food & Wine Magazine has named Brewer’s Table at Surly Brewing one of the 10 best new restaurants in America for 2016. They write: “Across the country, people are eating better food and drinking better beer every day. I can’t imagine a more satisfying place to do both than Brewer’s Table. Upstairs from the vast […]

Destination Surly: From Groundbreaking to Grand Opening

Photos by Aaron Davidson It seems just a short year ago when Omar Ansari accepted the golden shovel from his father Naseem Ansari and plunged it into the vacant dirt lot that’s now home to one of Minnesota’s most ambitious craft brewery projects. The ceremonial groundbreaking launched a year-long marathon of construction that brought Ansari’s vision for […]

PRESS RELEASE: Surly Brewing hires Jorge Guzman as Destination Brewery Executive Chef

As the steel structure continues to rise in the Prospect Park neighborhood, Surly Brewing is already planning for the opening of its $30-plus million Destination Brewery by hiring one of the most talented young chefs in the city, Jorge Guzman, to lead its food and dining experience. Guzman has been executive chef at Solera in […]