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 […]

Real Speak: Why is our cocktail scene fascinated with the “speakeasy”?

The club is swinging. Duke Ellington leads a raucous rag. Flappers kick up their heels. Champagne is flowing and the Feds are none the wiser. This is the speakeasy of our imaginations. Now it’s 2016 and Thomas has just been punched in the face. People are stealing stuff from his living room and doing cocaine in his […]

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Last ever Kräftskiva! headliner announced

The Bachelor Farmer, Marvel Bar, and Askov Finlayson celebrate five years in the North Loop neighborhood with their fifth and final Kräftskiva!, from 5pm to 10pm on Saturday, August 6. Indie rock favorite Metric will headline the annual summer block party/crayfish festival. “Kräftskiva! 2016 will be our fifth and final, and we’ve decided to go out with […]

Norseman Distillery Cocktail Room Opens Today

Norseman Distillery, the first legal distillery to open in Minneapolis since Prohibition, officially opens their cocktail room today, February 19, at 5pm. The cocktail room has Keith Mrotek (Marvel Bar) on as Beverage Director. “The new cocktail lounge combines vintage industrial elements from the 20’s and the finest Italian marble. With a seating capacity of 207 indoors […]

Pip Hanson Appointed Head Bartender of “The World’s Best Bar”

Pip Hanson, Marvel Bar’s former beverage director, was appointed head bartender at the four-time winner of “The World’s 50 Best Bars,” Artesian, in London, today, reports Drinks International. Hanson moved to London earlier this year after five years at Marvel, during which time he received back-to-back James Beard semi-finalist recognition for Outstanding Cocktail Program. His […]

Fulton, Bachelor Farmer collaboration beer to be released Saturday

Lodestar Ale, Fulton Brewing Company’s latest limited-edition beer and its first collaboration with a non-brewery, will be released this Saturday at Kraftskiva!—the annual summer block party hosted by The Bachelor Farmer, Askov Finlayson, and Marvel Bar. The Kölsch-style rye ale is named after a 14th century English term for the North Star and was developed in partnership […]