Shucking oysters in the face of doom: The staying power of Meritage

There’s a style of dining that has been steadily vanishing from the Twin Cities in recent years. The kind of experience where you arrive in your finest outfit, are greeted by an impossibly caring host, and sit in an elegant room at a white tablecloth. Where a knowledgeable, non-apathetic server will care of you professionally, […]

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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 […]

There’s Something About Brandy

For all the excitement about local small-batch spirits, why is brandy lagging behind? Somewhere in Wisconsin at this very moment, a cherry and an orange slice are being muddled in a glass. They’re being pulverized with a sugar cube and a dash of bitters. A few ice cubes get added, then a slug of rail brandy […]

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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, […]

The story behind Summit’s Oyster Stout

Summit Brewing Company is teaming with St. Paul’s Meritage restaurant to create Kinsale Oyster Stout, which is brewed with real oysters added to the boil kettle. Summit head brewer Damian McConn says the oysters add a subtle “brightness to the beer that seems to accentuate the hops.” The beer will be available Oct. 11 at the 5th Annual […]