Food Features

Minnesota Spoon: Travail cooks traditional with Bob Gerken, James Winberg, and Mike Brown

So they arrived, the guys from Travail Kitchen & Amusements. Or rather two of the three guys. The third guy might swing by later. The two … [Read More...]

Minnesota Spoon: Baja on the Lake with Billy Tserenbat and Zach Schugel

Billy Tserenbat arrives at our house with the odds stacked against him. We are here to create a kind of Baja California beach party as a way of … [Read More...]

RJ’s Meats in Hudson installing a meat vending machine

In the most uber-Wisconsin development of the day, RJ's Meats, the terrific butchery in Hudson, took delivery of a Regiomat meat vending machine from … [Read More...]

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Restaurant News

The Iowa pork loin at The Original on 42nd is Hawkeye-approved

Welcome to Plate Of The Week, a journal about memorable dining experiences in the Twin Cities. Which plate can't you stop thinking about? Let us know … [Read More...]

Saint Dinette’s quail is St. Paul’s underrated fried bird

Welcome to Plate Of The Week, a journal about memorable dining experiences in the Twin Cities. Which plate can't you stop thinking about? Let us know … [Read More...]

Chef Erick Harcey to open new, approachable South Minneapolis restaurant

South Minneapolis residents still toasting the news that Venn Brewing Company is opening a neighborhood taproom on the corner of 46th and Hiawatha … [Read More...]

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Recipes & Education

Flavor Faves: The science behind our favorite food pairings

Peruse the menu at any upscale eatery, and you expect to see suggested wines or beers listed alongside the house specialties. Some restaurants cut right to the chase, pouring specially selected pinots and ports with tasting courses. We’re often … [Read More...]

Recipe: Roasted Duck with Duck Stock and Cracklins

Roasted Duck with Duck Stock and Cracklins This month, Minnesota Spoon writer Steve Hoffman witnessed what happens when the gastronomical mad scientists behind Travail Kitchen and Amusements, Bob Gerken, James Winberg, and Mike Brown are thrown into … [Read More...]

Recipes: Fresh vegetable salads from Beth Dooley

These simple salads are great for the beach picnic, alfresco dinner on the dock, or can be toted along in the cooler for the camping trip. Vary the veggies to use what’s fresh and in season. Picnic Tomato and Green Bean Salad with Toasted … [Read More...]

The Retail Hustle: Craft food companies face challenges of scale in the fight for shelf space

It’s the quintessential American dream: a home cook creates a lovely jam in their kitchen, and doles them out as holiday tokens to friends and family. Next thing you know, a giant food corporation sweeps in, dropping buckets of cash in their laps for … [Read More...]

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