Four Minnesotans are 2019 James Beard finalists

The finalists for the 2019 James Beard Foundation Awards were announced from Houston this morning, and four Minnesotans have punched their ticket to the awards galas. They are: Best Chef Midwest Ann Kim, Young Joni (See: Kim chats with Steve Hoffman about KFC and Kimchi) Jamie Malone, Grand Cafe (See: Steve Hoffman’s interview with Malone and … [ Read more]

MSP well-represented on longlist of James Beard Awards 2018 semifinalists

The James Beard Award Foundation released their longlist of semifinalists for their 2018 honors Thursday morning. Minneapolis–St. Paul was well represented, placing seven entries in the regional powerhouse category of Best Chef: Midwest. For national honors, the 2010 Best Chef: Midwest, Alex Roberts of Restaurant Alma, nabbed his second consecutive semifinal nod for Outstanding Chef nationwide. … [ Read more]

Trailblazers 2017: Ann Kim

In a different life, Ann Kim could be running a Jimmy John’s with her husband and business partner Conrad Leifur. She considered the idea when she was a struggling stage actress working for the Hennepin Theatre Trust. She had a dream of opening her own restaurant, a dream that was scoffed at by those around … [ Read more]

Chef Paul Berglund takes on culinary director role at Ann Kim’s restaurant group

When James Beard Award–winning chef Paul Berglund left The Bachelor Farmer’s kitchen this August after a successful six-year run, it wasn’t clear when he’d resurface in the Twin Cities dining scene. But just a short month later, the lauded chef is back. Berglund is taking on the newly created role of culinary director at Vestalia Hospitality, … [ Read more]

Dining in Stereo: Uncanned Music is designing the ideal musical experience for restaurants

Scott McNiece is trying to keep the art of conversation alive, one meal at a time. Working out of an art gallery in Chicago’s Bridgeport neighborhood, McNiece runs Uncanned Music. The goal of his “ambiance music and sound design company” is to enhance the experiences had by diners and drinkers at restaurants. McNiece and his … [ Read more]

Young Joni spreads the pizza love with call-in, takeout service

What’s better than ordering a wood-fired pizza at James Beard Semifinalist Ann Kim’s Young Joni? Having a piping hot pie ready to go when you arrive. In response to customer demand, Northeast Minneapolis’ Young Joni restaurant began offering takeout pizza on Tuesday, April 25. All of the signature pizzas are available for both walk-in and call ahead orders. … [ Read more]

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 … [ Read more]

Kimchee and KFC: Young Joni’s Ann Kim and Adam Gorski on new American food traditions

So there’s Young, and there’s Joni. Two moms. One attentive and skillful Korean family cook: Young. One affectionate and bibulous North Dakota family host: Joni. Right? Okay, so there’s this restaurant: Young Joni. Coming soon. Northeast Minneapolis. Front dining room in the spirit of Young: Wood-fired ovens, open grill, shareable meals, generosity. Back bar in … [ Read more]

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Roasted Sweet Potatoes with Lardons and Pickled Peppers Recipe

Roasted Sweet Potatoes with Lardons, Pickled Peppers, Togarashi, and Creme Fraiche By Ann Kim, Pizzeria Lola 8 purple sweet potatoes with white flesh 1 pound slab bacon (or sub thick-cut bacon) Chives, chopped Flaky sea salt (preferably Maldon) Togarashi 1 cup creme fraiche Pickled fresno chiles Bake yams at 375°F until tender, about 45 minutes to an … [ Read more]