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 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 … [ Read more]

Trailblazers 2016: Thomas Boemer and Nick Rancone of Revival and Corner Table

When Nick Rancone and Thomas Boemer transformed Corner Table in 2013, they connected with a zeitgeist. High-end diners and food adventurers still craved sustainability, but with a little less bang-you-on-the-head zealotry. Instead, they angled for seasonally-focused, casual elegance with a side of soul—think coq au vin next to maple-roasted jowl. That modus operandi carried them … [ Read more]

Bauhaus and Revival announce collaboration beer

Bauhaus Brew Labs is announcing a Southern-inspired collaboration with Revival. Slawhammer, a “pre-Prohibition Kentucky Common Style Ale,” will make its debut at Revival’s new US Bank Stadium location as well as their brick-and-mortar restaurants in the near future. Slawhammer is brewed specifically to temper the heat of Revival’s fiery Tennessee hot chicken. They describe it as “a … [ Read more]

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 … [ Read more]

Minnesota Spoon: Smoked brisket recipe from Thomas Boemer of Revival and Corner Table

The brisket hit the smoker at 8am. The whiskey was open by 11am. An early start is important. It’s well established that good barbecue should begin around dawn. It needs the better part of a day to drip, blacken, and break down into tender perfection. That’s why Thomas Boemer, chef at Revival and Corner Table, … [ Read more]

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, … [ Read more]