Harvest Moon Brew Fest

Aitkin’s Glacial Lakes Brewers and several Minnesota Craft Breweries band together to share their distinctive craft brews and ciders at the Harvest Moon Brew Fest 2019 in downtown Aitkin, Minnesota. Tickets will go on sale on June 15. General Session: $25 Advance | $35 Gate Designated Driver $10 Advance | $15 Gate The Harvest Moon … [ Read more]

Easter Brunch at Surly

Spring is in the air. Now, to be fair, you must peer over piles and piles of snow and gunk to see it, but it is by god there, and that means it is time for the return of Surly’s Easter Brunch. Expect a staggering array of food—from charcuterie and a carving station to cupcakes … [ Read more]

Bite of the Week: Chicken and Waffle at Heritage Tea House & Café

Bite of the Week is a weekly feature showcasing an exceptional meal or dish, curated by The Growler. Few things trigger a wider range of emotions than the phrase “chicken and waffles.” Those who have had it (done correctly) tend to swear by it; those who haven’t tend to look baffled or otherwise nonplussed. We’ve … [ Read more]

New City, Great Grub: Tracking down the best eats in a strange place

Having good “restaurant radar” is a wonderful thing for anyone who loves to travel and eat—it means that you can parachute into just about any new city and dine well. As a professional food writer, I’ve spent years honing my ability to guess my way into a great meal. You can leverage the same sort … [ Read more]

Charlie Awards 2019

The eighth annual Charlie Awards will be held on Sunday, January 27 beginning at 3:30 p.m. at the Pantages Theatre (710 Hennepin Ave., Minneapolis). The Charlie Awards celebrate the exceptional contributions of the Twin Cities food and beverage community. The entertainment-filled event will be co-hosted by Joy Summers (Eater Twin Cities) and Jason DeRusha (WCCO … [ Read more]

Whirlwind Tour: Minneapolis Skyway Dining

To an infrequent visitor, the streets of downtown Minneapolis can seem cold and sterile. Where any other city’s core would be filled with the bustle of crowds on the sidewalks and in the crosswalks, Minneapolis’ downtown looks suspiciously like the set of “I Am Legend.” This, we contend, is simply because the casual visitor does … [ Read more]

To Discover the Future of Food, Ask the Chefs

Three leading Minnesota chefs break bread, drink wine, and talk about the way food will be eaten—and cooked—in the decades to come W When we start talking about the future of food, we immediately consider questions of waste and sustainability, or whatever the cake-pop-like-object of the moment might be. It’s easy to get immersed in protein … [ Read more]

Review: Colita’s Many Charms Are Tough to Resist

Daniel Del Prado’s two restaurants may be sisters, but they aren’t identical twins. Martina has made a mark for itself in Linden Hills with its mirror-polished sheen of upscale glamor; Colita is newer and offers more funk. Colita is less “art reception” and more “party!”, a bit less seafood and considerably more masa, less polish … [ Read more]

Minnesota Restaurant Openings and Closing in 2018

The restaurant business is famously volatile, and 2018 in Minnesota was par for the course—dozens of high-profile spots opened or closed their doors in an environment rife with change. But the continued shift of entertainment dollars into dining is still paying dividends for the industry, and openings outnumbered closings as an already lively scene gathered … [ Read more]

Eating Insects in Minneapolis: Blue Delliquanti and Soleil Ho on their new graphic novel, “Meal”

Writer-cartoonist Blue Delliquanti and food writer Soleil Ho have keen ears for America’s conversation about food. Their recent graphic novel collaboration, “Meal,” speaks to issues that are blowing up the discourse: everything from the culinary power of insect protein to the struggle to define “authenticity” to the power imbalances inherent in the country’s foodways. And Ho’s appointment … [ Read more]

Culinary partners J.D. Fratzke and Matty O’Reilly part ways with a handshake

A quest for work-life balance has led to an amicable parting of ways at one of the metro’s most prominent restaurant groups. J.D. Fratzke, the chef-entrepreneur whose work at The Strip Club Meat and Fish made him a regional standout, has worked as a culinary director over the past three years for Matty O’Reilly to … [ Read more]

Creators Space: Dark Arts Festival

Creators Space and Mrakmur present: DARK ARTS FESTIVAL This event is inspired by dark markets and festivals in Europe, such as Wave-Gotik-Treffen in Leipzig, Germany. The Dark Arts Festival is a great way to showcase the artistic talent of those who identify their work with the aesthetics of dark culture and work with the following, but … [ Read more]

Good Vibes Jazz Trio

The Good Vibes jazz trio once again makes its annual appearance along with Chromatic Catering. Join us at Sweetland Orchard for a laid-back evening of great jazz with a trio consisting of Phil Hey on drums, Chris Bates on bass, and David Hagedorn on vibraphone. $5 kids/$10 adults cover. Paella also available for purchase from … [ Read more]

The Home of Hygge: Talking with Trine Hahnemann, author of Copenhagen Food

Chef and author Trine Hahnemann has become one of Scandinavia’s leading culinary ambassadors at a time when the region’s profile is on the rise. The seasonality and hyper-locality of Copenhagen’s Noma restaurant has changed the way chefs think about food from Tokyo to New York. And the concept of Scandinavian hospitality and comfort known as … [ Read more]

Review: Hyacinth’s Debut is Crisp, Collected, and Charming

Hyacinth has got the glow. It’s one of those restaurant things that just happens once in a while: think of Martina, or Hai Hai, or Saint Dinette. The vibes are good, the rumors are all cheerful, and once the doors are open, all the buzz is positive. And then you go, and: yep, the hype … [ Read more]