The Chilito is Dead, Long Live the Chilito

There are some favorite childhood foods that stay with you all your life—the way they smelled and tasted, their texture, and all the times and places you ate them become indelible memories. These are the foods we chase down as adults and enthusiastically foist on our family and friends. To eat them again is joyful … [ Read more]

Volumes & Vines

Join Friends of the Eden Prairie Library for our annual Volumes & Vines fundraiser at our new location, the beautiful Bearpath Golf & Country Club: Sample more than 100 select wines, ciders and craft beers Savor delectable hors d’oeuvres Bid on fantastic silent auction items Appetizers included! Looking for something a bit more exclusive? The … [ Read more]

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]

The Great American Chestnut Revival: How science is bringing chestnuts back to American soil

Anyone who has ever come across a raw, wild chestnut—burr intact—will likely remember the experience. My first encounter came while hiking the Camino de Santiago, an ancient pilgrimage route in northern Spain. I entered a stretch of the path where elder chestnut trees—some nearing a thousand years of age—act as anchors for the rigorous journey. … [ Read more]

The Funkiest Man In The Room: Topos Ferments’ Jim Bovino on how to stay ahead of the mountain of produce overwhelming your kitchen

You didn’t mean for this to happen. Like that time you got sunburned during a long beach read, this incident snuck up on you—in this case, a couple of pounds of beautiful green bunches at a time. Now your kitchen counter is covered with more produce than you’ll ever be able to eat in the … [ Read more]

Bold New Farmer: A renewed Bachelor Farmer is positively vibrant

Since its 2011 debut, The Bachelor Farmer has been among Minnesota’s most ambitious restaurants, combining a loose Scandinavian aesthetic with a farm-to-table mandate. In the years since opening, the restaurant has settled into a comfortable niche: a polished, reliable, Scandi-cute fixture of the North Loop neighborhood of Minneapolis. Even with the presence of the co-located … [ Read more]

Audi and James Beard Bring Pop-Up Dinner Series to Minneapolis August 22-25

The first-of-its-kind, the Audi Culinary Dinner series will feature a bespoke meal curated by Nina Compton, winner of the 2018 James Beard Award “Best Chef: South.” In each city, PROOF, will operate one seating per night, for four nights. The series began in Nashville, Tennessee July 22-25, followed by Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania from August 8-11, and … [ Read more]

Audi and James Beard Bring Pop-Up Dinner Series to Minneapolis August 22-25

The first-of-its-kind, the Audi Culinary Dinner series will feature a bespoke meal curated by Nina Compton, winner of the 2018 James Beard Award “Best Chef: South.” In each city, PROOF, will operate one seating per night, for four nights. The series began in Nashville, Tennessee July 22-25, followed by Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania from August 8-11, and … [ Read more]

Audi and James Beard Bring Pop-Up Dinner Series to Minneapolis August 22-25

The first-of-its-kind, the Audi Culinary Dinner series will feature a bespoke meal curated by Nina Compton, winner of the 2018 James Beard Award “Best Chef: South.” In each city, PROOF, will operate one seating per night, for four nights. The series began in Nashville, Tennessee July 22-25, followed by Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania from August 8-11, and … [ Read more]

Audi and James Beard Bring Pop-Up Dinner Series to Minneapolis August 22-25

The first-of-its-kind, the Audi Culinary Dinner series will feature a bespoke meal curated by Nina Compton, winner of the 2018 James Beard Award “Best Chef: South.” In each city, PROOF, will operate one seating per night, for four nights. The series began in Nashville, Tennessee July 22-25, followed by Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania from August 8-11, and … [ Read more]

Our Odds On the New 2019 Minnesota State Fair Foods

A decade of experience in Minnesota State Fair food spelunking has given us a perspective—not jaded, we hope, but optimistically skeptical—that is handy for predicting how the next year’s fare will fare. What follows is your advance, purely speculative guide to the new foods of the 2019 Minnesota State Fair. We’ll share the as-tasted-in-the-field results, … [ Read more]

Bite of the Week: Sopes at Hodges Bend

Bite of the Week is a weekly feature showcasing an exceptional meal or dish, curated by The Growler. Hodges Bend, the smoothly sophisticated bar that has quietly slipped into and begun to elevate the University Avenue food and drink scene, doesn’t immediately strike a diner as a spot to eat traditional Mexican fare. The menu is … [ 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]

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]