PHOTOS: First taste of food options at U.S. Bank Stadium

When a billion-dollar stadium is built, expectations are high. For some fans, that means winning the Super Bowl; for others it just means noshing on a world-class bratwurst, steak sandwich, or bucket of cheese curds to get through the three-and-outs. While U.S. Bank Stadium won’t officially open doors until August, when it will host concerts … [ Read more]

Watch out, Wisconsin, Iowa’s coming for you

For one weekend, Iowa will overtake Wisconsin as the cheesiest state of them all. The American Cheese Society‘s 33rd annual Cheese in the Heartland competition takes place this year in Des Moines July 27-30, and is on track to be the biggest, most cheese-filled weekend yet. “We’re on pace to set a record number of … [ Read more]

Food opera is a thing, and it’s coming to St. Paul

The relationship between sound and taste is the inspiration behind the upcoming St. Paul Food Opera, a series that will be taking place in October and mixes food, music, and art, reports the Pioneer Press. St. Paul restaurants Tongue in Cheek, Saint Dinette, Golden’s Lowertown, Brake Bread, and Izzy’s Ice Cream will create dishes for … [ Read more]

Wedge, Eastside, Linden Hills co-ops exploring merger

After months of study, the boards of Wedge Community Co-op, Linden Hills Co-op, and Eastside Food Co-op are asking their members/owners to consider a proposal for the neighborhood grocery stores to merge into a single organization that would have more than 32,000 members and $75 million in sales, reports the Star Tribune. Wedge Chief Executive … [ Read more]

The return of the long-lost Midwestern wheat

Midwest native Ellen King has planted a rare breed of organic wheat that hasn’t been grown since the early twentieth century, reports Saveur. When King opened Hewn Bakery in Evanston, Illinois, she was surprised to find there was no such wheat already being grown in the Midwest; she had to ship organic wheat from Utah. “What has … [ Read more]

The Buttered Tin announces major expansion

The Buttered Tin announced that it will soon be expanding capacity by 50%, reports Minneapolis Eater. Alicia Hinze, The Buttered Tin’s owner, recently leased the space adjacent to her bakery and restaurant, and said once that wall is opened up, they’ll be able to add 50 additional seats. The Buttered Tin opened in 2013, just before Lowertown experienced its … [ Read more]

Mama mia: Cossetta expanding its West Seventh complex, again

Dave Cossetta has yet another project up his sleeve: He plans to expand his already bustling Cossetta Eventi catering operation by remodeling the big hangar-like building next door, reports The Pioneer Press. Cossetta Alimentari right now includes an Italian deli, market, pasticceria, fine-dining rooftop restaurant (Louis), and catering business, all housed in one complex on West Seventh Street in … [ Read more]

New Minneapolis farmers’ market heading to Riverplace this summer

Minneapolis is getting a new community-based farmers’ and artisan market this summer: Riverplace Market, located on the cobblestone courtyard of Riverplace on the Mississippi riverfront. Situated just across the bridge from downtown Minneapolis, Riverplace Market will be located at the confluence of Hennepin Avenue and Main Street. It is set to open for the 2016 season on Wednesday, June 1, … [ Read more]

Get ready for food-truck Wednesdays, coming soon to downtown St. Paul

Starting May 4 and running through August 31, a designated area will be set aside in downtown St. Paul for several food trucks to park on Market Street between Fifth and Sixth streets from 11am to 1:30pm every Wednesday. The “food-truck court” idea came about after two food trucks, Tiki Tim’s and R.A. MacSammy’s, approached the … [ Read more]

Move over, cows: the almonds are coming

Sales of nut-based milks are booming—specifically, almond milk, reports Food & Wine. According to the Nielsen Company, almond milk sales have risen by 250% in the past five years—people spent $894.6 million on the alt milk in 2015 alone. Compared to soy milk’s 2015 sales of $297.7 million or coconut milk’s $61.3 million, and almond … [ Read more]

Where to play hooky for the Twins home opener

The start of baseball season marks the beginning of spring (and the impending arrival of summer), all of which deserve a serious party. Lucky for us, Target Field and numerous bars and restaurants near the field are throwing just such celebrations, and you’re invited. So go ahead: play hooky, and go enjoy a day at … [ Read more]

Channel your inner chef and rent Julia Child’s house

Julia Child enthusiasts rejoice: You can book a stay in the little cottage the Childs built in France’s Provençal countryside, where they entertained the likes of M.F.K. Fisher and James Beard for decades, reports Conde Nast Traveler. Sotheby’s put the house—called “La Pitchoune” (meaning “the little one”) or “La Peetch,” for short—on the market at the … [ Read more]

MN Twins unveil new Target Field food lineup

The Minnesota Twins just unveiled the newest food offerings for the year, including such goodies as chocolate mousse cups, prime rib sliders, and walleye tacos. New to Hrbek’s this year is the Cluck & Moo Bloody Mary, a bloody Mary featuring a slider and dry-rubbed chicken wing as garnishes (along with a slew of other salty goodness). Best way … [ Read more]

Out of the woods: Mississippi Mushrooms is growing exotic fungus in the heart of the city

Driving through the 50-acre Upper Harbor Terminal, located along the Mississippi River in North Minneapolis, is a navigational adventure that flusters the GPS and makes one’s car feel miniscule among the semi trucks and Caterpillar machinery. But this is the route to the Barge Terminal Building, where Mississippi Mushrooms, purveyors of the exotic mushrooms that … [ Read more]

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Gordy’s Hi-Hat opens for the season on first day of spring

Gordy’s Hi-Hat opens for its 56th year on the first day of spring, Sunday March 20. Gordy’s Hi-Hat, located in Cloquet, Minnesota, was opened in 1960 by Gordy and Marilyn Lundquist and is still owned and operated by the Lundquist family. The annual opening is one of the first real signs of spring here in Minnesota, … [ Read more]