Off the Map: Root River Stew

As much as I love the Boundary Waters, when I feel untethered, aimless, or uncertain, I know a dose of those moving waters in the southeastern corner of Minnesota can always take me to my best self and my original heart. I find no irony whatsoever in the fact that one of those places, located … [ Read more]

Fire Away: A chef’s tour of the joy and agony of cooking over a live fire

This is the fourth installment of Off the Map, a column by chef JD Fratzke. It appears monthly at growlermag.com and occasionally in print. Cooking outdoors over an open fire has become, over the years, my favorite way of preparing a meal. Whether it’s a few pork chops, a chicken, a pile of brats, or just … [ Read more]

Bite of the Week: Curd Burger at Oly’s Roadhouse

Bite of the Week is a weekly feature showcasing an exceptional meal or dish, curated by The Growler. When chef J.D. Fratzke took over culinary operations at the ambitiously expanding Artisan Plaza in Cannon Falls, a thought struck him: Oly’s Roadhouse, the plaza’s casual dining operation, had a rippingly hot stone oven, and there’s no reason … [ Read more]

Falls Landing at Artisan Plaza marks a new chapter for JD Fratzke and for Cannon Falls

I’ve always wanted a restaurant that had a canoe as part of the decor,” says JD Fratzke. Fratzke, one of Minnesota’s best-known chefs and a Growler contributing writer, has always led a dual existence: tethered to the fire and knives of the restaurant kitchen, sure, but also escaping as often as he can manage to … [ Read more]

Order Up! Falls Landing nearing its opening at Artisan Plaza in Cannon Falls

Updated June 6, 2019 Order Up! is the Growler’s ongoing biweekly account of noteworthy Minnesota restaurant openings, closings, and future openings. Please send any tips to [email protected] All dates are approximate based on best information available; opening dates, in particular, tend to shift around a lot. THIS WEEK’S GYST: The upcoming opening this summer of … [ Read more]

Cold Waves, Hot Ramen: Wherein the Boundary Waters sets its hook in the soul of a Minnesota chef

This is the debut of Off the Map, a column by chef J.D. Fratzke. It appears monthly at growlermag.com and occasionally in print. Wells was stripped to his skivvies and running in place, every inch of his skin the color of raspberry bubble gum. Though it couldn’t have been more than a 30-yard swim to … [ Read more]