Taste of the Country, On an Urban Table: Lenny Russo and Daniel Cataldo of ninetwentyfive

If you’re going to tell the story of food in the Upper Midwest, it’s helpful to think of a circle. People here were once intimately interconnected with the land and seasons as farmers, hunters, and fishers, and every ingredient had a story about where it was from and when it was harvested that was intimately … [ Read more]

The Mill: New grilled cheese spot offers opportunities to former convicts

Coming to south Minneapolis this spring is All Square, a new restaurant bringing together social responsibility with a side of good old fashioned grilled cheese. The concept, referred to as “guilt-free comfort food,” was founded by Emily Hunt Turner, a civil rights attorney who’s worked in housing, architecture and public policy. The aim is to … [ Read more]

Chef Lenny Russo takes the reins of Wayzata’s ninetwentyfive

Chef Lenny Russo is back in action as the new executive chef and director of food and beverage at ninetwentyfive, the restaurant attached to the Hotel Landing in Wayzata. Previously, six-time James Beard nominated Russo ran St. Paul’s former Heartland, which closed New Year’s Eve in 2016, and worked to revamp The Commodore’s kitchen and … [ Read more]

The Mill: Lenny Russo lands at the Commodore, Octo Fishbar opening October 10

September 6—September 12 Chef Lenny Russo is on the map again as head of the kitchen at The Commodore Bar and Restaurant in St. Paul. Russo’s reputation precedes him; he is a six-time James Beard nominee, author of “Heartland: Farm-Forward Dishes From the Great Midwest,” had a great 14-year run with his restaurant Heartland Restaurant & Farm Direct … [ Read more]

Tim McKee announces Market House Collaborative, a new food hall for Lowertown St. Paul

Chef, restaurateur, and current fishmonger Tim McKee, flanked by chef Lenny Russo, and St. Paul Mayor Chris Coleman, chatted Wednesday afternoon with a group of reporters about McKee’s upcoming Lowertown project, Market House Collaborative. “I grew up in St. Paul. I’ve always had a special affinity for St. Paul,” McKee said. “I’ve been watching the … [ Read more]

Heartland restaurant to close on New Year’s Eve

Fine dining in the Twin Cities has been dealt yet another blow: the Star Tribune reports that Heartland Restaurant in Lowertown St. Paul will close at the end of the year. The restaurant first opened in 2002 in the Macalester-Groveland neighborhood, and in 2010, moved to its current 26,000 sq. ft. location on the north … [ Read more]