Trailblazers 2017: Gavin Kaysen

When Gavin Kaysen began taking reservations at Bellecour, his French bistro and second restaurant endeavor, the first two months were booked in just one day. Kaysen told Eater that when he saw the reservations cascading in, it was “honestly one of the most humbling things I’ve ever seen.” It was clear then that he had … [ Read more]

Craft Cocktail: Rum and Julmust at Spoon and Stable

Nathaniel Smith has been in Europe lately, researching spirits and mixing in bartending competitions. We meet one afternoon at Spoon and Stable, where he and Robb Jones, and the rest of the talented stable hands are working on a winter cocktail menu. With the wind blustering and the snowflakes gathering, we chat about a more … [ Read more]

Get to know the Minnesota chefs & restaurants up for 2017 James Beard Awards

The James Beard Foundation announced its list of semifinalists for 2017 chef and restaurant categories today, and Minnesota was well-represented with 13 chefs and two restaurants making the cut. The Best Chef: Midwest category, which last year was awarded to The Bachelor Farmer’s Paul Berglund, includes Thomas Boemer of Corner Table, Mike Brown, Bob Gerken, and James … [ Read more]

Spoon and Stable chef-owner Gavin Kaysen announces new restaurant set to open in 2017

Soon this entry way will lead to a French inspired bistro & we can’t wait to welcome you in! pic.twitter.com/O5NvRtgV48 — Bellecour Restaurant (@bellecourmn) December 7, 2016 Spoon and Stable chef and owner Gavin Kaysen has officially announced his second restaurant: Bellecour. The restaurant will be located at 739 Lake Street in Wayzata, the former longtime … [ Read more]

Vogue has discovered Minneapolis—and is really pumped about it

Vogue posted today a love-letter of sorts to about Minneapolis, singing the praises of the City of Lakes, from its lakes (duh) to its arts, food, shopping, and more. …The city itself is brimming with travel opportunities—especially during the warmer months. Maybe lake culture and the Midwest friendliness are infectious characteristics. Maybe winter-weary Minnesotans know … [ Read more]

Slay to Gourmet: Cassoulet with Spoon and Stable chef-owner Gavin Kaysen

It’s the time of year where most of my game is coming out of the freezer again. Not that it’s a bad thing, but eating through 400 venison sausages could get a little redundant if I simply grilled them every night. To break the monotony, I find that it helps to get a second opinion. … [ Read more]

Minnesota’s 12 James Beard semifinalists

Twelve Twin Cities chefs, bakers, restaurateurs, restaurants, and importers have been named semifinalists for the 30th-annual James Beard Foundation awards, reports the Star Tribune. The so-called “Oscars of the food world” recognize and celebrate excellence in 21 categories.The category with the most local names is Best Chef: Midwest. The Midwest region includes Minnesota, Wisconsin, Iowa, … [ Read more]