Youth Farm: Where Leadership Grows

Growing Food, Growing Leaders, Growing Community Food and music go hand-in-hand at Cultivate, the Chipotle-sponsored touring food festival in Loring Park this Saturday (p.s. it’s FREE). There’s more than burritos to be had, with a craft beer-laden tasting hall, cooking demos from celebrity chefs like Richard Blais, Jim Christiansen, Gavin Kaysen, Erik Anderson, Jamie Malone…  Read More

7 Mouthwatering Minnesota Food Festivals

Minnesota summers may be short, but we never take a sunny day for granted. We jam-pack June-September with events celebrating the food, drink, art and music that make Minnesota an amazing place to live. You probably already know that my favorite food festival on earth is the Minnesota State Fair. But there are several other…  Read More

Kickstarter Alert: Breaking Bread Cafe

I need your help.  I want to bring your attention to a new café that just opened in North Minneapolis. I’ve been working with Appetite for Change to get a youth training program started at Breaking Bread Café, and I thought you’d be interested. Take a look at the information below (including this video), and let…  Read More

7 Real-Deal, Farm-to-Table Minnesota Restaurants

Minnesota Restaurants Supporting Local Farms I love all four seasons, but there are few greater things in life than the first days of a Minnesota spring. We love celebrating another winter survived, and if you’re anything like me, food plays a huge role. I can’t wait until restaurants unveil their spring menus, teeming with fresh…  Read More

5 Questions: Mike DeCamp

Minneapolis’ Young Chef in the Spotlight Mike DeCamp, the incredibly talented and creative chef de cuisine at Minneapolis’ award winning La Belle Vie, just announced he’s leaving his longtime mentor Tim McKee to open a new restaurant with Jester Concepts (the team behind Borough and Coup d’etat). They’ll be taking over Hotel Ivy’s first floor restaurant, formerly Porter &…  Read More

Cochon 555 Comes to Minneapolis

Trust me, you don’t want to miss this. Cochon 555, one of the country’s most talked about culinary competitions, comes to Minneapolis on Mar. 1, 2015 to celebrate family farms, heritage breed pigs and today’s emerging chef community. This epic culinary experience coming here is further validation of our position as one of the great…  Read More

My Favorite Winter Festivals in Minnesota

Embrace the Cold A lot of people think I’m nuts when I tell them I live in Minnesota. Yeah, it’s cold here. However, the difference between Minnesotans and most other folks is that we embrace the cold. We ski, ice fish, skate and sled. We even still cook outdoors. We pack our weekends with loads…  Read More

Get Out the Vote!

A Few Important Issues Support Local Food The 70/30 law is a twenty-year-old sales ratio that’s no longer compatible with today’s dining culture. It’s antiquated legislation that needs to be removed for small businesses to be able to thrive and grow. Here’s the gist: In 1983, Minneapolis passed a law that required restaurants and bars…  Read More

About the James Beard Foundation

Changing the Way We Think About Food Devoted to celebrating, nurturing and preserving America’s diverse culinary heritage, the James Beard Foundation is very dear to me. The JBF fosters thought leadership, provides scholarships for culinary students, and sets the bar for culinary excellence with the annual James Beard Awards. And this video sums it all…  Read More

Cooking Up Hunger Solutions

NCSL 2014 Legislative Summit I’m committed to combating hunger in America and believe that solving hunger requires a social change movement, just like anti-smoking and seatbelt campaigns. At this year’s Legislative Summit in Minneapolis, state legislators came together to discuss and craft local solutions to hunger challenges. Thanks to everyone who organized the event and…  Read More

Children’s All-Stars

All-Star Festivities In celebration of the MLB All-Star Game in Minneapolis, Children’s Hospital chose 16 kids to form its own all-star team. It was a fantastic event, where the Children’s All-Stars signed autographs for sports and television celebrities, including actor James Denton, Wild player Zach Parise, Ryan McDonagh of the New York Rangers, and yours truly. The…  Read More

Best of Target Field

What to Eat & Drink at Target Field Open since 2010, Target Field is a beautiful stadium in the heart of downtown Minneapolis. Thankfully, there’s a host of good eats from local chefs, restaurants and breweries, so don’t settle on a wimpy tube steak washed down with watery beer. In honor of the 2014 All-Star…  Read More

9 Places to Eat & Drink in Downtown Minneapolis

Our Picks for Pre- & Post-Game Dining Lucky for hungry baseball fans, Target Field sits next to some of Minneapolis’ best restaurants and bars. Just in time for the 2014 All-Star Game, here’s a round-up our favorite Downtown and North Loop establishments, from raucous pubs and local breweries to after hours fine dining.   Pre-Game…  Read More

5 Questions: Paul Berglund

Redefining Scandinavian Cooking A former Navy Officer who opted for a chef’s life, Paul Berglund has made a name for himself as the executive chef of Minneapolis’ Bachelor Farmer, where he’s cooking trend-setting modernist Nordic cuisine. We talk with Berglund about the resurgence of Scandinavian food, taking risks and note-worthy chefs in the Twin Cities.…  Read More

Rants & Raves

NFL Perks & Challenging the 70/30 Rule By Andrew Zimmern Local scribes and pundits have gone all “WHAT?!?!?!?” on their social streams expressing outrage that the NFL requested a massive perk list before awarding the 2018 Super Bowl to Minneapolis. All for free. That’s like crying fire after you passed around the gasoline and matches, for…  Read More

7 Food Spots at the Mall of America that Don’t Suck

Where to Eat at Minnesota’s #1 Attraction By Molly Mogren  We’re the land of 10,000 lakes, the birthplace of Prince and Bob Dylan, home to the Boundary Waters and some of the best live music and theater in the country. And yet, our number one tourist attraction is a mall. Don’t get me wrong, I…  Read More

5 Questions: Travail Kitchen

Hacking Fine Dining Chefs/co-owners of Travail and the Rookery, Mike Brown, Bob Gerken and James Winberg are a trio to be reckoned with. In the past year, they closed the original Travail opening Pig Ate My Pizza in its place, created a dim sum pop-up in North Minneapolis, launched an epic Kickstarter campaign and reopened Travail…  Read More

Verdant Tea

Artisan Chinese Tea A recent addition to Minneapolis’ Seward neighborhood, Verdant Tea Tasting Room & Tea Bar offers a curated selection of artisan, seasonal Chinese teas from small family farms. Owners Lily and David Duckler are obsessed with tea and the hospitality culture that revolves around it. They spend a lot of time in China each year…  Read More

Cookbook: Kramarczuk’s Family Classics

Preserving Eastern European Heritage Kramarczuk’s Sausage Company is an iconic Twin Cities restaurant and deli, serving Eastern European sausages and comfort classics for more than 50 years. The Kramarczuk family’s story is an ultimate immigrant success story. Wasyl and Anna Kramarczuk moved to the United States to escape war-torn Europe in 1949. In the 50s,…  Read More

Travail’s Kickstarter Campaign

Democratizing Entrepreneurship By Andrew Zimmern The long awaited Travail Kickstarter campaign is live. Check it out #prevailtravail. The campaign closes on October 10th, and represents a sea change in terms of how local restaurants get funded. To me, these types of projects have democratized entrepreneurship (obvi!), allowing customers to help push dollars to restaurants they believe in.…  Read More

5 Questions: Jamie Malone

Devoted to Sustainable Seafood Jamie Malone prepares incredible seafood at Minneapolis’ acclaimed Sea Change, located on the Mississippi River in the contemporary Guthrie Theater complex. Her artfully curated menu showcases a variety of well-researched sustainable species, so delicious that Food & Wine recognized her on this year’s list of Best New Chefs. We chat with…  Read More

5 Questions: Supenn Harrison

Bringing Thai to the Twin Cities Supenn Harrison introduced Minnesota to the flavors of her native Thailand when she opened her first Sawatdee restaurant in 1983. Thirty years later her story is one of great success – she’s the owner of seven acclaimed Thai restaurants, a cooking class instructor, the recipient of numerous awards and…  Read More

Handmade Cleavers

A Field Trip to Primitive Precision Metalcraft I’m obsessed with these cleavers. Made in Minneapolis from scavenged metal, they are one-of-a-kind usable works of art. Hans Early-Nelson happened to be crafting a cleaver for a very special friend and food-lover, Anthony Bourdain, so we took a trip to his blacksmithing workshop to check out the…  Read More