In Bloom won the judges’ hearts with its short rib hot dish at the second annual Winter Carnival Fancy Hotdish Competition, held at St. Paul’s The Lexington, whose Minnesota gumbo took home the People’s Choice award. The competition was held the last Sunday in January.
The cost of a meal at Gavin Kaysen’s newest restaurant, the 20-seat, tasting-menu-only Demi, has been the social media conversation of late. City Pages’ edition has a meal for two at $620, if both choose to do the wine pairing. But don’t worry, foodies have time to save their pennies. Once the reservation line officially opened, reservations immediately sold out for February and March.
Quang is being remodeled, a first since opening its doors in 1989. The popular family-run Vietnamese restaurant—a finalist for The Charlie Awards’ Hidden Gem in 2018—closed for six days in February while the Eat Street location is modernized. Another new modern touch is that the restaurant offers delivery through DoorDash.
Chef Paul Berglund, who made his mark on the Twin Cities as the chef at the Bachelor Farm in Minneapolis’ North Loop before moving on to become culinary director for Vestalia Hospitality (Young Joni, et al), has taken a new job in Rochester. He is the culinary and sustainability director of Fiddlehead Coffee Co. The coffee company has also made a move, from inside Forager Brewery to its own space.
Both food writers Rick Nelson of the Star Tribune and Nancy Ngo of the Pioneer Press published their list of top soups in the Twin Cities the first week of February (Ngo gave 10, Nelson, seven, but he had a hall of fame with 13 more). Only one soup made both lists, the Smoked Pheasant Wild Rice at Feller in the Lora Hotel in Stillwater. And Ngo’s pick, Chicken and Matzo Ball Soup at Meritage in St. Paul, also made Nelson’s hall of fame.
Muddy Paws Cheesecake has moved to 3359 Gorham Ave. in St. Louis Park. The retail space is open, but kitchen is still to come.
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