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Mall of America Chef Challenge; New openings

It was a little more stressful than being on TV’s "Chopped," because in addition to a live audience in front of them, chefs had to create delicious dishes for a panel of four judges, using MREs.

Chef Profile: Lunching With Lisa Sarazin

The last time I lunched with Lisa Sarazin, her last name was Hanson and she fixed me a decadent dish at the bar before returning to the kitchen to prepare for the dinner service. I was at her downtown Minneapolis restaurant, Mona Restaurant and Bar.

Seward Co-op Invites Tunde Wey to Address Race and Food

When Tunde Wey hosted a dinner for 700 at the Seward Community Co-op’s annual owner meeting in October, it wasn’t about the food, although he spent hours preparing Nigerian dishes for the members.

General Mills’ Archives Store a Rich Corporate History

In a nondescript building off University Avenue in SE Minneapolis hangs a “scandalous” painting of Betty Crocker.

Institutional Dining: Feeding the State Capitol

A recent tour of Taher owned-and-operated Fresh Seasons Cafe at the Capitol introduced me to Juanita Caballero, a spot-on, mid-rare, all locally produced burger and the idea that cafeteria food needn’t be impersonal or an afterthought.

Female Farmers On Why They Farm

CommonGround is a national organization of farm women who volunteer to share information about farming and food.

Canoe Bay’s Chef Creates Menu from Epic Garden

Randall Prudden went from working in the action-packed kitchen of Spoon and Stable in the North Loop of Minneapolis to the calm serenity of Canoe Bay, a 300-acre country estate in northwestern Wisconsin.

A Toast to Meritage’s 10 Years in St. Paul

When Russell Klein laps the dining room of his iconic St. Paul French brasserie and oyster bar, Meritage, to check on his guests, it’s inevitable that someone will stop him to gush, “This is my favorite restaurant,” to which he often replies dryly, “Sometimes it’s mine, too.”

How to Draw an Artist out

We were so enamored Artist Lisa Troutman's style that we asked her to draw her answers to a Q&A we usually receive written answers to.

Workplace Diversity: Inclusive Policies Help Retention

Restaurants, and especially kitchens, have had the reputation of being sexist places, but that's changing.

Social Media Influencers Are the New Tastemakers

A couple of years ago, the name Kim Ly Curry might not ring a dinner bell for many Twin Cities restaurateurs. But now the Instagram foodie sensation is a presence at every table in town.

Football Fans Converge on US Bank Stadium for Taste of the Vikings

It was indeed “a party with a purpose,” and the real reason why 20 restaurants and numerous beer and wine companies showed up at US Bank Stadium June 14 to feed the masses of Vikings fans was to “kick childhood hunger.”
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