Minnesota Monthly names Rachel Hutton as new food critic

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Job titles change, but the names remain the same
After Dara Moskowitz Grumdahl defected for its direct competitor Mpls St. Paul Magazine, Minnesota Monthly put out a national call for food writers and critics to submit their work. They needn't have looked further than their own pages, where Rachel Hutton recently wrote a fascinating look at a day in the life of the Bachelor Farmer. News broke this weekend that she would be filling the top spot. We caught up with the former City Pages critic to ask her a few questions. 

Which restaurants are you most excited about right now? 

I'll name a category I'm excited about: the intimate, neighborhood, chef-driven "micro" restaurant. For example, Doug Flicker's Piccolo and Jon Hunt's Sparks, whose spaces were formerly inhabited by a small bakery and coffee shop, respectively, plus the forthcoming Don Saunders project in the former Kenwood Cafe. 

There's been some doubt cast on the industry of food writing, and the future of Minnesota Monthly. Dara left saying that the magazine is put out by "3 1/2 people."  How do you feel about the state of food writing in this city?
The publishing industry, as we know, has struggled to adapt its financial model to the digital age. But the recent changes have at least been good for those of us who like to read about food and restaurants. When I first started writing about the subject locally, there were only a handful of people on the beat, staffed by the magazines and newspapers. Now there are a lot more voices taking part in the discussion, and with greater frequency; i.e., we get to hear from James Norton via Heavy Table a lot more often than we did when he was writing for Minnesota Monthly and City Pages.  

Regarding the number of people working on Minnesota Monthly, I'd say a staff's size
matters less than its quality. If you follow Tim Gihring's work, you know that he consistently delivers world-class stories.

How will the food coverage at Minnesota Monthly change while you're at the helm?
In spite of the growth of blogs and social media, I think readers still look to magazines to cover food topics with depth and breadth. So expect to see restaurant reviews supplemented with features that offer a fuller understanding of the inner workings and impact of our state's remarkable dining and agricultural industries, such as the piece I wrote for MnMo a few months ago describing one (very long) day I spent at the Bachelor Farmer.

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Matthees
Matthees

I'm looking for a peruvian or Chilean Restaurant in the twin Cities. Machu picchu & Somos Peru are not open. Do you have any sugestions?

MoDub
MoDub

Yay! If Tim Gihring is world class than Rachel Hutton is positively galactic. So glad she's back in print. 

East Coast Doug
East Coast Doug

I predict a resturant 'bubble.'   It's just nuts - review after review after review, grease truck, after grease truck, cooking show after cooking show.   Most are forgetable, how many will get a second and third sale?

Beverly D.
Beverly D.

Matthees, I believe the Somos Peru Restaurant on Nicollet Ave. will be opening early in June.  I am really excited about this place because I was in Peru last year and the food is amazing.  Hopefully their food is as good!  I belive the owners also have restaurants in New Jersey so they must be doing something right.

Honestly
Honestly

The restaurant industry's always been on a bubble sitting at the whims of consumer trends with only the best (and/or most popular) surviving in the long run.

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