Andrew Zimmern will curate Vikings stadium food offerings

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Andrew Zimmern poses with his cabrito burger
Not only will the new Vikings stadium be a dazzling sight to behold, it will also offer superior stadium fare. Food vendor behemoth Aramark has partnered with Andrew Zimmern to create an inspired menu for fans interested in more than heat-lamped hot dogs and ersatz nacho cheese.

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Today is Famous Dave Anderson BBQ Party Day!

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"May you always be surrounded by good friends and great barbecue," says Dave Anderson over the phone in lieu of a goodbye. But he's earned the right to those coined phrases: Dave Anderson, a.k.a. Famous Dave of Famous Dave's BBQ, has an abundance of two very important things: ribs and enthusiasm.

Today happens to be a celebration of Anderson's enthusiasm for ribs. Mayor R.T. Rybak has proclaimed today, June 13, Famous Dave Anderson BBQ Party Day, as a sort of congratulations for Anderson's latest book. Famous Dave's BBQ Party Handbook is the tell-all that grillmasters everywhere have been waiting for: the one where Famous Dave himself sheds light not only on the special flavors that season his renowned BBQ, but throws out over 170 recipes on how to throw, as Anderson calls it, the "ultimate BBQ party." Luckily enough, it seems like the weather might finally allow for an actual day of BBQ!

Today, Anderson be signing copies of his new cookbook at the Barnes & Noble in downtown Minneapolis starting at 11:30 a.m. (Click here to preview the book on Amazon.) Hot Dish caught up with the man himself to talk about the inspiration behind the BBQ.

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Nelly eats monstrous mystery dessert in Minneapolis

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Country Grammar rapper is grammin' his dessert, just like everyone else

It's been a good week for Minneapolis restaurants and their celebrity clients. We recently reported about comedian and actor Nick Offerman tweeting his gratitude to Jax Cafe in northeast for fulfilling his steak fantasies, and now a very different public figure has taken to another social media platform to give Minneapolis a sweet shout-out. 

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Nick Offerman thanks Minneapolis restaurant via Twitter

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Nick Offerman as Ron Swanson: Two meat-lovin' guys

Nick Offerman, better known to the Internet and the general television-viewing public as the woodworking, mustache-growing, meat-loving, Tammy-fearing character Ron Swanson from Parks & Recreation, was recently in Minneapolis doing a comedy set and a few musical numbers at Mill City Nights. Most performers have their own special ways of warming up before a gig to help ensure they can last the night, and according to his Twitter feed Offerman got a little help in that area from a well-loved local restaurant.

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Haute Dish makes MSN's list of top 11 restaurants redefining comfort food

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Haute Dish in North Loop makes MSN's list for its modern take on classic dishes

The national accolades keep rolling in for Twin Cities restaurants. In our latest bit of national notoriety, the local food rebels at Haute Dish have been singled out by MSN as one of the top 11 restaurants in the country that are redefining the way we think about comfort food.

The MSN article honors restaurants that are turning out ramped-up versions of classics that we know and love. Other restaurants on the list include Homeroom in Oakland, California; Harvest in Louisville, Kentucky; Becket's Table in Phoenix, Arizona; the Spence in Atlanta; (one of Top Chef Richard Blais's restaurants); and Bubby's in New York City.

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Esera Tuaolo, openly gay former NFL player, cooking at Seven Sushi tonight

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Esera Tuaolo is one of four NFL players to come out after retirement.
Former Minnesota Vikings defensive tackle Esera Tuaolo will be working behind the grill at Seven Sushi Ultralounge and Skybar in Minneapolis tonight, cooking up dishes from his native Hawaii.

Now a celebrity chef and singer, Tuaolo is also one of only four NFL players to come out as gay after retirement. We interviewed him for this week's cover story, "Game Changer," about Vikings punter Chris Kluwe's aggressive stance as a defender of gay rights.

In our interview, Tuaolo told us he believes Kluwe is literally preventing kids from committing suicide.

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Chris Kluwe geeks out

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Adam Carolla eats "white people food" at Kramarczuk's Deli

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Adam Carolla chronicles his recent trip to the land of "white people food."
Adam Carolla really likes Midwestern cuisine -- or, as he calls it, "white people food," which is apparently a scarcity in Los Angeles.

So on a recent trip to Minneapolis, Carolla made a stop at Kramarczuk's Deli on Hennepin Avenue, our local "Polish joint."

It sounds like he wasn't disappointed. From a podcast of Carolla's radio show:

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Marilyn Hagerty: Interview with genius Olive Garden reviewer

Everybody online today is enjoying the publication of The Greatest Restaurant Review Ever Written, a piece entitled "Long-awaited Olive Garden receives warm welcome" by Marilyn Hagerty of the Grand Forks Herald.

There are so many evocative parts of the review: The "two long, warm breadsticks," the raspberry lemonade that is proffered but rejected in favor of water. The understated yet wistful tone is reminiscent of a William Carlos Williams poem.

So far, the Olive Garden review has been tweeted over 6,800 times, and Liked on Facebook 4,477 times. The editors at the Grand Forks Herald are scrambling to assemble an article on the outsized reaction for tomorrow's paper, but in the meantime, we called Marilyn Hagerty to get her response to the sudden Internet fame.

I'd like to make clear that I didn't intend to come off as disrespectful in this post. The reason I asked about the lemonade and the breadsticks is because so many of her readers seemed to enjoy those lines in her review and I wanted to get the back story. I'm a fan of Marilyn and her work--I really do think she has a brilliant voice, both in print and on the phone--and I apologize if my enthusiasm seemed sarcastic rather than genuine.

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'Diners, Drive Ins & Dives' rolls through the metro area

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We're assuming that at least one thing tasted was "off the chain" & "totally out of bounds"
The pineapple-haired Food Network personality who may or may not be a homophobe anti-Semite big fan of City Pages, returned to our town last week to film three upcoming segments. The show Diners, Drive-Ins & Dives highlights small businesses and restaurants across the country, mainly focusing on places that might not otherwise make headlines. The show has previously featured Minnesota businesses Al's Breakfast, Colossal Cafe, the Nook, and more.

Where did they film?

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Chef John Michael Lerma's gingerbread cookies sweeten up the holidays [RECIPE]

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Baking cookies with the "Pie Guy" JML
​Now that the turkey is done, the relatives have made themselves scarce, and the cranberry sauce stains have been addressed, it's time to kick this holiday season business into high gear. It's time to get our bake on. 

For ideas we turned to area cookbook author, chef, and television personality John Michael Lerma. You may recognize him from the small screen as the Pie Guy, or perhaps you've found yourself searching his recipe-stuffed blog or easy-to-follow cookbook, Garden Country Cooking.

We asked JML to share one of his favorite holiday cookie recipes, and he sent us this gem.

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