The Digging offers workspace, resources for Twin Cities artisan food producers

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Kieran Folliard launches a new work space for locally based, artisan food makers
As if running his own Irish whiskey company weren't work enough, 2 Gingers mastermind and owner Kieran Folliard has set his sights on a new project. The Digging, a small-scale incubator in northeast Minneapolis, will help give local, artisan food makers not only a home, but also access to a wide array of services to help start and operate their small businesses. 

Folliard has purchased a 31,000 square-foot warehouse space on Marshall Street, reports The Journal, The space will become home to a variety of local businesses, including Chowgirls Catering, Skyway Creamery, and Red Table Meat Company -- the long anticipated charcuterie endeavor by local cured meats master Mike Phillips. 

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Las Teresitas makes Travel & Leisure's list of best Mexican restaurants in the U.S.

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The enchilada burrito from South Minneapolis's Las Teresitas
We've been proponents of Las Teresitas since it opened about two years ago. The south Minneapolis cantina was our pick for Best Mexican Restaurant in 2013 and our Best Taco winner in 2012. Now it seems Travel & Leisure magazine has not only stumbled across the south-side taqueria, but they've also named it one of the best Mexican restaurants in the United States.

Las Teresitas appears alongside such notable restaurants as celebrity chef Rick Bayless's Topolobampo in Chicago, Jose Andreas's Oyamel in Washington D.C., and Alex Stupak's Empellon Cocina in New York City. There are of course other small hole-in-the-wall taco joints on the list, but those are some pretty big names for a small strip mall restaurant to rub elbows with.

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Fifth annual Savor Minnesota event in Shakopee celebrates local wine

On April 26 at Canterbury Park, Savor Minnesota hosts its fifth annual wine and food event
If locally produced wine is your thing, or you don't know a lot about it and want to, then mark you calendars for April 26 when Savor Minnesota takes over Shakopee's Canterbury Park, turning it into a celebration of locally grown grapes and locally produced food. This will be the event's fifth year and will feature over 40 Minnesota wineries, breweries, and various other food producers.

Thirsty event goers will receive a wine glass they can use to sample an array of local wines and beers while munching on treats from local producers like Caves of Faribault, the New French Bakery, and Olive on Tap. The event runs from 1 to 5 p.m. and tickets are $40 if purchased in advance and $45 at the door.

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Cajun 2 Geaux food truck to open Bistro La Roux in Circle Pines

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Cajun 2 Geaux to open new brick and mortar Bistro La Roux
The food-truck-gone-brick-and-mortar trend continues this week as Cajun 2 Geaux launches a Kickstarter campaign to help fund their new north-metro location, Bistro La Roux. They're currently planning to offer the same Cajun-inspired fare that can be found on their truck, but with the addition of local craft beer, wine, and jazz.

The new location will plant its roots just north of Minneapolis in Circle Pines. The Kickstarter goal is set at $10,000, and the campaign runs until May 9th. At the time of this post, they had raised just under $500 with 24 backers.

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Chipotle to bring food and music festival to Minneapolis this summer

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Chipotle's Cultivate festival will take over Loring Park 

Heads up, residents of Loring Park: This summer the international burrito chain Chipotle will bring its Cultivate "food, ideas, and music" festival to Minneapolis, and more specifically, to your 'hood. 

The event, which is slated for August 23, is designed to be a celebration of sustainability in our food system and will feature a number of national and local chefs, musical acts, and interactive experiences that help festival goers understand the importance of a sustainable food system and the "reality of processed foods."

The Loring Park festival will feature Amanda Frietag of the Food Network's competition cooking show Chopped, along with celebrity chef Andrew Zimmern, and local chefs Jamie Malone, Jack Riebel, Paul Berglund, and Eric Anderson, all of whom are well known for their support of sustainable foods.

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St. Paul to host Twin Cities Burger Battle

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Prepare yourselves: A burger battle will soon take over Mears Park
If there's one thing we love here in the Twin Cities, it's our burgers. With several restaurants touting their own "perfect" variations on the classic sandwich, it's about time somebody set up a Thunderdome-style competition to see who really does have burger bragging rights. The Sanneh Foundation, a nonprofit that seeks to provide life skills to at-risk inner-city youth, has finally gone and organized such an event.

On May 17, several of the Twin Cities' top burgers will enter Mears Park in St. Paul's Lowertown, and only one will leave with the title of the Twin Cities' best burger. 

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Guess when UNION will open its rooftop for spring and win a $100 gift card

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When will it be warm enough to pop the top?
We've all had enough of the weather and as things slowly start to improve, our patience for spring's arrival starts to wear thin. The folks over at UNION in Downtown Minneapolis are looking to help make these final days of winter's frozen wrath pass a little more gently.

On its Facebook page and website, UNION has announced a "pop-the-top" contest in which readers can guess which date the restaurant will finally open up the retractable rooftop on their beloved downtown patio. The person to guess the correct date will win a $100 gift card.

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100 Favorite Dishes: No. 17, The Rookery's Egg

The simple, yet luxurious, egg at The Rookery
The folks at the Rookery and Travail are well known and highly regarded for using high-end tech to give each dish a unique, playful quality. But the Rookery's egg is proof that these guys bring more to the table than just fancy equipment. This dish is a testament to how beautiful, classic cookery can take a simple ingredient and transform it into something far greater than the sum of its parts.

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Travel Channel names 5-8 Club the number-one place to chow down in the U.S.

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South Minneapolis's 5-8 Club named number one on Travel Channel's Chowdown Countdown
It appears as though Minneapolis's legendary cheese-stuffed burger is making mouths water on the national stage yet again. The Travel Channel has named the 5-8 Club number one on its newest list of places to chow down in the United States. 

On a show called Chowdown Countdown, now in its second season, the Travel Channel breaks down its list of the best 101 places to eat across the country -- and they've bestowed top honors to the 5-8 Club. Other eateries in the top 10 include Tony Luke's in Philadelphia, Prince's Hot Chicken Shack in Nashville, and Pink's in Los Angeles. 

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Where to eat for St. Patrick's Day 2014

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Buckets of green beer means the need for feed and we've got you covered
With St. Patrick's Day falling on a Monday this year, we have the rare opportunity to rock our Irish pride all weekend long. In order to make sure you've got enough food in your belly to withstand the copious amounts of green beer you'll likely be consuming, we did some hunting to find out what some of the local Irish pubs will be serving up special for the upcoming holiday.

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