Vellee Deli to Open Permanent Location in Downtown Minneapolis

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Vellee Deli gets a new home
Last week, Joyce Truong and Will Xiong, owners of Vellee Deli, put up a cryptic video letting their ravenous fans know about some big news: Downtown's premier Asian-Mexican fusion truck will soon be getting its own brick-and-mortar location. The new spot is set to open sometime this winter, but its exact location is still under wraps. So while the video includes a few inside shots of the space, the clip is just vague enough so that the average viewer won't likely recognize the 2,500-square foot location.

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5 Best Places to Catch a Pre- or Post-game Meal Near TCF Stadium

Categories: Food, Top 5

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If you're looking to catch a bite on campus before or after the big game, we suggest checking out these five places
The Vikings home opener is this weekend and a mass of Twin Citians will descend upon the campus stadium in droves. We're guessing that more than a few of you will be looking for some tasty eats before or after the game, so we've put together a few suggestions to ensure maximum home opener enjoyment.

See also: Andrew Zimmern will curate Vikings stadium food offerings

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Parka to Close and Become Dogwood Coffee Bar

Categories: Food, News

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Joy Summers
On September 22, Parka will be no more
In less than surprising news, it was announced yesterday that Parka in south Minneapolis will close up shop. It was also announced that while Parka might be going dark, the company behind the restaurant intends to keep the space alive in the form of a new Dogwood Coffee bar.

Parka's last night of service will take place at this end of this month. After that, they'll close for approximately a week's time and reopen under the new Dogwood name.

See also: Parka 2.0 hopes to win back fans with a revamped menu and a simpler focus

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6 Wisconsin Cheeses to Try and Where You Can Find Them in the Twin Cities

Categories: Eat This, Food

Andrew P. Han
Sartori Asiago from Plymouth, WI

Cheese makers from America's Dairyland brought back a haul of awards from the recent American Cheese Society awards, held in Sacramento, California earlier this summer. In dozens of categories -- such as "Rindless blue-veined, made from goat's milk" and "aged cheddar, aged over 48 months, all milks" -- Wisconsin's cheese makers took top honors. Cheeses from a few of these award-winning artisans are available throughout the Twin Cities, at restaurants and specialty stores. Starting mild and moving up in intensity, here 's a list of some fine cheeses for you to try, along with some pairing suggestions.

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World Street Kitchen offers free burritos for life to anyone who can find catering van vandal

Categories: Food, News

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Wanted: Van Vandal. Reward: Free burritos.
Now, we appreciate good street art as much as anybody else, but when you're throwing up a tag on something that could potentially cost a small, locally owned, independent business some hard earned cash, you're not so much a street artist as a dickhead with a spray can. Well-known Twin Cities chef Sameh Wadi agrees, which is why he and his crew are calling on fans to help them catch the person who recently vandalized their company's catering truck.

Wadi, chef and owner of both Saffron and World Street Kitchen, found out about the incident from WSK staff early Friday morning. Wadi then put out a call to his massive online following including over 3,000 Facebook fans and 6,000 Twitter followers, offering free burritos for life to anyone who could help bring the vandal to justice.

See also: Signature Dish: Saffron's chef Sameh Wadi

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Red Wagon Pizza finds new home in the former In Season location in south Minneapolis

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Red Wagon's wood oven-fired pizza finds a home
It's practically a truism that you can never have too much pizza (seriously, you can never have too much pizza), and now comes the announcement that Minneapolis's favorite mobile pizzeria has finally found a brick and mortar location to call home. Last week, Red Wagon patriarch "Pizza" Pete Campbell announced a permanent residence that should be fully operational by the end of October.

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A taste tour of the Karmel Square Somali Mall

Categories: Food

Emily Eveland
Exploring unfamiliar territory can be an intimidating feat. Throw new foods into the mix, and many of us will roll into protective balls like human-sized pill bugs. The standard approach to international markets is to stick to familiar items -- produce, rice, noodles -- while glancing at, but not daring to take home, the rest.

Well, Hot Dish readers, we're not into that approach. Because we're always on the lookout for new and exciting flavors, we decided to taste test as many foods from the Karmel Square Somali Mall as possible on a $30 budget.

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The Wedge 40th anniversary keeps block party season going this weekend

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Think summer festivities are over? Think again. Community co-op the Wedge is throwing a block party this Sunday, September 7 in celebration of its 40th anniversary.

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Red Stag to host Friends of James Beard benefit dinner

Categories: Events, Food, News

Buckle up your seatbelts Minneapolis, because the James Beard Foundation is coming to town in a big way. On Sunday, October 5, the Red Stag Supper Club will host a benefit dinner for the foundation, and the event roster is filled to the brim with top chefs from across the Twin Cities.

The host chef for the event will be La Belle Vie alum T.J. Rawitzer, who is currently serving as the executive chef for Kim Bartmann's vast Twin Cities culinary empire. Other guest chefs include Doug Flicker, Erik Anderson, Sarah Master, and last, but not least, Mike Brown, Bob Gerken, and James Winberg from Travail.

See also: Twin Cities chefs among the James Beard Award finalists

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From the chef behind Haute Dish comes Nighthawks/Birdie, a modern diner

Nighthawks, an urban American diner coming to you soon from chef Landon Schoenefeld
Coming soon to a south Minneapolis neighborhood near you (assuming you live somewhere near 38th and Nicollet) is Nighthawks, the newest venture by veteran Twin Cities chef Landon Schoenefeld. Nighthawks will be taking over the old Shorty & Wags location and will include a smaller restaurant-within-a-restaurant known as Birdie.

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