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.More »
If you just happen to be joining us here in Minnesota/on earth, it's officially State Fair season. But that doesn't necessarily mean that you have to head over to the fairgrounds to get a taste of the action. Next week, for the second year in a row, Haute Dish will host a three-day, State Fair-inspired celebration of its own. Dubbed "Haute Dish on a Stick," this dim sum-style menu is an homage to the Great Minnesota Get-Together.
Next week Haute Dish will host its second annual Haute Dish on a Stick
People generally fall into three different categories when it comes to garlic consumption: those who avoid the taste and smell at all cost, the secret lovers who enjoy garlic but avoid eating it in public, and the die-hard garlic enthusiasts who embrace the taste and smell, despite the moans of those subjected to their garlic breath.
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Garlic enthusiasts, your day has finally come. On Saturday, farmers, chefs, and musicians will gather at McLeod County Fairgrounds in Hutchinson to celebrate the oft-loathed bulb to the fullest extent at the annual Minnesota Garlic Fest. The event comes just after harvest season, so plan on consuming the freshest (and most potent) garlic around.More »
Americans are always on the lookout for new ways to enliven their film-watching experiences. Movies at the park are great on nice days, but mother nature is always capable of turning family fun into great escapes from torrential downpours or mosquito hell. VIP seating at the theater is always an option, but there comes a time when we can longer justify paying for overpriced popcorn and beers --especially after the already expensive movie tickets.
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Chris Meyer gets us. The Minneapolis resident recently debuted Taproom Cinema, a series of film showings that will take place at a new microbrewery each month. The concept is mutually beneficial for participating breweries and patrons in that films will be shown for free, but you'll still be expected to supplement the economy by paying for locally crafted beer and snacks.
Gluten-free brewery goes against the grain
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|Vincent's Basque Burger|
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|From June 24 to 26, Haute Dish will undergo a limited-time-only BBQ-joint transformation|
For those who find it too daunting to keep up with the brew scene in the upper Midwest, Michael Agnew has a primer. The owner of A Perfect Pint and Minnesota's first certified cicerone (like a sommelier, but for beer), Agnew has compiled a guide book that examines every brewery in Minnesota, Wisconsin, Iowa, and Illinois.
"About four years ago I had this feeling that something great was happening to the beer scene in the region," says Agnew. "As grandiose as it sounds to me now, I really wanted to help make the upper Midwest into the next Colorado Front Range." To do so, Agnew hit four states, tacked 10,000 miles on his odometer, and sampled everything he could find.
Beer of the Week: Surly's Schadenfreude
ESPN's cameras were rolling. The contestants stood ready. "Blitzkrieg Bop" blared in the background. The countdown began. Joey Chestnut reached for his first hot dog from the pile of Nathan's dogs before him and pushed it towards the back of his throat with vacuum-like effect. In the ten minutes that followed, he would consume 68 hot dogs, making him the world's top hot dog-eating champion.
Joey Chestnut at the 2012 Nathan's Famous Fourth of July Hot Dog-Eating Contest
Chestnut has won Nathan's Famous Fourth of July hot dog-eating contest for the past seven years, and has no plans to slow down. But if you want to dethrone the champion, your most gluttonous dreams could come true on June 1, when Nathan's Famous rolls into St. Paul to hold a qualifying round for its annual competition.More »