A sneak peek at Sanctuary's newest menu

Chef Patrick Atanalian's newest riff on the classic steak frites 
There aren't too many restaurants or chefs out there that can execute a take on a classic dish while still embracing the will to be weird. Downtown Minneapolis's Sanctuary manages to hit the nail on the head every time. On their ever-changing menus, you can often find familiar French or Mediterranean-influenced fare, but with a list of ingredients that leaves you scratching your head. 

By the time the first forkful hits your mouth, though, chef Patrick Atanalian's vision becomes clear. This week, chef Atanalian let us into his kitchen to watch as he put together his latest menu, which is available now for your dining pleasure.

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Coming soon: Restaurant Alma's casual concept, Cafe Alma

Chef Alex Roberts to open brand new Cafe Alma

Big news for Alma fans and coffee lovers alike: Chef Alex Roberts has purchased the building that houses his flagship fine dining restaurant, Restaurant Alma, and will be expanding operations to include a new casual cafe concept.

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Vote for Minneapolis in Food & Wine's search for America's favorite food city

Food & Wine magazine wants you to vote for America's favorite food city

Get your clicking finger ready, because Food & Wine magazine is looking to the general populace to determine America's favorite food city, and yes, Minneapolis is one of the options. (Sorry St. Paul, maybe next time.) 

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Sawatdee closes skyway location [UPDATE]

Sawatdee closes two express locations 

Late last week we learned in a report from the Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal that Sawatdee had closed a second of its eight locations. 

The two shuttered locations, both in Minneapolis, include the Uptown location, which closed about six months ago, and the Baker Center Skyway location, which closed over the holidays. Both were Sawatdee Express locations, which served as the company's fast casual dining model and focused primarily on takeout.

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Rye Deli has a special Thanksgivukkah menu

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Rye Deli releases a creative new holiday menu
For the first time since 1888 Hanukkah and Thanksgiving will fall on the same day. It's a mathematical anomaly, yes, but more importantly, it's a perfect excuse to celebrate the all-new food-centered super holiday that will heretofore be known as Thanksgivukkah. 

As far as we know, only one Twin Cities restaurant has gone so far as to make a full mash-up menu for the holiday and we must say, we're intrigued.

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10 years of Cosmos at the Graves Hotel: An interview with past and present chefs

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Delectable dessert and several other courses at the Cosmos 10th anniversary dinner
Next Thursday, November 14, Cosmos at the Graves 601 will be celebrating its 10th anniversary with a very special celebratory dinner. Four all-star chefs, each of whom has worked at Cosmos and made major contributions to the kitchen there, have been invited back for this dinner where they will create and serve dishes that illustrate the evolution of this important restaurant over the course of a decade.

The Hot Dish got the chance to chat with John Occhiato, the current executive chef at Cosmos who is keeping traditions alive while carving out his own niche, and Seth Bixby Daughtry, the executive chef who helped to open Cosmos back in 2003 and put Minneapolis on the culinary hot list. We asked them all about life in the kitchen, leaving a legacy, and why neither chef considers himself a locavore.

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"Our very own Eat Street" at Taste of Northeast

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Brasa Premium Rotisserie at the Northeast Farmers Market
A number of Northeast's top eateries will pitch tents at the Northeast Farmers Market on Saturday, Oct. 5. for the third annual Taste of Northeast. Market-goers will be able to sample some of Northeast's tastiest bites for around $3 to $6 a plate.

"It's our very own Eat Street," says market manager Sarah Knoss. "We've seen a huge growth in more independent restaurants, sustainable, local spots. This is a foodie-type neighborhood."

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Trouble at True Thai

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If you've gone to True Thai recently, you may have noticed some changes -- a lack of beer and wine on the menu, for example -- and maybe a little tension in the air.

Anna Fieser, owner of the awarding-winning Thai restaurant is in the midst of a contentious legal dispute with her former restaurant manager, Corey Whitechurch.

According to Fieser, Whitechurch had been her housekeeper for over 8 years prior to working as the restaurant's manager. There are differing accounts of both the nature of Whitechurch's job at True Thai and how much he was to be compensated. Fieser claims he was an unpaid consultant; Whitechurch maintains that Fieser agreed to pay him the $51,000 in checks he wrote himself, that he signed a contract entitling him to $100,000 a year... and that she once threw knives at him during a dispute.

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Marin at the Chambers Hotel adds brunch service

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NoCal is local at Marin, now open for brunch
After taking the summer months to settle in, Marin Restaurant & Bar at the Chambers Hotel has decided to ramp up its offerings and add weekend brunch service.

The NoCal-inspired restaurant does mostly low-cal elegance, but brunch is a time to indulge and get all your food groups into one killer midday meal. So what does Marin brunch have in store? Here's a peek at the menu.

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Cupcake to launch two new Twin Cities locations

Cupcake plans to expand to not one, but two more Twin Cities locations

The world of Twin Cities baked goods is expanding yet again. This time the Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal is reporting that Cupcake owner Kevin VanDeraa is set to open not one, but two more locations which would double his current operations. With stores already located on University Avenue in Minneapolis and in the Mall of America, VanDeraa is set to finally launch his much anticipated St. Paul location as well as an additional, full service restaurant location in Eagan.

VanDeraa has been trying to open a St. Paul location for years, but has been met with a barrage of obstacles from the city, although it appears that now he's figured out a way to make it happen.

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