How It's Made: Buddy's Small Batch Nut Butters

Categories: The Art of Food

Emily Eveland
Twenty-four-year-old Andrew Kincheloe always envisioned being his own boss. A year and a half after graduating from the University of St. Thomas with a BA in entrepreneurship, he was doing exactly that. Kincheloe is the founder and president of Kinchie's LLC, makers of Buddy's Small Batch Nut Butters. Buddy's is an ever-expanding company that currently offers three varieties of coarse peanut butter, including Cinnamon Raisin, Honey Peanut, and Chocolate Peanut.

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How It's Made: Mademoiselle Miel Bon-Bons

Categories: The Art of Food

Emily Eveland

Susan Brown, founder and owner of Mademoiselle Miel, is bent over a hive near the front of her St. Paul-based shop, speaking softly to a honey bee. She stretches out her hand and grabs ahold of it momentarily, then approaches the front door to set the fuzzy creature free. It soon flies back to its spot near the window. She lets it be.

Meanwhile, another winged creature scopes out a hive labeled "Tiny Diner."

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Vellee Deli to Open Permanent Location in Downtown Minneapolis

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Dust off that MFA: Izzy's Ice Cream is now hiring poets

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Fly on the viewless wings of Poesy and mocha almond fudge

Calling all frozen dessert bards! Izzy's Ice Cream is now accepting applications -- in the form of haikus. That's right, for 25 job-seekers wishing to scoop their summers away behind barrels of flavors like Summit Oatmeal Stout, Salted Caramel, and Mango Django, the dream job is just a lick of poetry away.

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Grain Belt Brewery unveils cans for this year's Zombie Pub Crawl [IMAGES]

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The new cans have landed and they're only in the Twin Cities
This year's Zombie Pub Crawl IX: Quarantine, happening October 12, is already shaping up to be another brain-binger, especially for beer-drinkers. 

Schell's Grain Belt just released its Brain Belt Cranium, a beer designed exclusively for the crawl, and the cans look even cooler, greener, and more un-dead than last year's.

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In Pursuit Of: The perfect Manhattan

Dawn Brodey
A perfect pair. Manhattans as presented by The Monte Carlo.

It is understood, especially around Hot Dish, that the culinary arts are just that -- an art. We are lucky to amble among some of the finest displays of food culture and then report back to you, our readers.

But reporting about any art is itself, well, an art. Especially when it comes to classics -- those items with which foodies have had more time to apply countless variations. And so we present to you our newest column: In Pursuit Of. We'll visit and revisit culinary classics at different Twin Cities eateries and bars in pursuit of just what makes them so great.

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Minneapolis church breaks rainbow bread

Courtney Perry
Rainbow communion bread, tastes a little sweet

To celebrate the passage of the marriage equality bill, Revolution Church pastor Jay Bakker served rainbow bread to congregants gathered at Bryant-Lake Bowl. Photojournalist Courtney Perry had baked the colorful loaf for the occasion. Perry had previously baked the festive bread and prepared it for her own symbolic wedding several years ago.

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The Lowry dedicates a week to local artist Scott Seekins

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Local artist Scott Seekins gets a whole week dedicated to him at Uptown's the Lowry

If you've ever lived in Minneapolis, you know you've seen him. His notorious suits and infamous hair are things of local legend. Starting today, the Lowry in Uptown is hosting a week-long celebration in his honor. He is Scott Seekins.

All week long the Uptown restaurant will be featuring a variety of events all in the name of Seekins. If by chance you've never actually laid eyes upon the man, now's your chance. There will be art showings, a look-a-like contest, and yes, there will be a meet and greet. You'll even have a chance to get your hands on limited-edition pint glasses and T-shirts that bear his now iconic visage.

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Thanksgiving cooking class roundup

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It's November, which means the great food fest of Thanksgiving is fast approaching. It's time to get those knives sharpened and plan those shopping lists. Here is a collection of classes for novices, experienced cooks looking for a twist on tradition, parents wanting to get the kids involved, and even a class on a vegan feast. Bring on the gratitude.

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Walker Art Center presents Kitchen Lab: a series of free food events

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Cooking at Open Field
Do you like to combine your food with art? How about the great outdoors?

The Walker Art Center is hosting a series of free food-centered events June 18-28 as part of its Open Field series.

From creating your own "amuse bouche" to an outdoor picnic operetta with a five-course tasting menu, these free, family-friendly events will run throughout the rest of June.

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Bigfoot made out of beef jerky [PHOTO]

National Jerky Day is June 12

In honor of National Jerky Day (that's today for those of you who didn't already have it on your calendar), Jack Link's, now one of the "fastest-growing meat snack manufacturers in the world," has created an all-jerky portrait of Sasquatch, the creature featured in its current ad campaign.

The portrait was made by Jason Mecier, a San Francisco-based mosaic artist who is known for his bean and noodle portrait of Buffy Summers, Condoleeza Rice made of actual rice, and a card made of holiday candy that features the Olsen twins. It took more than 16 pounds of jerky, which is about 80 bags, of Jack's snack meats to make this work of art.  

Here's a photo:

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