Chef Hoppin': Chefs Moving On From Barbette and Red Stag

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Hilary Roberts
Sarah Master is leaving Barbette to open her own restaurant

Big staffing changes at two big restaurants.

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James Beard Finalists Announced: The Local Nominees

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E. Katie Holm
Spoon and Stable is a James Beard Award finalist for Best New Restaurant
It's official: Our local culinarians are the greatest! Some of them are getting closer and closer to receiving the biggest awards in all the land. Here's who made the James Beard Awards finalist cut.

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Pedal Pubs Immortalized on The Simpsons

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One way to know you've truly made it? The creators of The Simpsons will immortalize you.

Love the Pedal Pubs? Hate them?

Who cares! They've been on The Simpsons!

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Best Villain Minneapolis 2014 - Pedal Pub

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Fabulous Fern's Owner Charles Senkler Passes Away

Categories: News, Sad

Ed Neaton
Fabulous Fern's is a well-known drinking place for people of all walks of life

The Pioneer Press reported Sunday that founder and owner of the beloved Selby Avenue institution Fabulous Fern's, Charles Senkler, passed away of unknown causes at the age of 69.

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Rainbow Chinese Has a New Line of Gluten-Free Snacks

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Photo courtesy of Rainbow Chinese Facebook Page
Tammy Wong just doesn't stop

A few things you maybe don't know about Tammy Wong:

1. She has been running her restaurant, Rainbow Chinese, since she was 22 years old and just arrived in Minneapolis from New York City where she was a garment worker in a sweatshop. "I loved it!" Really. She loved the sweatshop.

2. She never wanted the restaurant in the first place. It was her father's idea.

3. She once owned two other businesses, in addition to Rainbow, while her children were one and two years old. No wonder she liked the sweatshop!

4. She's at it again.

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Stella's Fish Cafe Rooftop Now Open

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Photo courtesy of Stella's Fish Cafe Facebook Page
Spring is early! Let's drink!

Fifty degrees? Good enough! Let's drink!

Nobody suffers more than Minnesotans all winter long, and so what do we do? We drink.

And when springtime finally hits in all of its glory, what do we do? We celebrate! With a drink! Stella's Fish Cafe is helping us celebrate the early arrival of spring by opening the restaurant's rooftop bar, the earliest in the season that it's ever done so.

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Is the Modern Cafe Closing for Good?

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Rachelle Carlson
The Modern Cafe's legendary pot roast

The beloved Northeast pot roast and comfort food kitchen broke the news to the Star Tribune last Friday that longtime owners Jim and Patty Grell would be selling to an unknown entity.

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Motley Crews Heavy Metal Food Truck Explodes

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Photo courtesy of Motley Crews Heavy Metal Grill Facebook Page
This food truck exploded last weekend. No injuries were reported and no other details are currently available about the blast.

On the heels of news about their brick-and-mortar plans, the heavy metal-themed food truck Motley Crews exploded over the weekend while it was parked in a client's driveway.

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Who Won Big at Cochon 555?

Categories: Contest, News

Mecca Bos
Pop-up Butcher Shop: Red Table Meat's Mike Phillips and Seward Co-op's Eric Sather broke down a pig on the spot and sold the parts to highest bidders.

Touted as the nation's biggest pork competition, Cochon 555 came to the Twin Cities for the first time this year, and five of our top chefs competed to become the King of Porc (sic). The only thing missing at the Loews Hotel event was a greased pig catching contest. And if there had been, the winner would have been. . .

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Spoon Stealing: Want In on the Action? Now You (Kinda) Can at Spoon and Stable

Categories: News, charity

E. Katie Holm
Gavin Kaysen wants you to do as he says and not as he does: Buy a spoon, don't steal one, from Spoon & Stable

Chef Gavin Kaysen purportedly named his restaurant Spoon and Stable partly because of his penchant for stealing spoons, spoons being one of those tools that chefs covet in different sizes, shapes, and heft for executing various tasks.

But Kaysen's kleptomania is supposedly legendary in the industry, and he's aware that karmic retribution might well rear its head, resulting in far fewer spoons accounted for at the end of service than at the beginning.

So rather than stealing a spoon at S&S, Kaysen's got a better idea for sticky-finger diners. Buy one for ten bucks, and he'll put the proceeds toward a good cause.

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