Twin Cities Wine Guru, Bill Summerville, on His Collection for Spoon and Stable

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Had a memorable meal in Minneapolis lately? Chances are good that Bill Summerville had something to do with the experience.

After leaving his long-held post as managing director and sommelier at La Belle Vie this past spring, Summerville has been in project mode. He partnered with chef Erik Anderson on a well-received fried chicken and Champagne pop-up at Travail and designed the wine programs at the Third Bird and Sea Change. He then traveled, tasted, and studied his way through hundreds of bottles to create the perfect collection for Gavin Kaysen's North Loop hot spot, Spoon and Stable, where Summerville is general manager and wine director.

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Goat Meat and Cheese Get Top Billing at Ian Gray's Curious Goat Food Truck

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Hannah Sayle
Goat cheese curds, the signature dish at the Curious Goat

In a little orange trailer, Ian Gray has packed all of his goat-loving culinary whiz-dom into a simple, seasonal menu. The Curious Goat is, as the name would suggest, heavily geared toward goat products, practically a showcase for nearby Singing Hills Goat Dairy. But there are plenty of other enticements: beef sliders, pork ribs, and a number of clean-eating vegetarian options.

Gray's last venture, the Gray House, was known for changing up its menu to an almost irksome degree (no dish, not even the most beloved, was too precious for the chopping block), and he promises a similar seasonal shuffle with this new venture. But if you worry you'll be annoyed with the unpredictable menu offerings, we implore you to go anyway and let this trailer, ahem, get your goat.

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Now Open: The Turf Club's Full Kitchen Serving Brunch, Dinner, and Late Night Snacks

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Hannah Sayle
New turf for the Turf Club

There was a time when eating at the Turf Club meant waiting, hoping, and wishing for the Tamale Lady to stroll in with her four for $5 special. Now the newly renovated and reopened live music venue in St. Paul has a full kitchen of its very own, and is serving weekend brunch and a daily lunch, dinner, and happy hour. How does the culinary show stack up against the dependably cool music lineup? It depends on what you're looking for.

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NorthGate Taproom Opens This Friday in Northeast Minneapolis [PHOTOS]

Categories: Beer, Now Open

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Loren Green

NorthGate Brewing is moving into its new digs this weekend and hosting a grand opening celebration in its brand new taproom on Friday, October 10. The brewery's new location is in Northeast, just east of 35W near the UPS facility on Broadway. Industrial on the outside, the taproom's interior is anything but: The space has been designed by Domain Architecture to feel reminiscent of an English pub.

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Target Opens Its First Minnesota Liquor Store in Otsego

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Courtesy of City of Otsego/Dan Licht

Sometimes the toddler-sized, bedazzled, animal print bikinis in Target's kids' section make you want to cry and drink a bottle of whiskey, right? Right. Well, good news for Otsego residents who find themselves in this very situation: The first wine and spirits shop in a Minnesota Target store is now open for business.

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Workshop in downtown Minneapolis is a showcase for technique and taste

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Hannah Sayle
Hoisin-seared beef tenderloin filet with smoked bok choy and daikon radish
Only a few months have passed since the main-level dining room at Kaskaid-owned Union changed from a sustainable seafood-driven restaurant-within-a-restaurant called Union Fish Market to Workshop at Union, a new micro, mini, and small plate concept helmed by the alternately lauded and loathed chef Stewart Woodman.

Suffice it to say, Woodman, who previously owned Heidi's and Birdhouse, both in Uptown, has had a lot of public scrutiny to overcome before returning to the local food scene. But it seemed like a wise move to slide slowly in under the umbrella of someone else's ownership and focus on doing what he does best: cook. We put aside the history and headlines for a night to try a smattering of the small plates he's pushing out of the kitchen at Workshop.

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Urban Growler in St. Anthony Park is open for business

Categories: Beer, Now Open

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Loren Green

Start-up brewery Urban Growler is now open for business, six years after revealing its plans for a St. Paul suds factory. For now, the brewery is in its soft-opening phase, operating for limited hours on Wednesday through Saturday, with a promise to increase hours as more beers have completed brewing. In the meantime, the St. Anthony Park brewery is serving two beers: CowBell Cream Ale and Sission IPA -- both mild and easy-drinking beers that pair well with the brewery's kitchen offerings.

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First Look: Black Coffee & Waffle Bar's waffles-only menu has focus and finesse

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We've seen grilled cheese sandwiches fused together and made crispy in waffle irons, waffles made with bacon right in the batter, and we've seen mistyped menus declaring "Belgium waffles" available at brunch, but an establishment with a food lineup composed entirely of waffles? That might be a new one.

Black Coffee and Waffle Bar, the former Muddsuckers on 15th and Como Avenue near the U of M campus, has been re-branded, re-vamped, and is now reopened. Owners Lisa and Andrew Ply gave the cluttered space a make-under, with a streamlined menu of Dogwood Coffee drinks, pastries from A Baker's Wife (they don't deliver so the Plys pick up before opening each day), and more than half a dozen sweet, savory, very substantial waffles. 

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First Look: Tiny Diner has big potential

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David McCrindle
Tiny Diner is now open in Powderhorn
The latest addition to Kim Bartmann's ever-evolving eatery empire (Red Stag, Pat's Tap, Kyatchi Sushi, Barbette, etc.) is a mini restaurant on a major mission.

Tiny Diner is not only bringing all-day, all-organic meals to Powderhorn, they're working to be as self-reliant and sustainable as possible, drawing energy for the building from huge solar panels on the patio roof, keeping bees to make their own hyper-local rooftop honey, composting food waste, using cisterns to collect and store water, and maintaining a garden that will teach permaculture practices to the community and provide food for the restaurant. All that and they're making pie, too. 

We stopped by for dinner to check out the beer list, the big old patio and kids play area (complete with a willow thicket hut), sample the house-made soft serve, and see how Bartmann has interpreted the concept of a modern urban diner. 

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First Look: Nelson's Ice Cream brings towering scoops to St. Paul

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Grant Tillery
Nelson's, a local favorite since 1923.
Nelson's Ice Cream is a local institution. Opened in 1923, the original humble, ramshackle scoop shop in Stillwater earned legions of fans thanks to its ungodly portions of velveteen Cedar Crest and Kemps ice creams (Cedar Crest is made just north of the Twin Cities in Cedarburg, Wisconsin, and Kemps is a Twin Cities company).  

After 91 years in business, the purveyors of all things grandiose have opened a second location in the former Palumbo's Pizzeria in St. Paul. Not surprisingly, the Mac-Groveland neighborhood is quite taken with this new arrival. 

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