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Big foodie and beer parties coming our way, including Bock Fest, Winterfest and the pork extravaganza Cochon 555.
One of Jester Concepts' Uptown projects has changed names and transitioned its identity from French bistro to Mexican taco emporium — and now a Twin Cities craft syrups company is involved
From giving a compliment to choosing a wine to telling a joke, five Twin Cities area gents have advice on how to up your game.
Cold and hungry? No problem when a restaurant warms you up with a blazing spot to recover and relax.
The upcoming Tilt — a project from the folks behind Uptown's Nightingale — will continue the trend of bars that double as entertainment when it opens in April.
The first Sunday in February is about getting together, watching some good pigskin and stuffing yourself like a turkey on some holiday-level grub. Here's our Big Menu for the Big Game.
The new iteration in the 70-seat space formerly occupied by Scusi will lose the Italian motifs in favor of an easygoing American menu with a hint of Southern flair.
International travel feels as unpredictable as ever. It's understandable if folks just want to stay home for a while. But there are problems with that kind of thinking.
Across the metro, restaurants are recognizing Instagram not just as a powerful social media tool, but as a force driving marketing and design decisions.
Despite the drastic temperature shift, Billy Tserenbat was thrilled to move from San Francisco to Minnesota more than 10 years ago. “Cold makes us better…
Restaurant veterans Chris Corlett and Tryg Truelson are making a bet that the noodle-and-broth movement is about to go mainstream.
A trio of professionals and liquor enthusiasts are opening a new distillery that specializes in whiskey.
As the calendar flips to a new year, a major transition is underway at the restaurant duo Nighthawks and Birdie (3753 Nicollet Av. S., 612-248-8111,…
When Sharon Harding revealed a box holding a Purple Heart, a Bronze Star and a French Legion of Honor, among other decorations, at her father’s…
Only a few hours into my first stop in Cuba, it hit me: I had done this all wrong.
It’s time for enjoying lavish holiday spreads, sipping sparkling wine and wearing your best worst Christmas sweater. Lucky for you, we’ve got leads on the…
The Spoon and Stable chef/owner's French bistro gets a name — Bellecour — while the construction crew finds fun surprises.
Now that the tryptophan has worn off from Thanksgiving celebrations, it’s time to get back on the town. Need ideas? Here are the Twin Cities’…
Four years ago, Bunbob Chhun and James Munson brought their dream of a small sandwich operation to the Twin Cities.
What's the big deal, right? You show up, mind your alcohol consumption, say thank you and leave. Simple, right? Wrong.
"Christmas in Copenhagen" has a decidedly romantic ring to it, doesn't it? But reality proved otherwise.
Pop-up eateries and other one-time events help create excitement and stand out in a fiercely competitive market.
A Forest Lake artist uses chalk to create works of temporary art in bars and restaurants around the Twin Cities area.
Three and a half years ago, Erin Franklin Hutton was breaking into Colorado’s beer scene as a bartender and server at Colorado Plus Brew…
Avoid these five party pitfalls with our guide from Twin Cities experts.
Faces Mears Park (373 Sibley St., St. Paul, facesmearspark.com, 651-209-7776) in Lowertown will close at the year’s end and reopen in 2017 with a…
Saffron Restaurant & Lounge, a much-lauded staple of the downtown dining scene for a decade, will shutter its doors next month. Chef and owner Sameh…
A 1970s industrial condo development on the Mississippi River in Minneapolis still sits empty, but a group of co-founders responsible for the popular local beer…
Need an after-Election Day pick-me-up? We've got five sure bets.
With new places to eat, play and lounge, your traveling experience is about to take off at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport — just in time for the busy holiday flying season.
What's getting ready for takeoff at MSP? Here are some highlights.
The locavore movement has landed at MSP. Here are some of our favorite places to dig in at the airport.
If traveling stresses you out, you're not alone — and there is help. MSP offers many possible antidotes.
Time on your hands? Here are some great ways to pass the time. at MSP.
Downtown Minneapolis has a fresh new coffee shop and the beginnings of what entrepreneurs Ben Hertz and Dean Phillips hope will be the Twin Cities’…
These days, confection lovers who drive past Lakeville cakery Sweet Treasures will see another sign next to the company's cupcake logo: "Cake Wars" winner.
I love traveling alone. Sure, doing so has its challenges. But in my experiences, the good outweighs the bad. The best benefit might be opportunities to meet new friends and make unscripted memories.
The brewery owners (four of whom have worked in the industry) are planning a variety of traditional European styles for starters on their 50-barrel system.
New cookbook "Molly on the Range" draws on Chinese/Jewish heritage.
The folks behind Twin Cities coffee shop upstart Five Watt (3745 Nicollet Av. S., Mpls., fivewattcoffee.com) have some new tricks up their sleeves, but for…
El Rodeo Nuevo and a guest chef from Albuquerque are teaming up with Obsidian Arts Center and the Mexican Consulate.
A major Twin Cities restaurateur team will be opening a new eatery in the former Sapor Cafe and Bar location in Minneapolis' North Loop soon.Raise…
On any given summer weekend in the late 1950s, it’s a good bet that John and Laurel Bessesen could be found on Lake Minnetonka, cruising…
Pumpkin spice overload? Expand your autumn palate to include other seasonal highlights.
The folks behind the Happy Gnome in St. Paul are poised to open another Selby Avenue eatery this month. Augustine’s Bar & Bakery…
The Twin Cities' distillery room scene has taken off with force in the past year and a half. These five distilleries with cocktail rooms offer local flavor in a glass.
A Minneapolis native -- and co-founder of Finnriver Cider -- is returning to the Twin Cities to help host a six-course cider feast at Wise Acre Eatery on Oct. 4.
With technology companies ever striving to solve problems once thought impossible, barriers are melting away.
Expect Flying Dutchman Spirits to debut a cocktail room early next year.
The American Swedish Institute nabbed Graves Hospitality's Blake Meier to replace chef John Krattenmaker at the arts organization's popular Fika.
It's tempting to drop everything and roam Minnesota to catch all the crimsons and golds at this time of year. But who has time for that? We've found your leaf-peeping match. Just follow our flow chart.
As the Twin Cities restaurant boom continues to drive the need for skilled workers, the closings of three of five major culinary schools only exacerbate a weak labor pool that chefs and restaurateurs say was already failing to keep up.
The Sioux Chef finds a following for his plan for an American Indian indigenous foods venture.
What happens when chefs reinvent comfort food staples from childhood? Try these delicious adult twists on bologna sandwiches, orange soda and more.
The Minneapolis noodle jubilee highlights a rotation of chefs that will feature a hot shot from New York, a mainstay in Japan and our own locals.
The venue is not one they had searched for, but after the owners discovered a month ago that a neighborhood store was searching for a new tenant, everything just felt right.
Here's more fun with Twin Cities cocktails.
There may be a thin line between excessive internet use and addiction akin to chemical dependency.
Last December, the panic set in. The year was drawing to a close, and my airline loyalty status was in jeopardy. I had used hundreds…
College athletics are bringing in massive deals for clothes, and the Gophers are hoping for their turn like other programs around the country.
More than 55,000 tickets have been sold for U.S. Bank Stadium's first major event: Wednesday's soccer match between elite European soccer clubs Chelsea and AC Milan.
Eager to forget last season, Gophers' men's basketball coach Richard Pitino has a roster that offers challenges and opportunities.
Reacting to a recent report that he had been offered a two-year contract extension, Gophers men's hockey coach Don Lucia said no deal has been finalized.
Gophers freshman Michael Hurt wants to be part of the turnaround in Minnesota's basketball program. Younger brother Matthew had his first scholarship offer in eighth grade.
For decades, Icelandic soccer, in one of Europe's smallest football nations, struggled to compete with the sports' blue bloods. This summer has been a different story.
The reserve forward tied a career high with 21 points in a 91-68 rout of San Antonio on Saturday.
Foes have made 46.2 percent of their threes in the team's three losses.
A 15-point lead in the fourth quarter wasn't enough, and Maya Moore's three-pointer at the OT buzzer hit the rim as the Lynx lost for the third straight game after starting 13-0.
The lawyer for wrestling coach J Robinson calls Xanax dealing 'ticky-tack violations,' and says Robinson told U of M police, 'Listen, I'm not going to work with you.'
Coach Marlene Stollings' third season at Minnesota's helm will feature a trip to South Carolina, which finished the year at No. 3 in the Associated Press poll, and home games against four Sweet Sixteen participants.
The anticipated measure, presented to the committee by university President Eric Kaler, wraps up a three-month discussion about whether such approval should be returned to the board.
Most of Richard Pitino's message to fans on the Gopher Road Trip on Wednesday focused on lessons drawn from the past and optimism for the future.
New athletic director Mark Coyle placed wrestling coach J Robinson on paid leave during the school's investigation into his team's alleged drug abuse.
On his first official day on the job, fans in Hutchinson greeted new Gophers athletic director Mark Coyle with concerns and optimism. "It's really tough staying loyal," one fan said.
With freshman forward Eric Curry, now-eligible transfer forward Davonte Fitzgerald and graduate transfer wing Akeem Springs joining the team, Buggs was not expected play a major role for Minnesota.
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