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Dishes include sea urchin and Osetra caviar, lobster with potato gnocchi and saffron-infused mussel emulsion and salmon and seared foie gras with truffled artichokes.
“It’s hard to overestimate Trotter’s influence,” LBV chef de cuisine Michael DeCamp said in a prepared statement. “He had a huge impact on Tim and I. One of the reasons that I moved to Chicago back in 2002 was because that’s where Charlie Trotter’s was. He was his own food movement.”
Another connection: Former longtime Charlie Trotter’s pastry chef (and co-author of “Charlie Trotter’s Desserts”) Michelle Gayer, now owner of the Salty Tart (920 E. Lake St., Mpls., 612-874-9206, www.saltytart.com), is planning the tribute’s dessert menus in conjunction with LBV pastry chef Diane Yang.
In the house
Gather (1750 Hennepin Av. S., Mpls., 612-253-3410, www.gatherbydamico.com) at the Walker Art Center has announced its guest chefs-in-residence for the first four months of 2014.
Chris Dmochowski of Campiello (6411 City West Pkwy., Eden Prairie, 952-941-6868, www.campiello.damico.com) is in the kitchen on Jan. 9. On Feb. 6, it’s Mike Rakun of Mill Valley Kitchen (3906 Excelsior Blvd., St. Louis Park, 952-358-2000, www.millvalleykitchen.com) and Marin Restaurant & Bar (901 Hennepin Av. S., Mpls., 612-252-7000, www.marinrestaurant.com). Amy Thielen, host of the Food Network’s “Heartland Table” and author of “The New Midwestern Table” (and Taste writer) is scheduled for March 6, and Tyler Shipton of Borough (730 Washington Av. N., Mpls., 612-354-3135, www.boroughmpls.com) is on the calendar for April 3.
The monthly event (5 to 9 p.m.) is held in conjunction with the museum’s Target Free Thursday Nights programming and features complimentary menu items created by the guest chef (which are featured for the rest of the month on the restaurant’s menu), as well as the restaurant’s small-plates menu and opportunities to meet and greet with some of the Twin Cities’ top culinary professionals. Reservations recommended.
Here’s a twist on those familiar with the half-price wine night: Bar Abilene (1300 Lagoon Av., Mpls., 612-825-2525, www.barabilene.com) is devoting Monday evenings to half-price burger night, slashing the price on the menu’s seven burgers by 50 percent.