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Readers asked for a print edition of all the recipes that have won recognition in the Star Tribune Holiday Cookie Contest. Now the cookbook is here.
A sculpture by Alexander Calder, now in the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden, originally was in downtown Minneapolis. It had been a victim of the newfangled skyway at the time.
Review: It's all in the details at the new restaurant from the team behind Saint Dinette.
The annual autumn-leaves show won't be around forever. It's not too late to make last-minute Lake Superior plans, or to stay closer to home.
The James Beard Foundation is calling on chefs to help change the way Americans consume seafood. Twin Cities chefs have signed on, in huge numbers.
With the help of a pig raised in Elgin, Minn., Corner Table chef Karyn Tomlinson is now culinary royalty.
Sweet Chow packages lively Asian flavors into a quick, convenient and approachable neighborhood setting.
Not many foods have onomatopoeic names, but popcorn — pop! pop! pop! — is one of them. America’s favorite snack is one of nature’s minor…
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Twin Cities diners can look forward to a heaping helping of exciting new restaurants.
There will be plenty of laughs and songs with Marilyn Monroe, Jane Russell and "Gentlemen Prefer Blondes."
As a reporter and columnist, she was a tireless advocate for Minneapolis, especially its downtown.
Three years after launching the brewery and supper club they dubbed Birch's on the Lake, the owners are coming to Lowertown.
Tavola will open in the Elliot Park Hotel in late September.
It's the happiest time of year, when Twin Cities chefs find inspiration in sweet corn.
Facing his 20th Minnesota State Fair, a critic looks back at past favorites and flops.
What do Minnesota food professionals like to eat at the fair? Their answers may surprise you.
A new kind of food hall is coming to the Twin Cities. And it's in the suburbs. At the mall.
Get ready to drink your way through a big new batch of novelty beers at the fair.
At the Bungalow Club, chef Andrew Kraft demonstrates a clear affinity for tortellini, spaghetti and gem lettuce.
The new Nicollet Mall is a leafier, artsier improvement over its dreary predecessor. But this is all that $50 million buys?
On Sunday afternoons for the past three years, Amanda Weber has conducted 90-minute rehearsals at the state's women's prison in Shakopee.
From a new ramen shop in north Minneapolis to a brunch favorite in Wayzata, the restaurant scene is as busy as ever.
These new dining options are offering first-rate bagels, doughnuts, ice cream and more.
It's hot out there. Time to cool down at an ice cream shop with one of critic Rick Nelson's fave scoops.
Meet the talented veterans and gifted newcomers who are investing in the food and drink scene in the city by the lake.
At a time when fine dining is in retreat, the chefs at Travail Kitchen & Amusements are embracing a more refined (and expensive) experience.
A handful of newcomers join those serving up the State Fair fare, including a coffee vendor and two Midtown Global Market tenants.
A riverside destination with a peculiar name is the secret eating spot of summer.
Teens in the Stage program were immersed in the culinary arts, guided by chefs, bakers, managers and other industry professionals who volunteered their time.
Nearly 20 tenants were named, including a restaurant by the owners of Revival, plus Pimento Jamaican Kitchen and modern-day cotton candy.
Pioneering food truck builder Mark Palm is one of the most influential players in the Twin Cities street-food scene.
Be’wiched Deli, the first-rate sandwich destination, with locations in the North Loop and Plymouth, quietly closed last week. “It was a good run,” said…
Restaurant critic Rick Nelson names 33 of the best places to dine "out" — literally.
The new spots offer pasta, poke and more.
Andrew Zimmern is getting back into the restaurant business. Not that he’s ever far from it. The Twin Cities-based star of the Travel Channel’s “Bizarre…
The chef/owner of Spoon and Stable in Minneapolis and Bellecour in Wayzata talks about being named Best Chef Midwest by the James Beard Foundation.
Chef/owner of Spoon and Stable and Bellecour won at the "Oscars of the food world." He's the fifth Minnesota chef to win in the category.
David Shea's impact on the way Twin Cities restaurants look is unparalleled.
City Afrique At her warm and welcoming restaurant, chef Bea Karngar serves generous portions of the flavorful, hearty stews of her native Liberia, with an…
Star chefs are putting their own stamp on Seven, Corner Table and Sanctuary.
Jeremy Fox, a leading voice in plant-based cooking, shares his ideas in an inspiring new cookbook.
Holman's Table and Waldmann Brewery & Wurstery take full advantage of the city's fertile past, with winning results.
A 23-year-old Anoka native recently opened Macarons by Maddie Lu.
These projects, in various stages of the completion pipeline, should elevate the Twin Cities' architectural profile in the not-so-distant future.
Caught in a restaurant rut? Consider working these 10 under-the-radar establishments into your rotation.
After years of running top-rated restaurants, chef Seth Bixby Daugherty has landed his ultimate job.
Winter isn't over just yet. Here is some help in staying warm.
It's called shakshuka, and saying this easy-to-prepare dish (shack-shoo-kuh) is as much fun as eating it.
Star pastry chef Michelle Gayer hits a home run in Lowertown.
Review: Twin Cities foodies are fortunate to be living in the Tim McKee era.
The restaurant scene is bustling with recent openings, including a hot bakery and a vegetarian restaurant in Uptown.
The hunger relief fundraiser in St. Paul drew luminaries as varied as former Viking Ben Leber and Cara Mund, 2018 Miss America.
Plan your weekend with Esker Grove, the Lexington and Martina.
After a (very) slow start, Twin Citians seem to be catching up with the way the rest of the world dines.
Many skyway restaurants will be open longer hours to feed the Super Bowl frenzy.
Wayne Kostroski is staging his 27th edition of the Super Bowl's super-fundraiser, the Taste of the NFL.
Chefs and restaurateurs aren't quite sure what to expect.
While it's true that many Super Bowl events are geared for out-of-towners, there are plenty of restaurant-driven occasions for visitors — and locals — to enjoy. Here's a list.
From Monello to Mucci's, more local hot spots are experimenting with the restaurant within a restaurant trend.
Corner Table Owners Thomas Boemer and Nick Rancone made an inspired decision when they recruited Borough vet Karyn Tomlinson to run their kitchen. Tomlinson’s work…
According to food trend forecasts, popped cassava chips, maple, shakshuka and activated charcoal are on the menu for 2018.
Brunch service was as hot as ever, while doughnut shops and vegan-friendly restaurants boomed.
Restaurant critic Rick Nelson looks back at 2017's most impressive fare, one dish at a time.
It'll be another big year for restaurant openings, including a new spot by the owners of Revival.
The past 12 months could easily be branded the Year of the Closed Restaurant.
Minnesota’s first James Beard award-winning chef had a headline-grabbing year. In the span of 12 months, he left his role as vice president of culinary…
You think you had a busy year? Try being Kim Bartmann. The influential and innovative restaurateur remade her Third Bird — first into
Upon opening, this new restaurant near Lyn-Lake instantly became a favorite of local Instagrammers.
When a gifted pizzamaker combines her Korean background with a fascination for hearth cooking, a one-of-a-kind dining experience follows.
The talent behind Spoon and Stable introduced spectacular French bistro fare – and an equally spectacular bakery – to downtown Wayzata.
At the revamped south Minneapolis eatery, chefs Jamie Malone and Alan Hlebaen are cooking like no one else in the Twin Cities.
Beyond the mini-doughnuts, deep-fried cheese curds and roasted nuts, Holidazzle offers plenty of out-of-the-box nosh and beverage talent.
Let's bake: Here are the five best recipes from our Holiday Cookie Contest.
An old-fashioned, pastry-like treat that stands out in a crowd.
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