DeRusha Eats: Gather At Walker Art Center

MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — It’s one of the Twin Cities’ most artistic places to eat.

The Walker Art Center has an incredible restaurant, with a great chef who invites a guest chef in every month.

Good luck finding a more beautiful space to eat than Gather.

It literally floats over the sidewalk, suspended at the edge of downtown Minneapolis.

On this night, chef Josh Brown has invited chef Jack Riebel into his kitchen.

Riebel runs the kitchen at one of my favorite Twin Cities restaurants, the four-star, meat-and-bourbon emporium — Butcher and The Boar.

He co-created two dishes.

A wild boar headcheese with a homemade mustard vinaigrette.

“It’s collaborative,” Riebel said. “We worked all day on Tuesday with this … It’s pretty classic, but I think it’s good.”

Headcheese isn’t cheese. It’s more like a meat terrine, made up of different parts of an animal’s head.

Sounds gross; tastes awesome.

Riebel’s extremely flavorful jerked pork rib marinates overnight, and is brushed with a mango and ginger glaze.

“It’s a perfect combination of sweet, spicy and sour,” he said. “I think it’s awesome.”

Gather serves lunch every day the museum is open.

Dinner on Thursdays? That’s when you can get the special dishes created by Riebel and the other guest chefs who rotate in each month.

The Walker’s art is inventive, surprising and exciting — so is the food.

“I’m honored to work with these guys, because I get to learn every single month, learn something new,” Brown said. “It’s been great.”

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