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Jason DeRusha filed his first report for WCCO-TV on April Fool’s Day in 2003. Since then, he’s earned eight Emmy Awards, his food coverage was a finalist for Outstanding TV Segment in the prestigious national James Beard Awards, the Jaycees named him one of the Ten Outstanding Young Minnesotans, and the city of Minneapolis proclaimed Sept. 21 “Jason DeRusha Day.” No fooling.
Today, Jason co-anchors WCCO This Morning weekdays from 4:30 a.m. until 7:00 a.m., WCCO Mid-Morning from 9 to 10 a.m., and WCCO 4 News At Noon. He is also the station’s food reporter, producing “DeRusha Eats”.
While at WCCO, he was among the first television reporters on the scene and on-the-air at the Interstate 35W bridge collapse. He answered “Good Question” for 5½ years. In 2013, he was named one of the “40 under 40,” the Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal’s list of young community leaders.
Minnesota Monthly named him to the “Power 75” list, writing, “If anyone understands where mass media is going … it’s DeRusha.”
Marquette University named him the Young Alumnus of the Year in 2012.
Before coming to WCCO-TV, Jason spent three years as a reporter at WISN-TV in Milwaukee. Prior to that, he anchored the weekend news at KWQC-TV in Davenport, Iowa, reported for WREX-TV in Rockford, Ill. and interned at “ABC World News Tonight” in New York.
Jason’s been nominated for more than 20 Regional Emmy Awards, and he’s won Regional Emmys for Anchoring WCCO This Morning, for breaking news coverage, reporting his DeRusha Eats segment and the Good Question segment.
In the Twin Cities, Jason is a past-President of the Board of Governors of the Upper Midwest Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences. He’s a frequent speaker and host for charity fundraisers.
He is a frequent fill-in host at WCCO Radio, and has been writing for Minnesota regional magazines since 2009. He’s currently the food critic for Minnesota Monthly. Jason’s a glass art collector, and he’s been a judge for the Uptown Art Fair. He’s also tried to blow a couple glass art pieces, with limited success.
Jason graduated from the Honors program at Marquette University with political science and broadcast communication degrees, magna cum laude. Jason lives in Maple Grove with his wife Alyssa (a Wayzata High graduate), and their sons Seth and Sam.
It’s not Valentine’s Day without chocolate, and a Minnesota candy maker has a real love story to share. For nearly 20 years, B.T. McElrath has produced gourmet chocolate with popular truffles, the Salty Dog chocolate bar, and artisan toffee topped with almond in Northeast Minneapolis.
You would not expect a half-Italian, half-French woman, born in Marsailles, to open a restaurant on East Lake Street in Minneapolis. But Emilie Cellai liked the challenge.
It is not your sorry, broke, $0.99 packaged ramen noodle soup. The luscious, beautiful broth at Zen Box Izakaya is something quite special. “I call it a bowl of soul,” chef and owner John Ng said.
Spoon and Stable has earned national recognition since opening in 2014 in the North Loop of Minneapolis. From the finals of the James Beard award for Best New Restaurant in the nation to Restaurant of The Year in Food And Wine Magazine, chef and owner Gavin Kaysen’s restaurant has taken over headlines.
The northeast Minneapolis storefront of The Herbivorous Butcher features a giant meat clever protruding from the façade, gleaming white butcher-style refrigerated cases inside. But there is no meat here.
There are new restaurants chasing trends, or trying to forge an identity as cutting-edge. Then there are restaurants that are just plain good; restaurants that open and instantly feel like they’ve been around all along.
For more than 100 years, we went out to eat. We got the check. We did some math in our heads and decided how much to leave as a tip. There’s a gratuity line right on your bill, where you get to help pay the wage of the server.
For more than 20 years, Tracy Singleton’s Birchwood Café has been a trendsetter.
As the Christmas holiday approaches, WCCO This Morning is sharing some of their favorite recipes from their family to yours. On Tuesday, Jason DeRusha shared his mother-in-law’s Italian Sausage and Chestnut Stuffing.
It was a beloved spot on Long Lake just West of Ridgedale Mall: Billy’s Lighthouse. But Billy’s sat vacant for almost 10 years until another Long Lake restaurant owner spent huge money bringing it back to life. And it is gorgeous.
The holidays are a busy time for the hundreds of elves cranking out candy at a Twin Cities company that is the embodiment of the American dream.
A family-run restaurant just feels different. You can certainly feel that difference on one Twin Cities corner, with three restaurants run by one family.
The Holidazzle will begin Friday evening and will be underway all month long. The event, which changed from a parade to a holiday village in 2014, is introducing some new changes in 2015. In addition to the new location in Loring Park, there is new food. Among the new dishes is a special sausage created by Kramarczuk’s.
This Thanksgiving, Open Arms of Minnesota will deliver hundreds of meals to people with terminal illnesses. Not only do they deliver turkey, they also do creative side dishes prepared in their Minneapolis kitchens. Executive Chef Steven Howard demonstrates his spinach soufflé in the Cambria Kitchen, Cooking with WCCO.
It’s the best time of the year if you’re looking for a great deal on restaurant gift cards. Spend $100, get $20. Spend $100, get $25. Spend $25, get $5. It’s the perfect way to say “thank you” to coworkers, or your babysitter, or a great gift for family and friends.
The vegetarian food trend is going to top many food research firms’ and food journalists’ trend lists for 2016. But for one Minneapolis chef and restaurateur, it’s not a trend but rather a way of life. Chef Brenda Langton has been cooking vegetarian friendly fare for more than 40 years.
You know that Able Brewery is different from every other new craft beer brewery and taproom just by looking at one word above its northeast Minneapolis door: “Seedhouse.”
In a low-profile, strip mall surrounded by Eden Prairie corporate headquarters, D’Amico’s Campiello Restaurant has been quietly creating great Italian food for more than twenty years. Executive chef Chris Dmochowski’s food is classic, rustic Italian.
November 3rd is National Sandwich Day, but to me, every day is sandwich day. What makes the ideal sandwich? It’s not easy to achieve.
For Minnesota beer lovers, Surly Brewing Company’s Destination Brewery near the Minneapolis and St. Paul border is a dream come true. It is 50,000 square feet of gorgeous architecture and incredible beers that surprised consumers with a wildcard – food.
Hugely successful in Northeast Minneapolis and at Mall of America, the people behind Masu Sushi & Robata are now opening another location in the southern suburb of Apple Valley. But Masu is dropping the robata and focusing on noodles.
West suburban Excelsior almost had it all: quaint downtown, Lake Minnetonka views, but not a lot of great restaurants. But in part thanks to Paulson and his daughter, diners in Excelsior have many more voices, including their spot, Victor’s on Water.
They are among the most sought after and most frightening things you can eat: oysters. And over the past several years, no one restaurant has done more for the bivalve than Meritage in St. Paul.
Living so close to Wisconsin, Minnesotans have a pretty good idea of what a cheesemaking operation is supposed to look like: barns, cows and fields.
It is the burger many Twin Cities chefs look at as the local burger by which all others are compared: the Parlour Bar burger. The Parlour Burger is a monster, with two 5-ounce patties of brisket, ribeye, chuck roll and butter.