Several Twin City institutions, restaurateurs and chefs were named among the semifinalists for the 2015 James Beard Awards Wednesday. The semifinalists were chosen by the Restaurant and Chef Awards committee from a group of over 35,000 submissions nationwide .
If the first thing you think of when you hear “Swedish chef” is the Muppets character, then maybe you need to start thinking of Paul Berglund. He has a picture of his felt counterpart in the kitchen of the Bachelor Farmer, the red-hot North Loop Minneapolis restaurant. “A liver pate is one of my favorite things,” Berglund said.
The fanciest restaurants in the Twin Cities do many things well, but maybe the most unique and artful of them are the pastries and desserts. This Saturday, it was the top 5 Pastry Chefs in the Twin Cities according to Dara!
To hear the editors at Travel + Leisure Magazine tell it, you’d think this city had cornered the market on serving up twigs and berries. Minneapolis was the only American city to make the magazine’s list of the hottest travel destinations for 2013.
Dozens of Minnesota Scandinavians and the people who love them flock to the VFW Club in Litchfield every Thursday from November through January, where a $20 bill will get you a big steaming hunk of the frequently mocked fish dish known as lutefisk. It comes with meatballs, mashed potatoes, cranberry sauce and the potato flatbread known as lefse — all of which helps to make up for the dubious entree.
One of America’s hottest new restaurants is right here in the Twin Cities. “Bon Appetit” magazine ranked Bachelor Farmer and Marvel Bar as the sixth best on its “Hot 10 List: 2012.”
What a meal. As you may know, I have a side-life as a food writer. I do “DeRusha Eats” segments for our Saturday morning news on WCCO, and I write for Minnesota Monthly magazine.