This week in DeRusha Eats, Jason DeRusha spent some time with world famous chef Marcus Samuelsson. He’s featured on the Food Network and was the chef at the Aquavit restaurant in the IDS Building in downtown Minneapolis from 1999-2003.
Not only is it one of the most anticipated restaurant openings in the country, but it’s also a great hometown success story. A kid from Bloomington, Minn. became a nationally-known cooking big shot in New York, but moved to Minneapolis to open his first spot.
In most large cities, some of the best restaurants are inside hotels. For whatever reason, Minneapolis doesn’t really have that scene. But Marin is trying to change that.
While many people will be celebrating Halloween next Friday, others will be celebrating a Mexican holiday that predates is by some 3,000 years. The Mexican holiday of Dia de los Muertos is celebrated Nov. 1. And nowhere celebrates it in the Twin Cities quite like El Burrito Mercado in St. Paul.
In small town Minnesota family restaurants serving breakfast, lunch, and dinner are pretty common In the Twin Cities that type of café is Keys Café; a chain of nine restaurants known not only for those meals, but also for their bakery.
Fall is often a short-lived season. Certain things, aside from the weather, are here and then gone quickly. Things like high school football games, fall colors and a certain kind of beer that you may have never heard of.
Twin Cities-based Kaskaid Hospitality is in the middle of some major changes. The company behind Crave is expanding to Las Vegas in the next couple weeks, and thus is remaking menus at all of its restaurants.
If you ask an east coast native about Twin Cities bagels, you’re probably going to get a violent reaction. But instead of complaining, two sisters decided to start boiling and baking their own bagels. And that makes a difference, as Jason DeRusha found out.
The Kenwood in Minneapolis looks and feels like its namesake neighborhood: elegant, understated and comfortable. Jim Smart designed the eatery, which is just one of his more than 320 restaurants around the country.
Look closely on dozens of Twin Cities menus and you’ll find the fish from Star Prairie Trout Farm — just 45 minutes from our downtowns. Besides their commercial fishing operation, they have ponds where anyone can fish. My morning show co-anchor, Jamie Yuccas, had more success than I did at fishing.
Mancini’s is known for steak, but it’s their gelato that’s winning fans at the Minnesota State Fair. Sarah Williams starts with milk, cream and sugar – creating gelato right on site. She adds Italian flavorings to make flavors like caramel apple. St. Paul’s Summit Beer goes into the oatmeal stout gelato.
It’s not just what bacon and what muffin you’re going to use for your breakfast sandwich. The uniform choice and the building design also matter. Blue Barn is the newest restaurant at the Minnesota State Fair. Stephanie Shimp, co-owner of Blue Plate Restaurant Group, says they’ve been trying to get into the fair for almost a decade. She tried to get in last year, but Mancini’s ended up winning the old Pizza Palace.
We’ve all been there: we meant to order one thing, and instead we get something else. A Twin Cities Chef had that happen with hot peppers, but he turned that mistake into a growing business. This week Jason DeRusha Eats Cry Baby Craig’s Hot Sauce.
Eva Duckler, 17, has had a busy summer doing normal teenage stuff. You know, like graduating from high school, building a bottling line and launching a root-beer brand. “I’ve been trying root beer since I was really young, probably tried hundreds of root beers,” Duckler said.
She took her mom’s pie crust recipe and created something totally different with it: A hand pie with a unique twist. In this week’s DeRusha Eats, Jason checked out Sara’s Tipsy Pies and we find out where to get our hands on them.
On a hot summer day it’s the perfect day to let your grill do the work and slow roast some ribs. Or if you don’t want to be by all that slow, low heat, maybe you want to head to Mystic Lake for their Great Midwest Rib Fest competition.
Daniel Winer drinks a glass of home-pressed vegetables every day. He has a vested interest, after all, as the CEO of JuicePresso. “I’m not a huge believer in skipping all your meals like some people say. I like to think of it as an addition, or if you do one meal,” Winer said.
It’s a strange sight as you head towards the gate in concourse G at the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport. Executive Chef Sara Johannes is at the wok inside Shoyu, which is not your standard airport restaurant. She says a lot of chefs probably think that working at an airport is not the best gig.
There’s a certain expectation that comes with food at a bowling alley. But Pinstripes in Edina isn’t that at all. Chef Nelson Pinos runs an all-scratch kitchen. They even make the pasta in house. “We’re not [just] a bowling alley, you know,” Pinos said.
Many of us over the next week will have backyard parties or picnics to celebrate the 4th of July. And while dining outside tends to be a bit more casual, how would you feel about serving boxed wine? For DeRusha Eats, Jason DeRusha is giving you show how boxed win has changed for the better!
For many of us in the Midwest lobster is a fancy, special occasion food. But that has changed in the Twin Cities, thanks to one food truck that’s become one hot restaurant. This morning Jason DeRusha Eats in the busiest neighborhood for food, at one of the busiest restaurants: Smack Shack.
Old Country Buffet was in bad shape. Stores were closing, and the company was filing for bankruptcy. Then came new CEO Anthony Wedo. “We haven’t done a facelift even for 30 years in this business,” Wedo said. “If you wore the same clothes you wore 30 years ago, you’d be in trouble, right? I mean, you’d stand out in the wrong way.”
They’ll forgive you if you carry a stack of letters into The Postmark Grille in Hudson, Wis. “They love how we kept a lot of the characteristics of the building,” said manager Erica Schletty.
Mark Reese of B-52 Burgers and Brew knew he made a great burger. But competing against The Nook, MyBurger and The Gold Nugget? “It was very intimidating,” Reese said. But a panel of chefs and food critics judged the B-52 burger as the best in the Twin Cities Burger Battle.
It looks like every other grocery store from the outside. But for nearly 40 years, Valley Natural Foods has been doing things differently inside. Kirsten Shabaz is the co-op’s “Fresh Food Educator.” “You wouldn’t be able to walk into a big-box store and find dandelion greens or even ramps probably for that matter,” Shabaz said.