On Valentine’s Day, Jason DeRusha turned his attention to chocolate. More so. That’s because one of the top 10 chocolatiers in North America is right here in St. Paul.
It’s one of the strangest events on ice you’ll ever see; a golf tournament on a frozen lake. Saturday marks the 31st annual Chilly Open on Lake Minnetonka. This year’s theme is ‘Gone Country,’ so make sure to bring the cowboy hat and boots.
In his restaurants, he was known for his incredible skill in creating delicious cured meats — salamis and coppas and sopressatas. Now, a local chef has created his own company hoping to create world-class charcuterie right here in the Twin Cities.
As a kid growing up in Edina, his dream was to be a rock-and-roll drummer. He didn’t quite make it. But, that’s a good thing for thousands of people who love wine.
The Super Bowl is just one week away, which means it is also just one week until an event that’s become a huge part of Super Bowl Weekend – Taste of the NFL. Taste of the NFL was founded by a Minneapolis bakery owner and restaurant guy when the Super Bowl was in Minnesota in 1992.
St. Paul’s James J. Hill Reference Library is old. A massive library seems antiquated these days, but some of the newest ideas in the Twin Cities are coming to life there. Studio/E was founded by former Target executive Nate Garvis and attorney Tom Wiese. “It’s an experiential leadership program based on the entrepreneur’s mindset,” Wiese said. “Take action instead of planning and doing. It’s doing and then learning.”
Minnesota is a state known for its large Native American population. But, can you name a single native restaurant? Not yet. A local chef who grew up on a Lakota Indian reservation is looking to change that.
It is the New Year, and folks are filling up local gyms. But did you know you can also fill up at many local gyms? At nearly 20 Life Time Fitness locations around the metro you can get in shape by working out on the machines and eating a nutritious meal at the café.
Earlier this week, WCCO showed your pick for the Best Juice Bar in Minnesota. No doubt in the coming days, you’ll hear from friends or family who are going on a juice cleanse for the start of the New Year.
We’ve got a little bit of a different Get Movin’ Monday for you this week. The holidays are pretty much over, you’re cleaning up from parties and perhaps starting to think about some projects around the house.
Wednesday is New Year’s Eve, so you know what that means! The champagne toast! But this year, why not step out of your comfort zone and try something different? Jason DeRusha visited World Class Wines and found easy ways to find the perfect bubbly, some even without breaking the bank!
Have you decorated your Christmas cookies? Look no further than our WCCO This Morning studio for some decorating ideas. Jason DeRusha, Jamie Yuccas, Kim Johnson and Ali Lucia put their skills to the test.
Minnesotans love Irish pubs, so Jason DeRusha took a drive to Maple Plain, Minnesota, and found a classic pub in an unlikely spot.
Half Time Rec is a St. Paul institution. It was even the backdrop for the movie “Grumpy Old Men.” This place defines dive bar. Scott and Steve Mars are the brothers who’ve tried not to mess this place up the past five years. “It is a dive bar, and we take pride in that,” Scott said. “We want to keep it a fun dive bar atmosphere.”
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.
Jason DeRusha sampled a Czech pastry so popular that they’re being sold throughout the state.
As Thanksgiving and the holidays approach, a lot of us start thinking about baking. Many of us bake pies, cakes, cookies and other treats special for this time of year. That’s why Jason DeRusha headed to the western suburbs, just west of Wayzata, to try the Country Cake Cupboard Cafe.
The calendar may say fall, but the winter temperatures are clearly here. If you haven’t taken the time yet to get your house ready for what Minnesota winters bring, it’s not too late.
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.
She was 12 years old, and like most 12-year-olds, she had a crush in her same grade. “I thought we loved each other. He just used me for what he wanted,” said Michaela Snyder, a Woodbury teenager, now a freshman in high school.
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.
It’s still a week away, but Halloween celebrations were already underway in Anoka, Minn. Saturday. The self-proclaimed Halloween Capitol of the World got a jump start on the season. Thousands of people dressed up and lined the streets for the Anoka Halloween Parade.
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.
While there’s national concern about the deadly Ebola virus, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says October marks the start of flu season.