The “Academy Awards of the food world” announced its prestigious list of finalists on Tuesday, giving several nods to Minnesota chefs and restaurants. The final list of James Beard Award nominations cut the long list of semifinalists down to the top five in each category.
There’s no denying the culinary prowess coming out of Twin Cities kitchens today. Several Minnesota chefs and restaurants are consistently recognized on a national scale — and by the prestigious James Beard Award Foundation.
For years, restaurants have had special dinners with wine producers, and beer brewers. But over the past couple years the idea of cocktail dinners has really been taking off.
We’ve all known the kind of stellar restaurants and chefs we’ve been blessed with here in the Twin Cities. But as the semifinalist list for the 2013 James Beard Awards prove, the rest of the country is taking notice.
With so many wonderful restaurants and chefs in the Twin Cities area, wouldn’t it be great to sample the best of each chef’s menu? Listed below are some of the most popular tasting menus in the area, with most of these restaurants also focusing on local, Midwest ingredients.