The Churn: Local Hazelnuts and More

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Becca Dilley / Heavy Table

A (romanticized) visit to an English pub at George and the Dragon. Insight into how to prepare salt-cured fish. Apparently, there are local hazelnuts for sale, if that makes any sense. Ward 6 in St. Paul is now serving breakfast seven days a week. An ad-driven look back at the Port Arthur Cafe, an old-school Chinese restaurant on West Lake Street. Where to eat great local mac-n-cheese. Culinary book recommendations from Lucia Watson, via Magers and Quinn. And Iggers digs India Cafe in Bloomington (see also: our rundown of other South Metro ethnic gems including Gyropolis, pictured above).

The Churn: Great Tastes of 2012 and More

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Becca Dilley / Heavy Table

Rick Nelson reveals his horde of best dishes tasted in 2012 (featuring Birdhouse, New Scenic Cafe, and Mona among others) and Stephanie Hansen presents her favorite tastes of 2012 (featuring Black Sheep, Golden Fig, and Meritage among others.) A positive review for Ward 6 in St. Paul. A long-form interview with Steven Brown of Tilia. Our editor presents hidden gems in the South Metro area on MPR (including Cinco de Mayo, Gyropolis, and El Triunfo, pictured above) and talks about beer meeting food at Nightingale for The Growler. City Pages calls the pastas at Louis Ristorante, the new Cosetta’s expansion, “hit or miss.”

The Churn: Farewell 2012, Hello 2013

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Becca Dilley / Heavy Table

How tap rooms changed the local landscape in 2012. Zimmern shares his annual best of list (will Punch Pizza make the grade? Read to find out!). Ten Wisconsin cheeses to try in 2013 (pictured above: cheeses from the Wisconsin Cheese Originals Meet the Cheesemaker event). The restaurant edition of Rick Nelson’s year in review. A Madison food blogger’s terrific 2013 year in review (featuring Al’s Breakfast and Tilia). And some local food trends to watch for in 2013.

The Churn: Love from Details, and More

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Becca Dilley / Heavy Table

Details calls Sun Street Breads one of the best new bakeries in America. Some details on the upcoming Sparrow Cafe at 50th and Penn. Our editor weighs in on lutefisk on the Current (featuring graphic lutefisk-tasting audio). Minneapolis local food alum Scott Pampuch gets a write-up for his Iron Horse venture in Milwaukee (pictured above: Pampuch working with locally foraged mushrooms). Our own Joshua Page raves up Bull Run coffee. D’Amico Kitchen is leaving the Chambers hotel. Summit Unchained #12 will be “100% Organic Ale.” Wisconsin’s Beer Baron writes up the newly emerging Port Huron Brewing Company of Wisconsin Dells. WACSO writes and draws a whole host of local eateries including Modern Cafe, World Street Kitchen, Pupuseria La Palmera, and the French Hen. Lueken’s grocery in Bemidji sells out… to its 400 employees. And an embrace of fine Scandinavian dining puts us on the map for Travel + Leisure.

The Churn: Gin-Ka for the Holidays and More

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Becca Dilley / Heavy Table

A taste (and explanation) of local Hmong pizzerias including Checkerboard and Palace’s Pizza. Rachel tries to make sense of Gin-Ka, the gin / vodka blend made by Phillips (vintage bottle pictured above, far left). Joshua Page has a bummer of a meal at True Thai. Lucid Brewing gets a greenlight to kick off growler sales, which should start up in January [PDF of press release]. A journey into the dark heart of fruktkaka. And John Garland heads over to The Devil’s Advocate for some food and beer pairings.

The Churn: Street Food, Lutefisk, and More

Drinks at Psycho Suzi's
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LaClare Farms breaks ground on a new dairy plant and cheese aging facility. An interview with Don Saunders of The Kenwood and In Season. I try lutefisk so that you don’t have to (you’re welcome). City Page profiles Midtown Global Market pegged to Sabbai Cuisine and Fresco’s Pasta Bar. Seasonal thoughts on pickled herring, featuring Ingebretsen’s. Common Roots is hiring a chef/kitchen manager, among other positions. Our own Becca Dilley writes about street food for Minnesota Meetings and Events magazine (featuring Foxy Falafel, Saucy Burt’s, and Vellee Deli.) And serious volcano drinks (take note, Psycho Suzi’s, pictured above) and wacky atmosphere give Hunan Garden a real edge in the Chinese restaurant party zone scene.

The Churn: Eat Street Eatery and More

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A food blogger’s visit to the Left Handed Cook (pictured above; here’s our review). A taste of the Cheese Factory restaurant in the Wisconsin Dells. Trout Caviar dives deep into the world of Lake Superior herring fishing. Unconventional gift givers might consider giving the gift of a sheep sponsorship from Shepherd’s Way Farms (here’s our interview with Steven Read of SWF). Sips of coffee and a charming illustration from the Dunn Bros. at 9th and Nicollet. And Jeremy Iggers visits the Eat Street Eatery, the latest outpost of the Wong family food empire.

The Churn: A Bibimbap Battle and More

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Sun Street Breads suspends its dinner service to concentrate on bakery and daytime service (and more food news from Stephanie March). DeRusha gives a mixed-trending-positive review to the Chef Ben Jacoby incarnation of The Craftsman (here’s our recent review of their sumac cocktail). Rachel offers some holiday dining recommendations including bibimbap at Dong Yang (pictured above); the guys at Canis Hoopus present an epic, multi-restaurant bibimbap roundup (here’s our take on the subject). Champions Sports Bar & Grill files suit against the City of Minneapolis, alleging that the city is discriminating against the establishment because the clientele is largely black. The artist WACSO visits Las Teresitas Mexican Grill. Seasonal beer offerings from Schell’s, Town Hall, and more, and a brew-focused Q&A with Wisconsin’s Beer Baron. Plus a slew of Wisconsin products are named as Good Food Awards finalists (including Uplands cheese and Underground meats). Repping Minnesota: just HeathGlen Organic Farm and Kitchen’s Raspberry Chambord. It seems as though we’ve got some self-promotional work to do.

The Churn: When Local Food Isn’t

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Stephanie March pries up some colorful “local food” restaurant puffery and finds nothing but rot, lies, and sorrow beneath it. A PiPress profile of Sweet Science ice cream maven Ashlee Olds (pictured above; here’s our profile). St. Paul loses its Robert St. Sonic Drive In. A visit to Darbar India Bar and Grill. There’s “nothing revolutionary” at the new Cossetta’s eatery, Louis Ristorante. And a long-form look at the newly opened Liquor Boy of St. Louis Park.

The Churn: Ward 6 and More

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Local beers will be the main attraction at Ward 6 on Payne Avenue in St. Paul. Details on the Black Forest Inn’s Christmas Market and German Christmas cookies (springerle pictured above). A food and drink road trip to Des Moines for Zombie Burgers and more. A Madison dining guide rates 139 Madison restaurants on how they treat their workers. A City Pages guide to specialty food stores. A tasting of stinging nettle cheese by Buffalo Creek Creamery. And the Well Fed Guide to Life takes a trip to Devil’s Advocate for meatballs and double entendres.

The Churn: Tiny Diner Details and More

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Despite a terrible apple harvest, it was a great year for gleaning. Details on Chino Latino’s retraction and apology for a racially charged ad campaign. Some details from the new Kim Bartmann project, Tiny Diner. Saveur talks up seven things you can only get in Madison, WI (featuring plenty of products from Wisconsin cows as depicted above; and here’s our Madison, WI guide.) Spill the Wine is moving from Washington Ave. to Lake St. and Bryant Ave. And the Facebook page for a new St. Paul restaurant called Ward 6.

The Churn: Tudor-Style Beer and More

Becca Dilley / Heavy TableA brunch-time visit to Harriet Brasserie (here’s our review). An intriguing food history event featuring Tudor-style ale brewed by Eric Harper of Summit. I had never considered the idea that you can make a sandhill crane into schnitzel. A sampling of the weekend buffet at Copper Pot (pictured above; here’s our review). And a blogger’s visit to the Traditional Norsk Christmas event at the Sons of Norway in Fargo.