The Churn: The Arrival of Burch and More

Becca Dilley / Heavy Table

Becca Dilley / Heavy Table

A progress report on the ambitious, two-restaurant Isaac Becker project known as Burch. A look at the Urban Organics farm and fish operation taking over one of the vacant buildings of the old Hamm’s Brewery in St. Paul. Andrew Zimmern: The man, phenomenon, the burgeoning business empire. The Lift Bridge Silhouette beer release party looks like a barn burner. A peek at the Barbette Mardi Gras tasting menu for Feb. 11-12 [PDF]. Rick Nelson digs World Street Kitchen (here’s our preview). Damian McConn is promoted to head brewer at Summit. Why soda fountains are making a comeback. Black Sea is opening a second restaurant, in White Bear Lake. DeRusha’s insight into how to get a table at Butcher & The Boar (hint: not indoors; the restaurant’s s’mores pictured above; here’s our review). A taste of Bangkok Thai Deli and a roasting of its decor and bathroom (plus a rumor of the return of King & I Thai). And Scotch eggs made with antelope meat.

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James Norton is editor and co-founder of the Heavy Table. He is also the co-author of a book about Minnesota sandwiches and the people who eat them, the co-author of a book about Wisconsin’s master cheesemakers, and a daily video blogger for CHOW. His latest book is a guide to the food and restaurants of Minneapolis and St. Paul called the Food Lovers’ Guide to the Twin Cities. Norton has written about food for Culture: The Word on Cheese, Salon, Gastronomica, Popular Science, Saveur.com, Minnesota Monthly, and City Pages (as a weekly restaurant reviewer).

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