Lenny Russo

Beard Award Nominees Include Local Chefs

Rick rounds up the local James Beard award semi-finalists, who include Isaac Becker (112 Eatery and Bar La Grassa), Lenny Russo (Heartland), Doug Flicker (Piccolo), Russell Klein (Meritage), and Erik Anderson (Sea Change). La Belle Vie was nominated for outstanding restaurant and outstanding service, Piccolo for best new restaurant, Michelle Gayer for pastry chef, Sameh […]

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Knife Sharpening Sale and November 18 Tweet Rodeo

@AimeeCheek announces that an old cell phone donation at M & I Bank gets you a free @SmashburgerMSP coupon, @KnifeGuy344 recommends cheap sharpening at Eversharp’s Annual Knife Sharpening Sale, @SurdyksLiquor extends their heart healthy sale, @DeRushaEats comments on the latest polemic commentary from outspoken chefs (shefs?) Shefzilla and Lenny Russo, @StribTaste notes celebrity fans of […]

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Russo and Woodman Debate the Meaning of Four Stars

Here’s the story: Lenny Russo criticizes Stewart Woodman’s criticism of a critic giving Russo’s Heartland a positive critique. It’s an interesting read — Woodman suggests that you generally can’t give Minneapolis restaurants four stars because they’ll never measure up to the New York equivalents and Russo fires back with a blast from the past: “When […]

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June 9 Morning Roundup

Rachel spends a week on the raw food diet (“This is becoming a serious problem: a food critic without an appetite”), MPLS.TV takes a field trip to Surly, the Well Fed Guide to Life visits Cooper, staff changes at D’Amico Kitchen, TimeOut Chicago roadtrips to Minneapolis and completely misses the ethnic food (via Foodland), The […]

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March 30 Morning Roundup

A wrap-up of the “Andrew Zimmern fails to credit Chuck Terhark” angst tornado (Zimmern’s original zesty post now includes some juicy comments from the likes of Heartland’s Chef Lenny Russo) [via urbanfoodie, who also offers a meta-wrapup], Sea Salt opens this weekend, Downtown Journal looks at the rebranding of Finnegans, the gastronomic whirlwind lifestyle of […]

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March 29 Morning Roundup

Chef Lenny Russo of Heartland raises the alarm about a bill that would reduce the environmental regulation of large factory farms, a sneak peak at Cafe Kem on Eat Street, a Wisconsin cheese outpost in Sarasota, Florida, Chef Justin Grecco of Grecco’s is opening a new place called Roman Anthony’s in White Bear Lake, banh […]

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Behold the Glory of Mangalitsa Pork

As per an email from Chef Lenny Russo, Heartland will begin this weekend to serve pork from locally raised Mangalitsa [spelling corrected] pigs. He notes that the lard-type pigs “have a depth and intensity of flavor that is unlike other pig breeds that are currently available in this market. ¬†Both the French Laundry and The […]

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Is Groupon Killing Local Food?

Lenny Russo, writing in the Star Tribune, addresses the role coupons, specials, offers, and other limited time gimmicks play in building restuarants up… and potentially tearing them down. “It’s like a miniature Ponzi scheme,” Russo writes. “A restaurant sells a product for less money than it needs to break even.¬† The hope is that people […]

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