We pick up where we left off yesterday as we recap the best, worst, most dramatic, and otherwise most noteworthy in food and drink from 2010.
Susan Pagani rallied volunteers to save the garlic harvest at Swede Lake Farms.
James Norton sampled two tastes with Sarah Master of Porter and Frye and Katie Cannon went behind the scenes with Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives.
In the Churn: L’Ecosse is scotched, Colossal Cafe changes ownership, legislation paves the way for local microbreweries, and Tom Emmer likely dooms his campaign by calling for lower wages for servers.
August means State Fair around here: we rounded up dozens of the best eats at great risk to our own digestive systems. And read Ed Kohler’s interview with Katie Miron, the 2010 Princess Kay of the Milky Way.
Soleil Ho and the Heavy Table team rolled out the Minneapolis-St. Paul street food truck directory — see also her review of the Border Taco Truck.
James Norton chats with Mike Phillips about Green Ox, his new meat company and then heads to Columbus, Ohio, for an epic marathon of noshing.
Tricia Cornell talked to Rabbi Morris Allen about ethically kosher food, and then heads out to Miesville for a burger at King’s Place.
Elizabeth Millard and Becca Dilley trekked out to visit the emus of Hassu Lintu in Forest Lake.
Jason Walker eats his way around newly hip Robbinsdale, MN.
And Susan Pagani crafts a perfect Pimm’s Cup.
In the Churn: Gluek beer gets axed, Wisconsin cheese cleans up at the American Cheese Society contest, St. Martin’s table announces its closing, Pop! fizzles, Stanley’s prepares to open, Rojo opens, and Mike Phillips leaves the Craftsman to go start Green Ox.
We have an epic mushroom picnic with forager Kathy Yerich and Scott Pampuch from the Corner Table and talk about the ABCs of raising urban chickens.
John Garland brings us a level-headed and ambitious survey of the wines of Iowa and Becca Dilley brings us an awesome flowchart to help you eat local cheese.
Alyssa Vance treks to New Prague to learn the art of sausage making from a master.
And James Norton raves up Caribe.
In the Churn: Harry’s closes, Five Guys comes to Dinkytown, Bars Bakery opens, Bull Run (now Dogwood) opens in Calhoun Mall, labor unrest rocks Jimmy John’s, and local butter booms in the dairy state.
Roseanne Pereira brings us portraits of three young local farmers.
James Norton and photographer Becca Dilley drive ’round Lake Superior and eat — a lot — as they go.
Soleil Ho checks out the newly emerging Donut Cooperative, Maja Ingeman hits the newly opened Flights at the airport, we have some wine with Georg Riedel at Kitchen Window, and Aaron Landry sounds the alarm about a changing Town Talk Diner.
And just in time for Halloween, Tricia Cornell visits the state’s biggest candy store.
In the Churn: The Taste of Minnesota implodes, The Creamery B&B and restaurant shuts down, “Twincy” PR guy Chris Kallal takes a fall, Hmong Village opens, Wisconsin launches a Master Meat Crafters program, Palomino closes, Kim Huoy Chor horrifies diners with its sanitation problems, and Hellburgers closes in Duluth.
We debut Jason Walker’s Tap, our bi-weekly newsletter of restaurant openings, closings, and previews.
Fearlessly, we try 25 tastes at the newly opened Hmong Village in St. Paul.
Judd Spicer checks out the Schmidt Brewery in St. Paul, which may be on the verge of a revival.
Jason Walker visits Coon Creek Family Farm in Mondovi, WI — includes the finest turkey-themed video we’ve yet posted to the site.
Madison correspondent Sean Weitner writes up the new L’Etoile outpost, Graze.
John Garland checks out the new Lake Wine and Spirits.
James Norton faces off against a former New York Times food writer whose book (falsely!) disrespects Wisconsin cheese. As a chaser, he debates Rocky Rococo pizza with Sean Weitner of Madison.
We document the many terrible things that have happened to us in the kitchen and then master the pasty.
A rave review for the newly opened Pizzeria Lola in Armatage, Minneapolis.
Andy Pucko documents the (local) beers of winter.
And James Norton samples oysters with Russell Klein at the newly opened Meritage Oyster Bar.
In the Churn: The Thom Pham family feud comes to some sort of an end, Ringo calls it quits, Yo!Sushi announces that it will open five local locations, a raw milk farmer is raided, and Town Talk is the talk of the town.