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2024-02-17 17:44
Photographs by Becca Dilley / Heavy Table This story originally appeared in the Feb. 16, 2024 edition of the Tap newsletter supported by Heavy Table’s Patreon backers. Subscribe on Pat… Read More
2024-02-02 14:05
In most years, Valentine’s Day is a little island of joy surrounded on all sides by a bleak white frozen wasteland; this year, it’s a little island of joy surrounded on all sides… Read More
2023-09-25 12:00
PHOTOGRAPHY BY BECCA DILLEY / HEAVY TABLE; ILLUSTRATIONS BY WACSO / HEAVY TABLE This story is one of five capsule reviews from the Lyndale Avenue Checklist published in last Friday’s e… Read More
2023-08-19 18:30
Photographs by Joshua Feist Tom Nechodomu loved his two decade-long career in education. He focused on instructional design and curriculum development, with stints in corporate work, consult… Read More
2023-07-05 22:57
Heavy Table published a long retrospective interview with restaurateur and “Food Guy” Tobie Nidetz this January in our Tap newsletter. This week, he passed away after a long illn… Read More
2023-05-23 18:20
The following review is one of five posted as the ninth installment of our Lyndale Avenue Checklist project, along with reviews of Lago Tacos, Volstead’s Emporium, Iconos Gastro Cantin… Read More
2023-04-25 14:27
PHOTOGRAPHY BY BECCA DILLEY / HEAVY TABLE This story originally appeared in the Hearth, the Heavy Table’s newsletter about home cooking, cookbooks, farmers, and makers. You can get the… Read More
2023-03-27 13:15
PHOTOS BY BECCA DILLEY / ILLUSTRATIONS BY WACSO FOR HEAVY TABLE The following review is one of five posted as the seventh installment of our Lyndale Avenue Checklist project, along with revi… Read More
2023-03-20 12:00
Anthony Jennings currently works at Arbeiter Brewing Company in Minneapolis and has also worked at Inbound, One Fermentary, and Pryes. An industry vet, he’s also making noise as part o… Read More
2023-01-31 20:53
It takes real commitment to pull off world-class dim sum, and Mandarin Kitchen is fully committed and crushing it in Bloomington, Minn Read More
2023-01-16 13:00
PHOTOGRAPHY BY BRENDA JOHNSON / HEAVY TABLE This story originally appeared in the Churn newsletter, one of three published by the Heavy Table on Fridays via Patreon. Back us on Patreon to ge… Read More
2023-01-09 17:12
PHOTOGRAPHY BY ANNMARIE GENIUSZ This story was originally published in the Tap newsletter, available to our backers on Patreon. Hundreds of hooves simultaneously pounding the ground.  A… Read More
2023-01-03 20:22
Prima in Minneapolis may feel like a culinary time capsule from 1999, but its Italian food hits a great many warm, delicious notes Read More
2022-11-21 13:00
PHOTOGRAPHS BY BECCA DILLEY / ILLUSTRATIONS BY WACSO The following review comes from the November 18, 2022 edition of the Heavy Table newsletter via Patreon. It ran alongside four other revi… Read More
2022-11-02 16:17
Ask a brewer about hop aroma and you will receive a passionate explanation of the melon, citrus, pine, orange zest, bubble gum, and other smells that hops can exude. Bring up Phantasm Powder… Read More
2022-09-28 17:27
So, there’s a theory that you’re probably familiar with, that every time you make a decision – whether to order an extra side of bacon with your omelet, or a dish of Hollan… Read More
2022-09-06 12:00
In the mid-00s, I dined at the restaurant on the 16th floor of Duluth’s Radisson Hotel with my boyfriend at the time.  Back then the restaurant was called the Top of the Harbor, a… Read More
2022-08-22 12:00
Some people have a grandpa who can teach them how to fold dumplings, or an auntie who can share the secrets of her incredible kimchi.  For the rest of us, there’s Hot Wok Academy… Read More
2022-08-15 12:00
One of the things we men in late middle age miss – one that we will go on about at some length, given the opportunity – are cassette mix-tapes. Most of you aren’t old enoug… Read More
2022-08-01 12:00
PHOTOS BY AMY REA / HEAVY TABLE This story originally appeared in Heavy Table’s Churn Newsletter on July 15, 2022. Back us on Patreon to receive newsletters packed with original storie… Read More
2022-07-08 15:26
This story was originally published for Heavy Table subscribers in the Tap newsletter on July 8, 2022. Back the Heavy Table on Patreon to subscribe. “I want people to be happy.”… Read More
2022-06-22 12:00
PHOTOGRAPHS BY BECCA DILLEY / HEAVY TABLE This story originally appeared in the June 10 edition of Heavy Table’s Tap newsletter. Back the Heavy Table on Patreon to subscribe to exclusi… Read More
2022-06-20 12:00
PHOTOGRAPHS BY SARAH MCGEE / HEAVY TABLE This story originally appeared in the June 17 edition of Heavy Table’s Churn newsletter. Back the Heavy Table on Patreon to subscribe to exclus… Read More
2022-06-08 13:00
PHOTOGRAPHS BY KARIIM CHARLIER / HEAVY TABLE One look at the menu of the two-month-old Jamaican Caribbean Cuisine in Roseville and I was smitten. Cow’s foot soup? Saltfish and liver fo… Read More
2022-06-01 00:00
PHOTO BY IVY VAINIO I was recently asked to give a talk on “Ojibwe gardening practices” to schoolchildren in the United Kingdom. The request really made me stop and think. My wor… Read More
2022-05-23 12:00
PHOTO BY BRENDA JOHNSON / HEAVY TABLE This story originally appeared in the May 13, 2022 edition of the Heavy Table’s Tap newsletter. Back the Heavy Table on Patreon and get Minnesota… Read More
2022-05-03 15:21
PHOTOGRAPHS BY BRENDA JOHNSON / HEAVY TABLE With its bright, airy interior and floral mural, Pau Hana is a tropical oasis in the southern suburbs.  The sleek design and inviting bar mak… Read More
2022-04-21 15:56
Two bits of bad news hit our inbox late yesterday and early this morning. The first: the six-year-old Longfellow Asian fusion spot Dumpling is calling it quits this weekend. As per their ema… Read More
2022-04-18 12:00
At an event in Minnesota’s recent past, Todd Haug was still the brewing wizard at Surly. While discussing beer, someone in attendance asked why Haug made such bitter, hoppy beers. Haug… Read More
2022-04-13 13:41
The Heavy Table team is thrilled to bring back the Upper Midwestern artisan food sip-and-sample known as The North Coast Nosh. It happens May 1, 2022 at The Food Building in Northeast Minnea… Read More
2022-04-12 17:47
PHOTOGRAPHS BY VICTORIA CAMPBELL / HEAVY TABLE One of the people at our table at Churchill Street summed up the experience this way: “I didn’t expect a restaurant in Shoreview to… Read More
2022-03-07 13:00
Many years ago – in the late Cretaceous Period – when I was a child, there were the official holidays – Christmas, Thanksgiving, birthdays, etc… But there were also… Read More
2022-03-01 18:17
The Heavy Table has been publishing stories about the food and drink of the Upper Midwest for nearly 15 years. Our contributors have included prominent chefs, published authors, professional… Read More
2022-03-01 17:46
ORIGINAL PHOTOS BY BRENDA JOHNSON (D-SPOT) AND ELI RADTKE; FILE PHOTOS BY BECCA DILLEY We’ve all heard the stereotype before: Minnesotans think mayo is spicy. There are plenty of riffs… Read More
2022-01-10 14:41
PHOTOGRAPHS COURTESY OF UW-PRESS / CHRIS HYNES EXCEPT AUTOR PORTRAIT BY MAUREEN JANSON HEINZ Whenever I want to know what’s going on with food and restaurants in my hometown of Madison… Read More
2021-12-20 13:00
PHOTOGRAPHS BY VICTORIA CAMPBELL / HEAVY TABLE When Cafe Racer Kitchen announced last month that they would begin requiring proof of vaccination or a negative COVID test for indoor dining, i… Read More
2021-12-13 16:40
CRANBERRY QUEEN AND CRANBERRY HARVEST PHOTOS BY BECCA DILLEY PHOTOGRAPHY During the Siege of Drogheda, Ireland in the summer of 1649, the Royal Governor, Sir Arthur Aston was beaten to death… Read More
2021-12-10 16:18
The first time in my life I received useful information from a random wrong number was a few days ago, when I got a mysterious text. It contained a dim camera phone photo of an intriguing re… Read More
2021-11-22 13:00
PHOTOGRAPHS BY BECCA DILLEY / HEAVY TABLE When you step onto the production floor of Milk and Honey Ciders, the aroma of apples drapes itself across you like a weighted blanket. With the pos… Read More
2021-11-01 15:46
It’s a concrete paver, about a foot and a half long and maybe eight inches wide. It’s a couple of inches thick. It’s suspended between two piles of cinder blocks. I’m… Read More
2021-10-18 12:00
ILLUSTRATIONS BY WACSO / HEAVY TABLE Ahead of a high-stakes election, voters at two Minneapolis diners talk about the mayor, the police, and the cost of rent. This story was originally publi… Read More
2021-10-15 16:12
There’s a party going on at your local Culver’s today (if you get there early enough). The chain engaged in that silly form of digital marketing known as putting jokes on social… Read More
2021-10-05 17:27
PHOTOGRAPHS AND CINNAMON WRITE-UPS BY EMMET KOWLER In keeping with the season, Heavy Table is proud to present a husband-vs.-wife curation battle between two of the best fall spices: Emmet K… Read More
A Culinary World Tour Of St. Cloud
2021-09-27 12:00
PHOTOGRAPHS BY VICTORIA CAMPBELL Have you ever sailed right through St. Cloud on your way to Brainerd or Walker or Canada, figuring there’s nothing to eat in this college town other th… Read More
On Manoomin And ‘Wild Rice’
2021-09-22 12:00
There is an Aadizookaan, one of our ancient sacred stories, that tells about how the Anishinaabeg, the Ojibwe people and those tribes related to them, came to the Great Lakes Region.  T… Read More
A Legacy Of Resplendent Thugs
2021-09-20 12:00
This is Elias J. Baldwin. Most people called him “Lucky.” He’s the one we’re going to blame. The truth of the matter is probably nuanced and, as with most social and… Read More
The Market At Malcolm Yards
2021-08-17 20:33
PHOTOGRAPHS BY BECCA DILLEY AND VICTORIA CAMPBELL There are many, many, many challenges involved in trying to launch a food hall (or food court, or artisan marketplace, or whatever nomenclat… Read More
Sanjusan In The North Loop
2021-08-02 12:00
PHOTOS BY BECCA DILLEY This review originally appeared in the July 16 edition of the Churn newsletter. The newly opened Sanjusan in the North Loop promises guests (through its menu, location… Read More
The Many Lives Of Lychee
2021-07-26 19:39
This column is underwritten with generous support from United Noodles,  Minnesota’s largest Asian grocery store, awarded “Best International Grocery” by City Page… Read More
2021-07-19 14:00
PHOTOS BY JOHN FLADD From time to time, I write about a cocktail and recommend drinking it on the porch. Or the deck. Or, in extreme cases, sprawled out on the lawn, struggling with ambition… Read More
Lake Street Profiles: Moroccan Flavors
2021-07-12 12:00
ILLUSTRATIONS BY LORA MARIE HLAVSA Funding for the Heavy Table’s Lake Street Profiles series is provided by a grant from Peace Coffee and the Coffee Creates Community in… Read More
2021-07-09 14:00
To say that Birchwood Cafe is a Minneapolis institution is no exaggeration – the Seward neighborhood stalwart has been in business for a quarter century, and has become synonymous with… Read More
Exit Interview: Rick Nelson
2021-07-05 12:00
PHOTOS BY BECCA DILLEY For 23 years, Star Tribune food writer Rick Nelson has covered food and restaurants for the Star Tribune, serving as the unofficial dean of culinary journalism here in… Read More
Josefina In Wayzata
2021-06-28 12:00
PHOTOS BY BRENDA JOHNSON The first pleasure that came roaring back as we sat down, indoors, to break our pandemic streak of home-dining, was the anticipation. After fourteen or so months, we… Read More
Deconstructing Side Chick
2021-06-18 14:05
A lot has happened in the discourse surrounding the name and branding of the newly opened Lyn-Lake Justin Sutherland-fronted restaurant Side Chick over the past week. One on side: critics, m… Read More
Failure: The Seed Of Greatness
2021-06-15 19:00
Apparently, Thomas Edison once said, “I haven’t failed; I’ve discovered 10,000 ways that didn’t work.” Supposedly. I mean, if you can’t trust internet mem… Read More
‘Cocktails,’ Appropriately Enough
2021-06-08 19:00
“Cocktails” / Oil on canvas / 1926 / Art by Archibald Motley / Public Domain They sit at a table in a private club, laughing, talking, and dazzling each other with their smiles… Read More

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