Winter Cheese Tasting

Something about the cold winter air has me feeling a bit Alpine here in the Great Lakes region. Sure, we don't have the picturesque mountain vistas, but we do have the alpine-style cheeses. Another road trip to Fromagination in Madison, WI yielded a multitude of wonderful choices paired with a few selectsausage offerings from the [...]

New Restaurant Added – Heartland, Minneapolis, MN

The recently published list of 38 "essential" restaurants selected by Bill Addison at Eater featured Heartland, located near the Farmers' Market in St. Paul, MN. Chef Lenny Russo has been recognized with a nomination for Best Chef in the Midwest by the James Beard Foundation in 2010, 2011, 2012, and 2014. Addison captures the experience [...]

In Praise of Sausage – Bavette, Milwaukee

A recent lunch at Bavette in Milwaukee, WI created a growing sense of wonder. On her site, Karen Bell talks about "honoring time old culinary traditions as well as providing a direct link from farmer to consumer" which are deeply held values of Great Lakes Cuisine, but the particular bit of wonder on this particular [...]

New Restaurant Added – The Sample Room

We're happy to add another Minneapolis, MN entry to our Restaurants list - The Sample Room with chef Geoff Hausmann at the helm (hat tip to contributor Tom Kuckhahn). Chef Hausmann partners with a number of local farms and operates a scratch kitchen. There are also ties to the local brewing tradition, including the convenience [...]