gerg and I had a long conversation while we walked Lakota last night based on Andrew Zimmern's blog about fine dining in Minneapolis. We wonder where fine dining is headed in this city.
Will service and marketing need to improve to compete with a increase in creative neighborhood joints? Are people cooking at home more due to influences from the Food Network and the internet? Do we really WANT fine dining restaurants or do we just say we do?
Another point for us was how to define fine dining. We haven't developed a good definition. It's not just the food, the price, the view, the service. It's a combination of a bunch of stuff, and I haven't googled a good definition yet.
These kind of questions started (for us) with Seth Bixby Daugherty leaving Cosmos - followed up by Levain closing and wondering about Steve Brown's future in the Twin Cities. I became kind of attached to Steve Brown watching him at Iron Fork...something about those chartruese crocs and the way he cooked with such creativity and precision impressed me. Also, he won, which was likewise impressive.
Steve will be joining Andrew on Chowhounds on Saturday, Jan. 6 at 10am to discuss the future of fine dining in Minneapolis. Tune in to 100.3 fm to catch the conversation.