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We love what we do, and we love talking about it. Read through the posts below to see reviews and press articles written about the Dakota, as well as updates about our community involvement, events, and restaurant menus.

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Why you should be seeing Patricia Barber tonight.

Posted on November 7, 2013 in Uncategorized

  We have the enigmatic and wonderfully talented Patricia Barber tonight for two sets, one at 7p.m. and one at 9p.m. Patricia is a rare gem, as the first songwriter to ever be awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship and with one of the longest running residencies in the country, these shows aren’t going to be something you want to pass up. But don’t just take our word for it. Take a look at…

Cowboy Junkies and Lou Reed

Posted on October 28, 2013 in Uncategorized

Cowboy Junkies’ Mike Timmins posted memories of Lou Reed on the day of Lou’s passing.  Cowboy Junkies’ recording of “Sweet Jane” was their way to thank Uncle Lou for his pervasive presence in American music.  A record exec passed a cut of “Sweet Jane” to Lou who gave it a “thumbs up, ” and Cowboy Junkies could have ended their music career happy.   Read the entire October 27th  post from the Cowboy…

Everyone’s talking about Jack Jones

Posted on October 18, 2013 in Uncategorized

Jack Jones is featured this week in the Star Tribune Big Gigs as posted by the Jon Bream. “Jack Jones’ name and songs belong to the 1960s when he was a regular on Ed Sullivan, Dick Cafvett and “Hullabaloo.” In the era of Beatles, Motown and Beach Boys, he had a slew of easy-listening pop hits, including “Wives and Lovers” and “The Impossible Dream.” And what baby boomer can forget…

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Restaurant Week Fall 2013

Posted on October 17, 2013 in Uncategorized

Once again this year, the Dakota participates in Minneapolis St. Paul Magazine’s Restaurant Week, as we have since the event started in 2007.  October 20-25th, Restaurant Week allows guests to experience the Dakota’s acclaimed food in an affordable set menu for $20 or $30.  This year the Dakota will once again offer both the lunch and dinner Restaurant Week options featuring a delightful Bull’s Blood heirloom beet appetizer, a hearty…

Just Added Wine Dinner with Penfolds Jamie Sach!

Posted on October 15, 2013 in Uncategorized

Tuesday, October 22nd join us for a Penfolds wine dinner starting with passed canapés at 5:30 and seated courses at 6 pm.  For just $65 (tax and gratuity not included), enjoy five unique courses from our chefs Kristin Tyborski, Derik Moran and pastry chef Katie Elsing to pair with four Penfolds wines as presented by Global Wine Ambassador Jamie Sach.  Call 612-332-1010 soon for reservations.

Chef Derik Moran Featured in VitaMN’s Best Of

Posted on October 14, 2013 in Uncategorized

The Dakota’s co-chef Derik Moran chosen for VitaMN best of! “Some of the Twin Cities’ most trend-setting kitchens are run by chefs under 30.” Style: A visual artist and a sculptor, Moran thinks of food as a medium, allowing him to use all of his senses. Signature dish: “Never a signature,” he says, but he does like to take an ingredient and play with it until he’s tired of it. Right now…

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Modern Day Cutting Contest with the United Trumpet Summit at the Dakota September 11

Posted on September 10, 2013 in Uncategorized

The Dakota presents the United Trumpet Summit, featuring Randy Brecker, Eddie Henderson, Jeremy Pelt, and Leon Jordan, Jr., onSeptember 11th. This exciting show brings together multiple generations of trumpet stars, and promises to be a special experience.  What you can expect is an “old fashioned cutting contest” between these four trumpet stars.   What exactly is a “cutting contest?”  This type of musical contest originated in the south in the…

World Party Returns!

Posted on July 30, 2013 in Uncategorized

Since they made international waves with their 1986 hit, “Ship of Fools,” World Party has earned critical acclaim and an admirable following at every turn. The band’s records have been few, but excellent, eliciting comparisons to other bands with few records but little filler on them, like the Velvet Underground and Nick Lowe. World Party frontman Karl Wallinger has a singular reputation for crafting pristine pop songs. Not only has…