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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.

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…

Dakota Street Fest

Posted on July 24, 2013 in Uncategorized

Come one, come all! The Dakota Street Fest is BACK! We’re proud to announce that The Dakota is once again bringing back our Dakota Street Fest this year on Saturday, July 27th. Not only is this the only FREE music festival held in Downtown Minneapolis, but we’ve got something for everyone. This event is bike, family AND dog friendly so don’t be afraid to bring the whole gang down. The…

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Wine Lunch With Badi Assad

Posted on July 17, 2013 in Uncategorized

Please join us Tuesday, July 23rd at noon for a one hour Artist Wine Lunch with friends, Nathan Carlson, representing Center of Effort Wines, and the unique and innovative guitarist/vocalist Badi Assad. This will be a relaxed hour when world-renowned wines and cuisine come together in Dakota fashion. The lunch begins with some time to chat with our guests of honor while enjoying your first course of canapés and the…

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Twin Cities Mobile Jazz Project

Posted on May 30, 2013 in Community, Press

At the Dakota, we believe in cultivating jazz appreciation in our community.  With organizations like the Dakota Foundation for Jazz Education and our record label: Dakota Live, we believe it is important to pass on the tradition of jazz for the sake of America’s cultural heritage. Jazz is a uniquely American art form. Having formed from a combination of influences ranging from african to swing, jazz is a melting pot…