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Pop-Up Bakery by Dakota Pastry Chef Katie Elsing

Posted on November 20, 2014 in Uncategorized

Pop-Up Bakery by Dakota Pastry Chef Katie Elsing Tues 11/25. 11am until Sold Out. It all started with Dakota pastry chef Katie Elsing and a trip to New York for the 2014 chefs congress. Inspired by meetings with pastry guru Dominique Ansel and others, Elsing’s long time dream became something she couldn’t put off any longer and the TKC Bakery was born. Hosted at the Dakota, Elsing’s very first pop-up…

Loudon Wainwright III and “Spider” John Koerner

Posted on November 12, 2014 in Community, Uncategorized

Such a treat to have the great Loudon Wainwright III play the Dakota this week. We took the opportunity of the two nights he’d be with us to have local legend, “Spider” John Koerner start things off each night as we felt it was the perfect primer for the evening. Koerner is well known in Minnesota and around the world as one of Bob Dylan’s contemporaries starting out in the…


A civilized lunch – the countdown is on!

Posted on October 16, 2014 in Uncategorized

A hot Reuben of house-corned brisket loaded with swiss cheese and finished with Russian dressing. The smoked chicken pasta with carmelized onions dressed with house-made parsley cream. Caesar salad paired with celery root soup and micro greens. A black bean burger with chipotle and pickled vegetable. Just as we admire the beauty of autumn but know it inevitably leads to the season of warm weather fasting, we must say a…


Soter Vineyards Wine – Featured wines through November 18th

Posted on October 16, 2014 in Uncategorized

The Willamette Valley is Oregon’s most recognized appellation for cool climate varietal wines and is famous for producing exceptional examples of the classic Burgundian varietals, Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. In the Northern part of this region, referred to as the North Valley, are sub appellations including Dundee Hills, Ribbon Ridge and Yamhill-Carlton. This area is rich in diversity of terroir over the rolling hillsides of vineyards. Wine gowers James Cahill…

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Fine Dining Meets Handmade Tableware

Posted on October 2, 2014 in Uncategorized

Acclaimed Chef Derik Moran and the Dakota will present a collaboration of fine cuisine on handmade tableware made by American maker | designers. On October 9th, twenty people will have the opportunity to experience five courses of locally sourced food served on artisan ceramic, glass and metal. This dinner experience will be a novel way to exemplify the discourse surrounding the sustainability of local food and craftspeople. Handmade tableware elevates…


October Artist Wine Lunch

Posted on October 2, 2014 in Uncategorized

The Dakota’s October Artist Wine Lunch will be hosted Wednesday the 8th, and will feature special guests, Al Stewart and Brian Sypher of Soter Vineyards. You will have the opportunity to sit down for lunch and chat with Al and Brian while enjoying a 3 course menu designed by our Chef Derik Moran, and paired with wines by our Sommelier Martina Priadka. Guests also receive a truffle created by Pastry Chef Katie Elsing. This…

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November Foodie Nights

Posted on September 22, 2014 in Uncategorized

Foodie Nights are floating nights for food lovers at the Dakota – check for upcoming foodie nights.  Foodie nights feature the seasonal menu, along with features and specials by Chef Derik Moran, with sweet treats by pastry Chef Katie Elsing, $10 select bottles of wine and no cover for music. The month of November features Foodie Nights with Charmin & Shapira on the 3rd, Travis Anderson on the 4th,…


Philosophy and Wine

Posted on September 18, 2014 in Featured Food Item, Uncategorized

It is commonly agreed upon that true art is something that takes time to develop. A deliberate attention to details, fed by a passion for the process and love for the final creation, must sometimes be paid to the art of the creation – not just the outcome. In wine, this philosophy is demonstrated by several key elements. An understanding of the earth that nourishes the vine. The attention and…