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A silent acknowledgement of the shared experience

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

“Dining partners, regardless of gender, social standing, or the years they’ve lived, should be chosen for their ability to eat – and drink! – with the right mixture of abandon and restraint. They should enjoy food, and look upon its preparation and its degustation as one of the human arts.” – MFK Fisher In the creation of all things nourishing, one must examine the basic needs nourishment fulfills. The common…


Red Baraat

Posted on September 17, 2014 in Uncategorized

Bhangra Brass Funk “Red Baraat have a studied multi-ethnic cool reminiscent of other New York world fusion acts like Gogol Bordello and Yerba Buena.”  — Songlines Sunny Jain’s dhol (dance drum) and brass ensemble Red Baraat plays a hard driving blend of North Indian bhangra rhythms with elements of jazz, go-go, brass funk, and hip-hop. But to truly feel the beat of Red Baraat’s drum, it must be experienced live.…

In The Kitchen

Posted on September 11, 2014 in Uncategorized

Caramel Apple Éclair Warm, spiced apples. Tender, flaky crust. A scoop of cool, creamy vanilla ice cream. A slice of apple pie is a sure sign that fall is arriving. Here at Dakota, Pastry Chef Katie Elsing is turning a fall tradition on its head by re-imagining that slice of apple pie as a composed Caramel Apple Éclair. Made from pâte à choux, a versatile pastry staple, éclairs are a…

In The Bar

Posted on September 11, 2014 in Uncategorized

The Down Under Gossip New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc by the Glass Exciting changes are afoot and none of them have to do with the weather. Well, that isn’t exactly true… The menu change happening this Saturday is prompted by newly available seasonal product, and we are gaining a New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc in all the excitement! Early to win the hearts of wine drinkers around the world, New Zealand Sauv…


August Foodie Nights

Posted on August 1, 2014 in Uncategorized

Foodie Nights are floating nights for food lovers at the Dakota – check for upcoming foodie nights.  Foodie Nights feature a menu 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 August features Foodie Nights with Tommy and the Libermen on August 4th, the Benny Weinbeck Trio featuring Gordy Johnson & Phil Hey…


July Foodie Nights

Posted on July 1, 2014 in Uncategorized

Foodie Nights are floating nights for food lovers at the Dakota – check for upcoming foodie nights. Foodie Nights feature a menu by Chef Derik Moran with sweet treats by pastry Chef Katie Elsing and no cover for music. The month of July features Foodie Nights with Sophia Shorai on the 16th and Charmin & Shapira and Friends on the 23rd.  Come to the Dakota on a Foodie Night…

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June Artist Wine Lunch with Peter Asher, The Webb Sisters and Pali Wine Company

Posted on May 14, 2014 in Uncategorized

Join us Wednesday, June 4th at noon for a one hour Artist Wine Lunch with honored guests, music industry mogul Peter Asher and The Webb Sisters, Charley and Hattie, vocalists and multi-instrumentalists.  For our June wine lunch, Chef Derik Moran and Pastry Chef Katie Elsing have created a unique menu inspired by the artist and local seasonal produce and product to pair with the featured wines. $39 will bring guests a…

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Jazz Noir Returns on Jazz88 KBEM with an Original Radio Drama Live Broadcast from The Dakota 4/27/14

Posted on March 26, 2014 in Uncategorized

Jazz radio station Jazz88 KBEM 88.5 FM will host its original radio drama series Jazz Noir in front of a live audience from the beautiful Dakota in downtown Minneapolis on Sunday, April 27, with dinner seatings at 4 p.m. and 7 p.m.  The late performance will be broadcast live on Jazz 88.5 FM.   For those who long for “the grand old days” of radio, Jazz88 KBEM has once again answered the call. Jazz Noir is…


Spring is Here! Don’t Miss Our New Spring Menu and April and May Foodie Nights

Posted on March 10, 2014 in Uncategorized

The thaw has come and we’re hope you’re enjoying the new found warmth as much as we are! If you’re looking for a way to celebrate the warm up, come in and try one of the fabulous menu items featured on our new spring menu. Critic Dara Moskowitz Grumdahl has called Chef Derik Moran a genuis at farm-to-table, and praised his “Seemingly effortless, sensual, molecular, locavore gastronomy.” The Roasted Beet Soup is…