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Gordy’s Wrapping Up 61st Season

The popular northland restaurant is celebrating its 61st year in business bringing people from all over the area to grab some of their famous food.

CLOQUET, Minn. — Gordy’s Hi-Hat in Cloquet is wrapping up its summer season. The popular northland restaurant is celebrating its 61st year in business bringing people from all over the area to grab some of their famous food. One Minnesotan we caught up with has even made it an annual tradition every summer to travel up to Cloquet. “It’s awesome….

Over Abundance of Garden Fresh Tomatoes? Try This!

Cooking Connection: Semi Dried Tomatoes

Recipe:  Tomatoes – smaller ones work best Salt and Pepper Extra Virgin Olive Oil Fresh Basil or other herbs Cut tomatoes in half, place on parchment-lined sheet pans. Spray or brush with olive oil before you place it in the oven and season with salt and pepper to taste. Place them on the top rack of the oven at 200F…

With School Supply Stockpile, CHUM Makes Plea for Food, Monetary Donations

Monetary Donations Made Before July 31 will be Matched Dollar for Dollar

DULUTH, Minn. – It’s hard to believe, but the return to school is just around the corner. This year, instead of doing a back-to-school drive, CHUM is looking for your help with feeding Northland families in need. With virtual learning taking place for much of last year, the organization has plenty of school supplies already in stock for this fall….

Festival by the Lake Returns to Bayfront Park

Festival by the Lake is Happening Saturday, July 24 from 11 a.m. - 7 p.m.

DULUTH, Minn. – Festival by the Lake, formally known as Taste of Duluth, is back in full force on Saturday, July 24 at Bayfront Festival Park in Duluth. The event features food, live music, product and service displays, shopping, demonstrations, arts and crafts, beer, and many other exhibits of interest to attendees. “There are numerous reasons for the name change…

Meet the Maker Behind Superior Street Baking

Cooking Connection: Chocolate Cupcakes with Salted Caramel Drizzle

DULUTH, Minn. – This week’s Cooking Connection takes us inside the kitchen of Duluthian Jaimie Nere. She’s the creator behind Superior Street Baking. Nere values quiet time when her little ones are sleeping. That’s when the mixer comes out, the flour starts flying, and the ingredients come together to create delicious desserts that are personalized for any occasion. In this…

40th Annual Heritage Days Wraps Up Successful Weekend

The popular festival will continue next year with even more vendors.

TWO HARBORS, Minn. — The annual festival and class reunion in Two Harbors came roaring back this weekend. “It’s the largest festival in Two Harbors that is a city sanctioned event,” Heritage Days Chairman, Cheryl Sundstrom says. Complete with a parade, fireworks and 42 vendors throughout the weekend. “We didn’t know what to expect but it’s been phenomenal. We’ve got…

Sweet Exchange Showcases Decadent Black Forest Cake

Cooking Connection: Black Forest Cake with Sweet Exchange

DULUTH, Minn. – What better way to satisfy your sweet tooth this summer than with a handcrafted Black Forest Cake from Sweet Exchange Bakery. In this week’s Cooking Connection, owner Lisa Quarles shows off her talents by constructing the cake with homemade cooked cherries, chocolate ganache, whipping cream, and layers of chocolate cake. Sweet Exchange currently doesn’t have a storefront,…

AICHO Holds Blessing of the Gardens Ceremony

DULUTH, Minn.– There was a ‘Blessing of the Gardens’ ceremony today held by the American Indian Community Housing Organization (AICHO), that honored and gave appreciation to the plants for what they give to us and the community around us. Hope Flanagan of Seneca Nation, and of the Turtle Clan, is the Community Outreach and Cultural Teacher for Dream of Wild…

New Superior Eatery Offers Authentic European Cuisine

Cooking Connection: Lamb Chops with Dolce Vita Restaurant

SUPERIOR, Wis. – A new restaurant has opened in Superior on the 5800 block of Tower Avenue. Dolce Vita cooks up all different types of European cuisine. “It’s a blessing,” said Zudi Maksutoski, owner of Dolce Vita. “You know, I kind of grew up in the kitchen from a little baby and then now to actually get to do this…

Chef Arlene Coco Shares Recipe for Refreshing Asian Inspired Chicken and Rice Noodle Salad

Cooking Connection: Fresh Chicken and Rice Noodle Salad -- Great For Summer Meals!

DULUTH, Minn. – In this week’s Cooking Connection, regional cooking instructor, Chef Arlene Coco, shares a quick, easy recipe to toss together for a refreshing dinner this summer. Asian Inspired Chicken and Rice noodle Salad Rice sticks can be bought at most grocery stores these days. Mung bean thread noodles are also great, they are smaller and more translucent. Mung…

New BBQ Eatery Now Open on the Iron Range

Neighbor's BBQ Serves Fresh Meats Smoked Daily at Their Location in Tower, Minnesota

TOWER, Minn. – If you’re looking to get your hands on a mouthwatering rack of ribs, the Iron Range is now the place to do it. “I want to put Minnesota barbecue on the map,” said Eric Drake, owner of Neighbor’s BBQ. “I’ve been smoking meat for over 15 years.” It’s not Kansas City, Memphis, Texas, or Carolina style. Eric…

New Bagel Business Opens in Northland

Lift Bridge Bagels is currently taking orders online for a variety of flavors of bagels and the owner loves interacting with her customers.

SUPERIOR, Wisc.- After starting making her bagels a few years ago, owner Lexy Land’s bagel business began to take shape. “They are all made out of organic wheat, and then organic cane sugar goes in the dough as well as the yeast and the salt,” Lift Bridge Bagels Owner, Lexy Land says. This past winter season, Lift Bridge Bagels was…

MidCoast Catering Shares Easy, Delicious Recipe for Coconut Crusted Chicken with Sweet Rice

Chef Jonathan Reznick Owns MidCoast Catering and The Rambler Food Truck

DULUTH, Minn. – In this week’s Cooking Connection, Chef Jonathan Reznick, owner of MidCoast Catering and The Rambler food truck, shares a delicious recipe for Coconut Crusted Chicken with Sweet Rice. MidCoast Catering is located 315 North Central Avenue in Duluth’s West End. Reznick and his team specialize in putting together creative menu options for any occasion or event. Reznick…

Dream Come True: New Owners Take Over The Backyard on Amnicon Lake

Chase and Amanda Nordby Have Dreamed of Owning Their Own Business for the Past Ten Years

SUPERIOR, Wis. – As warmer days start popping up in the forecast, many Northlanders are thinking spring and preparing for summer adventures. One family who recently moved to the area is now settling in as they prepare for their first year in business at The Backyard on Amnicon Lake. “This last year has been a different year for us, and…

‘The Minnesota Marshmallow’ Maker Shares Secret S’more Brownie Recipe

Cooking Connection: Meet the Maker Behind 'The Minnesota Marshmallow,' Amy McMillan

DULUTH, Minn. – This week’s Cooking Connection caters to those with a mega sweet tooth! Duluth resident Amy McMillan had the idea of starting her own side business in the summer of 2020. Fast forward to today, and The Minnesota Marshmallow has taken off. McMillan says business is booming, and demand is high for these not-so-average mallows. She has created…

A New Pop-Up Restaurant Set To Open At Zeitgeist

Hotbox Duluth is expected to open for takeout on January 27th.

DULUTH, Minn. – Hotbox Duluth has called Zeitgeist a home since January 27th. “Right now we’ll just to to-goes and try to give people a good time,” HotBox Duluth Owner, Rob Abrahamson says. The restaurant has a nostalgic, throwback feel. “We’re going to elevate the food a little bit. Like the term that we came up with at home is…

Sweetly Spooktacular Treats with Sweet Exchange Bakery

Cooking Connection: Halloween Cake Pops with Sweet Exchange

DULUTH, Minn. – Halloween is right around the corner, and it’ll no doubt look a little different in the amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Lisa Quarles, owner of Sweet Exchange, says she’s worried about the children in the community not getting to trick-or-treat, or do some of the traditional activities associated with Halloween. She’s offering up a unique experience that can…

Duluth’s Best Bread to Host ‘Unofficial Minnesota State Fair’

State Fair Style Foods will be Severd for a Limited Time Only -- Eight Days!

DULUTH, Minn. – With the cancellation of the 2020 Minnesota State Fair, the creative minds at Duluth’s Best Bread couldn’t let Northlanders go without their favorite fair flavors before summer winds down. The locally owned company is thrilled to present the first ‘Unofficial Minnesota State Fair’ of 2020. For eight days, Duluth’s Best Bread will offer hungry customers state fair…

Cast Iron, Stokke’s to Host Boys & Girls Clubs of the Northland Fundraiser

The Fundraiser is Happening Thursday, Aug. 27 at Cast Iron Bar & Grill

DULUTH, Minn. – The COVID-19 pandemic is impacting many local businesses financially, but also non-profit organizations such as the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Northland. Many of the organizations big donors are unable to make such contributions this year due to financial issues caused by the coronavirus pandemic. Thankfully, the Cast Iron Bar & Grill along with Stokke’s Meat…

Oasis Del Norte Serving Authentic Mexican Food Across the Northland

Cooking Connection: Mexican Street Tacos

DULUTH, Minn. – One Northland business seeing an increase in sales amid the COVID-19 pandemic is Oasis Del Norte. The food truck pops up frequently in the Northland, from Superior Street in Duluth to Castle Danger Brewery in Two Harbors. Eduardo Sandoval Luna says business is booming this summer. His recipes are authentic, coming from his mother many years ago. “These…

Second Harvest North Central Food Bank Ready to Help Residents in Need

Resources Are Available for All Residents in Itasca County Facing Food Insecurities

ITASCA COUNTY, Minn. -With school out and the coronavirus pandemic continuing to have a lasting impact on communities, health officials in Itasca County want to stress the importance of nutrition and food access services in the region. Second Harvest North Central Food Bank continues to provide food to 130 agencies in the region, from International Falls to Princeton. Research shows…

B&B Market Sees Rise In Food Donations

CLOQUET, Minn. – The B&B Market in Cloquet has received over 57,000 dollars in donations to help members of the Cloquet community and beyond. Almost a month ago the market began giving out gift cards to people in need allowing them to shop for essentials. Now, to adhere to social distancing guidelines they are making free food bags for customers….

Salvation Army of Duluth Encourages Food, Monetary Donations This Month

March is FoodShare Month in Minnesota; Food, Monetary Donations will be Doubled

DULUTH, Minn. – The March food drive is happening at the Duluth Salvation Army. In the past, the organization has collected over $18,000 and more than 11,000 pounds of food. During the month of March, all donations of food and money will be matched from the Minnesota FoodShare Campaign. “It really helps a lot with just helping get over a…

Pizza Shops Get Ready For Super Bowl Rush

Lee's Pizza can sell up to 100 pies during the Super Bowl rush.

DULUTH, Minn. – Many pizza shops in Duluth are gearing up for the big game this Sunday. Lee’s Pizza in Lincoln Park has already started making extra dough and slicing fresh mozzarella to prepare for the Super Bowl rush. Staff says the big day wouldn’t be the same without pizza and they are happy to give the customers what they…

Spicing Up Brunch With A Breakfast Flatbread

COOKING CONNECTION: Crooked Pint Ale House Offers A Brunch Menu On Weekend

DULUTH, Minn. — In this weeks Cooking Connection, Crooked Pint Ale House prepares us a flavorful Breakfast Flatbread. They offer a WEEKEND BRUNCH MENU Saturday and Sunday from 10am – 2pm. BREAKFAST FLATBREAD RECIPE: 1/2 oz butter 3 oz hasbrowns Flatbread 1 oz Hollandaise 1 oz jalepenos loaf 2 oz scrambled eggs 1/2 oz jalepenos 1/2 oz green onion 1…

Handcrafted Ravioli Augusti Offers Seafood Satisfaction

Cooking Connection: The Strand Waterfront Dining and Wine Bar at Lutsen Resort

LUTSEN, Minn. – Entrees are sizzling off the menu this summer at The Strand Waterfront Dining and Wine Bar at Lutsen Resort up the North Shore. Executive Chef Chris Homyak has hand selected fine ingredients and recipes to refresh the restaurant’s menu this year. This week’s cooking connection features a handcrafted Ravioli Augusti. Ravioli Augusti: House made beet ravioli with…

Cultural Food Frenzy Takes Over Bayfront Festival Park This Saturday

Twin Ports Entertainment and Lundeen Productions are Proud to Present the 3rd Annual Taste of Duluth

DULUTH, Minn. – The 3rd annual Taste of Duluth is taking on a new look and sound for 2019. Performers are being featured on the main stage this year that are going to reflect many of the ethnic origins that are a rich part of Duluth’s history. In the previous two years the festival has been going on, more than…

Pet Supply Store Secures Location in New Duluth Retail Development

Chuck & Don's is Expected to Open Late Winter, Early Spring of 2020

DULUTH, Minn. – FOX 21 is learning more about a new Eagan, Minnesota based pet store coming to Duluth. According to a company spokesperson for the pet supply company, Launch Properties is responsible for building the retail development that Chuck & Don’s will call home in late winter, early spring of 2020. The space will be located in the Jigsaw retail development…

Order Up! ‘Bite Squad’ Rolls into Duluth, Hermantown

Bite Squad is a Food Delivery Service Based in Minneapolis

DULUTH, Minn. – Are you hungry, but don’t want to cook or wait at the restaurant to get your food? Minnesota based Bite Squad is now serving the Duluth and Hermantown areas. Bite Squad started in Minneapolis in 2012 serving 17 restaurants and employing five drivers. The food delivery business is now in more than 375 cities across the United…

Aad Shriners to Host 10th Annual Winter Wine Down

The Winter Wine Down is Happening Thursday, February 28, 2019

DULUTH, Minn. – Aad Shriners Oddmen located in Hermantown is proud to present the 10th Annual Winter Wine Down Thursday, Feburary 28, 2019. Guests will enjoy wine and craft beer tasting, delicious hors d’oeuvres from local caterers and restaurants, raffles, a silent auction and much more. New this year will be a live performance featuring artist Lee Zimmerman with a…

Snowy Weather Doesn’t Stop Delivery Drivers

Terrible roads won't stop drivers from getting food to you

DULUTH, MINN.- Delivery drivers dealt with the terrible roads to get food to people who didn’t want to get out. The roads weren’t too bad for delivery drivers to call off orders today, but wait times at Jimmy Johns in Duluth doubled. However, their main concern is the drivers safety. The General Manager at the Duluth location, Cody Muench, stated…

Locally Sourced Items Help Brighten Thanksgiving Dinner

Staff at Whole Foods Co-op in Duluth Offer a Variety of Locally Sourced Items to Include in Your Thanksgiving Meal

DULUTH, Minn. – “You definitely taste the difference,” said Ali Wade, Brand Manager at the Duluth Whole Foods Co-op. Wade stopped by FOX 21 Local News Tuesday morning to offer some fresh, locally sourced items for your Thanksgiving table this year. She says both Whole Foods locations have been busy with shoppers rushing in to finalize their turkey day meals….

UWS International Students Share International Food

UWS Holds International Cooking Demo at Pilgrim Lutheran Church

SUPERIOR, Wis.- The cultures of UWS were on display at Pilgrim Lutheran Church Saturday. The University hosted their annual International Cooking Demo. Foods from around 10 countries were available, for people to get a taste of a different culture. “Our main motto is to bring people together so that they can know more about our culture, and we can learn…

LIVE Music, Eastern European Cuisine at GND Rec Center this Sunday

The Gary New Duluth Rec Center is Hosting Their Final Concert of the Summer Sunday, September 16

DULUTH, Minn. – For the final time this summer, music will be the talk of the town at the Gary New Duluth Rec Center on Sunday, September 16. Residents in the area are dubbing the concert as “Music from the Alps to the Adriatic.” This is a family event with games for the kids too. There will be a bounce house,…

Duluth to Host All City Senior Picnic Once Again

The All City Senior Picnic was Forced to Take a Ten Year Break Due to Budget Cuts; Will Return on Wednesday, August 22

DULUTH, Minn. – Registration is now open for seniors in the City of Duluth to sign up for the All City Senior Picnic. The event was last held in 2008. Due to budget cuts, the event was forced to be put off year after year until now. Seniors are invited to attend the All City Senior Picnic at the Morgan…

Push for Food Donations Intensifies as July Ends

The Salvation Army of Duluth is Looking to Match Food Donations Throughout the Month of July

DULUTH, Minn. – The month of July is winding down, and for the Salvation Army of Duluth, the push for food donations is intensifying before August approaches. Throughout the month of July, all monetary food donations are being matched by the Salvation Army. Staff at the Salvation Army say summer months are the most difficult to collect the amount of…

Enjoy a Taste of Duluth This Weekend

The Second Annual Taste of Duluth is Happening Saturday, July 14, 2018 from 11:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.

DULUTH, Minn. – In 2017, the first annual Taste of Duluth Festival attracted over 6,000 people to Bayfront Festival Park. This year, organizers are hoping to go above and beyond when it comes to attendance. Taste of Duluth will run from 11:00 a.m. until 7:00 p.m. Saturday, July 14. Organizers say Taste of Duluth celebrates the rich cultural heritage of…

Get Downtown Duluth for Sidewalk Days 2018

Sidewalk Days Runs From Wednesday, July 11 Through Saturday, July 14

DULUTH, Minn. – The Greater Downtown Council is once again proud to present the 2018 Sidewalk Days Festival from Wednesday, July 11 through Saturday, July 14. This year, the festivities will be more compacted due to Superior Street reconstruction. The festival will take place from Lake Avenue, down Superior Street to 3rd Avenue West. Every year thousands of people take…

Lakewalk Galley Goes All Out on New Menu

Crabby Ol Bills Now Has New Owners this Summer, and the Menu has been Revamped

DULUTH, Minn. – The former Crabby ol Bills along the Lakewalk in Canal Park is now open under a new name, and fresh menu items. The Lakewalk Galley is now owned by Vista Fleet owner Justin Steinback and Lake Avenue Restaurant and & Bar owner Derek Snyder. On Wednesday morning, co-owner Derek Snyder and sous chef Steve Rantala stopped by…

St. Luke’s Dietitian Offers Summer Food Safety Tips

St. Luke's Clinical Dietitian Mary Cherne Offers Important Tips to Remember When Preparing Your Summer BBQ

DULUTH, Minn. – Independence Day falls on a Wednesday this year and many folks will be firing up the grill to help celebrate, but St. Luke’s in Duluth says it’s important to remember a few simple safety tips when it comes to setting out your favorite picnic foods. Monday morning, St. Luke’s Clinical Dietitian Mary Cherne stopped by FOX 21…

Coffee Conversation: Summer Food Access Program

The Summer Food Access Program is Organized by the Duluth Area Family YMCA

  The Duluth Area Family YMCA is once again participating in the Summer Food Service Program (SFSP), providing students across the community with nutritious meals while school is out. Organizers say meals will be provided to all enrolled children (18 years of age and younger) without charge. Meals will be provided on a first come, first serve basis at the sites…

Summer Celebration to Kick Off Lincoln Park Farmer’s Market

The Celebration is Happening Thursday, June 14 from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at the Harrison Community Center in Duluth

DULUTH, Minn. – Join residents, volunteers, organizations, and community leaders for the annual ‘Summer Celebration.’ The event serves as the annual kick-off to the Lincoln Park Farmers Market season. Organizers say there will be free food from local restaurants, live music with DJ Annu, children’s activities with the Lincoln park Children and Families Collaborative, and a bike blender with Whole…

Adding Heat to Your Salad with JJ Astor

Cooking Connection: JJ Astor

DULUTH, Minn. – As the weather begins to warm there are more and more vegetables available to take advantage of in the kitchen. For this week’s cooking connection Robert Boyd, the Director of Food and Beverage for JJ Astor, showed William Seay how to make a warm salad using those vegetable options. JJ Astor Restaurant and Lounge is located in…

Farley’s Family Restaurant is Home to Award-Winning Quiche

Cooking Connection: Quiche Lorraine

HERMANTOWN, Minn. – A local restaurant is touting a new title after a successful run at an international competition. Farley’s Family Restaurant got Second Place at the World Food Championships with their Quiche Lorraine recipe. Kelly Trumpold, the Owner and Executive Chef of Farley’s Family Restaurant, says the dish is easy to make at home but packed with flavor. Farley’s…

Superior Elks Donation to Benefit Hundreds of Children

Superior Elks #403 Recently Donated $1,000 to Two Accounts After Receiving a Grant from the Elks National Foundation

SUPERIOR, Wisc. – The Superior Elks #403 was recently awarded two grants in the amount of $1,000 each from the Elks National Foundation. Grants Coordinator Cris Crum says one of the $1,000 checks will be awarded to the Now Account. This fund provides food for kids who can’t afford lunches. The other check will be donated to the Angel Fund,…

Gordy’s Hi-Hat Opens for 58th Season

The Lundquist Family Chose to Open their Family Restaurant on Tuesday, March 20, the First Day of Spring This Year

CLOQUET, Minn. – Day after day you rarely see a line forming out the door of a regular old burger joint, but once a year Northlanders and folks passing by can’t help but stop when they see Gordy’s Hi-Hat open up in Cloquet. “Gordy is on his way back from Florida right now,” said Sever Lundquist, Gordy’s grandson. It only…

New Coffee Shop Offers “Common Ground” in Cloquet

Common Ground Coffee Bar and Deli Invites People of all Ages, Race and Ethicity to Gather for Friendship, Games, Entertainment

CLOQUET, Minn. – When it comes to getting a cup of coffee we’re often in a rush, heading through the drive thru looking to grab and go. However, creators of a new coffee shop and deli in the City of Cloquet are looking to bring people together, creating common ground. “I think as a culture we’ve kind of gotten away…