The Last Bite

I’ve been thinking about the ride home, post dinner party. I think I’ve come up with the perfect parting gift. I imagine my guests, driving away after a full evening of good food and good wine, inevitably deconstructing the night and sort of relishing the fact that they won’t have to do dishes when they […]

In Defense of Tom Barnard

RYBAK: Okay, I’ve spent the last three days watching the media have a field day trashing Tom Barnard (mainly) and his KQRS morning show (secondarily) and I’m just not getting it. As we’re all well aware, (since it’s been front page news in the Strib and all over TV), the show ran afoul of Minnesota […]

This Saturday's Big Local Media Forum

The good folks at the Twin Cities Media Alliance — best known for their work producing Twin Cities Daily Planet — (click here for schedule and registration info) are staging a day-long event this Saturday at the Central Library in downtown Minneapolis. Major next generation publishers and journalists will be in attendance. While some of […]

Happy Halloween!

Apparently, this has been a very big year for haunted houses. Seems like many of them have been sold out every night. Monday night, the Soap Factory’s Haunted Basement was sold out within the first 20 minutes. I suppose tonight will be even worse. But if you’re looking for great Halloween entertainment, here are some […]

Is Ben Tracy leaving WCCO? Good Question!

Short answer: yes. This is one of the least surprising announcements in local TV circles, as Tracy’s departure was widely anticipated in the wake of his close friend Jeff Kiernan’s departure as ‘CCO news director. It was just a question of whether he’d follow Kiernan, or jump up to network news. Here’s General Manager Susan […]

Strib's Hage to join Klobuchar

In what can safely be called a HUGE blow to the Star Tribune’s already shaken editorial staff, Dave Hage announced today that he is leaving the paper to join Sen. Amy Klobuchar’s staff as communications director. Office scuttlebutt holds that newsroom editor D.J. Tice will be tapped to replace Hage. That makes sense: Doug Tice […]

Wolfgang Puck: Eat Locally, Dine at 20.21?

It’s really good to see that Wolfgang Puck has jumped on the sustainable, humanely-raised, locally-grown bandwagon, but when he came to town last week to promote his new food policies, I couldn’t resist asking him one tough question. The Austrian-born chef’s sprawling network of fine-dining restaurants, fast-casual outlets and catering operations around the country served […]

Before the Apocalypse

Were someone to tell me the world were ending tomorrow, I would pick up the phone immediately and make a reservation at Restaurant Alma. No doubt. Given a scenario where there wasn’t enough time to jet off to New York City or Paris, Alma would be my choice for a last meal. Actually, maybe even […]

Fun With Radio Ratings

In response to thunderous demand for radio ratings statistics — a task I find strangely titillating — the Slaughter offers these snapshots of what Twin Cities listeners say they were tuned to over the past summer. The disclaimer I will always issue is that as they are currently handled, by volunteers filling in written diaries, […]

Crow, October

October, before it had a name. Still, though, a month of low iron skies and protracted sulks and cold rain and bursts of crisp radiance that never lost their ability to dazzle and surprise. A flash of revelation even as the hammer fell: We will miss this world when it’s gone, or when we are. […]