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Stillwater Native, Chef Molly Brandt, to Compete on The Food Network’s Cutthroat Kitchen


If you tune into The Food Network on Sunday night, you may see a familiar face. Stillwater native, Chef Molly Brandt, will be dealing in sabotage as she competes with three other chefs on the Food Network’s show, Cutthroat Kitchen. The show aires at 9 p.m.

You may remember Brandt’s previous television experience two years ago as a contestant on Bravo’s Top Chef Texas. Maybe you remember eating some of her food when she worked as a Pastry and Garde Manger chef at Marx Fusion Grill and Wine Bar in downtown Stillwater. Brandt, 33, is currently the executive chef of CM Gourmet Market and Bistro in Westport, Conn. Continue Reading →

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Pioneer Press: Stillwater Cheesemonger Offers Good Stories, Too

“I’m always looking for the next something interesting, something different, something fun,” Wedge & The Wheel Owner Chris Kohtz told the Pioneer Press. “A good cheesemonger and a great radio person have to be good storytellers. This isn’t about just selling them cheese: it’s about building a relationship with them, telling an interesting story, so that when the person is walking out of the shop, they’re really feeling connected to the cheese, to the product, to where it’s from, to the people who made it.” Continue Reading →

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‘Best Burger in the Valley’ Tour: Charlie’s Irish Whiskey Burger


For the past five years a group of downtown Stillwater restaurants has put on the “Best Burger in the Valley” contest benefiting the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. To date, the contest has raised more than $50,000. Now comes the tough part of my gig. In support of the cause, I’m going to stop at each of the seven restaurants in the contest–and without inserting my opinion– tell you what you can look forward to in the coming weeks if you have a Best Burger card. The first stop on Stillwater Current’s “Best Burger in the Valley” tour took me to Charlie’s Irish Pub at the Water Street Inn. Here’s what I found:

Charlie’s Irish Pub’s official entry into the contest is Charlie’s Irish Whiskey Burger. This half-pound, charbroiled burger is stuffed with imported Irish Whiskey Cheese, topped with crispy onion straws and covered in a sweet and savory Irish Whiskey sauce. Continue Reading →

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Lift Bridge Brewing Takes Over Taps at Smalley’s Caribbean Barbeque Thursday


If you like Lift Bridge brews, you won’t want to miss the Tap Takeover event this week at Smalley’s Caribbean Barbeque in downtown Stillwater. On Thursday, Jan. 23 Lift Bridge Brewing Co. is doing a tap takeover with all four Lift Bridge Limited Edition Beers on draft. The tap takeover begins at 5 p.m.

Here’s the four beers, and the description, per the event page posted on Facebook:

Silhouette (Abv 10%): Black as a moonless night and brewed in the style of a Russian Imperial Stout, this complex beer’s notes of coffee, roasted malt, rich toffee and black licorice meld with an intense roasted character to provide a complex, rich and full bodied beer. Continue Reading →

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Silhouette Imperial Stout Release Party is Saturday at Lift Bridge Brewery


Lift Bridge Brewing Co. is throwing their second annual Silhouette Imperial Stout Special Release Party this weekend at the brewery. Silhouette returns with a special release party from 3 – 10 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 18. Thrift Store Sonata will take the stage at about 6 p.m.

Tickets are $5 and can be purchased at the brewery or online at Eventbrite.  


Post by Lift Bridge Beer Company. Continue Reading →

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StillwaterEats! Get Your ‘Best Burger in the Valley’ Card Now


It’s time for Stillwater’s annual “Best Burger in the Valley” contest benefitting the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. You can get your card ($30) at at Leo’s Grill & Malt Shop or by calling KLBB AM 1220 651-439-5006, and they will send it to you. One-hundred percent of the proceeds (15,000) goes directly to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. The card will get you a burger at Brine’s Bar & Restaurant, Leo’s, Oasis Cafe, Pub 112, Rafters Stillwater, Smalley’s Caribbean Barbeque and Pirate Bar, and The Historic Water Street Inn, The Grille and Charlie’s Irish Pub. The winner will be announced in late April. Continue Reading →

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Planning Commission OKS New Microbrewery, Taproom in Maple Island Hardware Building in Downtown Stillwater


A new microbrewery and taproom with outdoor seating will open this summer in the Maple Island Hardware building in downtown Stillwater. The Stillwater Planning Commission approved Frank Fabio’s proposal in a 6-3 vote Monday night. Frank Fabio has requested a special use permit to open Maple Island Brewing Company at 225 N. Main St. The proposed facility would produce 42 barrels of beer every three weeks, or about 730 kegs a year. Read more about Maple Island Brewing Company in the Pioneer Press. Continue Reading →

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The Wedge & Wheel Offers 6 Tips for Buying Great Cheese


The Wedge & Wheel cheese shop recently opened its doors in downtown Stillwater. Chris Kohtz turned the popularity of his cheese blog into what is now The Wedge & Wheel, according to this post on the Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal. The shop opened last week at 308 Chestnut St. E., in the space formerly occupied by Stella’s Boutique. Continue Reading →

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