The day after Valentine’s Day, my husband and I drove into Minneapolis for an evening out at one of our favorite restaurants ~Heidi’s~ reopened in a new location after a devastating fire. It was a restaurant we brought Kristin and Devon to when they visited. The food, the atmosphere and the company created a memory at the table not to be forgotten. We had great memories from the previous Heidi’s. This was the first time we had been to the “new” Heidi’s. And, we thought it would be a great way to celebrate.
After valet parking we entered the red door on the side which opened to a stylish bar with a view into the open kitchen. We were kindly greeted by the hosts and our coats taken. We were early so we ordered cocktails at the bar and took in the warm and modern environment.
Our cocktails were delish and excellently made. While we chatted we looked over chef, Stewart Woodman’s new cookbook, Shefzilla. It looks to be a great way to pull off some do-able gourmet cooking out of an everyday home kitchen. I’m thinking a Father’s Day gift for my cooking husband, shhh! Don’t say anything.
Adjacent to the bar is the glassed in kitchen, where you can see the servers, cooks and chef Stewart working and preparing plates.
What a great entrance, modern, warm, friendly, hospitable and entertaining. But, then we saw the dining room complete with branch sculpture, graffiti wall and funky coral chandeliers. Gorgeous!
After we ordered I slipped out to introduce myself to Heidi and congratulate them on the opening. She was warm and gracious and led me into the kitchen to meet Chef Stewart. I love the photo I captured of them leaning over the kitchen counter. I think it captures the love of a companionship that has created and re-created their love of food and hospitality.
The starters~ Shrimp Spring Roll with grilled shrimp with cilantro “pesto” (not pictured), Scallop & Ranch Salad, with truffled green peppercorn creme fresh dressing.
The New Barramundi ~ Sauteed Barramundi and Maine lobster sauce over pickled eggplant and Moroccan black olives.
Seared Duck Breast ~ Duck breast and coffee pecan pancake, scallion foam and lingonberry sauce.
Dessert ~ Sweet Potato Beignets with bourbon rice pudding & Nitro Chocolate Mousse with roasted marshmallow, peanut butter bliss and honey.
Sometimes life draws you some unexpected, unlucky numbers and some challenging whys. But, if you believe in something, if you truly love something…you can resurrect dry bones from even the ashes. The “new” Heidi’s “re-imagined” is an artistic visual and flavorful celebration of ~
Celebrating what you love.
Heidi’s ~A place to experience a joyous and stylishly delicious table of food.