Photo by Eliesa Johnson
It’s a Cinderella story, folks! Minneapolis’s own Jim Christiansen was whisked away to New York City on Saturday to be wined and dined by the most powerful people in food—and to get his picture taken in advance of today’s big reveal: That Food and Wine Magazine has named him one of the best new chefs in the whole gosh darn United States of eating stuff.
I caught a few words with chef Christiansen between media events. “I’m just glad to be able to talk about it and not be keeping the secret anymore,” he told me. “I’ve known for a month now, when they called, I couldn’t believe it. The whole thing has been surreal. I kind of feel like: I’m happy, I’m super-stoked—and then I can’t believe it again. It’s such an honor. I can’t believe it.”
Well, he will be forced to believe it soon. And now, the obnoxious part of the story. We told you so! My first review of Heyday had me reeling; when we named Heyday the best new restaurant of 2014 we meant it; when we put it in the top of our best restaurants of 2015 we meant that too!
It’s a great place. So well deserved.
Now: for you. Have you been wanting to go to Heyday but haven’t made it yet? Christiansen told me they’re planning on a one-year anniversary bash leading up to April 22, their one-year anniversary, so keep an eye on the Heyday Twitter for news on special prix-fixe menus, a backyard block party, and a big anniversary celebration, all soon to be announced. Or, if you want to go big: Fly to Aspen for Food & Wine’s signature festival and he’ll cook for you there!
Till then, congrats to everyone in the Heyday crew, especially owner Micheal Prickett and chef Jim Christiansen. Congrats!
2700 Lyndale Ave. S., Mpls., 612-200-9369, heydayeats.com