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Tropical Smoothie Café Eyes Minnesota Expansion

Tropical Smoothie Café positions itself as a healthier option in the fast-casual segment with flatbreads, sandwiches and wraps to go along with classic and “Superfood” smoothies, which is why company execs believe the concept is a perfect fit for an active, outdoor-focused Twin Cities metro population.

When it Comes to Soup, Beauty Is in the Eye and Mouth of the Beholder

Andy Warhol was the first to elevate soup to art, but in his case it was the can that was the masterpiece, not what was in it. But we've found Twin Cities chefs, and one from England, have turned soup into edible art.

MSP Versus DIA in the Culinary Competition

There has always been a lot of synergy between Minneapolis/St Paul and Denver, but when it comes to airport cuisine, MSP is miles ahead of the Mile High city. A recent weekend trip to Denver gave me a chance to check out Denver International Airport’s culinary scene while a tour of MSP’s latest offerings was still fresh in my mind.

The Hoopla at High-flying Hilton Minneapolis' Grand-reopening

The overly limber acrobats dangling from bolts of cloths anchored to the ceiling of the newly remodeled Hilton Minneapolis during its grand reopening won’t be hanging around when future conferences book the center, but attendees will still be impressed by the new look of the place.

Bartmann Adds 3% Charge to Cover Rising Insurance Rates

Most discerning diners insist their meat be humanely raised and come from healthy animals that are as happy as can be expected since we all know the ending to a chicken’s and pig’s tale. So should we really be concerned if we have to pay a 3 percent surcharge to help a restaurant pay for its employees’ health care insurance? Wouldn’t that translate into healthier, happier restaurant employees?​

Thanks to Jonathan Locke, This Lady Who Lunches Has the Best Job

Having a leisurely lunch with Columnist Jonathan Locke involves a glass of house wine for him and iced tea for me—he has the day off, I have to go back to work. And when he gets going on his days as a chef is San Francisco, work be damned, there’s time for another round. What’s a third glass of iced tea among friends?

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Top Chefs

Benjamin Rients – Lyn 65 Kitchen and Bar | Alex Roberts – Restaurant Alma and Brasa

I think it’s safe to say the Twin Cities restaurant community is glad Alex Roberts opted against a career in medicine, choosing instead to wield a blade in the kitchen, not an operating room.

Steven Brown – Tilia and St. Genevieve | Paul Backer – St. Genevieve

Asked about the pre-opening hype surrounding St. Genevieve, Steven Brown played it cool, suggesting the frothy excitement before high-profile openings risked setting public expectations dangerously high.

Daniel del Prado and Isaac Becker – Burch Steak

In the pre-opening hours at Burch, it’s plain to see how much work goes into running the vast upscale restaurant.

Tyge Nelson – Pajarito | Tim McKee – Parasole Restaurant Holdings

To find a top chef mentored by Tim McKee, all one has to do is stand blindfolded in front of a map of the Twin Cities culinary scene and throw a dart.

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