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Talking Restaurant Branding at Charlie Awards Opener

Dixit was among several chefs, restaurant owners and industry pros gathered at Foreign Legion in downtown Minneapolis to discuss tools for marketing a successful restaurant.

Taco John’s Operator Sees Her Role as a Calling

Tamra Kennedy, who owns nine Taco John’s restaurants in Minnesota and Iowa, views her role as an employer as a calling. She shared her refreshing philosophy at the Faegre Baker Daniels Franchise Summit in Minneapolis earlier this month.

Midwest Pantry Awards Recognize Local Food Producers

Midwest Pantry co-founders Chad Gillard and Zoe Glass, themselves local food entrepreneurs, are working to ensure the sustainability of the local food movement by acting as a resource for small producers.

Golf Classic Supports Hospitality Minnesota

For its 25th annual golf classic, Hospitality Minnesota hit the links at Midland Hills Country Club in Roseville, bringing together restaurant and hotel owners, foodservice suppliers and other industry pros June 15.

Chicago Group Plans Restaurant in Mayo Clinic Square

Bottleneck Management announced plans for a spring 2016 opening for the fourth location of its craft beer-focused restaurant. Old Town Pour House will occupy the corner near Hennepin Avenue and 7th Street, where Gameworks last operated.

Sysco and US Foods: The Aftermath

Last month, a Federal judge put the nail in the coffin of the Sysco-US Foods merger when he issued a preliminary injunction blocking the merger. Last week, Sysco finally announced it would abandon plans to acquire its long-time rival. We asked Bob Sala, founder and former president of DMA, a privately held corporation whose owners are several regional distributors, what he thought of the Sysco announcement.

Are Non-traditional Locations the New Restaurant Trend?

Some journalists call out trends far too prematurely, but two recent interviews have me wondering if non-traditional restaurant locations (stadiums, airports, universities, etc.) are a new trend heating up the industry.

About Town: A Toast To Sameh & His Saffron Dinner

The new Sameh Wadi cookbook was presented in a masterful way at Saffron Restaurant last month when chef/owner and now cookbook author Wadi prepared a 10-dish meal fit for a king with recipes from “The New Mediterranean Table."

Les Dames d’Escoffier Gets Sociable With Cider

There was more curiosity in the parking lot of Sociable Cider Werks than just The Curious Goat food truck when the local chapter of Les Dames d’Escoffier toured the taproom and brewery on Fillmore Street in Northeast Minneapolis Thursday, June 4.

Restaurant Owners Want Tipped Employee Proposal in Jobs Bill

As part of a final push to get the tipped employee tier to the minimum wage included in the omnibus jobs and energy bill, restaurant operators and the Minnesota Restaurant Association appealed to legislators June 3, citing potential harm to their businesses if the hourly wage goes up without recognizing tips.

Third Bird Chef to Lead New Seward Co-op Cafe

Lucas Almendinger will join the Seward Co-op team June 1 as executive chef of the Co-op Creamery café, leaving Kim Bartmann’s Third Bird restaurant, which he helped open last August in the Loring Park neighborhood of Minneapolis.

Food Industry Group WWRC Awards Culinary Grants

Twin Cities-based food networking group Women Who Really Cook hosted its annual scholarship gala May 18, awarding funds to a selected few college students pursuing careers in the culinary and hospitality industry.
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