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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?

Cool Design and Innovation from Red Rooster Harlem

Twin Cities fine diners will remember when Marcus Samulesson, the African-born, Swedish-raised chef, brought his innovative restaurant, Aquavit, to Minneapolis' IDS Center. The renowned chef has since written several cookbooks and opened other restaurants, but his Red Rooster Harlem in NYC is a love letter to both of his roots, although a little more heavy on the African side.

How a Home Cook Created a Revenue Stream With a Swedish Flair

What makes the food-on-demand market so enticing is that in addition to the large, national players like Blue Apron and Hello Fresh, there are individuals cooking for their neighbors within the boundaries of a reasonable delivery area.

Lunch Dates: Catching Up With Our Columnist Klecko

Usually when I haven’t seen our colorful columnist Klecko for a while, our first order of conversation is to catalog his latest tattoos. But this time it was his footwear that caught my attention.

The Site and Sounds of the Mill City Farmers’ Market

There’s more to a farmers’ market than produce and protein as evidenced by our recent visit to the Mill City Farmer’s Market in Minneapolis.

Food industry group WWRC awards grants

Eleven students were the beneficiaries of Women Who Really Cook’s Sue Zelickson Grant program, receiving their awards May 22 during a special event at Roth Living, a luxury kitchen studio in Minnetonka.

People Watching at the Grand Cafe

Dining at the Grand Café (May 12) the second night it reopened under the new ownership of chefs Jamie Malone and Erik Anderson was like hobnobbing with the who’s who of the Twin Cities' culinary scene.
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