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August 2015

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Famous Dave’s Founder Back in the Game with New Concept

For Dave Anderson, the barbecue pitmaster and franchisor formerly known as Famous Dave, a second chance came wrapped in a heartbreaking wrapper.

St. Paul Considers Liquor Law Changes to Attract Restaurants

Allowing more restaurants to obtain a full liquor license and changing a mandatory food-to-alcohol ratio are up for debate in St. Paul.

Getting to the Roots of Food

Four days a week, Felicia Galvan, 16, and her younger sister Amalia work on a farm in Hugo, and on the seventh day they go to a baseball game.

Server Speak: How Does Working in Restaurants Affect Your Dining Out Attitude?

How Does Working in Restaurants Affect Your Dining Out Attitude?

News and Noteworthy Around the Twin Cities

Restaurants Earn Industry Awards, Plus Some New Hire News

ACF Taste of Art Supports Scholarship Programs

In what was the sweetest of battles, culinary students from four local programs wielded piping bags of Italian buttercream and whipped ganache as they hurriedly finished their cupcakes before time was called.

Chef’s Dish: Jorge Guzman Helps Surly Meet Its Food Match

In the craft-centric Minnesota beer scene, Surly Brewing Co. is a staple. The state law passed in 2011 allowing breweries to open taprooms continues to extend the brand's reach.

Culinary Curiosities: What’s the History of Brunch?

Brunch has been growing in popularity for decades. Where did this hybrid meal come from?

In St. Paul, School Lunches Go Mobile

A food truck serving veggie sticks and turkey sandwiches might not draw the typical lunchtime office worker crowd but that’s OK with Stacy Koppen.

Create Consistent Restaurant Branding With Professional Food Photos

Unattractive food photos fail to inspire interest or even worse, can give potential customers an unsavory impression that ultimately leads to lost sales.

Booze Gives Brunch a Boost

Cocktails are a proven attraction to bring customers in the door, and as brunch popularity increases, boozy breakfasts have become a prosperous game plan for those earlier restaurant hours.

In its 25th Year, Alakef Coffee Stays True to Roots

Duluth roaster Alakef Coffee finally started offering its product in K-cups. Even though there was a lot of interest, the company didn’t want to start until it found sustainable packaging.

Gorkha Palace Success Comes from High-level Service, Authentic Food

Rashmi Bhattachan launched Gorkha Palace in 2010 with chef and business partner Sarala Kattel, and the two have since earned a devoted following through their organic, scratch cooking

Chefs, Owners Share Tools for Success at FSN Summit

Minnesota’s minimum wage just jumped to $9 on August 1 but restaurant owners have been analyzing their menus and budgets long before this latest bump.

MRA Report: Hospitality Expo Returns September 16

The 2nd Annual Minnesota Hospitality Expo will be held on Wednesday, September 16, at the St. Paul RiverCentre.

Commodities Report: Analyzing the Grain Market

You knew it was just a matter of time before the 2015-16 grain crops experienced weather challenges.

Buy the Numbers: Revival Restaurant Has Staying Power

With the award-winning Corner Table as its big brother, Revival, Nick Rancone’s and Thomas Boemer’s new restaurant at 457 Nicollet Avenue in Minneapolis, was a real pleasure to visit.

Common Foodsense: Culinary Education and Today’s Workforce

The technical college system has been populated by—for want of a more genteel phrase—a bunch of blue-collar roughnecks who are as loyal to their trades as they are to their schools.

Hangin’ With Klecko: Drinking During Business Hours

I understand the days of the three martini lunch had to vanish, but it seems to me that our Twin Cities work environment has gotten to the point where even a single beer at lunch is enough to make people cringe.

Tattoo of the Month: Andrew Baebenroth

Five years and hundreds of dollars later, Guthrie Theater Executive Chef Andrew Baebenroth’s right arm is a testament to his culinary art.

People to Know And Places to Go

Shannon Shuman is the executive director of Vance Publishing, where he oversees various media outlets and events that serve as a wealth of knowledge for the national fruit and vegetable marketplace.

ACF News: Minneapolis Chapter Hosts Student Chef Event

ACF news from the Minneapolis chapter.
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