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August 2016

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School Cafeterias Get a Farm-fresh Touch With Scratch Cooking

Smack-dab in the heart of Minnesota farm country, Waconia and its public schools have access to loads of local produce. But until a few years ago, not much of it appeared on students’ plates.

St. Paul Leaders, Business Owners Continue Sick Leave Debate

St. Paul is the latest battleground in the debate over paid sick and safe leave.

Restaurant Marketers Weigh In On Staying Relevant

In today’s competitive dining scene, keeping your game sharp can be difficult.

Schools Meet Scratch Cooking and Chino Latino’s New Look

The farm-to-table approach is having an impact on school foodservice as nutrition directors are seeking to incorporate whole foods and scratch cooking into their programs.

Server Speak: Should Your Tips Count Toward the Minimum Wage?

Should Your Tips Count Toward the Minimum Wage?

News and Noteworthy Around the Twin Cities

News from around the Twin Cities.

Culinary Q&A: St. Paul Mayor Chris Coleman

“As light-rail ridership continues to increase and more restaurants and entertainment venues have moved in, demand for housing has increased exponentially and downtown’s vibrant culture has grown.”

Chef’s Dish: Jim Weides of D’Amico & Sons

Having just hit its 20-year anniversary in Golden Valley, D’Amico & Sons is already thinking about the next two decades, with Executive Chef Jim Weides debuting an updated menu along with the new look of the restaurant.

Culinary Curiosities: How the Salad Bar Allegedly Got Its Start

True confession: I get a little thrill every time I see a well-appointed salad bar.

Chef Laura Bonicelli Turns Meal Delivery Into Full-service Restaurant

Landlord issues, a new location and 14 months later, Bonicelli Kitchen is now open in Minneapolis’ Windom Park neighborhood.

Restaurateurs Support the Industry at Hospitality MN Golf Classic

Hospitality Minnesota helped give one longtime foodservice professional a proper retirement sendoff during its annual golf classic June 13.

Rita’s Minnesota Owners Find Italian Ice Is Nice Year-Round

Franchising is family friendly in a number of ways, but the child whose parents own a treat business has a sweeter deal than offspring who have to spend their after-school hours in, say, a tax-preparation business.

Food on Demand: Billions of Delivery Dollars Are Up for Grabs

Though new food delivery services are rapidly joining the fray and dominate players such as GrubHub are moving to expand their reach, there’s significant unmet demand as delivery models continue to evolve.

A Quick Tour of This Year’s NRA Show

The National Restaurant Association Show has just about every type of food and restaurant product imaginable, but when I arrived at this year’s event in Chicago I wasn’t expecting to eat my cutlery.

Partnership Brings Internationally Influenced Cafeteria to MCTC

“A truly local vendor like Jag is pretty unique,” Westerland says, explaining that it’s the right fit for MCTC’s population.

MRA Report: Hospitality Expo Excitement

The adjective “exciting” applies to the enhancements that our planning committee and staff are making to the 2016 Minnesota Hospitality Conference & Expo at the St. Paul RiverCentre on Thursday, September 22.

Commodities Report: Impact of World Economy Issues

The commodity markets have set back from recent gains as the weather forecasts for the U.S. crops have become more favorable and Britain shocked the world by voting to leave the European Union.

Buy the Numbers: The Commodore Appeals Across Generations

When you walk in The Commodore Bar and Restaurant in St. Paul you immediately look around to see if F. Scott and Zelda are sitting at their usual corner table in the bar sipping gin martinis.

Common Foodsense: Is Automation the Future of Foodservice?

If you really want a good view of the future of foodservice, upside-down might be the best perspective.

Hangin’ With Klecko: A Burger Battle and Neighborhood Talent

For far too long, Twin Cities writers have shied away from covering the food scene on the east side of St. Paul. Some of that has recently changed, thankfully.

People to Know and Places to Go

With a rich history dating back to the 1800s, Pan-O-Gold Baking Company has grown to include three state-of-the-art bakeries, and they’ve become one of the top wholesale bakers in the Midwest.

In Memoriam: Restaurateur Louis R. Tinucci Jr.

Louis Tinucci Jr. died May 25 in St. Paul at the age of 87.

ACF News

ACF news from around the Twin Cities.
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