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When the staff at Foodservice News heard that Editor Laura Michaels was getting married at a destination wedding, we felt the need to invite ourselves to the festivities. Graphic Designer Steve Hamburger cut and placed coworkers into this wedding card that greeted Laura on her desk when she returned from saying her vows in Mexico. Congrats, Laura.

It may be too late to sign up to play golf —getting a golf foursome at the Toby Tournament is just shy of being invited to play in the Masters—but there are plenty of opportunities for people and companies to sign up to be hole sponsors and to donate raffle items. August 14 will be the 32nd year for the golf tourney that raises money for scholarships for Minnesota hospitality students. And as we all know, the industry desperately needs trained workers. Hole sponsorships are $500, which includes name and logo on signage at the tee or on the green and your logo on the sponsorship page of the program. Raffle items need to exceed $50 in value, and donors will receive recognition on a poster at the registration table and a mention from the podium. This year’s event will be at the Minnesota Valley Country Club in Bloomington.  Sponsors of the event include the ACF, Hospitality Minnesota, University of Wisconsin at Stout and the Minnesota Licensed Beverage Association. To reserve a hole sponsorship, go to birdeasepro.com/Event/Sponsorships/4416 or contact Chuck Knuth at chuck@generalparts.com or 952-944-5800 x3151. To donate raffle items, email Marty Olson at martin.olson2@ecolab.com.


Lynhall, Uptown’s new food hall, is a gem for people looking for private spaces for meetings and events, thanks to its restaurant, bar and a TV studio, plus opportunity for start-ups to rent kitchen space. Tables are community style with a separate dining room that can be closed off. The chef, Shane Oporto, worked for La Belle Vie and Libertine before landing here. The beautiful space has a farmhouse feel, but a farmhouse where the designer wasn’t the farmer’s wife. Abby Jensen of James Dayton Design took the lead on this project. And we were happy to see it incorporated some pieces from our favorite St. Louis Park loft store, Ciel. 


Chef Erick Harcey, owner of nationally acclaimed Upton 43, is planning to open a restaurant next year in Minneapolis’ Longfellow neighborhood in a multi-use building that’s part of the Oppidan investment group project.


D’Amico Catering’s Bushel & Peck’s food truck will be attending various Minnesota Historical Society evening events and venues throughout the summer, as a mobile extension of D’Amico Catering and its new Bushel & Peck brand through its operations at other public and private events and locations around town. D’Amico & Partners restaurants also will use the truck for community events.


Local chef Remy Pettus is set to open Bardo, a modern American bistro, in the old Rachel's space in Northeast Minneapolis this summer. The space has been designed by David Shea.


Upscale Kowalski’s Market in Woodbury has started using FlyBuy, a mobile app that allows customers to order and pay for their deli meal via the app and then pick up their meal without getting out of their car. The StarTribune says the Woodbury store is the first grocery in the country to use the app. 

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MV Eagan Ventures has selected commercial real estate advisor Newmark Knight Frank to lead the global marketing launch of Viking Lakes, a 3.25-million-square-foot master-planned real estate development in Eagan. Founded by Minnesota Vikings owners, Zygi, Mark and Leonard Wilf, MV Eagan Ventures plans to develop office, retail, hospitality, multi-family residential, a medical office building and sports medicine center.


Toast, a North Loop wine bar tucked into an off-the-beaten path high-density neighborhood, will be missed for its great wine selection, solid appetizers and friendly staff. The small restaurant closed after 11 years this summer.  As Toast goes out, Rise Bagels has entered the North Loop neighborhood at 530 North Third Street in hopes of making lots of bread. 


After 20 years in business, Fogo de Chao in downtown Minneapolis has undergone a significant renovation. In addition to cosmetic changes, the meat-centric restaurant is updating the menu to be more Brazilian, with Brazilian-inspired cocktails, South American wines, and returning to its roots with flavors from the old country.


The Elior Group, an international operator in the contracted food industry, has signed a definitive agreement through its U.S. subsidiary, Elior North America, to acquire Lancer Hospitality, a foodservice and catering provider based in Minnesota. Lancer Hospitality, which as been in operation for 30-plus years, provides professional food management services in a variety of settings. The company generated sales of approximately $70 million in FY 2016. The acquisition strengthens Elior North America’s position in three of its priority markets while also expanding the company’s geographic reach.


Coming to the Minnesota State Fair: Four new vendors, The Hideaway Speakeasy, Miller’s Flavored Cheese Curds, Que Viet and Waffle Cones, will join the stick-centric fare for the 12-day run of the fair.


Armatage neighborhood restaurant Café Maude closed July 31 after a 10-year run as a home for “civilized leisure.” Experienced restaurateur Kim Bartmann and chef Asher Miller are taking over the space and will open a new restaurant in the fall. 

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