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So what do you after you hear your cookbook won the James Beard Award for Best American Cookbook?

“Go home and do the laundry,” quips Beth Dooley, who co-wrote The Sioux Chef’s Indigenous Kitchen with Chef Sean Sherman.  Or more in keeping with her life, go home and cook dinner.

“Sean knew he needed to do a cookbook, but he didn’t have time (to do it alone),” Dooley says. Working with Sherman on his native cuisine also gave her a chance to learn something new about cooking. The book is a celebration of preColonial food, Dooley says, using indigenous ingredients like wild rice and evergreen. Sherman made allowances in the recipes for home cooks in other parts of the country who may not have evergreen or wild rice in their backyards. 

This is Dooley’s 10th cookbook. Her first one, 25 years ago, was printed by Julia Child’s editor, and is still in print. It also was up for a Beard award. 

Since Sherman cooks for restaurants and as a caterer, Dooley’s task was to test the recipes and ensure that they were doable for the home cook. 

Before earning the prestigious James Beard Award, the cookbook was also tapped as one of the best cookbooks of 2017 by NPR, as well as several local and national publications. 

Is a cookbook far behind? Gavin Kaysen, chef-owner of Spoon and Stable in Minneapolis’ North Loop and Bellecour in Wayzeta received the James Beard Award for Best Chef in the Midwest. This is Kaysen’s second Beard Award. While working for Daniel Boulud in New York in 2008, Kaysen won Rising Star Chef of the Year. Other Twin Cities notables up for awards were Ann Kim of Young Joni and Steven Brown of Tilia. Pastry chef Diane Yang, who works with Kaysen at his two restaurants, was up for the national award of Best Pastry Chef.  Bellecour was chosen by the Twin Cities’ culinary community for a Charlie Award for Best Restaurant in 2018.

 

Under the “It’s a dirty job, but somebody’s got to do it” category, the team at Cedar + Stone at the JW Marriott in Minneapolis is starting the “14 Day Champagne Campaign.” Their sommelier Greg Carlstrom will lead the staff on a 14-day training that will explain how Champagne is made, why it is so special, and why it tastes so amazing with certain types of food. They will taste more than $1,500 worth of vendor-donated wines that will be offered on the wine list paired with Cedar + Stone menu items.

 

Prestige Beverage Group has acquired the ready-made craft cocktail brand Joia Spirit. (Many of you may remember tasting it at the Charlie Awards’ kick-off last year in September.) The Prestige acquisition marks the latest step in the evolution of Joia Spirit. Manufactured under Boundary Waters Brands, the Joia brand initially launched as sparkling soda with an emphasis on natural flavors from fruits, herbs and spices. 


Coffee Talk

If you want to know just how many categories of food and drink there are, check out the online version of City Pages Best of issue (our computer got a little screen scroll crazy so we gave up after our third attempt to count accurately), but there’s around 100. Thankfully, when the Charlie Awards takes over the Pantages Theater January 27, 2019, we won’t have to keep that many plates spinning.  

 

Starting in early June, the landmark Woman’s Club of Minneapolis is serving lunch Tuesday through Saturday, and dinner Wednesday through Saturday, not just to members, but to the general public. “The fact of the matter is that we need to find sources of revenue other than members’ dues,” said Belia Jimenez-Lorente, the club’s operations/general manager. “Ten or 12 years ago, we had more than 900 members. Today it’s around 300.” The public is also invited to make reservations for the club’s Sunday brunch, and if she can persuade the board to go along with her, Jimenez-Lorente would like to open the club’s rooftop patio for lunches. 

 

Jamie Malone’s Grand Café was
selected as one of the 10 best restaurants of the year by Food & Wine magazine. Her delectable Paris-Brest was featured on the May cover and named 2018’s Best Dish. The recipe for the Chicken Liver Paris-Brest with Black Honey Glaze was included in the issue, along with her Milk Chocolate Pots de Créme and Poached Leeks with Sauce Gribiche. 

 

Marcus Parkansky of Misfit Coffee has bought Urban Bean’s Lyndale Avenue location. Urban Bean is still pouring coffee in the neighborhood, a few blocks away at 822 W Lake Street. 

 

Davina and the Vagabonds will be headlining this year’s Crayfest at Smack Shack Saturday, August 4, along with the all-you-can-eat crayfish boil and all-you-can-consume-but-then-don’t-drive-home beer and hurricanes. 

 

Minneapolis-based meal-kit company, Local Crate, raised $1.4 million in seed funding. Participating in the funding round were The Syndicate Fund, Matchstick Ventures, M25 Group and Router Ventures. Local Crate participated in the Techstarts + Targer Retail accelerator, according to the MSP Business Journal, and will use the funds in part for expansion into other markets. 

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