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May 2016

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French Meadow Uses Brand Equity to Its Advantage

What began as French Meadow Bakery in 1985—the first certified organic bakery in the country—has since grown to include restaurants, plus outposts at four airports, on two college campuses and at the Minnesota State Fair.

Today’s POS Is a Punch Card on Steroids

The good old punch card has grown up to become a complicated, expensive digital hodgepodge of apps, APIs, cloud-computing and social media.

Restaurateur John Rupp Is in the Business of Authenticity

John Rupp’s latest St. Paul restaurant, the Commodore, lends itself to fantasy as one might imagine he’s sharing a gin rickey with F. Scott Fitzgerald or dining on venison cutlets à la Nérac aboard a great transatlantic ocean liner.

New Customers Are Out There for Brands Willing to Expand

French Meadow Cafe and Bakery and Peoples Organic are two restaurant brands finding success on college campuses, locally at the University of Minnesota, and out of state at the University of Massachusetts.

Server Speak: How Are You Handling the Food Truck Heat?

How Are You Handling the Food Truck Heat?

News and Noteworthy Around the Twin Cities

Du Nord Craft Spirits paraded home to Minneapolis from the Denver International Spirits Competition with a gold medal for its Fitzgerald Gin.

Chef’s Dish: John Ng Takes Japanese Cuisine Beyond Expectations

According to John Ng, chef and co-owner of Zen Box Izakaya, there are four components that go into making a perfect bowl of ramen: the broth, the seasoning, the oil, and the noodle.

Culinary Curiosities: The History of Tipping

Tipping was not well received in America in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Many saw it as anti-American, reminiscent of an old-world class system.

Sysco MN Highlights Options to Help Build Businesses

Decked out in bold green shirts that read “GET SHIFT DONE,” reps with When I Work were busy during Sysco Minnesota’s spring expo April 6.

Reinhart Show Draws a Crowd With Exclusive Products

Reinhart’s spring expo March 29 at the St. Paul Rivercentre showcased many popular products and Reinhart-exclusive brands.

Live and Learn: Restaurant Owners Share Smart Expansion Insight

We checked in with three restaurateurs, all in different stages of growth and with different lessons to share.

Restaurants Get Serious About Reducing Their Carbon Footprint

Even if a business can’t spend a billion dollars on a fleet of electric vehicles and a new solar array, every business can do something to slim its own carbon footprint.

New Policy Aims to Crack Down on Over-Serving

“Place of Last Drink” policies are popping up throughout Minnesota, with more than 30 cities using or considering the measures.

Food On Demand: Building Brand Awareness and Revenue

Built on increasingly more sophisticated technology platforms, food delivery services are cultivating the growing dining-on-demand audience while also driving new sales to restaurants.

FSN Summit Draws Top Owners, Chefs to Share Industry Insight

Hosting its annual Restaurant Business Summit, Foodservice News welcomed top operators and chefs to Coup d’etat last month for a morning of networking with experienced vendors.

MRA Report: An Alternative to Sick Leave Mandate

The 2016 Minnesota legislative session convened March 8 and is required by a provision of the constitution to adjourn by May 16.

Commodities Report: Low Trading Continues in Grain Markets

Shhh! The commodity markets are sleeping which, after the last several years of volatility and high prices, is certainly welcomed.

Buy the Numbers: Hi-Lo Diner Fills a Nostalgic Niche

Hi-Lo has a classic diner menu—three to four meal parts—but with a culinary twist.

Common Foodsense: The Food-Labor Balancing Act

Like many in our industry, I suffer from a specialized version of OCD: Obsessive Cheapness Disorder.

Hangin’ With Klecko: The Great Steak Sauce Debate

Each night while most Minnesotans spend their dinner hour plopped in front of a TV, you’ll find this columnist at a gym, sculpting his Adonis torso with a friend named Jeff.

People to Know and Places to Go

Amidst Reinhart Foodservice’s competitive offerings they help customers gain a competitive edge with their innovative technology tools.

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