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Time magazine called Minneapolis’ All Square, the grilled cheese restaurant hiring only previously incarcerated people, one of the Top 100 Places to Eat and Drink in the World. The restaurant opened in September 2018, and Foodservice News wrote about it in our October issue that year. The restaurant, started by Emily Hunt Turner, a civil rights attorney, is both a means for the employees to gain job experience and a professional development institute.

 

The Big Thrill Factory’s two Twin Cities locations have paired up with D’Amico Catering for an “elevated” food experience for special events catering more to adults than kids, especially for the upcoming holiday season. 

 

Sweet Chow, a noteworthy Asian polished fast-casual restaurant in the North Loop, announced on its Facebook page in early September that it was closing its doors. The restaurant, which had bicycle delivery, tried adding an ice cream component to their concept after it had been opened for awhile to attract foot traffic.  But it wasn’t enough to attract the diners needed.

 

Taste Minneapolis, one of the stops on the James Beard Foundation’s 20-city Pop-up Dinner tour, will be at the Butcher & the Boar, October 28, starting at 6:30.  Host Chef is Tommy Begnaud, along with Karyn Tomlinson, referred to as “local all-star” and “visiting all-star” Duskie Estes of Zazu Kitchen and Farm in Sebastopol, California.  Tickets—$190 for the multi-course dinner and wine pairings—are available at jbftasteamerica.org. The $300 VIP tickets, which included a reception, were sold out by early September. 

 

More than 40 Minnesota Farmers Union members and staff flew into Washington, D.C., for the NFU Legislative Fly-In, September 9-11, as part of a group of 380 NFU members from across the country. Topics of discussion included the need for a stronger farm safety net; how Congress can support biofuels and climate-smart farming practices; restoring competition to the agricultural economy; and the need to improve the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement and ending ongoing trade disputes. 

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