Winner of the Country Chef Challenge to claim the title of Master of the Market at the Minnesota Farmers Market in early August was Andy Vyskocil of La Voya Brassserie in the InterContinental Minneapolis. His dish, a rabbit and succotash, won the hearts and palates of the judges: Denis Durnev of Hennepin Technical College; cookbook author Beth Dooley; and last year’s winner, Chef Todd MacDonald. It was a close race with Adam Randall of Caribbean Smokehouse in Stillwater. Todd Walker of Fox 9 and FSN Editor Nancy Weingartner Monroe were the emcees for the event hosted by Country Financial. According to the rules, the two chefs were each given $50 in small bills and 20 minutes to shop the market, before returning to cook a meal in 30 minutes. This was also the last day that Country Financial handed out its market canvas bags decorated with the artwork of Madalynn Williams-Solberg of Andover High School, winner of the design contest.
And speaking of Todd MacDonald, the former chef of Red Rabbit is looking for his next assignment, after he takes some time off to hang with his young children.
These are not seafood we’ll be seeing on any menu, but SeaQuest Roseville is the birthplace of three California Round Rays. Babies and momma stingray are doing well, according to the PR release.
St. Paul’s Keg and Case said goodbye to its by-the-slice pizza stall and hello to a couple of new food vendors—Bread and Boba from the owners of iPho and Forest to Fork’s Urban Wok, according to Eater. Earlier changes at the food hall were O’Cheeze replacing the tonier Gazta and Enhancements, a cheese vendor that never quite caught on; Pimento Jamaican Kitchen, which is no longer a food truck parked on the pavement; and Sana CBD oil.