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Hospitality MN Honors Restaurateurs at Annual Gala




Tim Murray of Murray’s Restaurant addressing the crowd upon being inducted into the Minnesota Hospitality Hall of Fame.

Courtesy of Hospitality MN

For the first time in its history, Hospitality Minnesota’s three branches—the Minnesota Restaurant Association, Minnesota Lodging Association and Minnesota Resort & Campground Association—celebrated as one. The three separate groups have always been under the Hospitality Minnesota umbrella, but now they  have formally merged into a single association. "Combining the three associations provides a stronger and more unified voice for all efforts within the association, including advocacy, programming and education," the association's CEO Liz Rammer said in a release. And better yet, one annual gala. 

The gala was held at Quincy Hall in Northeast Minneapolis, a new event space owned by Crave Catering, who was the caterer for the evening. The food stations were fun—ranging from hanging mini-pails of salad, forks sprouting waffles, fried chicken and a small syringe of syrup firming rooted to look like they were growing out of the ground and cones of macaroni and cheese that could be topped with a variety of garnishes. A tiny truck with prosecco ontap was parked in the dining room and a photo booth with props printed and texted photos for enjoyment and social media postings. 

The emcee for the evening was Elle Rhodes of Fulton Beer and Brewing Change Collaborative.

Tim Murray of the legendary family-run Murray’s Steakhouse was inducted in to the Minnesota Hospitality Hall of Fame. He was recognized not only for his restaurant chops, but also for his “extensive service to the MRA and the Hospitality Minnesota Education Foundation.” He was lauded in the program with quotes from peers and with a professional video.

Also receiving awards on the restaurant side were: Matt Deutsch of Burnsville High School as ProStart Educator of Excellence; Dave Garvey of Grand Casino Hinkley for the Restaurant Community Award and St. Paul Grill in St. Paul for Restaurant of the Year.

Our favorite quote from the stage came from a winner who was a general manager in the hotel industry, but it applies to restaurants as well: “Be sure you live farther away than your assistant manager.”

Sarajo Stewart and the macaroni and
cheese bar, which is the new version of
the mashed potato bar.
Chicken and waffles from Crave Catering.
Callie Evergreen, a reporter for Foodservice News, checks out the photo booth.

 

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