Dining at the Grand Café (May 12) the second night it reopened under the new ownership of chefs Jamie Malone and Erik Anderson was like hobnobbing with the who’s who of the Twin Cities' culinary scene.
You haven't lived until you've cooked in a kitchen with a 5-year-old with a butcher knife, Perspective Board Member Jill Sando promised the businesswomen at the Women of Perspective breakfast Thursday, May 11. And, no, she wasn't trying to scare off the potential donors and volunteers, but rather let them know just how successful the Kids Cafe program at Perspectives in St. Louis Park has been at teaching kids how to fend for themselves in a kitchen (please note the knife is for chopping, not protection).
We were told, “Good luck getting traffic to your Charlies booth at the US Foods show if Sue isn’t there.” And so we made sure Sue was there—if not in person then at least in cardboard.
I was sitting upstairs at Tilia while the staff took turns in the back checking the live internet feed to see if their boss, Steven Brown, would walk away with the coveted James Beard Award for Best Chef: Midwest.
Longtime sponsor Foodservice News has agreed to take over production and administration of the Charlie Awards—the annual celebration of the best of the food and beverage industries in the Twin Cities—from the founders of the annual event, Scott Mayer and Sue Zelickson.