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Culinary Curiosities: National Clean Out Your Refrigerator Day

If you thought Thanksgiving was the big food holiday in November, you've probably forgotten about “Clean Out Your Refrigerator Day” on November 15. What? You haven’t heard of it? The idea is to clear out and freshen up the fridge in advance of the food-heavy holiday season that tends to overload this overworked and under-appreciated appliance.

Hospitality MN's Expo Delivers the Goods

Hospitality MN’s Conference and Expo took over St. Paul’s RiverCentre in late September for a day of high-power keynote speeches, informative panel discussions on trending topics and a chance to meet with vendors and try new product combinations.

Sysco Show Brings Together Two Divisions in Great Venue

Sysco’s fall show at the RiverCentre in St. Paul was the first time the broadline distributor has combined the sales teams and customers of both Sysco Western, based in St. Cloud, and Sysco Minnesota, based in Mounds View.

Reinhart Foodservice Show Motivates; Elevates Menus

There was a cornucopia of noteworthy things to see and hear at Reinhart’s Fall Concept Show at Canterbury Park Expo Center, but one that resonated with attendees was motivational speaker, Tim Kirkland’s contention that he was there to help “people make more money.”

Lat 14's Ann Ahmed Delivers the Backstory on Asian Cooking

Ann Ahmed didn’t have a plan when she bought her first restaurant location in Minnesota over the phone from San Diego. “I had a credit card,” she says. And a dream. Ahmed was the sixth chef in Perspectives' fundraiser, Cooking with the Stars.

Chowgirls Cook Killer Meal at Perspectives' Cooking with the Stars

When Heidi Andermack and Amy Lynn Brown were trying to name their new catering business in 2004, they came up with a few variations on the theme—Ciao Baby, ChowChicks—before settling on its memorable name, Chowgirls Killer Catering. “We used to have a cowgirl theme, but we outgrew it,” Andermack said at the Perspectives' Cooking for the Stars event.

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Top Chefs

Casablanca: Worldly food with a fresh twist

Casablanca’s moment of silence started as a way for Chef Youness Bojji to catch his breath. There were 42 people in his original restaurant’s tiny dining room and he was the only one in the kitchen.

Martha’s Daughter: Food advocate with a female focus

Although Nyanyika Banda’s Duluth restaurant is just nearing its first birthday, the concept itself has been a lifetime in the making.

Ingredients Café, Burger Bar: The anti-diva chef

Fourteen years ago, a 26-year-old Ben Pratt was fresh off a cooking stint at the fancy Cosmos restaurant in downtown Minneapolis, and ready for his opening night as chef/owner at Ingredients Cafe in White Bear Lake.

Main Street Farmer Eatery: Table to Farm

Thirty-five minutes northwest of Minneapolis along I-94, Minnesota’s food culture comes into focus as corporate campuses and strip centers give way to the fields of farm country.

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