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Luvafoodie Launches Latest Product at WWRC and WCCO

Michelle Mazzara’s company, Luvafoodie, started out in 2014 as a dating website where single foodies could meet. From there it quickly evolved into a love affair with food, starting with chocolate and caramels and moving into spice blends.

Modest Prince Pampuch isn’t Quite Basking in Cochon Win

Scott Pampuch, chef at 4Bells and the new Minnesota Prince of Porc, didn’t make a big deal about winning this year’s Cochon 555 event. He said it was a minor thing compared to the big news of the week.

Unicorn-kissed, Popable and Functional Add Up to Produce Trends

Persimmons infiltration of quick-service restaurants is expected to grow by 101 percent in the next four years, according to the United Fresh Produce Association’s spring insights report. The majority of persimmons will be shipped frozen, since the squishy fruit is more challenging to ship fresh.

So How Are You Doing?

Minnesotans are a hearty bunch, but weather and other unforeseen factors impact our restaurant scene. To get some sort of barometer on how the industry is doing, Womply a front of the house software company for restaurants, has analyzed daily transactions for the 2018 calendar year at 42,223 local restaurant in the U.S., including Minnesota.

NRA Show Promises Something For Every Restaurateur

Being greeted by an oddly realistic dinosaur—if you ignored his semi-hidden jean-clad legs—was just one of the treats in store for visitors to the National Restaurant Show in Chicago the extended weekend of May 18-21.

Sara's Tipsy Pies: Not Going to Miss My Shot…at the Fair

Within six weeks of applying to get her Tipsy Pies into the Minnesota State Fair in 2012, Sara Hayden was scrambling. She had heard rumors in the food community that it took years to get into the fair, so when she got the call, she wasn’t mentally—or piewise—prepared.

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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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