On a beautiful spring day in Minneapolis, a group of us sat patiently on yoga mats inside a tiny pen on Tiny Diner’s parking lot listening to instructions before they let the goats in. This is just one of the out-of-the-ordinary things the Bartmann Group has in store for people this summer at its nine restaurants.
Following orders from Chef/Owner Jamie Malone of Grand Café and Eastside, enthusiastic guests literally buried the whole branzino fish under an igloo of whipped egg whites and salt. Meanwhile another group tacked a flatbread and salad, while still others portioned pot de crème into round stemware (known as wineglasses in other locales) that someone had discovered in a Kids Café little used cupboard.
Rome, the birthplace of civilization, is also the birthplace of Fettuccine Alfredo, created in 1914 by Chef Alfredo di Lelio at his civilized restaurant, Alfredo alla Scrofa.
Eataly Roma, a massive food emporium located at the mouth of a metro stop in south Rome, is a sensory overload for foodies.
When the first of the family-style dishes were placed on the table at the media dinner at Café & Bar Lurcat Thursday (May 23), phones all around the table were whipped out and people started shooting. It reminded me of an old TV Western when a stranger walks into a bar and everyone draws their six-shooter in anticipation of a fight.
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.
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.
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.
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 restaurants in the U.S., including Minnesota.
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.
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.
Add one more kudos to Sue Zelickson’s long list of accomplishments: She’s a lifesaver. At the annual women’s breakfast sponsored by Women of Perspectives, Jalilia Brown, a former participant in the Kids Café program, said the woman who is the founder of Kids Café in St. Louis Park, Women Who Really Cook and a host of other programs that help women, turned her life around.