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Michaels, Sojka Honored as WFF Change Makers

Two young leaders from Minnesota companies were among the Change Makers honored by the Women's Foodservice Forum at its conference

What’s up with egg salad that it gets a whole week?

In Woody Allen’s 1966 movie What’s Up, Tiger Lily? Allen plays a secret agent searching for the perfect egg salad recipe, which has gone missing. When I first watched this movie I didn’t get much of the plot or the agent’s obsession with egg salad. I still don’t really get the movie. But now I understand the elusive pleasure of a perfect egg salad sandwich.

The Meaty Life of a Jackfruit

As my lunch companion, FSN columnist Jonathan Locke, and I stare up at the menu at Revival Smoked Meats in the Keg & Case market, I tell him our graphic designer, Steve Hamburger, has told me to try the jackfruit sandwich because we won’t be able to tell it isn’t smoked meat. “Ah, yes,” Jonathan replies. “Jackfruit is having a moment.”

Applications Open for Techstars Farm to Fork Tech Accelerator

Ecolab, Cargill and Techstars are teaming up for the second session of the Techstars Farm to Fork Tech Accelerator class. The application process is open now through April 7, 2019, for startup companies working to develop tech innovations that address some of the greatest challenges facing the food system.

Paid Family Leave Clears Committee

A paid family leave law cleared an early hurdle January 30, winning a 10-5 vote of approval from the Minnesota House Labor Committee. It was referred to the House Commerce Committee. But with no Senate companion yet, getting paid family leave on the books in Minnesota is still an open question this session.

Some Entertaining Moments from the Charlies

Sure the Charlies are about presenting awards to the hard-working people of the food and beverage industry in the greater Twin Cities area, but there are lots of things going on around those heartfelt moments.

Ariana's Kitchen is Daughter-Father Partnership

Since she’s been donating her cooking services to charity auctions, Ariana Feygin has made more than a quarter of a million dollars for a number of different good causes around the Twin Cities. Not bad for a 14 year old.

Lunch Subscription Plan Treats Office Workers to $6 Lunches

A new subscription meal delivery plan in NYC may be a blueprint for the Twin Cities busy downtown office buildings.

And The Winners for the 2019 Charlies are...

The eighth annual Charlie Awards celebration was held at the Pantages Theatre on Sunday, January 27. The Charlie Awards honor the exceptional contributions of the Twin Cities food and beverage community. Winners in each of 13 categories were presented with the coveted Charlies plate award.

Charlies Week on Twin Cities Live

Five of our Charlies finalists made appearances on Twin Cities Live the week of January 14. The show, which airs on KSTP-ABC from 3 to 4 p.m., on channel 5. In addition to talking about the Charlies with hosts Steve Patterson and Elizabeth Ries, they shared a recipe and how to cook it.

How Are The Charlies Recipients Chosen?

The Charlie Awards is the only foodservice award that is a peer-to-peer nomination process. And as someone once said, "Success is not a villa in Tuscany or a brand-new fire-engine red sports car. It's the approval of your peers."

Spotlight on Charlies' Rising Stars

Shannel Winkel proved why she’s a finalist for the Charlie Awards’ Rising Star during her interview with Kare 11 reporter, Laura Betker in late December. She masterfully cooked, while giving the scoop on the upcoming Charlie Awards on January 27 at the Pantages Theater in Minneapolis.
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