The James Beard Foundation decided to go ahead and announce the nominees for its coveted 2020 awards as “a glimmer of hope to an industry looking for light in a very dark time.” Five local chefs and two members of the media are up for awards.
There is no shortage of news, advice and tips for restaurant owners coping with closed restaurants during COVID-19, and yet the demand for more and more updates is insatiable.Broadline distributor, US Foods has been providing assistance to its customers in the guise of menu design and business operations for two years shy of a decade, and now they’re opening up their resources to noncustomers as well.
Hennepin Healthcare regularly trains for major incidents. “We’ve trained for some nasty things, but I don’t recall training for a pandemic,” William Marks, director of food, nutrition and environmental services at Hennepin Healthcare, says.
Minnesota is home to around 300,000 Swedes, a giant IKEA store where you can add lingonberry syrup to your soft drink, as well as the American Swedish Institute in Minneapolis. So what can we learn from the way Sweden handled the pandemic—relying on personal responsibility and willful obedience?
When life gives you a semi-empty refrigerated truck, the optimist finds a way to fill it with items other small businesses need to move.Here's why it pays to be well-connected in your community and a story of friends helping friends drive business.
Attendees at the 9th annual Charlie Awards had no idea that the two short spoken-word presentations from Dan “Klecko” McGleno were being delivered by a baker/poet whose poetry collection, Hitman-Baker-Casketmaker: Aftermath of an American’s Clash with ICE was named a finalist in the General Poetry category of the 30th annual Midwest Book Awards.
As dine-in is not an option for restaurants in Minnesota for a least a few more weeks, delivery and takeout have increased. Here is the latest on third-party delivery, as well as online grocery ordering from our sister publication, Food on Demand. For more news in this sector of the foodservice industry, visit their website at www.foodondemandnews.com
Tonight (April 30), starting at 6 p.m., Open Arms of Minnesota is teaming with Chef Yia Vang (Union Hmong Kitchen) and editor/host Stephanie March of Mpls.St.Paul Magazine for a live cooking event, Hungry to Connect. The free event will broadcast via Zoom and Facebook Live from the kitchen of Open Arms
On the first Saturday the Biscuit Breakfast Bar popped up at Stanley’s Northeast Bar Room in Minneapolis, biscuit lovers were lined up six feet apart in the parking lot to score a $5 breakfast sandwich on an oversized biscuit. Buy two and they tossed in an order of fried biscuits rolled in cinnamon sugar.
Independent restaurants expect to be hit the hardest by the pandemic, but they are also in the unique position to quickly pivot to stay afloat amid shutdowns and successfully stay open after.
One of the ironic fallouts of the COVID-19 pandemic where safety is issue No. 1 is that restaurant workers needing to recertify their food safety credentials through ServSafe won’t be able to take the class and the required test.
With everything going on, it’s hard to plan more than a couple of days out. As more and more events are forced to cancel, the noncalendar list continues to grow. Events are starting to reschedule, such as The Bloody Mary Festival – Twin Cities, which is now going to be held on Friday, October 16 and October 17. And we’re all waiting to hear when restaurants can start welcoming guests inside. Until then, here’s some of what’s going on.