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MN Restaurant Association Honors 2018 Award Winners

During the awards event at Bunker Hill Golf Club in Coon Rapids, the Minnesota Restaurant Association recognized the recipients of honors such as Restaurant of the Year, and inducted two people into its Hospitality Hall of Fame.

I’ll have what she’s having — no not her, the dog

The dog’s menu at Stanley’s NE Restaurant and Bar started as a fun way to reward dogs who accompanied their masters to happy hour on the patio and ended up on Bite Squad’s delivery route.

Bringing Young Professionals into the Industry

The annual Stars of the Future, where high school culinary students partner with local chefs for a small-plates fundraiser, was held at the W Hotel in early November. Hosted by Hospitality Minnesota Education Foundation's ProStart program, Stars' proceeds go to support student travel and participation fees for ProStart's international competition, which will be held in May 2019 in Washington, D.C.

Rancher's Legacy Helps Japanese Journalists Find the Beef

In September, the Minnesota Beef Council hosted a group of journalists from Japan interested in learning more about the beef industry in the U.S. Journalists who participated included a food blogger; a writer for a food and wine magazine, writers for both a men’s and a women’s magazine, a photographer, plus a representative of the U.S. Meat Export Federation (USMEF).

Keg and Case Offering MN Nice by the Slice

When does John Kraus sleep? The opening of the St. Paul Rose Street Patisserie was our October cover story and now he's in the pizza business?

New look, menus as Campiello turns 20

After 20 years at its Eden Prairie location on City West Parkway, Campiello was due for a refresh. The D’Amico & Partners mainstay got a comprehensive décor and menu update this summer and showed off its new look and flavors during a menu tasting event October 9.

Henke Foods Turns a Corner at Retailer Rose & Loon into a Treat

Michael Larson, marketing and sales executive for Henke Foods, the parent company of Annie B’s caramels and popcorn and B.T. McElrath chocolates, attended the Rose & Loon grand opening party as vendor. And while he didn’t help guests make caramels or popcorn as other vendors did with their products, he did have the makings for s’mores and free samples of candy.

Red Rabbit Brings Its Italian Cuisine to St. Paul

What was the Wild Onion on St. Paul’s Grand Avenue for more than 20 years is now Red Rabbit, the rustic Italian concept from Luke Shimp’s kindRED Hospitality, also behind the Twin Cities’ four Red Cow restaurants.

Park Square's New Play Highlights Winey Customers and Life

Servers especially will appreciate the humor in the Park Square Theater’s latest production, Sometimes There’s Wine, a two-woman play about relationships fueled by wine.

The Hosts With the Most (Culinary Gigs) in Town Return to the Charlies

The Charlie Awards is pleased to welcome back the all-star food-reporting team of Jason DeRusha and Joy Summers as hosts of the 2019 Charlie Awards, Sunday, January 27, at the Pantages Theater in Minneapolis

October 17 is Deadline for Charlies Nominations

Nominations for the 2019 Charlie Awards were kicked off September 17 at the Big Thrill Factory in Minnetonka. If you weren't able to make it, use this QR code on your phone's camera to nominate your favorites.

Why Denmark Has Some of the Best Restaurants in the World

To prepare for my two-week trip to Denmark, my daughter, who was going to there to teach for a year, gave me the book, How to Be Danish: A Journey to the Cultural Heart of Denmark. I didn’t open it until after I had spent a week in Copenhagen and was wowed by the food.
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