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Celebrating Hamburger Day, Week and Month

If you’re looking for something to celebrate in May, look no further than the humble hamburger. May is National Beef Month and National Hamburger Month. You can plan seven days of diner visits during National Hamburger Week, the second week of May. Or, fire up the grill on May 28, National Hamburger Day. Not enough for you? Don’t worry: Americans love burgers so much that July 28 and December 21 have also been designated Hamburger Days. If you like cheese, make note that September 15 is National Double Cheeseburger Day and September 18 is plain old National Cheeseburger day. Whew—that’s a lot of beef!

James Beard Celebrity Chef Tour Lands in Minnesota

It’s not every day that the James Beard House takes its dinner on the road, so we thought we’d give you the menu of the Minneapolis stop of the Celebrity Chef Tour, held at Eastside in Minneapolis, April 14 (highlights from the event will be in the editor’s letter in the May issue).

Three Women Up for James Beard's Outstanding Midwest Chef Award

It almost sounds like a step backwards to go from a semi-finalist to a nominee, but in the James Beard Awards world that distinction means you’re one step away from being declared the winner in this prestigious annual pageantry. ​

James Beard Foundation Honors The Sioux Chef Founder

Sean Sherman, founder & CEO of The Sioux Chef was one of five honorees for the James Beard Foundation’s 2019 Leadership Awards, a program which spotlights the important and complex realms of sustainability, food justice, and public health

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.
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