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2020 Finalists for the Charlie Awards Announced

It’s been a long time coming—at least if you’re the one counting the three rounds of voting—but we now have the completed list of finalists for the 2020 Charlie Awards. And we think you'll agree that in a community with an abundance of outstanding restaurants, breweries, catering companies, we've curated a culinary treasure trove.

Bite Squad Exits Key Minnesota Cities

Before Waitr acquired it, Bite Squad was a Minnesota-based delivery service putting up huge numbers in its home turf, especially Minneapolis. Less than a year after finalizing the acquisition by Louisiana-based Waitr, Bite Squad has discontinued service in the cities of St. Cloud, Rochester and Duluth—Minnesota’s largest cities outside of the Twin Cities metro area.

Not Your Police Officer's Doughnut

When does a doughnut—a mainstay for after-church socializing and office break room fodder, not to mention kids—become X-rated? As soon as you cross state lines into a locale where recreational marijuana is legal.

Culinary Curiosities: National Clean Out Your Refrigerator Day

If you thought Thanksgiving was the big food holiday in November, you've probably forgotten about “Clean Out Your Refrigerator Day” on November 15. What? You haven’t heard of it? The idea is to clear out and freshen up the fridge in advance of the food-heavy holiday season that tends to overload this overworked and under-appreciated appliance.

Hospitality MN's Expo Delivers the Goods

Hospitality MN’s Conference and Expo took over St. Paul’s RiverCentre in late September for a day of high-power keynote speeches, informative panel discussions on trending topics and a chance to meet with vendors and try new product combinations.

Sysco Show Brings Together Two Divisions in Great Venue

Sysco’s fall show at the RiverCentre in St. Paul was the first time the broadline distributor has combined the sales teams and customers of both Sysco Western, based in St. Cloud, and Sysco Minnesota, based in Mounds View.

Reinhart Foodservice Show Motivates; Elevates Menus

There was a cornucopia of noteworthy things to see and hear at Reinhart’s Fall Concept Show at Canterbury Park Expo Center, but one that resonated with attendees was motivational speaker, Tim Kirkland’s contention that he was there to help “people make more money.”

Lat 14's Ann Ahmed Delivers the Backstory on Asian Cooking

Ann Ahmed didn’t have a plan when she bought her first restaurant location in Minnesota over the phone from San Diego. “I had a credit card,” she says. And a dream. Ahmed was the sixth chef in Perspectives' fundraiser, Cooking with the Stars.

Chowgirls Cook Killer Meal at Perspectives' Cooking with the Stars

When Heidi Andermack and Amy Lynn Brown were trying to name their new catering business in 2004, they came up with a few variations on the theme—Ciao Baby, ChowChicks—before settling on its memorable name, Chowgirls Killer Catering. “We used to have a cowgirl theme, but we outgrew it,” Andermack said at the Perspectives' Cooking for the Stars event.

Zen and the Art of Sandwich Making

The Guthrie's Floyd's is a play about "returning citizens" who find redemption through making sandwiches and taking a stand over pickle relish.

Survey Identifies Big Delivery Gripes, Driver’s Dirty Secrets

A new survey from US Foods digs into the grievances consumers have with third-party delivery and provides some eye-popping insight into some of the less-than-ethical things couriers do on the job.

Thomasina Petrus Sings for her Superb Candy

I'm not sure which is more alluring: An evening listening to Thomasina Petrus sing jazz, blues and R&B in a renovated barn in a rural farm setting or the opportunity to purchase a bag of her cashew brittle.
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