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Catering Helps Restaurants Extend Their Brands

In his previous life as a catering chef, Sameh Wadi saw first-hand the often tired, ailing menus that were all too common in that segment of the industry.

Minnesota Legislative Session Ends with Unfinished Business

Think a strong Minnesota economy and budget surplus would make for smoother sailing at the state capitol? Think again.

Former Murray’s Chef Brings Talent to PGA Tour-owned Club

John Van House didn’t know it when he first applied for a cook position at the PGA Tour-owned Tournament Players Club-Twin Cities more than 12 years ago that one day he’d be its executive chef.

Restaurant Marketing in Millennial Overload

After attending the National Restaurant Association's 2015 show in Chicago last month, I've gotta say, I'm a little worried about my generation.

Server Speak: What’s the best tip/compliment you’ve gotten from a customer?

What’s the best tip/compliment you’ve gotten from a customer?

News and Noteworthy Around the Twin Cities

Restaurant and Foodservice happenings around the Twin Cities.

Culinary Q&A With Emily Engberg of Twin Cites Live

Emily Engberg doesn’t cook, making her a frequenter of restaurants and a favorite of restaurant owners.

Chef’s Dish: Phillip Becht Gets Back in the Kitchen

Although Victor’s on Water opened just this past November, it’s already become a hit in historic downtown Excelsior.

Culinary Curiosities: The History of the Chafing Dish

Nowadays the chafing dish keeps food warm at buffets, church suppers and potlucks. No one uses them for cooking.

Performance Foodservice Show Brings Together Top Brands

With 110-plus vendors on hand May 6, customers at the Performance Foodservice Spring Show were able to view and sample a full array of broadline products plus Italian flavors from the Roma family of brands.

Upper Lakes Foods Show Drives Menu Innovation

Each month Upper Lakes Foods invites potential new vendors to present the merits—and flavors—of their products for distribution consideration and perhaps a spot at one of the company’s food shows.

MRA Spotlights Member Restaurants, Supports Share Our Strength

The Minnesota Restaurant Association displayed the talents of its members May 14 while supporting Share Our Strength’s No Kid Hungry campaign.

NRA Show 2015 Spotlights Evolving Industry

The 2015 National Restaurant Association Show was as much a technology showcase as a culinary one, with companies boasting everything from high-tech pest control to a robot working the fryer.

Verdant Tea, Anahata Herbals Bring Attention Back to Tea

Modern processed foods made with the magic of science are being replaced by a simple focus on ingredients.

Nate Beck Talks Mobile Dining and the ‘Natedogs Experience’

“The difference between a wiener and a hot dog is wieners have casings and hot dogs don’t. So all wieners can be hot dogs but a hot dog can’t be a wiener."

Culinary Takeaways From Overseas Wining and Dining

For two glorious weeks in May I traveled to Lisbon, Madrid and Barcelona, and in between visiting art museums and shopping, I managed to fit in several meals a day.

MRA Report: Hospitality MN Scholarships Support Local Students

By the time this edition of Foodservice News reaches your office or kitchen, the Minnesota Legislature will have adjourned, at least from their regular session.

Commodities Report: Falling Grain, Protein Prices

D​on't look now but the 2015 grain crop planting season is underway. And for the first time in several years initial sowing is about on schedule.

Buy the Numbers: Agra Culture Chain Impresses

While their road to success may still have some trampling through the weeds to go through, your gut says you’ve come across that special concept consumers will like and the unit economics that will work out.

Common Foodsense: Commodity Costs Have Restaurants Playing ‘What If?’

In foodservice we typically won't open a new venue without practice: We test recipes, service, and even lighting before opening the doors, so we have a chance to tweak our operations before Yelp tweaks our noses.

Hangin’ With Klecko: Podcasts, Food Culture and Kismet

Question – Who can turn the world on with a smile? Who can take a nothing day, and suddenly make it all seem worthwhile? Answer –Lydia Paige Turner.

People to Know and Places to Go

As I wandered Hockenbergs’ spacious showroom and discovered an overwhelming amount of foodservice equipment and supplies, I began imagining how many details and decisions go into opening a restaurant.

Twin Cities Beer Boom Continues

The Loring Park area is the latest Minneapolis neighborhood to attract a brewery, with Lakes and Legends Brewing Company under construction on LaSalle Avenue.
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