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June 2019

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Schooling at Gale Woods Farm

A visit to Gale Woods Farm near Mounds reaps a whole litany of rewards.

From the Editor: A Flowery Sight/Open Arm’s Purse Pull

Nothing delights me more than coming across something unique and beautiful, like this vintage VW van transformed into a mobile flower stand.

Server Speak: Where Would You Choose to Park Your Food Truck?

Where Would You Choose to Park Your Food Truck?

Around Town: John Rupp Honored, a Big Bid for Fhima’s

John Rupp, a St. Paul-based real estate developer and owner of the Commonwealth Properties, was one of four individuals receiving a 2019 Progress Minnesota award.

Coffee Talk: Congrats to Beard Winner Ann Kim

CONGRATULATIONS to Ann Kim who won the coveted national prize as the 2019 James Beard Awards’ Best Chef: Midwest.

Industry Ink: Hell’s Kitchen’s Kris Ransom

You’ve all heard the saying: Home is where the heart is, and in Kris Ransom’s case, he’s wearing his home and thus his heart on his sleeve.

Culinary Curiosities: Mexican Caesar Salad

The Fourth of July, the quintessential American holiday, made for baseball, hot dogs apple pie and … Caesar salad? Yes.

Women Who Really Cook Really Network

In case you don’t know the origin of the name for the women’s networking group started by Sue Zelickson, Women Who Really Cook, it’s a play off of a jazz group from a few years ago who called themselves Women Who Cook.

Land O’Lakes Teams up with Gravie on Health Insurance

While the rest of the country grapples with the politics surrounding affordable healthcare, farmers who are part of the Land O’ Lakes co-op are feeling much better, thanks to an affordable, comprehensive health plan that replaced their previous more costly and inconvenient plan many scrapped together on their own.

Brewing Change Collaborative Tackles Diversity Problem

During a recent Tuesday happy hour, six people of color stood in the half-hearted spring sundown at Sociable Ciderwerks, debating whether the garage door should go down to keep out the chill.

Company Spotlight: Pan-O-Gold

When Mark Ubl joined Pan-O-Gold Baking Company in 1981, his work day started at 3 a.m., when the alarm went off to announce it was time to start his bread route.

St. Paul Roundup: Family Leave Finds Voice in Online Storybook

As the 2019 session of the Minnesota Legislature neared its May 20 end date, a coalition that includes restaurant and other food industry businesses continued to call for the state to implement paid family leave.

Functional Food Moves into Restaurant Space

Dining with Adam Southam is being privy to the dark side of a menu. “This one’s not too bad,” he says about the menu on a recent visit to a healthy Minneapolis restaurant.

Packed House at Aria for US Foods’ Art Party

US Foods Savor the Flavor event on April 30 rocked Aria with a celebration of food, music, art and giving back.

Restaurant Openings

Bacon Social House out of Denver is opening at the end of June in the Canopy by Hilton hotel at 708 Third Street South in Minneapolis.

New and Noteworthy: Kakookies to PullClean

Created by a mom, KaKookies are grab-n-go real food cookies, made with wholesome superfood ingredients, soft-baked so that they satisfy cravings and sustain energy.

MRA Report: Best Practices on Retaining Workers

When I’m out speaking to groups, I like to ask how many people in the audience had their first job experience working in the hospitality industry. Not surprisingly, at least half of those in the room raise their hands.

Commodities Report: Trade Agreement Uncertainty

The commodity markets were mostly under downward pressure during the mid-spring with grains leading the way.

By the Numbers: What’s Involved in Closing a Restaurant

It’s the end of a terrible winter and we’ve seen a lot of stress and distress in the local restaurant community.

Common Foodsense: Friend's Recruitment and Romaine Advice

If you have gotten anywhere in this business, please remember that you didn’t get there on your own.

Hangin’ With Klecko: Reconnecting With Miss W

In the parlor, on the chaise lounge, my wife began to thumb through my recent poetry book.

Ask the Expert: Kim Brown of KLB Insurance

I’m often surprised when business owners don’t always take the time to read their policies to find out exactly what is covered and up to what the dollar amount.

Association News

Women Who Really Cook is holding a MN Local Food Pop-Up on Wednesday, June 5 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

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