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March 2017

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New Technology Helps Restaurants Run Smarter

There are plenty of smart restaurant operators out there, but the question Deepinder Singh asks is, are they running a smart restaurant?

MN Legislature Considers Uniform Labor Standards

The quest for uniform state labor standards was launched in February at the Minnesota Capitol. Bills are making their way through House and Senate committees, and are drawing crowds.

Third-party Delivery Fees Are a Negotiable Secret

How much does third-party delivery cost? Well, it depends who you ask and how good their contract is.

The National Spotlight Shines on MN Restaurant Industry

That’s right, folks, it’s James Beard Awards time, and again this year Minnesota is well represented in the group of semifinalists (check out the full list).

Server Speak: What’s Been Your Luckiest Experience as a Server?

What’s Been Your Luckiest Experience as a Server?

News and Noteworthy Around the Twin Cities

Tim McKee, the acclaimed Minneapolis chef, who closed his La Belle Vie restaurant in October 2015 and who since 2011 was VP of culinary development for Parasole, joined St. Louis Park wholesale seafood supplier The Fish Guys as senior vice president of development.

Tip, Tip Hooray—Some Counter Humor

I can’t look at a tip jar without thinking about the “Seinfeld” episode where George gets caught with his hand in the jar.

Chef’s Dish: Culinary Instructor Sara Johannes

Sara Johannes is having something of a full-circle moment. “Top Chef” fans may recall her name from the 2013 season of the reality show, but her passion for cooking lies fully in her Midwestern roots.

Culinary Curiosities: Everything Is Better With Butter

I’m in good company with my love of all things butter.

Festival Showcases Northern Tastes and the Necessity of Restaurant Events

The open-fire cooking station was the hub of the St. Paul Chef’s Experience, one of a handful of Great Northern events exploring the Twin Cities food culture.

Local ACF Chapter Celebrates 50 Years, Recognizes Chefs

An American Culinary Federation chapter that’s been around for 50 years has lots to cheer about, and members of the Minneapolis chapter did just that during their annual awards dinner January 29.

MRA Report: $15 Wage Talk Continues in Minneapolis

The Minnesota Legislature has been in session since early January and there is a great deal to report from your state capitol.

Commodities Report: Domestic Crop Strength With Chance of Subpar Growing Season

We’ve entered the dull days of winter for the commodity markets, with domestic wheat in dormancy, the major corn and soybean harvests finished in the U.S., and protein and dairy production chugging along.

Buy the Numbers: Red Rabbit Has Plenty of Potential

It’s ironic that “Red” would be in the name of both of Luke Shimp’s restaurant offerings since Red Cow, and now Red Rabbit, aren’t in the red, but smartly in the black.

Common Foodsense: Employers and Employees Must Talk About Wage Issue

All the trade magazines and newsletters that choke my inbox seem to be shouting with one voice against the rising waters of the minimum wage.

Hangin’ With Klecko: Stories from Oak Marsh’s GM

It was a frozen morning and I’ll bet I counted a dozen cars in the ditch as I headed toward Oak Marsh Golf Course for an appointment to pitch product.

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