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March 2018

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Page 1 Brash, Flash, Cash at the Charlies

Ann Kim, co-founder of the wildly popular Young Joni, Pizzeria Lola and Hello Pizza, delivered the brashest line of the night when she accepted the Outstanding Restaurateur award at The Charlies 7th annual awards show on February 25.

From the Editor: We’re All Winners

Being part of the Charlies was incredible. If I had known how much I would love being involved, I would have added it to my bucket list long ago.

Server Speak: Celebrity sightings?

5 1/2 Questions and Football Follow-up

If there’s a kid or adult graduating from culinary school in the Twin Cities today, most likely he’s been part of Chef Nathan Sartain’s program at St. Paul College.

Coffee Talk

The James Beard Foundation released its list of semi-finalists for its 28th annual awards.

Tattersall Debuts its 2-year-old rye whiskey

Made using rye from the Cambridge farm of Dale Anderson, Tattersall Distilling’s newest spirit is aged for two years in virgin white oak barrels sourced and coopered in Minnesota.

Mourners Bids Fond Adieu to Uptown Arby’s Sign

“Oh Arby’s sign, the meats, the meats are calling,” sang a group of mourners to the tune of “Danny Boy.”

Culinary Curiosities: History of the Slow Cooker

How is it that this appliance of yore, the darling of church basement suppers and potlucks everywhere, is growing in popularity?

Personality Profile: Ricardo Catarrinho

It was like being transported back to a more genteel time, when guests—even reporters—are offered a pair of slippers when snow boots are abandoned at the front door and tea with honey in dainty flowered teacups, along with a plate of just-warmed pastries.

Blackeye’s Canning Facility Sure to Create a Buzz

Locavores with a serious caffeine habit now have more options from Blackeye Roasting Co.

Restaurant Openings

Funky Grits appears to really mean it this time. The long-awaited restaurant, with its blending of traditional soul food with original twists, is expected to open in early March.

Grand Avenue Looks for its Due Attention

St. Paul’s Grand Avenue has long been the city’s leading hospitality district, with its bar/restaurants, cafés and shopping.

St. Paul Area Round-up

Matty O’Reilly’s restaurant empire could expand to the Como Park Lakeside Pavilion.

Mural, Mural On the Wall, Who’s the Fairest?

Outdoor murals are an extension of a restaurant’s brand outside its four walls. They’re public art, but also a billboard for the service, values and attitude inside.

Institutional Dining: Memory-Care Facilities

Wander into the restaurant at the ground level off the handsome condo building on handsome South 2nd Street in the heart of downtown Minneapolis’ Mill City, and aside from the concierge desk in the lobby there’s little to indicate you’ve arrived anywhere but a chic urban bar and restaurant.

Watercooler Fodder: More News

Independent and family-owned foodservice distributor Upper Lakes Foods opened a 100,000-square-foot distribution center in Wisconsin, adding more than 70 jobs to the Janesville area, and bringing its total workforce up to 380.

Getting Your Restaurant Plans Through City Hall

Just down the road from my first-ring suburb, Minneapolis is a big, progressive city with a reputation for making life challenging for small-business owners, especially in the restaurant community.

Chef’s Dish: Pajarito Takes Mexican Cuisine to New Heights

Pajarito is not your neighborhood Mexican restaurant—and that's not a bad thing.

Cracked Pot Brings Technology to Grocery Stores

Entrepreneur Laurie McLevish saw the benefit of using tablets in grocery stores to encourage shoppers who would love to transform the catch of the day into a meal.

ACF Honors its Cream of the Crop

The ACF Minneapolis Chapter thoughtfully changed the time of its annual awards dinner on Sunday, January 21, to accommodate its guests who still had visions of a Vikings Super Bowl dancing in their heads.

MRA Report: ProStart, Politics and an Expo

Some of my columns are devoted to a single topic, but that isn’t the case this month.

Commodities Report: Crops at a Glance

It’s been more of the same in the food service commodity markets during the last month.

Buy the Numbers: Can a 5th Eatery Make it in Old Figlio Space?

The third time wasn’t the charm, so now we have what amounts to the fifth try at the Calhoun Square restaurant space in Uptown.

Common Foodsense: And the Winner is…Keep Reading

With the Charlie Awards behind us for another year, perhaps it’s time for one more hymn to institutional memory.

Hangin’ With Klecko: Breaking Bread in Minnesota Sealed the Peace Deal

In a recent conversation, in a Grand Avenue tavern, I was asked if the Vikings advanced to the Super Bowl in their hometown, would that be the most special event that I had baked for.

People to Know and Places to Go

Reinhart’s Extravaganza at Cragun’s Legacy Courses last month offered tactical as well as tasty displays.

ACF News

Minneapolis Chapter

Events Calendar

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