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November 2016

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For Tonic Owner, Restaurant Is Her Version of the American Dream

One would think that an organic, made-from-scratch juice bar and restaurant would be just the tonic needed across the street from St. Mary’s Hospital, part of the world-renowned Mayo Clinic.

Push Continues for $15 Minimum Wage

Momentum is growing for an increase in Minnesota’s minimum wage, to $15 an hour. An increase is likely to be front and center when the 2017 Minnesota Legislature convenes in January.

Dixie’s Owners Share Lessons in Longevity After 30 Years in the Business

Take it one customer at a time. That’s what the staff at Dixie’s on Grand has been doing for 30 years and it’s why the owners believe their restaurant will be around for another three decades.

Think Beyond the Job You Have to the Career You Want

It was up to me to seek out networking opportunities and professional organizations that would help me advance in my career, which is exactly the point Kim Bartmann made during one of the panel discussions last month at the Restaurant Business Summit that FSN hosted at Surly Brewing.

Server Speak: Who Do You Think Deserves a Charlie Award?

Who Do You Think Deserves a Charlie Award?

News and Noteworthy Around the Twin Cities

When his 27th year with Kelber Catering comes to a close at the end of 2016, Steven Schuster will retire from his post as executive chef and culinary director.

Chef’s Dish: Katie Nielson at Seward Co-op Creamery Café

Katie Nielson began her path to becoming executive chef of Seward Co-op Creamery Café by way of retail. The two jobs are fairly similar, she says.

Culinary Curiosities: The Modern Dishwasher and Its Many Uses

Families still grouse about cleaning up, but what a luxury to have an automatic dishwasher.

Energy Efficiency, Labor Savings Are Top Foodservice Equipment Trends

Burger-flipping robots may not take over foodservice jobs anytime soon, but labor-saving equipment and other devices continue to change the way restaurant workers do their jobs, according to those in the industry.

Famous Dave’s Returns to Its Barbecue Roots With Redesign

When someone says “barbecue,” Famous Dave’s isn’t at the top of (or even on) many foodie lists, even in its home base of Minneapolis.

Culinary Students Get Cooking With Area Top Chefs

St. Paul College has been turning out culinary students for 75 years, and several of them returned as the culinary arts program hosted its fundraising chefs’ dinner.

FSN Summit Speakers Focus on Labor Shortage, Expansion Advice

Hosting its fall Restaurant Business Summit on October 12, Foodservice News welcomed top operators and chefs to Surly Brewing last month for a morning of networking with experienced vendors before panel discussions.

Hospitality Expo Offers Operational Insight, Advice and Education

Think of yourself as an apprentice, advised Alex Roberts, and be prepared to put in the work.

MRA Report: Annual Conference Helps Owners Take Action

The Minnesota Hospitality Conference and Expo at Saint Paul RiverCentre was a great success thanks to our speakers, sponsors, exhibitors and most of all, the attendees.

Commodities Report: Could Cost Declines Mean More Competition?

This year marks only the second time since 2007 where the industry has enjoyed lower food prices during a period of improving GDP.

Buy the Numbers: Urbana Lets Guests Decide How to Dine

Talking with Chef Paul Lynch of the Urbana Craeft Kitchen & Market in the Hyatt Regency near Mall of America made the whole restaurant come alive for me.

Common Foodsense: Lessons From the Barbary Fig

My beloved Barbary Fig closed at the end of September, after 27 years on Grand Avenue in St. Paul.

Hangin’ With Klecko: Cookie Talk with T-Rex’s Tina Rexing

For a guy who’s worked in a bakery forever, I’ll admit it’s embarrassing how little I know about cookies.

People to Know and Places to Go

After a busy morning at Upper Lakes Foods' bustling fall show at Duluth’s DECC, we grabbed a recommended bite that delivered at Toasty’s new downtown sandwich shop.

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