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October 2015

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Farmers Market Targets Chefs to Diversify Customer Base

When Libby Wyrum was hired as the manager of the Linden Hills Farmers Market in Minneapolis, she brought with her a different attitude.

St. Paul Jazz Club Reborn as Vieux Carre

The old Artists’ Quarter jazz club’s long-awaited rebirth as Vieux Carre is complete.

Edina Restaurateurs Share Secrets to 25 Years of Success

Mickey and Sheila McCabe haven’t kept their Edina restaurant going by sticking with the conventional. Quite the opposite, in fact.

When Managing Generations, the Key is Understanding Attitudes

Kit Welchlin, a leadership trainer and public speaker, spoke during the Minnesota Hospitality Expo last month, and his education session, "Managing Generations in the Workplace," put me in pondering mode.

Server Speak: Who Should Win a Charlie Award?

Who Should Win a Charlie Award?

News and Noteworthy Around the Twin Cities

Chef hires, Rojo is expanding, plus patio honors

Culinary Q&A: KARE 11’s Belinda Jensen

In her work for “Grow with KARE,” Belinda Jensen has had the opportunity to tour places such as 11 Wells distillery in St. Paul.

Chef’s Dish: Todd Macdonald Maximizes Flavor at Parella

Todd Macdonald is one-part owner and one full-part chef at Parella, which is an Italian restaurant, but don’t expect red-checkered tablecloths and Frank Sinatra tunes.

Culinary Curiosities: What’s the History of Dinner Theater?

Sweatpants, Netflix and food from molded styrofoam containers are all fine, but consider the old standby, dinner and a show.

Hairy Situation as Millennials Rock Beards as Restaurant Workers

Anyone with eyes has noticed the proliferation of beards in foodservice today, especially on any man younger than 35.

Friend or Foie? Talking Foie Gras in Minnesota

As the culture wars over animal welfare continue to rage, foie gras has become a particularly hot battlefield.

Café Growth Furthers Peace Coffee’s Mission

Since July 2014, Peace Coffee has opened three café/coffee-bar style locations in Minneapolis, adding to its already robust wholesale roasting business.

Industry Leaders Talk Sales Growth, Trends at Hospitality Expo

Social media is mandatory, Stephanie Shimp told those gathered for a Minnesota Hospitality Expo education session on the topic.

Marketing Tips From Restaurant Owners in the Know

“Sexy, down-to-earth and cheeky” is how Amol Dixit described the brand identity of Hot Indian Foods, the food truck he launched in 2013, and those three words are touchstones for every aspect of the business.

Bay Produce Cares as Much for Its People as the Produce

“Everything here we start from seeds,” Bay Produce grower Richard Fisher says. “We start in the nursery all the way to harvest.”

Birchwood Café Toasts 20 Years

The Birchwood Café has been serving its “Good Real Food” for two decades, and in staying true to its role as a community gathering place.

Wild Acres Brings Farm-Fresh Poultry to Top Restaurants

Pat Ebnet and his wife Kelli were having an anniversary dinner at Goodfellow’s in Minneapolis when guests began to get curious as Tim Anderson was clearly giving them the star treatment.

New Look as Erbert & Gerbert’s Targets Campus Dining

Erbert and Gerbert’s President and CEO Eric Wolfe sees the population of big eaters and readers as an excellent opportunity for his storybook-themed sandwich shop to expand its customer base.

Food and Wine Weekend at Madden’s

Madden’s Food & Wine Weekend, held at the rambling resort on northern Minnesota’s Gull Lake, is a three-day culinary Lollapalooza-style event.

MRA Report: Scholarships, Expo Success and Industry Changes

By the time this column reaches your desk, our annual Minnesota Hospitality Expo will be behind us and planning will be underway for the third annual event in September of 2016 at the RiverCentre in St. Paul.

Commodities Report: Don’t Get Too Bullish

The commodity markets have taken it on the chin this summer with the ARA Restaurant Commodity Index recently falling to its lowest level since the fall of 2010.

Buy the Numbers: Nighthawks Diner Wins

The Nighthawks experience is called “Adventures in Griddling”—a fitting tagline. This is truly a diner with a twist.

Common Foodsense: Work Smarter, Not Harder

Yes, the minimum wage is going up and beef is not coming down, the citrus is still greening and even your mom is thinking of going gluten-free. But still. It could be worse.

Hangin’ With Klecko: Sandwich Heaven at Big Daddy’s

Ron is one of three owners at what has arguably become the Twin Cities’ premiere barbecue restaurant. Many people admire him for his pitmaster skill set, but I think that’s selling him short.

Tattoo of the Month: Nate Beck

Both of Nathan Beck's tattoos are to remind him how blessed he is to have five daughters and a wonderful wife.

People to Know and Places to Go

Our local growers and producers who practice ethical and sustainable farming are the heart of this industry.

ACF News

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