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September 2015

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With Its Latest Projects, Jester Concepts Tackles Hotel Dining

For today’s luxury hotel guest, it’s not so much about high thread count as it is about experience.

At CHS Field, Stadium Fare Has a Local Focus

As St. Paul’s CHS Field nears the completion of its first baseball season, fans of the game are not the only ones smiling.

Minnesota Farm, Chef Team Up for Yak Dinner

Nema, the yak that was to be centerplate at the Outstanding in the Field dinner, was out standing in the field a couple of days before the event when a round bale slipped and fell on him, breaking his leg.

Hotels, Hot Dogs and the Minnesota Hospitality Expo

I've been a guest at what seems like dozens of weddings so far this year, which has meant multiple hotel stays from Baltimore to Des Moines.

Server Speak: How Can Management Best Motivate the Team?

How Can Management Best Motivate the Team?

News and Noteworthy Around the Twin Cities

Eastside, the latest concept from Twin Cities restaurateur Ryan Burnet, is bringing in Seattle-based Nick Dugan as chef de cuisine.

At This Bakery, the Canine Clientele Comes First

There may be better biscuit bakers out there, but none who has his audience literally at his feet.

Chef’s Dish: Jason Steidle Brings Top Arena Eats to Xcel Energy Center

It’s already a challenge to oversee the dining experience at any restaurant, imagine running the same operation for an entire stadium full of people.

Culinary Curiosities: These Inventors Helped Bring Us Artisanal Ice

In the 18th and early 19th century, inventors in various parts of the globe were experimenting with artificial cooling, most notably William Cullen.

Radisson Blu Hotel is Abuzz With Rooftop Bees

FireLake, the restaurant at the Radisson Blu in the Mall of America in Bloomington, got a honey of a deal from the University of Minnesota’s Bee Squad.

School Nutrition Conference Highlights New Meal Options

As schools continue to adjust to changing requirements of the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act, more than 900 school nutrition directors and staff gathered for the Minnesota School Nutrition Association’s 59th annual conference.

Toby Tournament Celebrates 30 Years of Supporting Hospitality Education

Continuing its legacy as a resource for hospitality and culinary school scholarships, the 30th annual Toby Tournament hosted a sellout crowd of golfers to the Minnesota Valley Country Club.

Chef Sarah Master Takes Her Talent to the Iron Range

One of the Twin Cities’ rising restaurant stars has moved back to the boonies—and she’s brought her food with her.

Midwest Pantry Gives Food Producers a Platform to Sell

Tom Paschke and Darryl Buggs weren’t just promoting their gelato at the Midwest Pantry Local Food & Gift Show—they had the flavors to back up the talk.

Bent Paddle Brewery is a Beer-fueled Business Incubator

If you need a crash course on trendy Duluth foods, swing by the Bent Paddle Brewing Company.

Midwest Produce Expo Targets Twin Cities Market

Looking to showcase their offerings and gauge the market from a buyer perspective, suppliers from this country and others brought their produce of every variety to the Midwest Produce Conference & Expo.

MRA Report: Grow Your Business at the Hospitality Expo

A tip of the hat to Foodservice News for providing great coverage about the 2nd Annual Minnesota Hospitality Expo at the St. Paul RiverCentre on Wednesday, September 16.

Commodities Report: A Better Beef Market Ahead

Well, the USDA had a few surprises up its sleeve in the June 30 grain acreage and quarterly grain stocks data.

Buy the Numbers: A Tale of Two Restaurants

New restaurants in the Twin Cities may not be news, but I recently had the unique opportunity to visit two brand new restaurants with a similar backstory.

Common Foodsense: Is Higher Pay the Answer to the Labor Shortage?

I admit we work in an industry with high costs and slim margins. Our daily revenue is subject to the whims of weather, traffic detours and avian flu; and a late shipment of veal can ruin a weekend.

Hangin’ With Klecko: Brewed Awakenings with Joan Foster

Most of you that follow this column have figured out by now that I’m a city kid, a guy with concrete coursing through his veins, and even though small towns kind of freak me out, the woman on the phone was so nice I had to say yes.

More Brewery Openings on Tap in Minnesota

Spilled Grain Brewhouse is now open in Annandale, with owners Dan Seaberg, Dave Hartley, Josh Hart and Jacob Schnabel combining efforts to open in July.

People to Know and Places to Go

Midwest Pantry, founded by Chad Gillard and Zoie Glass, is an organization that helps local food companies develop and grow. I had the honor of judging in the annual Top of the Pantry Awards.

ACF News

Local news from the ACF Minneapolis Chef's Chapter.
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