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September 2019

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Meet Perspectives’ New Masterful Chef

Upstairs the 3- and 4-year olds play happily and noisily, with no clue of what is waiting for them downstairs in just a few hours. Grown-up food!

From the Editor: Adventures in Wisconsin

What was I thinking ordering an iced tea at a dive bar in rural Wisconsin? The barkeep looked at me like I was not from around there. “I can give you ice tea flavored whiskey?”

Server Speak: Your Favorite Summer Food Event

What is Your Favorite Summer Food Event?

Promote Yourself: Briefs

If you’re still missing Eric Austin’s cooking after he closed Big E’s Soul food in 2012, you can catch him at the Devil’s Advocate at 1070 Nicollet Mall, Minneapolis.

Industry Ink: Ryan Sutherland

Sailor Jerry artwork from the WWII era is Devil’s Advocate bartender Ryan Sutherland’s ink of choice—even though he was never in the Navy.

Coffee Talk

OpenTable, a provider of online restaurant reservations and part of Booking Holdings, partnered with Caviar, Grubhub and UberEats to offer delivery and pick-up options at thousands of restaurants on OpenTable’s newly updated iOS app.

Charlie Awards: Kickoff Is One Giant Step for Foodkind

How do we get from no nominations to a stage packed with Charlie Awards winners? Giant steps, people, giant steps.

Culinary Curiosities: Chocolate Milk

The school I work at has a self-serve milk machine. There are two spouts: one for white milk and one for chocolate.

Around Town

Winner of the Country Chef Challenge to claim the title of Master of the Market at the Minnesota Farmers Market in early August was Andy Vyskocil of La Voya Brassserie in the InterContinental Minneapolis.

Institutional Dining: Private Schools

When Taher, a foodservice management company with the lion’s share of private schools’ lunch programs in the Twin Cities, wanted to introduce a new product from Ferndale Farms to students at The Blake School in Minneapolis, they didn’t bus the students to the farm, they brought the turkey grower to meet them where they learned.

Small Ethnic Restaurants Hurt by Redevelopment

Marla Jadoonanan’s cooking is legendary. Marla's is in-arguably the most traditional Caribbean food in the state.

Pop-up Quiz

Since September signals back-to-school, we thought we’d thrown you a different kind of pop-up, a pop quiz.

Toby Tournament Wrap-up

If you didn’t win any of the plethora of prizes at this year’s Toby Tournament at Minnesota Valley Country Club in Bloomington, don’t blame your golf skills.

Real Estate Tips for Leases

Staffing challenges, wage regulations, unpredictable food trends, stormy economic cycles, relentless competition. Sound familiar?

Restaurant Openings

Kieran’s Kitchen Northeast, a deli/bar, has opened in Kieran Folliard’s Food Building in Northeast Minneapolis

New and Noteworthy

Fresco offers a full line of dinnerware with a unique matte-finish glaze in earthy tones that swirl and merge into patterns, creating one-of-a-kind pieces.

MRA Report: Keynoters for Expo Introduced

Recruiting, training, and keeping staff. Creating healthy workplaces. Navigating a complex web of local, state and federal regulations to stay in compliance. We hear from our hospitality industry members that these issues top the list of those they need the most help with.

Commodities Report: Ag Trading Deals Looking Gloomy

Volatile commodity markets have been the name of the game this summer led by grains and various proteins.

By the Numbers: Grand Catch

The same creative Minds behind World Street Kitchen and Milkjam, brothers Saed and Sameh Wadi, are the owners of Grand Catch.

Common Foodsense: Cellular Amplification

I just got a note in my inbox advertising a new “cellular amplifier.” OK, I thought, this must be what they’re calling steroids these days.

Hangin’ With Klecko: Elizabeth Eckman

On Sunday afternoon, not long after my workday was complete, I made my way to Tavern on Grand to decompress with a plate of walleye tacos.

Industry News

Bellissimo Foods Company (BFC), a leading specialty foodservice provider, is undergoing a corporate brand refresh, including updating its proprietary Bellissimo branded product line.

Ask the Expert: Society Insurance

As the owner of a small restaurant chain, I can’t afford either the monetary costs or the bad publicity due to a cyber attack. What should I be doing to protect my customers’ data?

Association News


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