Gathered to celebrate the Twin Cities’ food and drink scene, hundreds of chefs, restaurant owners, bartenders and their cohorts packed the Pantages Theatre in Minneapolis Sunday, November 16, for the fourth annual Charlie Awards.
October was a great month for the James Beard Foundation in Minnesota thanks to two fun chef benefit dinners last month. Besides great food in super settings by talented chefs, more than $15,000 was raised here in Minnesota for the foundation.
Whether the display of nutrition information on restaurant menus leads consumers to order a more healthy meal is up for debate. What’s not, it seems, is that consumers want this information—and increasingly, they expect it.
Dunkin’ Donuts is not a brand to shy away from big plans. In 2005, the Canton, Massachusetts-based brand closed its last store in Minnesota, but loyal fans waited for its return. After years of yearning, they heard the news. The brand announced plans to triple its U.S. franchises within the decade, including 100 stores in the state.
Savory cocktails may be high on consumers’ list of adult beverages, but that’s not why Bloody Marys are still popular for breakfast, brunch and evenings. The number of Bloody Marys on menus at U.S. bars and restaurants climbed 8.2 percent from the third quarter of 2013 to the third quarter of 2014, according to Technomic, a Chicago-based foodservice research firm.