Where does time go when you’re having fun? Summer memories bring back reflections of the annual Toast and Taste at Minnesota Landscape Arboretum held in July. They dub this fundraiser the “best outdoor party of summer,” and it just might be true. Marketing Director Barb DeGroot reminded me it’s also a “wonderful opportunity to enjoy fresh and local samples from Twin Cities eateries and sip regional wines and beers … as well as find yourself surrounded by flowers in the Arboretum Gardens.” In addition to the beauty of Mother Nature this year, they also had the stunning “Nature in Glass “ exhibit of blown glass flowers, created by artist Craig Mitchell Smith (shown above at check-in by DeGroot). His colorful and delicate floral displays were spread out in more than 30 spots throughout the garden. (more…)
“Ein Prosit der Gemütlichkeit!” Meaning “A toast to you in friendship,” these words greet those of us gathered to tour August Schell Brewing in New Ulm, and by the time we’ve made our way to the taproom at the end we’re eager to do just that—while sampling the beers, of course.
The ability to move 600 people through a restaurant in one night is no small feat.
It’s a challenge the staff at Dakota Jazz Club and Restaurant regularly confronts, when two-set nights give them just 20 minutes to reset some 300 covers before the next act takes the stage—and another wave of guests arrive.
“Our record is 12 minutes,” says General Manager Martina Priadka. “This is something I’m really proud of with my staff and it shows their skill level.”
While dinner is becoming the show at many restaurants, for the Dakota it’s about integrating the two experiences, mixing music with a sophisticated menu—and having a team that can make it appear effortless.
When Paul Dzubnar thinks about his business strategy as a restaurant owner, it comes down to diversification.
“I think about it like investing in the stock market,” says Dzubnar. “You don’t want to put all your eggs in one basket.”
With his sixth and seventh restaurant concepts in the works, Dzubnar stays true to that philosophy.
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