Casual, fun service and fine dining. That’s what Heyday means to Jim Christiansen. Yes, it’s a Replacements song, and words such as “high spirits,” “vigor” and “prosperity” are in its definition, but for the executive chef and co-owner of this Lyndale Avenue restaurant, Heyday has a simple concept.
This year, as a way to launch the fourth annual Charlie Awards, those in the local restaurant industry and friends are invited to a special happy hour Wednesday, August 20, at Butcher & the Boar in Minneapolis, winner of the Charlie’s 2013 Outstanding Restaurant award.
Connecting local producers with their wholesale-buying counterparts is what Midwest Pantry is all about, and on Sunday, August 10, it did just that, bringing together more than 30 vendors ready to share their specialty products with the retail and restaurant markets.
Midwest Pantry co-founders Chad Gillard and Zoe Glass, themselves local food entrepreneurs, are working to ensure the sustainability of the local food movement by acting as a resource for small producers, helping them network and get their products—from simple syrups and artisan chocolates to soy candles—in front of buyers.
With WCCO-TV since 2003, Jason DeRusha co-anchors “WCCO This Morning” and “WCCO News at Noon” with Jamie Yuccas. A foodie and frequenter of Minnesota restaurants, DeRusha is also the station’s food reporter and produces the “DeRusha Eats” segment airing Saturday mornings. And over at MSP Mag DeRusha writes a monthly column and blogs about the best places to dine out—with kids in tow.
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