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.
The media preview is over, the last plate cleared from weekend mock service and it’s opening day for Public Kitchen + Bar, the latest restaurant addition to St. Paul’s Lowertown district.
Inside a historic 128-year-old building once home to Woods Chocolate Factory and later Noyes Brothers and Cutler, a pharmaceutical company, owner Carol March and Wilkus Architects went with a split-level layout offering brunch, lunch and dinner on the main floor with a lounge below.
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