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MN Businesses Pitch Concepts at Shark Tank-Style Event

Through reporting, networking and our own events, I get to see a lot of companies pitch the virtues of their concepts to industry experts, developers and financiers. Wednesday morning, I got another taste of that chum as part of a local event modeled (and named) after ABC’s popular Shark Tank show.

Dame It! Fundraiser Celebrates Women Chefs

Proceeds from the Minnesota chapter of Les Dames d’Escoffier fundraiser will go toward scholarships for culinary students and the youth gardening project at Urban Roots.

Knowing the Neighborhood Is Crucial to a Restaurant's Success

Chefs and other would-be restaurant owners need to understand their audience and create a concept around what the people want before committing to a location.

St. Paul Hospitality Leader Bill Morrissey Dies at 61

The St. Paul hotelier and restaurateur died Monday, April 25, after a battle with leukemia.

St. Paul Student Wins $20K in Chipotle Writing Contest

With his essay, "Two Minutes About Sardines," St. Paul high school senior Fue Xiong earns a $20,000 scholarship from Chipotle.

Back to Future in Panera's Long-Awaited Table Service

Panera Bread and other fast-casual restaurants are trying to appeal to not just millennials, but also to their older counterparts who may sometimes be footing the bill.

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Top Chefs

Jorge Guzman - Surly Beer Hall & Restaurant, Brewer’s Table

Pairing Surly's brews with equally forceful food is Jorge Guzman’s daily charge as executive chef of both restaurants at Surly’s massive, still-new destination brewery.

Gavin Kaysen - Spoon and Stable

“I’ve never experienced anything like it,” Gavin Kaysen says about the opening last year. When reservation lines opened, they sold out two months’ worth of seats immediately.

Angel Luna - 6 Smith

At 19, Angel Luna and two friends came to the U.S. illegally. Luna, who grew up in Veracruz, Mexico, wanted to find steady work in order to send money back to his parents and sisters.

Diane Yang - Spoon and Stable

When Diane Yang heard that famed New York City Chef Gavin Kaysen was returning to his hometown to start a restaurant, she didn’t believe it.

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