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Are Non-traditional Locations the New Restaurant Trend?

Some journalists call out trends far too prematurely, but two recent interviews have me wondering if non-traditional restaurant locations (stadiums, airports, universities, etc.) are a new trend heating up the industry.

About Town: A Toast To Sameh & His Saffron Dinner

The new Sameh Wadi cookbook was presented in a masterful way at Saffron Restaurant last month when chef/owner and now cookbook author Wadi prepared a 10-dish meal fit for a king with recipes from “The New Mediterranean Table."

Les Dames d’Escoffier Gets Sociable With Cider

There was more curiosity in the parking lot of Sociable Cider Werks than just The Curious Goat food truck when the local chapter of Les Dames d’Escoffier toured the taproom and brewery on Fillmore Street in Northeast Minneapolis Thursday, June 4.

Restaurant Owners Want Tipped Employee Proposal in Jobs Bill

As part of a final push to get the tipped employee tier to the minimum wage included in the omnibus jobs and energy bill, restaurant operators and the Minnesota Restaurant Association appealed to legislators June 3, citing potential harm to their businesses if the hourly wage goes up without recognizing tips.

Third Bird Chef to Lead New Seward Co-op Cafe

Lucas Almendinger will join the Seward Co-op team June 1 as executive chef of the Co-op Creamery café, leaving Kim Bartmann’s Third Bird restaurant, which he helped open last August in the Loring Park neighborhood of Minneapolis.

Food Industry Group WWRC Awards Culinary Grants

Twin Cities-based food networking group Women Who Really Cook hosted its annual scholarship gala May 18, awarding funds to a selected few college students pursuing careers in the culinary and hospitality industry.

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Top Chefs

Marshall Paulsen - Birchwood Café

A Buddhist meal prayer is front and center when customers visit the Birchwood Café in Minneapolis.

Aaron Slavicek - Bar La Grassa

Aaron Slavicek is soft spoken, quick to smile and pleasant to be around as executive chef of Bar La Grassa.

Robert Wohlfeil - The Oceanaire Seafood Room

Robert Wohlfeil is executive chef at The Oceanaire in downtown Minneapolis.

Leonard Anderson - Tongue in Cheek

Along with wife Ashleigh Newman, Leonard Anderson has created something quite different in the up-and-coming Payne Avenue neighborhood of St. Paul.

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