By Laura Michaels
Jamie Sue Caudy’s given the Minnesota Twins a consistent sweet spot since 2010, when she joined Delaware North Sportservice and took Target Field’s pastry program from nonexistent to extraordinary. Since then she’s appeared at two World Series and two Stanley Cup Finals, not to mention the Chicago NATO Summit.
It’s a rarity for a sports arena to have its own in-house pastry program, Caudy explained, as most venues opt to bring in premade desserts and avoid the hassle. But Delaware North, which manages Target Field’s food and beverage services, puts pastry chefs on the culinary team to enhance the fan experience and bring in additional event business. The chefs also travel around the country to other arenas managed by the company, which is how Caudy found herself at those premier events.
“You’re not the boss of me.” It’s a phrase uttered in defiance by younger siblings everywhere. But for Andrew Ikeda, the opposite is true.
As executive chef, older brother Chris is the boss, but he and Andrew are also partners in their recently opened Minneapolis restaurant, Lake & Irving. It’s a potentially tricky situation, but the Ikeda brothers say they’re prepared.
Do you like monotony? How about working when everybody’s having a good time? Weekends, nights, no money, no insurance, no vacation. Do you want a dirty, yucky job where you won’t get respect from anyone outside the kitchen?”
Lots of food people, especially youthful ones, answer a resounding “yes” to this question, posed by Claudia Fleming, celebrated pastry chef of Gramercy Tavern in a recent Lucky Peach article by Peter Meehan titled “Life, And How it Happens to a Cook.”
Being an outstanding server means never having to say you’re sorry you’re still waiting tables 20 years later. It’s all about owning the experience—and putting your personal style into play the right way.
By Nancy Weingartner
As a young boy Ken Anderson told his mother he wanted to be an actor. His mother, he says, looked at the youngest of her seven children, sighed and replied, “Well, you better learn to wait tables.”
And learn he did.
Gamers can spend hours expanding their farms in Agricola or plotting corporate countermeasures in the dystopian future of Android: Netrunner.
Bryan Bornmueller hopes all that intellectual heavy lifting also builds appetites. Because the newest version of Fantasy Flight Game Center in Roseville doesn’t just boast hundreds of hobby games but an on-site café putting out gamer favorites such as Buffalo wings and nachos alongside restaurant-style specialty burgers and a Fantasy Flight Grilled Cheese with Tillamook cheddar and truffle béchamel. It’s not what you’d expect from a place dominated by games of Arkham Horror and a custom Warhammer 40,000 terrain, but that’s the point.
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