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Chipotle Grabs Data, Creates Brand Loyalists with Cultivate Festival

Events are big money—registration fees, vendor fees and sponsorships can bring in incredible revenue and enhance a brand. But Chipotle is also dredging the customer base for a bounty of data.

Talking Restaurant Branding at Charlie Awards Opener

Dixit was among several chefs, restaurant owners and industry pros gathered at Foreign Legion in downtown Minneapolis to discuss tools for marketing a successful restaurant.

Taco John’s Operator Sees Her Role as a Calling

Tamra Kennedy, who owns nine Taco John’s restaurants in Minnesota and Iowa, views her role as an employer as a calling. She shared her refreshing philosophy at the Faegre Baker Daniels Franchise Summit in Minneapolis earlier this month.

Midwest Pantry Awards Recognize Local Food Producers

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.

Golf Classic Supports Hospitality Minnesota

For its 25th annual golf classic, Hospitality Minnesota hit the links at Midland Hills Country Club in Roseville, bringing together restaurant and hotel owners, foodservice suppliers and other industry pros June 15.

Chicago Group Plans Restaurant in Mayo Clinic Square

Bottleneck Management announced plans for a spring 2016 opening for the fourth location of its craft beer-focused restaurant. Old Town Pour House will occupy the corner near Hennepin Avenue and 7th Street, where Gameworks last operated.

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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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