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FSN to Produce Charlie Awards

Longtime sponsor Foodservice News has agreed to take over production and administration of the Charlie Awards—the annual celebration of the best of the food and beverage industries in the Twin Cities—from the founders of the annual event, Scott Mayer and Sue Zelickson.

Jamie Malone, Erik Anderson Are Grand Café’s New Owners

Well, the rumors are true. Jamie Malone and fellow chef and partner Erik Anderson, who have long been working on another restaurant, Brut, bought Grand Café and, after some updates, will reopen the neighborhood spot in May.

Servers in Minneapolis Average $28/Hour, MRA Survey Says

The Pathway to $15 campaign released March 27 the results of a wage survey that shows tipped restaurant employees in Minneapolis average $28.56 an hour based on their hourly wage and tips. The survey also showed that cooks average $13.89 an hour and that support employees make $12.64 an hour.

Chef Grae Nonas Wins Minneapolis Cochon 555 Title

Minneapolis has a new Prince of Porc. Grae Nonas, who came from Austin, Texas, to open Tullibee restaurant at The Hewing Hotel in Minneapolis, took the mantle during the local stop of the 2017 Cochon 555 tour.

Angel Food Bakery Wants to Keep Your Bad Ex-lovers on Pins and Needled

Want an ex-love to experience a little justified bad Juju? There’s a doughnut for that.

Ready to Return: The Lexington Sets Opening Date

Expect an elevated menu of supper club favorites and cocktails including an old fashioned, brandy slush and rum punch.

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Top Chefs

Benjamin Rients – Lyn 65 Kitchen and Bar | Alex Roberts – Restaurant Alma and Brasa

I think it’s safe to say the Twin Cities restaurant community is glad Alex Roberts opted against a career in medicine, choosing instead to wield a blade in the kitchen, not an operating room.

Steven Brown – Tilia and St. Genevieve | Paul Backer – St. Genevieve

Asked about the pre-opening hype surrounding St. Genevieve, Steven Brown played it cool, suggesting the frothy excitement before high-profile openings risked setting public expectations dangerously high.

Daniel del Prado and Isaac Becker – Burch Steak

In the pre-opening hours at Burch, it’s plain to see how much work goes into running the vast upscale restaurant.

Tyge Nelson – Pajarito | Tim McKee – Parasole Restaurant Holdings

To find a top chef mentored by Tim McKee, all one has to do is stand blindfolded in front of a map of the Twin Cities culinary scene and throw a dart.

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