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Cochon 555: A Sweatpants-clad Toast to the Restaurant Industry

Cooking a pork steak on a Zoom call with 150 other virtual people in pajamas is a far cry from the raucous pork-themed bacchanalia of a typical Cochon 555 event, but it was an enjoyable homebound reminder that the restaurant industry struggles onward as do the local farmers that support it.

Foodski Delivers to Boaters Adrift at Mealtime

Using drones was the original idea for delivering meals to boaters on White Bear Lake in Ramsey County, but “I thought that wouldn’t work with people who had a couple of drinks, the drones would end up in the water,” said Dylan Dierking, founder of Foodski, a jet ski delivery service. He next considered a dingy with a motor, which in turn was rejected, “because the food would be bumping around too much and you can’t have the food spilling, especially from nicer restaurants,” the University of St. Thomas junior said.

'In wine there's truth'—in red wine there are choices

August 28 is National Red Wine Day and while national survey responders touted pedestrian brands as their favorites, we went to local food pundits who run in oenophile circles to see what they had to say about which red wines they'd likely be uncorking today, tomorrow and into the near future.

Uprooted Youngsters pivot from Twins Stadium Gig to Helping Nonprofits

Roots for the Home Team participants still had their produce, they just didn’t have a home team to sell their salads to once baseball at Target Field opened to a fanbase of just cardboard cutouts in the stands. Their salad cart had been a mainstay at the baseball field for the last few seasons and served as both a healthy option for fans and real-world business training for the youth, who come up with the recipes, make the salads and then operate a small business selling them.

Wearing Mask, More Numbers and a Fair Parade

A round-up stories we're all talking about: Mandated masks, more numbers, another chance to donate to The Taste Fore the Tour and experiencing the cuisine of the Great Minnesota Get-Together via a very long drive-thru.

Yelp's Stats on Restaurant Closings and What You Can Do

Yelp's latest Economic Average report, released last week revealed that 60 percent of the U.S. restaurants that temporarily shuttered due to the pandemic have since permanently closed. Here are some of the high-profile closings in our area, plus a plan from Hospitality MN on what you can do to help stem the tide of closures.

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Top Chefs

Caribbean Smokehouse — Stillwater

“It was truly an opportunity to finally open my own restaurant,” he said about Caribbean Smokehouse in Stillwater. “People ask why I didn’t do it 10 years ago. I wasn’t ready.”

Cafe and Bar Lurcat — Loring Park

Standing off to the side while Café and Bar Lurcat Executive Chef Jordan Swiler prepares to plate the Braised Lamb is a quick finale since the magic of braising the meat has already been done.

Angelina's Kitchen — Woodbury

Sundays in the Bronx were strictly for church and dinner at grandma’s house. And there were no excuses.

The Bachelor Farmer — Minneapolis

Instead of cringe-worthy clichés like lutefisk, cream-based casseroles or Jell-O-whatever-the-hell, The Bachelor Farmer’s new chef wants to know what’s good and edible from our own forests, fields and shorelines.

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