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April 2016

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Sommelier Bill Summerville Brings Care to His Craft

Be a water buffalo or be a lion. That’s what Bill Summerville would tell his service staff at La Belle Vie and, later, Spoon and Stable. Hint: Don’t pick the water buffalo.

St. Paul Considers Paid Sick Time Policy

St. Paul is the latest Minnesota city to delve into the issue of earned sick and safe leave for employees, with the goal of having draft policies unveiled in mid-May.

Minnesota Craft Beer Gets a Woman’s Touch

The Urban Growler is just a year-and-a-half old and it’s already hit the owners’ five-year projections.

Talk of $20 cocktails, women in beer and restaurant success

How can a bar justify charging $20 for a cocktail? Well, for starters, the drink can arrive with a potted "lolli-garden" of scented fake flowers and lollipops.

Server Speak: Tell Us About Your Restaurant Pranks

Tell Us About Your Restaurant Pranks

News and Noteworthy Around the Twin Cities

Christina Kaelberer is the newest addition to the team at Marin, joining the restaurant at Le Meridien Chambers in downtown Minneapolis as pastry chef.

Hell’s Kitchen Draws A Crowd With Gender Bending Brunch

I had a gender-bending weekend in February. First was an all-female cast in Shakespeare’s “Two Gentlemen of Verona” at the Jungle Theater, and then a Happy Hour Drag Brunch at Hell’s Kitchen, where the men were the divas.

Chef’s Dish: Beth Fisher of Wise Acre Eatery

Wise Acre is a Minneapolis eatery on Nicollet Avenue and 54th Street inside an old gas station, yet it offers the freshest ingredients you will eat in the Twin Cities.

Culinary Curiosities: Put a Cork In It

These days, I’m happy enough to hear a cork lifting free from a bottle, whether noisy or quiet.

Surly’s Jorge Guzman Wins Minneapolis Cochon 555 Battle

Voters named Jorge Guzman the Minneapolis Prince of Porc during the porcine revelry that is Cochon 555.

Restaurant Association Pushes for Consistent Labor Standards Statewide

Of great concern to the MRA are paid sick leave and citywide minimum wage policies being considered by the Minneapolis City Council.

Food On Demand: The Delivery Debate

Hungry staffers to test a handful of the meal delivery services that have taken root in the Twin Cities market and narrate their lunchtime noshing.

Q&A With Food Safety Guy Lars Johnson

As a certified food safety professional, Lars Johnson has been running his Rochester-based Food Safety Guy consultancy since 2007.

Finnegans Founder Brings Social Philanthropy to Craft Brewing

Finnegans is expanding to its own space located six blocks from the new Vikings stadium, which will include a production brewery, a 160-room “brewtel,” and space for an incubator for entrepreneurs.

Safer Cleaners Hit the Restaurant Scene Amid Food Safety Scares

The ideal restaurant kitchen is a pristine, almost pastoral environment—gleaming vegetables, shimmering equipment and spotless surfaces—but anyone in the biz knows the reality is far different.

Restaurant-Brewery Collaborations Offer Uniqueness, Shared Brand Visibility

Though it’s easier and easier to find craft beer in 2016, as options increase, so too has the demand for the unique.

Branding Insight: Glassware’s Disappearing Act

Glass giveaways are a familiar marketing tool, one that counters theft but also reinforces the idea of the take-home glass. It’s part of the bar business.

MRA Report: Association Brings Issues Battle to the Capitol

Tournaments for basketball, hockey and wrestling get the most attention, but the competition I get most excited about is the annual Minnesota ProStart Invitational for high school teams.

Commodities Report: USDA Boosts Production Forecasts for 2016

After finding support throughout the first few weeks of January, food and energy prices have backed off again as global economic concerns build.

Buy the Numbers: Steven Brown’s French Bistro, St. Genevieve

St. Genevieve, Chef Steven Brown’s latest establishment, is already attracting the fine-dining neighborhood crowd looking for someone setting a high bar.

Common Foodsense: Some Gimmicks Might Make You More Money

Every once in a while I find myself in the midst of a career delirium, where images of all the kitchens I’ve worked in flip by at nightmare speed.

Hangin’ With Klecko: Darrell Mickschl Keeps Bakers Current

If you’ve never heard of Gregory’s Foods, the Eagan-based company manufactures anything and everything in terms of baking ingredients and premade items that help professional bakers expedite production.

Craft Beer Craze Expands Outside the Twin Cities

Jon Erickson and Josh Hebzynski opened their Angry Inch Brewing in downtown Lakeville last month, the culmination of more than a year of work since signing a lease.

People to Know and Places to Go

Congratulations to WAND Corporation, which last month opened its new headquarters in Eden Prairie. The building includes a new training, education and demonstration facility for a company.

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