The 12th annual Let’s Kick Hunger Day Radiothon will be held on Thursday, January 21, from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. to raise funds for Second Harvest Heartland. This year the annual event, presented by WCCO Radio, will take place virtually. Since it started in 2010, the Let’s Kick Hunger Day Radiothon has raised more than $2 million towards hunger relief. Sponsors include Compeer Financial, Land O'Lakes, Lindus Construction, Minnesota Corn Growers Association, Taste Kick Hunger Challenge, Tumble Fresh Coin Laundry and Caribou Coffee. Turn your radio dial to 830 AM for WCCO.

 Zoë Francois, co-author of "Artisan Bread in Five Minutes a Day" and a local Instagram star, has signed a contract for her own TV show, "Zoe Bakes," on the Magnolia Network to debut in the spring. Andrew Zimmern's production company, Intuitive Content, will produce the show, which will showcase Francois’s life, friends and her epic baking skills.

During the shutdown, Monello, a fine-dining restaurant that’s part of Jester Concepts, pivoted to Dirty Sams, a sandwich takeout that lent itself better to takeout and delivery. Sandwiches were not the typical fare—with the Mia Wallace sporting smoked Spam, shredded lettuce, Duke mayo, American cheese and potato chips on white bread. Pasta and pints of red sauce and meatballs were also available for the well-stocked refrigerator. And P.S., Monello’s sister concept, P.S. Steak realized that an expensive steak in a Styrofoam container wasn’t the best offer right now and temporarily changed its moniker to P.S. Noodles with an Asian flair. The menu includes pot stickers, steamed buns, crab fried rice and Yakisoba.

Star Tribune named “every restaurant” the restaurant of the year in its annual quest to find the best of the best. Food Critic Rick Nelson announced the decision December 9.

Chef Adam Vickerman, who was the original executive chef for The Lynhall, has returned as culinary director.

Cousins Subs company- and franchised-owned restaurants in Illinois, Indiana and Wisconsin collectively hired more than 250 employees at various levels for the holiday season, including crew members, crew leaders, hourly managers, salaried assistant managers and general managers.  

 Closings:

After the sale of the building where it was located, Granny Donuts in West St. Paul announced on its Facebook page that it will be closing permanently.

Award-winning Chef Jamie Malone has closed Grand Cafe. Her upscale boxes featuring a week’s worth of gourmet meals are being assembled out of her second location, Eastside. Malone plans to look for another site to reopen her upscale French restaurant in 2021.

The collectively owned Just/Us Eatery in Lowertown has closed indefinitely, according to Eater Twin Cities. As reported on its social media account, if it does reopen in the future, it will be without the original ownership team.

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