Jake Jones Years in the industry: 6 years Shop Manager Five Watt Coffee, Minneapolis Continue to set a standard and find a way to always say yes. We do interesting things with coffee and we also want to stay inclusive to all customers. We also want to continue to encourage our baristas to experiment, too. Actually, we have a new drink that will be on the menu this year. It’s the Corado Cortado—espresso, raspberry bitters and honey. It is a tribute to a family member of a barista that passed away.
Grace Christensen Years in the industry: 4 years FOH A Baker’s Wife Bakery, Minneapolis Well it’s not necessarily a plan for the future, but I would like to own a bakery at some point in the future. I’d like to spend more of the year learning how to run things.
Marty Moreno Years in the industry: 7 years FOH Common Roots Cafe, Minneapolis More eye contact. Christa Knoll Years in the industry: 5 years FOH Be more friendly to people and gentle with customers than I already am.
Rose Weselmann Years in the industry: 5 months Food Runner Centro at Popol Vuh, Minneapolis Since this place is new, I want to do what I can to help learn the new systems that are going to be put in place, helping management get organized and with communication.
Noy Phtomngam Years in the industry: 9 years Server On’s Thai Kitchen, St. Paul From a customer perspective, I think to have more patience with service—especially for smaller businesses. I think people can want their food and service so quickly that they don’t think of everything else that is happening around them.