Once Again Nut Butter is offering seven of its most popular, creamy nut and seed butters in cost-effective and user-friendly 5-pound containers. This smaller size, which follows the company’s 9-pound and 35-pound containers, is designed to help restaurant owners and foodservice providers eas…

Back in 2001, Franchise Times Corp. acquired Foodservice News, and for the last 20 years this publication has been serving the Minnesota and Upper Midwest restaurant community. FSN has been the region’s trusted source for news and information during that time. We expanded that portfolio when…

If it’s December, that means I’m thinking and writing about yearend tax planning. Being a tax lawyer, it is always one of my most enjoyable articles to write. This year, however, is the hardest tax article I have written because of all the uncertainty. So, I am going to start off with what w…

Rhys Williams, the executive director of The Good Acre, has announced his plans to retire at the end of the calendar year. The new executive director has not been announced but will uphold The Good Acre’s commitment to providing opportunities for their local farming community and making a po…

Trips to the farm aren’t just for apple picking or wandering through a corn maze any more. Traveling to a farm to attend a wedding or party in a converted barn or to enjoy pizza from a wood-fired brick oven is becoming a popular activity. That activity could be changed if a proposed law chan…

Caribou Coffee, the 718-unit coffee chain headquartered in Brooklyn Center, Minnesota, is expanding via franchising in the U.S. for the first time. The brand announced the debut of their domestic franchise program on October 11, but Caribou CEO John Butcher said “it’s been on our roadmap for…

After a year’s delay, St. Paul is preparing to implement its “Green To Go” takeout food packaging regulations. City staff is convening a community-industry working group to plan implementation of the sustainable food packaging effort. The group is to review ordinance language and the current…

Brother Justus Whiskey Co. owner Phil Steger formally recognized the Minneapolis-based distillery's union on September 14. The new union, organized by third-party Unite Here Local 17, is made up of whiskey room servers and distillery production workers, all of whom unanimously voted to union…

Drop off children at school or day care, knowing that they will enjoy their favorite lunch. Grab a cup of coffee and a muffin on the way to the office. Have a meal in the company or university cafeteria.

When clients and fellow restaurateurs ask what their restaurant is worth, my general reply is that it’s worth a multiple of your cash flow, or EBITDA (earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization). Next, I look at what that multiple is based on whether it is a growth concep…

Casual seafood eatery Smack Shack partnered with Minneapolis favorite Indeed Brewing to create a lemon and sea salt infused Lager, Haul In, made to be a natural pairing with seafood. The crispy lager has a perfect balance of lemon and sea salt, so Haul In hits like your favorite sea shanty—t…

The Mall of America added nine new restaurant tenants. On the first floor, you can have a latte and pick up a checkbook all from the same space at Capital One Café, a bank/café hybrid serving Peet’s Coffee beverages. Also on the first floor is DeLeo Bros. Pizza, a family owned and operated N…

Red Locks Irish Whiskey has been released by local food and beverage entrepreneur Keiran Folliard. Red Locks was created by Folliard in partnership with Noel Sweeney, a master distiller and blender at the Powerscourt Distillery in Wicklow, Ireland. Red Locks is a blend of whiskey made in col…

Over the weekend I was working on repainting the front porch on my house. It was a project that I had put off over the last year, but it needed to be done before another Minnesota winter rolls in. Starting at 9 a.m. on Saturday and wrapping up at about 7 p.m., it was a long day of scraping, …

As restaurants continue to regroup from the pandemic, it’s clear that the restaurant as we know it from the past—people sitting down for the full-service experience—is probably a dinosaur. There are exceptions, of course; some upscale fine-dining can still make it under the old model because…

Occupying the former Spoonriver location in the Mill District of Minneapolis, the Minnesota Farmers Union opened Farmer’s Kitchen + Bar on August 25. You can find oat milk lavender matcha lattes and Bison Wild Rice Meatballs there between 7:30 a.m. and 4 p.m., Wednesday through Sunday. The r…

The start of the 2021-2022 academic year meant many students returned to classrooms for the first time in months. School nutrition staff are welcoming the chance to serve students breakfast and lunch in-person, rather than preparing as many carryout meals and meal boxes for distribution in t…

Minnetonka-based Cargill and Continental Grain Company reached an agreement on August 9 to acquire Sanderson Farms, a large poultry producer which made more than $3.5 billion in 2020. Once the deal is complete, Sanderson Farms will merge with Wayne Farms, a subsidiary of Continental Grain, t…

Thumbs Off! A simple sanitary silicon grip tool was launched by former Atlanta area restaurant owner, Christian Valvo, who saw a need to keep fingers off plates, in general, and especially in the height of the pandemic. While gloves need to be changed several times throughout the day and con…

There has been much written about the changes the pandemic brought, and how the hospitality industry has had to work around restrictions, closures, staffing issues and other challenges. It can be tough to look past the doom and gloom to see some of the exciting things happening today—things …

Last month I wrote about important issues to consider going forward from a financial standpoint. This month, I'll focus on seven non-financial items I think we learned from the pandemic that we should take forward.

Bipartisan legislation was passed by both the Minnesota House and Senate on two key Minnesota Corn Growers Association policy priorities on July 14. This includes a $6 million commitment over the next two years toward biofuels infrastructure investments and maintained funding for important o…

DoorDash is going bigger with ghost kitchens as it introduces DoorDash Kitchens Full Service, a new model allowing restaurants to license their brands and outsource many of the tasks associated with opening a new location, including hiring, meal preparation and ingredient sourcing.

305 Washington Avenue has seen many a good thing go. Eastside Restaurant put up a good fight before shuttering its doors to the ramifications of the pandemic, Between Two Slices went out with a bang and a three-pound sandwich to match, and we’ll all miss out on the walk-up seafood once offer…

That’s a cliché I’ve heard many times over the last year. Heck, I’ve used it myself several times. But what is the new normal? Are things really that different now than they were at the start of 2020, or has it just been so long that we don’t know how to feel? I recently attended a conferenc…

As if operating multiple restaurant concepts in the Twin Cities wasn’t enough, Justin Sutherland has his own show on TruTV called “Fast Foodies” and is planning to launch a multi-unit national chain soon.

St. Paul, Minnesota-based Dessert Holdings is getting a new owner. Bain Capital Private Equity is set to purchase Dessert Holdings from Gryphon Investors. Dessert Holdings is an umbrella company housing three different dessert businesses: The Original Cakerie, Lawler’s Desserts and Atlanta C…

Plant-based seafood alternative, New Wave Foods officially launched its New Wave Shrimp under a non-exclusive agreement with Dot Foods. New Wave Shrimp features a wide range of vegan shrimp appetizers and entrées, including favorites like garlic butter sautéed shrimp linguini, honey chipotle…

The pandemic may be starting to be in our rearview mirror, but don’t relax yet. There are still loose ends to attend to. Here are some actions that you need to be thinking of over the next few months in order to meet all your obligations relating to government programs and filings that took …

Rachel and Bryant Amundson opened the first Nautical Bowls location in the tiny Minneapolis suburb of Minnetonka in May 2018, and in quick succession added a food truck, a location in neighboring suburb Eden Prairie and are now franchising the acai bowl concept. The company, which announced …

Planning for the 2021-2022 school year includes preparation for breakfasts and lunches for the state’s pre-K through 12th grade students. After more than a year of working under COVID-19 pandemic constraints, school districts are operating typical summer meal programs and preparing for in-pe…

At a time when “Help Wanted’ signs are in many windows, workers seemingly have their pick of jobs. So are “right to recall” regulations necessary?

US Foods Holding Corp. announced 18 of their drivers were named to the 2021 class of the International Foodservice Distributors Association Truck Driver Hall of Fame in mid-May. The IFDA Truck Driver Hall of Fame honors the exceptional careers of food-delivery drivers.

Twin Cities royalty, Chefs Gavin Kaysen and Jamie Malone, are featured in a new beautifully photographed book, Today’s Special, in which 20 “culinary icons and leading voices in kitchens around the world" each selected five emerging chefs and rising stars that are illuminating the kitchens o…

    The Minneapolis Chapter of the American Culinary Federation presented its annual scholarships to students in April, so that students didn't have to wait for their funds until the chapter's annual awards banquet on June 28. 

    As the only American-born member of the exclusive Relais Desserts Group, which represents the top 100 pastry chefs in the world, John Kraus feels the same deep commitment Relais does to future generations living in Madagascar, the source of so many of the premium ingredients they use in thei…

    Diners have one more reason (excuse?) to skip going to restaurants in downtown Minneapolis—the blocked off streets with a large law enforcement presence in anticipation of unrest once the trial of Derek Chauvin accused in the murder of George Floyd gets underway. Jury selection, which was sc…