Open Arms Extends its Reach and Other News

Volunteers prepping for Open Arms meal service.

Open Arms of Minnesota, which prepares and delivers free medically tailored meals to clients living with life-threatening illnesses, has partnered with Ramsey County to deliver meals to qualifying individuals in Ramsey impacted by COVID-19, through the end of 2020. To be eligible for Open Arms’ COVID-19 Response Program, individuals must be Ramsey County adults experiencing financial hardship and either quarantined, self-isolating or at high risk for COVID-19 complications. Within 48 hours of receiving their completed applications, Open Arms will start delivering free weekly meals to qualifying individuals. Deliveries consist of 14 to 21 nutritious meals, cooked and prepared in Open Arms' state-of-the-art kitchen in South Minneapolis. 

Open Arms was founded in 1986 amid another public health crisis, when it delivered meals in response to the AIDS epidemic. Apply at or call 612-767-7333 to learn more about the program and for translation services. 


Alemar Cheese Company, the award-winning cheesemaker located in Food Building in NE Minneapolis, has launched a new CSA-style program this fall for its cheese products. In the company’s early days, about a decade ago, many of its sales were directly to consumers at farmer’s markets and other outlets. "We loved how excited our customers would be about our cheese back then," said Alexandra Adams. "With the coronavirus halting our in-person demos, we miss interacting with fans, and this CSA program gives us an opportunity to invite people to peek into our production facility when they pick up their boxes." Alemar Cheese has observation windows where visitors can view the food production processes.

The abbreviated CSA-style program features four boxes over a period of two months, and buyers can opt to purchase one or all of the boxes. Adams curates the boxes, which will feature new Alemar products, like the Camembert Bake, which is soft-ripened cheese wrapped in buttery puff pastry from Baker’s Field Flour & Bread, another resident of the Food Building. For more information, go to


D’Amico & Partners Beverage Director Ross Kupitz is taking over the duties of general manager of Café & Bar Lurcat , the longtime Loring Park restaurant which reopened July 30 after a temporary closure amid the pandemic. Kupitz brings years of experience as a sommelier and seasoned mixologist. He has overseen all of the D’Amico beverage programs, including Lurcat, Campiello in Eden Prairie, as well as Naples, Florida, properties, The Continental and Campiello Naples. As one of the key drivers behind the craft cocktail movement’s entrance and success in the Naples market, he has overseen award-winning wine programs and has cultivated some of the area’s top local restaurant wine, spirits and cocktail talents. 


Tim Mckee has joined I Nonni and Sunfish Cellars at 981 Sibley Memorial Hwy, St. Paul. He will be working closely with Chef Gerson Gerold, GM Joseph Pirri, Sommelier Hoyt Hill crafting new dishes and pairings. 


Chef/Owner Remy Pettis announced on Instagram and Facebook September 20 that he was closing Bardo in NE Minneapolis. Pettis had switched up the fine-dining menu to include gourmet hot dogs and live music under the branding BardoG.  And even with one of the best patios in the Twin Cities, it wasn’t enough to hold on. 

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