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…

    Yesterday (February 23) Ben Wogsland, director of government relations for Hospitality MN, along with restaurateurs Erik Forsberg, who has three downtown Minneapolis restaurants including Devil’s Advocate, and Tony Boen, director of operations for Grandma’s in Duluth, testified before the Ho…

    With no trip to Paris in 2020 to satisfy his professional sweet tooth, John Kraus is looking forward to January 6 the 12th day of Christmas, not so much because it marks the occasion the wise men, Melchior, Caspar, and Balthazar, visited the manger to pay homage to the baby Jesus, but becaus…

    Cookie Cart is more than a cookie and it’s more than a cart: “It’s doing essential community work for North Minneapolis and St. Paul’s East Side by employing young people to bake and sell a product that’s in demand.”

    Qualifying restaurants and bars in Hennepin County can apply for a grant of $15,000 as part of a new $13 million emergency fund by the county. Restaurants and bar owners who received money from an earlier round of funding from Hennepin County are eligible for $10,000, said Patricia Fitzgeral…

    In the cover story of the October issue, we introduced you to a downtown Minneapolis group of restaurant owners who have banded together to come up with solutions to improve the downtown environment for both restaurant employees and customers. They believe that both the reality and perceptio…

    Here's our Monday afternoon wrap-up of stories too late for the October issue and too early for November. Get updates on cheese boxes, employment changes and a restaurant closing.

    Cooking a pork steak on a Zoom call with 150 other virtual people in pajamas is a far cry from the raucous pork-themed bacchanalia of a typical Cochon 555 event, but it was an enjoyable homebound reminder that the restaurant industry struggles onward as do the local farmers that support it.

    Using drones was the original idea for delivering meals to boaters on White Bear Lake in Ramsey County, but “I thought that wouldn't work with people who had a couple of drinks, the drones would end up in the water,” said Dylan Dierking, founder of Foodski, a jet ski delivery service. He nex…

    August 28 is National Red Wine Day and while national survey responders touted pedestrian brands as their favorites, we went to local food pundits who run in oenophile circles to see what they had to say about which red wines they'd likely be uncorking today, tomorrow and into the near future.

    Roots for the Home Team participants still had their produce, they just didn't have a home team to sell their salads to once baseball at Target Field opened to a fanbase of just cardboard cutouts in the stands. Their salad cart had been a mainstay at the baseball field for the last few seaso…

    A round-up stories we're all talking about: Mandated masks, more numbers, another chance to donate to The Taste Fore the Tour and experiencing the cuisine of the Great Minnesota Get-Together via a very long drive-thru.