D'Amico & Sons Introduces New Brunch Menu

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Attention brunchers!

A brand new brunch is now on the menu at D’Amico & Sons!

Beginning Saturday, May 19 locations across the Twin Cities are rolling out a new brunch menu. 

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Diners can enjoy items like the maple baked French toast served with mixed berries, the sweet potato hash with smoked brisket or an asparagus frittata with balsamic tomato relish. 

There are also a variety of benedicts, sandwiches and even a breakfast pizza. 

Of course, what is brunch without refreshments?

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When it comes to beverages, D’Amico is serving up specialty cocktails like the Sgroppino, a house-made basil lemonade champagne spritz complete with Izzy’s lemon basil sorbet. Guests can also indulge in bottomless mimosas, wine or beer.

Brunch will be served from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays at the Edina, Golden Valley, Roseville, St. Paul and Wayzata locations. 

For more information, visit D’Amico & Sons online.

Pinstripes Celebrates National PB&J Day

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It’s peanut butter jelly time!

April 2 is National Peanut Butter and Jelly Day and Pinstripes is celebrating! The Edina restaurant is taking the classic three-ingredient sandwich and adding in an adult twist.

Starting Monday, Pinstripes will be offering a special menu – the PB&J for Two. It features five courses using the salty and sweet pairing as inspiration.

The first course is the Tenderloin PBJ, an adult take on the sandwich featuring espresso-crusted filet mignon, nut butter and raspberry preserves served on an artisan brioche bun.

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The next course is the crustless PB&J Pistachio Salad. A play on the sandwich that features strawberries, blackberries, mint and burrata cheese with pistachios sprinkled around the plate.

Following the salad course will be the Not Your Mom’s Flatbread – flatbread topped with chunky peanut butter, raspberry preserves, fontinella, mozzarella and Fresno peppers.

Next, guests will enjoy the Nutty Chicken Pasta. House-made pappardelle pasta will be topped with cage-free chicken, peanut sauce and finished with cherry-blueberry-bourbon preserves.

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The final course is PB&J with a Spoon! The meal concludes with house-made peanut butter gelato and Concord grape sorbet all on top of pound cake.

The PB&J for Two cost $75 for the two-person sharing menu.  For $100, each course will include a wine or craft beer pairing. The menu will be available indefinitely after April 2, with a limited number of reservations per seating.

Pinstripes is located at 3849 Gallagher Drive in Edina. For more information visit Pinstripes online.

Raise Money As You Raise A Glass – Hops For Hunger Returns


March means spring, St. Patrick’s Day and the Sweet 16. But in Minnesota, March Madness also includes the annual Minnesota FoodShare March Campaign.

Since it’s beginning in 1982, the statewide, grassroots fundraiser has grown to include over 300 food shelves.  Last year alone, it raised $8 million and 4.7 million pounds of food.

For the last five years, the SACA Food Shelf & Thrift Store has hosted Hops for Hunger as part of the campaign. On Saturday, it is returning again.

Hops for Hunger 6.0 is taking place at the Solar Arts Building in Northeast Minneapolis. From 5 – 8 p.m. guests can try beer from 24 local breweries, including 10K Brewing, Bad Weather Brewing, Indeed Brewing Company, Sociable Cider Werks and more. In additional to ticket sales, proceeds will be raised from a quilt raffle (including brewer donated items), silent auction and beer and cider wall – a wall of bottles valued between $7 - $30 that are wrapped and sold anonymously for $10 each.

Since it started, Hops for Hunger has raised enough to provide over 700,000 pounds of food – enough to feed over 29,000 people. This year’s goal is to provide 200,000 pounds of food.

Tickets cost $40 in advance or $50 at the door. For sober participants, tickets cost $10. The event is 21+.

For more information, or to purchase tickets, visit Hops for Hunger on Eventbrite. For a complete list of breweries participating, see below.

10K Brewing, 56 Brewing, 612 Brew, Able Seedhouse + Brewery, Alloy Brewing Company, Back Channel Brewing Co., Barley John’s Brewing Company, Bad Weather Brewing Company, Bauhaus Brew Labs, Bent Brewstillery, Boom Island Brewing, Broken Clock Brewing Cooperative, Dangerous Man Brewing Company, Fair State Brewing Cooperative, HeadFlyer Brewing, Inbound BrewCo, Indeed Brewing Company, Insight Brewing, Invictus Brewing Co., Modist Brewing, Nutmeg Brewhouse, Pryes Brewing Company, Sociable Cider Werks, Urban Growler Brewing Company.

Miracle On 28th Street: Holiday Pop-Up Bar Comes To Mpls

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Credit: Miracle Pop-Up Bar

By: Katie Fraser

Santa Claus is coming to town…and he’s making a stop in Minneapolis.

On Nov. 24, the Seward speakeasy Lawless Distilling Company will convert into a winter wonderland.

Miracle, a pop-up concept born in New York City in 2014, will open in the Lawless’ space and will stay up through Christmas Eve.

Created by Greg Boehm, owner of Mace, Miracle started in the East Village when, on the advice of his mother, Boehm halted construction on the bar during the holiday season and used the unfurnished space to serve festive cocktails in cheerful décor.

The concept was an instant hit, and the next year Boehm and his team expanded to four locations. Then, in 2016, Miracle went worldwide with pop-ups in Greece, Montreal and Paris.

Now in its fourth year, Miracle is expanding to over 50 locations across the world.

“We’re so pleased that bar-goers have taken a liking to our nostalgic idea of holiday cheer, and we’re very proud of both the cocktail line-up and the bar partners we have for the 2017 season,” Mace manager Joann Spiegel said in a recent press release.

Spiegel and Mace bartender Nico de Soto created the menu, which offers guests a taste of holiday cheer through specialized Christmas cocktails.

Featured drinks include the Snowball Old Fashioned, made with gingerbread bourbon, wormwood bitters and lemon zest, How The Gimlet Stole Christmas, a concoction of gin sage, pine and caraway cordial, and Run Run Rudolph, Blanco tequila, coffee liqueur and iced hot chocolate mixed Mexican spices.

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Additionally, all cocktails will be served in custom Cocktail Kingdom Miracle glassware. For the first time, the glassware will be available for purchase at selection locations. Ten percent of all sales will be donated to Action Against Hunger.

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Credit: Miracle Pop-Up Bar

Miracle will be making sprits bright from Nov. 24 – Dec. 24. It is located at 2619 S 28th Street in Minneapolis’ Seward neighborhood.

Hours are 4 – 10 p.m. Wednesdays through Thursdays and 4 p.m. – 12 p.m. Fridays through Saturdays. For more information, visit Lawless online.

Cafe Lurcat Spreads Holidazzle Cheer With ‘Happiest Hour’

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Credit: Cafe Lurcat Facebook

By: Katie Fraser

The holidays have arrived!

Thanksgiving is Thursday, which means many have already begun looking ahead toward Christmas, including the city of Minneapolis.

On Friday, Nov. 24 the annual Holidazzle celebration returns to Loring Park. The outdoor holiday festival includes boutique shops, outdoor movies, skating and more.

To join in the celebration, and offer festival goers and indoor alternative, Café Lurcat is hosting a special “Happiest Hour” during the festival.

Beginning Friday, Nov. 24, and lasting every Saturday and Sunday leading up to Christmas Eve, Cafe Lurcat will be open at 3 p.m. for the “Happiest Hour.”

From 3 – 5 p.m. it will serve a special happy hour menu, which includes $5 Lurcat burgers, beef short ribs, chicken sandwiches, fish tacos and baby greens with smoked goat cheese. Additionally, the entire bar menu will be available.

The restaurant will also be serving a slew of winter-y drinks, special for the Holidazzle event.

These beverages include:

·      Hot caramel apple cider (non-alcoholic)

·      Hot chocolate (non-alcoholic)

·      The Happy Irishman (Jameson, Stirrings Ginger Liqueur, lemon, agave and hot water)

·      Feliz Navidad (Cabrito Blanco, triple sec, peach schnapps and hot water)

·      Tip Toe Tingler (Loch Lomond high Commissioner Scotch, strenga, lemon, demerara syrup and hot water)

·      Hot Honey (Benedictine, steamed milk and whipped cream)

·      Tuaca Cider (Tuaca, hot cider with cinnamon and caramel)

Café Lurcat will open at 3 p.m. Friday, Nov. 24, then just Saturdays and Sundays until Christmas Eve. It is located at 1624 Harmon Place in downtown Minneapolis.

The Holidazzle Festival takes place in the center of Loring Park. It is open from 5 – 9 p.m. Thursday, 5 – 10 p.m. Fridays, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturdays and 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sundays.

For more information about Cafe Lurcat, visit the restaurant online.



    The Chicagoland restaurant brand unveils plans for new location at 12251 Elm Creek Blvd. N. Photo Credit: Portillo's

The Chicagoland restaurant brand unveils plans for new location at 12251 Elm Creek Blvd. N. Photo Credit: Portillo's

(CHICAGO; July 17, 2017) – Portillo’s, the fast casual concept known for its menu of Chicago-style favorites, proudly announces details on its newest location at 12251 Elm Creek Blvd N. in Maple Grove, MN. The Maple Grove restaurant will mark the second Minnesota location for Portillo’s, following a successful opening earlier this month in Woodbury. Portillo’s currently owns and operates 50 locations in seven states.

“We have felt so welcomed by our fans in Minnesota, and we’re excited to continue our expansion in the state,” says Portillo’s CEO Keith Kinsey. “Our decision to open in Maple Grove is a result of the area’s strong, growing retail and residential community. We look forward to becoming a part of the Maple Grove landscape.”

Once complete, the restaurant will feature a Prohibition-themed interior, drawing décor inspiration from the 1920’s era. The 9,000 square foot restaurant will include seating for more than 200 guests, a seasonal outdoor patio, and double-lane drive-thru.

Guests to the new Maple Grove location can enjoy all of Portillo’s classic menu items, including Chicago-Style Hot Dogs, Italian Beef Sandwiches, char-grilled burgers, fresh salads, and Portillo’s famous Chocolate Cake.

Fans can register for a chance to attend a sneak peek training meal prior to opening and receive updates on the Portillo’s Maple Grove location by signing up at www.portillos.com/maple-grove. For more information on the company, please visit www.portillos.com or follow Portillo’s on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram.


About Portillo’s

In 1963, Dick Portillo invested $1,100 into a small trailer to open the first Portillo’s hot dog stand in Villa Park, IL, which he called “The Dog House.” 53 years later, Portillo’s has grown to include restaurants in more than 40 locations across several states. Portillo’s is best known for its Chicago-style hot dogs, Italian beef sandwiches, char-grilled burgers, fresh salads and famous chocolate cake. The Portillo’s brand also includes Barnelli’s restaurants that serve award-winning ribs, pastas with homemade sauces, and fresh sandwiches, soups, and salads. Portillo’s ships food to all 50 states via Portillos.com. Portillo’s Home Kitchen is the company’s fast-growing catering business.

D’Amico Catering Announces the Opening of the Fully Updated Bushel & Peck Café at Mill City Museum

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Avocado Toast - egg, greens, radish, olive oil and lemon

MINNEAPOLIS (April 24, 2017) D’Amico Catering today announced the opening of Bushel & Peck, its newly updated café at Mill City Museum in Minneapolis. Previously called Mill City Café, Bushel & Peck was fully re-concepted with an entirely new menu and a new look.

Here is a summary of what’s new for this property:

-       Weekday menu featuring fresh, approachable lunch fare including burgers, sandwiches, salads, soup and kids’ menu items, with an overall enhanced emphasis on fresh, seasonal produce. Menu development was led by D’Amico Catering Chef Josh Brown.

-       Weekend brunch menu that includes burgers and sandwiches, egg dishes, pancakes and breakfast sides, Bloody Marys (traditional or botanical made with aquavit) and seasonal mimosas (the current spring/summer version is made with orange juice and mint simple syrup).

-       Wine and beer options available daily, in addition to the select cocktail offerings on the weekend brunch menu.

-       Fully updated décor featuring rustic modern furnishings, new and enhanced lighting and new wares.

-       A Bushel & Peck food truck will roll out later this spring, providing fast and convenient lunch service for diners who want to grab and go. Details to be announced at a later date.

 “D’Amico & Partners has operated the Mill City Café and event space since the Minnesota Historical Society opened the museum in 2003,” said Larry D’Amico, co-owner of D’Amico & Partners. “The entire Downtown East area has evolved and grown dramatically since the museum opened. It was time for an update so we could not only better serve museum visitors, but also expand the café’s service and broaden its community appeal to also include local residents and employees of nearby businesses who have limited lunch or early dinner options, farmer’s market attendees, riverfront visitors and passersby, downtown event goers and others.”

The Bushel & Peck name and entire concept are a tie-in to the Mill City Farmer’s Market, which runs year-round at the museum – with indoor operations November through April and traditional outdoor operations May through October. General Manager Dean Taylor will continue to run the café as he has done since its opening. Café hours of operation are Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. (also Mondays during July and August only); and Sunday 12 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Mill City Museum was D’Amico Catering’s first exclusive vendor partnership with the Minnesota Historical Society. Last year, the two organizations announced a new partnership at the Minnesota History Center in St. Paul, where D’Amico Catering manages the event spaces and the museum café, which was updated and renamed Market House as a nod to the city’s nearby historical farmer’s market.

“We are thrilled to continue our wonderful partnership with the Minnesota Historical Society and we look forward to working on some of their other intriguing venues in the near future,” said D’Amico.

For more information on Bushel & Peck, visit (http://bushelandpeck.us/) or follow the café on its social media handles: Facebook – Bushel & Peck at Mill City, Instagram – @bushelandpeckmillcity and Twitter - @bushelandpeckmc.

Photos provided by D'Amico & Partners


About D’Amico & Partners

D'Amico & Partners was founded in 1982 and owns and operates restaurants and catering companies in Minnesota and Naples, Florida. Minnesota operations include seven D'Amico & Sons restaurants, two D’Amico & Sons Italian Kitchen restaurants in Super Target stores, D'Amico Catering, Cafe & Bar Lurcat, Campiello, and Parma 8200. Florida operations include Campiello, MASA, The Continental, Cafe & Bar Lurcat, Masa, Fogg Café, D’Amico & Sons and Lurcat Catering. D'Amico & Partners is a multiple time James Beard Award nominee. For more information, visit www.damico.com.


Sample over 50 beers on April 29


WHAT: Running Aces Casino & Racetrack will host its 8th annual Beer Fest on Saturday, April 29, 2017. Beer lovers will have the chance to sample over 50 craft and microbrews from local breweries.

In addition to sampling a variety of beers, attendees will also receive a souvenir glass, $10 gaming voucher and the chance to win great prizes.

Please note that all beer samples are available while supplies last.


WHEN:           Saturday, April 29, 2017

                        3:00 p.m.  – 6:00 p.m.

WHERE:         Running Aces Casino & Racetrack

15201 Running Aces Blvd, Columbus, MN 55025

COST:            Tickets are $20 in advance or $25 day of event.

                        This event is expected to sell out. Purchase your tickets today at www.runaces.com/BeerFest 

INFO:              For more information on Running Aces Beer Fest, please visit RunAces.com  

Revival of St. Paul’s Only Existing Pre-Civil War Lager House Nears Completion

Stone Saloon becomes Waldmann, announces crowdfunding campaign, launch party and tours

ST. PAUL – April 5, 2017– Restoration of the Twin Cities’ only surviving pre-Civil War saloon is nearing completion, putting owner Tom Schroeder on the home stretch in opening what he calls the “newest, oldest brewery” in St. Paul’s West Seventh neighborhood. When Waldmann opens in September, it will be for the first time in 154 years. And true to its history and heritage, the establishment will feature a craft brewery specializing in German lagers and a wurstery offering a variety of house-made sausages.

The building that houses Waldmann, at 445 Smith Avenue, was one of more than a dozen German lager beer saloons that once quenched the thirst of the city’s pioneers before the Civil War, when lager was first introduced in the United States. Schroeder initially called the business Stone Saloon, but then renamed it Waldmann after discovering a key artifact pointing to Anthony Waldmann, the Bavarian immigrant who was the saloon’s first owner in the fall of 1857.

The discovery—which a team of volunteer archaeologists dug from the site before construction of the brew barn began—was a brass stencil used for marking barrels and bearing the name A. Waldmann. In addition to the stencil, the team found hundreds of nineteenth-century bottles, crocks, tools, tobacco pipes, beer tokens and other artifacts. Local advertising agency Whittier took inspiration from the stencil and the era’s double-wicked whale oil lamps to create a business logo for Schroeder evoking the saloon’s unique history and Germanic influence.

Schroeder’s four-year project has included hundreds of hours of research, a meticulous building restoration and adding a true-to-period brew barn, designed by John Yust, a St. Paul-based historic design architect.  But for Schroeder, restoring the historic site is only part of the motivation for opening Waldmann. It is also about history and community. “I want to give folks a chance to discover the meaning in history, experiencing what it’s like to have a conversation by lamplight over good food and classic beer while sitting in 160-year old rooms that were built from the stone under their feet,” he said. "

“We’ve received so much neighborhood support and good-will throughout the project,” said Schroeder. “Since this has been a community project in many ways, we’re going to invite our supporters to some fun pre-launch events and give them a chance to pitch in and help in whatever way they can in a crowdfunding campaign that we need to get us through the home stretch.” The campaign seeks $45,000 and will launch during an open-to-the-public, crowdfunding launch party at Waldmann’s from 7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. on April 20.  Additional pre-opening events at Waldmann include the Minneapolis/St. Paul Home Tour, April 29-30, with guided tours and history lectures offered both days. 

Caribou Coffee® Leads Coffee Category as First Chain to Offer Clean Label Beverages

Caribou Takes a Stand on Clean Label Handcrafted Drinks Promising Customers What will NOT be in their Cup

MINNEAPOLIS, MN- (March 13, 2017) – Caribou Coffee has set a Clean Label standard for its US locations making the coffee company the first national coffeehouse chain to offer beverages made with Clean Label ingredients.  Caribou’s Clean Label Commitment means the company will not add artificial colors, artificial flavors, artificial sweeteners, artificial preservatives, MSG or high fructose corn syrup to its beverages and all beverages will be made with Clean Label ingredients by 2018.

The coffee company’s Clean Label announcement doesn’t come as a surprise given the brand’s history.  In 2010, Caribou started using real chocolate chips rather than powdered chocolate which many other coffeehouses currently use.  Caribou was the first national coffeehouse company to offer 100% Rainforest Alliance beans in 2012.  In January of 2016, the brand introduced real caramel sauce and real vanilla syrup, made with only four ingredients: pure cane sugar, water, natural vanilla flavor and Madagascar vanilla beans extract. This focus on real ingredients has been a core component of Caribou’s Clean Label commitment.

“Offering premium great tasting drinks for our guests has long been in our DNA,” says Michele Vig, President of Caribou Coffee. “Through our Clean Label commitment, all Caribou Coffee drinks will be made using only Clean Label ingredients by 2018.”

The Clean Label commitment at Caribou means creating handcrafted beverages without adding:

·         Artificial colors

·         Artificial flavors

·         Artificial preservatives

·         Artificial sweeteners

Caribou set its Clean Label standard by creating an “Off-Limit list” of 70+ ingredients which will not be added to its beverages.  Ingredients like high fructose corn syrup, partially hydrogenated oils, artificial colors, aspartame and many others will not be added into any Caribou Coffee beverage. Guests can see the entire “Off-Limit List” at CaribouCleanDrink.com.



Caribou began working on a specific Clean Label plan in February of 2014. Traditionally hard in the coffee category to clean up ingredients, Caribou and its supply partners have been working diligently to lead the coffee industry with finding better ingredients that deliver a better tasting drink.   Currently 91% of Caribou Coffee’s handcrafted beverages are made with 100% Clean Label ingredients. The remaining 9% of beverages (those made with chai, sugar-free chocolate syrup, and two toppings) will meet Caribou’s Clean Label standard by the end of 2018 to bring its drink menu to 100% Clean Label. 

To learn more, visit CaribouCleanDrink.com  for information on Caribou’s commitment to Clean Label ingredients including a breakdown of Clean Label ingredients in Caribou’s handcrafted beverages.


Six breweries create exclusive limited quantity superhero-inspired beers in celebration of the new Marvel movie

MINNEAPOLIS (February 7, 2017) – FireLake Grill House & Cocktail Bar Mall of America (2100 Killebrew Drive, Bloomington) is teaming up with six major Twin Cities craft breweries for an exclusive Clash of the Super Beers reception on Wednesday, March 1, 2017. In light of the new Marvel movie, opening on March 3, each of the six breweries has concocted a superhero-inspired brew that will be available exclusively at FireLake Mall of America for the tap takeover reception.

Beginning at 7 p.m. on March 1, Surly Brewing Co., Fulton BeerIndeed Brewing Company612 BrewLake Monster Brewing, and Lake & Legends Brewing Company will each take over two FireLake Cocktail Bar taps with their very own superhero draft, or Super Beer, along with their flagship draft. The Super Beers, which will be unveiled the night of the reception, will be available exclusively at FireLake Mall of America for as long as supplies last.

Guests can purchase reception tickets ahead of time for $30, which includes admission and a 5-ounce pour of each of the six Super Beers. Flagship brews from each of the participating breweries will also be available for purchase, including Surly’s Nitro Cacao Bender, Fulton’s Lonely Blonde, Indeed’s Daytripper Pale Ale, 612’s Red Stack Farmhouse Ale, Lake Monster’s Calhoun Claw Pilsner, and Lakes & Legends’ Marigold. In addition to the beers, FireLake will also offer a $7 appetizer menu.

“This tap takeover is the first of its kind at FireLake. We wanted to unite two hobbies that have enormous followings – beer and superheroes,” said Jay Rankin, general manager, FireLake Grill House & Cocktail Bar Mall of America. “We are thrilled that these local breweries were excited to brew a specialty beer exclusive to FireLake for this event.”

FireLake Mall of America invites guests to bring their inner superhero and excite their taste buds at the limited time Clash of the Super Beers. Attendees will cast their vote for their favorite Super Beer, and will also have a chance to win tickets to the new Marvel movie. The Clash of the Super Beers begins at 7 p.m. on March 1, 2017. Tickets are $30 ahead of time, or $35 at the door. Space is limited. For more information, or to purchase tickets, please visit https://www.eventbrite.com/e/clash-of-super-beers-tickets-31525721281.



MINNEAPOLIS (January 25, 2017) – Throughout February, FireLake Grill House & Cocktail Bar hosts a number of special events at both Minneapolis Downtown and Mall of America locations. Spend Fridays after work at the Gourmet Hot Chocolate Pop-Up Bar at FireLake Minneapolis Downtown, indulge in a three-course dinner for Valentine’s Day available at both locations, and enjoy craft spirits at the J. Carver reception at FireLake Mall of America on February 23.


FireLake Grill House & Cocktail Bar Minneapolis Downtown

Groundhog Day Chili Cook Off

On Thursday, February 2 FireLake Grill House & Cocktail Bar Minneapolis Downtown’s team will face off in the restaurant’s annual Chili Cook Off. The staff will dish out their best pots of chili to diners for the chance to be named the FireLake Chili Champion. This free event offers guests a tasting of each chili, and their chance to weigh in on the Chili Cook Off winner. Guests are invited to stop by the FireLake Cocktail Bar from 5-7 p.m. and also sip on $3 tap beer while indulging in a variety of chili.


Gourmet Hot Cocoa Pop Up Bar

On Friday, February 3, 10, and 24, Radisson Blu Minneapolis Downtown and FireLake invite the whole family to escape the Minnesota cold and warm up at the hotel’s first Gourmet Hot Cocoa Pop-Up Bar. From 4-6 p.m. on each of the designated Fridays, the hotel lobby will be a winter haven boasting three special gourmet hot chocolate drinks inspired by truffles from partner St. Croix Chocolate Company, who will be onsite on February 3. The hot chocolate menu includes The Mamacita, with layered chocolate, three types of chili, vanilla, cinnamon, and dulce de leche caramel, The St. Croix Creamy, with chocolate ganache and gianduja, and The Icy Mint, with bright peppermint and dark chocolate. These non-alcoholic hot cocoas are complimentary for guests and locals. Hot cocoa cocktails will be available in FireLake for the entire month of February, where The Mamacita becomes an adult cocktail, made with Fireball, Absolut Vanilla, Absolut Peppar, Godiva Chocolate, and caramel with a cocoa/chipotle powder rim and The St. Croix Creamy gets souped-up with Frangelico, hazelnut syrup and Godiva Chocolate, and The Icy Mint gets adorned with Rumple Minze and Frangelico.


Galentine’s Day Wine & Canvas Dinner

On February 13, FireLake Minneapolis Downtown offers an alternative to Valentine’s Day with a Galentine’s Day Wine & Canvas event in their private dining room from 6:30-9:30 p.m. Guests are invited to bring friends, family or special loved ones in for a night of fun painting Wine & Canvas’ custom design, Reaching Branches, with a special menu available including King Crab and Shrimp Fondue, Chicken and Goat Cheese Pizza, half-priced wine by the bottle and fabulous cocktails, and festive gift bags. Tickets are available for $35 and attendance is limited. Reservations can be made at WineandCanvas.com.   


FireLake Grill House & Cocktail Bar Mall of America

Minneapolis Restaurant Week

As Restaurant Week approaches, FireLake Grill House & Cocktail Bar Mall of America unveils its multi-course menus available for both lunch and dinner February 19-24. For $15, guests can enjoy a three-course lunch, which includes a soup or salad, choice of a petite sandwich including FireLake Reuben or Popover Prime Rib Dip, and a homemade snickerdoodle cookie to complete the meal with a sweet treat. For dinner, guests can enjoy the full FireLake experience beginning with a soup or salad, choice of an entrée such as the Apple Pecan Smoked Pork Chop or Wood Fire Grilled Alaskan Salmon, and Warm Lavazza Coffee Custard for dessert. FireLake Grill House & Cocktail Bar’s Restaurant Week dinner menu is $35 plus tax. To make a reservation at FireLake Grill House & Cocktail Bar Mall of America, please call (952) 851-4040 or book online.


J. Carver Tasting Reception

On Thursday, February 23, FireLake Mall of America hosts Waconia, Minnesota based J. Carver Distillery for a one-night only reception showcasing the best of Minnesota cuisine paired with J. Carver cocktails. J. Carver Distillery creates artisanal craft spirits made with the highest quality ingredients that are sourced locally and domestically, while the copper stills used are from Germany’s oldest fabricator mixing the old-world tradition with local ingredients to create superb spirits. Executive Chef Dinesh Jayawardena offers a pairing menu including Herb Crusted Pork Loin with Mushroom Fava Bean Risotto and a Star Anise Coriander Honey Glaze, which pairs with the J. Carver Gin Mule, and the Pit Smoked Olivia Beef Steamship with Dijon Horseradish Sauce, FireLake Steak Sauce with Shepherd Rolls, which pairs perfectly with the Bourbon Manhattan. The reception goes from 7-9 p.m. Tickets are available for $49 per person, and reservations can be made by calling 952.851.4040.



Valentine’s Day Three Course Menu – Minneapolis Downtown and Mall of America

Guests are invited to take their special someone to FireLake on February 14 for an exquisite three-course menu at either location. The menu from Executive Chef Dinesh Jayawardena, FireLake Mall of America, features a Frisée Marche Salad, Surf & Turf with Port Braised Snake River Farm Beef Coulotte, and finishes with a Classic Chocolate Fondant. This three-course menu is available for $55 per person and reservations can be made by calling 952-851-4040. Executive Chef Jim Kyndberg at FireLake Minneapolis Downtown offers guests options for each course, such as Charcoal Grilled Oysters or Venison Carpaccio to start, followed by choice of West Coast Dover Sole, Rotisserie Prime Rib, or Tuxedo Barley Risotto, and ends with a Dark Chocolate Torte. The three-course dinner begins with a glass of prosecco and starts at $49 per person. Reservations can be made by calling 612-216-3473.


For more information please visit www.firelakerestaurant.com.

AG Ferrari Foods Expands Namesake Line of Products Nationally

January 11, 2017 — AG Ferrari Foods, the 97-year-old Bay Area-based Italian market, is expanding their namesake line of speciality products nationally for the first time. Their product will now be available in cities throughout the Northeast, Midwest and Western United States including all Fairway Market and De Cicco Market locations in New York, Kowalski’s Markets in

Minneapolis, Woodlands Markets in San Francisco, Dorothy Lane Markets in Ohio, and Jet.com.

The expansion was forged by Jarett Peppard, CEO of AG Ferrari Foods, who has an extensive and successful background in the gourmet grocery industry. AG Ferrari products offer customers a true taste of Italy by collaborating with artisan Italian

producers to create a unique and craveable line of products with a decidedly California perspective. AG Ferrari has been a beacon in the Bay Area for nearly 100 years, offering an exceptional range of the very best local and imported goods like grissini, cheeses, charcuterie and Italian confectionery.

“We’re thrilled that AG Ferrari’s complete line of specialty products - organic dried pastas, spreads, crackers, biscotti, coffee and seasoning salts - will now reach markets and consumers that would otherwise be deprived of our truly unique Italy-inspired, authentic and artisan crafted products,” said CEO Peppard. Since being purchased by the Murano Group in July 2013 and under Peppard’s direction, the company has revamped the in-store experience, rebranded packaging, and seen store sales increase more than 40 percent. Peppard’s primary focus, the Consumer Goods division of the company, has tripled in sales.


“AG Ferrari has spent decades establishing deep relationships with the best artisan Italian food producers. For many grocery operators the question hasn’t been whether our products would be a good fit, but rather how quickly they can get our product line to market,” said Peppard.


About AG Ferrari

Since 1919, AG Ferrari has served as a neighborhood beacon in the San Francisco Bay Area. Today, they supply the Bay Area and beyond with Italy-inspired specialty food products. Each of their five market cafes in the Bay Area is a destination for quality sandwiches, prepared foods, and a variety of cheeses, wines, olive oils, pantry goods, desserts, and epicurean gifts. Based in Alameda, California, the company also has expanding e-commerce and catering operations.

Celebrate the Holidazzle at Cafe & Bar Lurcat

The holiday season is upon us, and the Holidazzle will be coming back to Loring Park again this year!

Café & Bar Lurcat is located right in the heart of Loring Park, making it the perfect spot to enjoy the festivities. Lurcat will offer special hours, specialty drinks and a holiday brunch service.

Holidazzle hours are as follows:

  • November 25-27 opening at 3:00 p.m. – bar menu will be available.
  • Every Saturday and Sunday in December the bar will be open at 3:00 p.m.

Hot drinks, including alcoholic and non-alcoholic options, will be served during the Holidazzle:

  • Hot caramel apple cider (hot apple cider with cinnamon and caramel)
  • Chocolate snowflake (double espresso with chocolate, vanilla and steamed milk) 
  • Egg nog (brandy, egg, cream, warm spice)
  • Keoke coffee (brandy, creme de cocoa, Tia Maria, whipped cream)
  • Hazelnut mocha (Frangelico, chocolate, espresso, steamed milk)
  • Hard caramel apple cider (whiskey, hot apple cider, cinnamon and caramel)

On December 18, Lurcat will be hosting a holiday brunch service. The brunch will be served family style and will include three courses. Mrs. Clause and her holiday elves will be around all day (10:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m.) making ornaments and decorating stockings with the kids.

Details include:

This holiday season, Caribou is going over the "top!"


Caribou Coffee is adding a variety of toppings and flavored whips to their menu providing 500+ possible holiday drink combinations. While, Caribou has a few great drink combinations up their sleeves, they are challenging coffee lovers to put their own drink creation talents to the test to come up with their own ultimate holiday coffee drink and share it on social media.

Can you #TopBou?

For Minnesotans, Caribou is hosting a pop-up event in the Rotunda of the Mall of America on Tuesday, November 15 where attendees will get to make over-the-top holiday creations and capture them in the one-of-a-kind Coffee Cam.

Caribou Coffee’s Topped By You Tuesdays promotion will begin Tuesday 11/15 and happen every Tuesday throughout the holiday season. Stop by on Tuesdays to get $1 off a large holiday drink.

If you stop by a Caribou on Tuesday afternoons (3-4 PM) you can try all of the different flavored whips and toppings for free!

Caribou in-store holiday drinks & toppings include:

o    Chip: Candy cane, Brownie bites, Snicker doodle, Dark chocolate chips, Milk chocolate chips, White chocolate chips

o    Whip: Mint, Vanilla, Raspberry, Chocolate

o    Sip: Dark chocolate raspberry mocha, Milk chocolate hazelnut mocha, White chocolate caramel mocha, Fa La Latte, Ho Ho Mint Mocha

Terlato Kitchen Line of Specialty Foods Now Available in the Twin Cities at Lunds & Byerlys

Lake Bluff, IL – John Terlato, of Terlato Wine Group and Terlato Kitchen has announced the expansion of Terlato Kitchen in Minneapolis-St. Paul. Terlato Kitchen’s four signature tomato sauces will be available at Lunds & Byerlys with locations throughout the twin cities area. Delivering unparalleled quality and freshness, Lunds & Byerlys is the perfect fit for Terlato Kitchen.


In this newly forged relationship between two quality-centric companies, Terlato Kitchen and Lunds & Byerlys have highlighted their shared commitments to fresh, distinctive food and high-quality ingredients. Terlato Kitchen offers handcrafted and artisanal food including four tomato sauces. The collection represents the many tried-and-true Terlato family foods from recipes served at their table and shared with family and friends. Terlato Kitchen was started as a way to make these delicious, highest-quality and hand-crafted products available to others who appreciate great and delicious foods.


“During our years in the wine business, we have been fortunate to enjoy some incredible meals, foods, recipes and wines,” said John Terlato. “Naturally we brought those recipes to our table and shared with friends and family. We started Terlato Kitchen as a way to make these home-made, artisanal food products available to all who enjoy and appreciate exceptional food and we are now pleased share with food loving friends in Texas.”


The product that inspired Terlato Kitchen is a staple in any kitchen – tomato sauce. John Terlato worked for months to perfectly replicate the family recipes for four signature sauces:

  •          Pomodoro Sauce - an Italian classic created with vine-ripened San Marzano tomatoes, imported olive oil and a touch of basil
  •          Vodka Sauce – creamy and balanced with a hint of vodka to bring out the hidden flavors of the tomatoes
  •          Arrabbiata Sauce - a bright pasta sauce with a slightly spicy kick, thanks to the addition of red chili flakes
  •          Puttanesca Sauce – a bright sauce made with Kalamata olives and whole capers


Terlato Kitchen sauces are all natural, without added sugar or preservatives and are also gluten-free. Each sauce is made with a handful of only the highest quality ingredients.


About Terlato Kitchen

Terlato Kitchen is a line of artisanal, all natural, handcrafted foods born from the Terlato family table. They are made with the highest quality ingredients, for those who enjoy delicious foods and won’t settle for anything less than the best. Owned and operated by the Terlato Family, the goal of Terlato Kitchen is to bring homemade, high quality foods from the Terlato table to the homes of friends, family and food enthusiasts. 


About Terlato Wines

Terlato Wines has a global portfolio of more than 70 brands from world class wine producers in more than a dozen countries and controls a 20 percent market share of wines $20 and up in the U.S. Terlato Wines garners more 90+ ratings than any wine company in the world and is a division of the Terlato Wine Group, the parent company comprising several small businesses specializing in the marketing and production of exceptional wines. Owned and operated by the Terlato family for four generations, the Group also includes the family’s winery investments and partnerships in some of the world’s most esteemed wine regions including: Napa Valley; Sonoma County; Sta. Rita Hills in Santa Barbara County; Victoria, Australia; the Rhône Valley in France and; Montalcino, Italy.

Skaalvenn Distillery is Spicing Up the Market Place with Their New Product, Habanero Rum

Brooklyn Park, MN – Skaalvenn Distillery has released their core trio of products (vodka, rum, and aquavit) they originally set out to make. Now that the business is stable and growing they are focusing on creating adventurous, new spirits which aren’t in the market. Their latest product is exactly that—Habanero Rum. The description on the bottle reads: “Made with habanero and Thai chili peppers, this spicy rum boldly goes where few dare to tread” and is scheduled to appear in select stores this week.
Skaalvenn's goal with Habanero Rum is to usher in a new era of spicy cocktails which are sparse on menus around the country. It's not a candy liqueur, and its heat level certainly isn't tame or the norm for a product of Minnesota. It's so spicy that Skaalvenn’s marketing strategy is to tell people not to buy it because it's got more heat than they can handle--in case the red, devilish Viking and the word “Habanero” wasn’t enough of a warning. If black pepper makes you sweat, you'll want to stay clear of this one.

Tasting notes:

First impression is the prominent yet pleasant nose of fresh habaneros with a hint of tropical fruit-- it doesn't burn but induces a noticeable reaction from the salivary and sweat glands. Oh yeah, this one's going to be hot!

Upon tasting, there is a smooth and creamy mouth feel. The light rum note is boosted by the flavor and heat of habanero, which moves through the palate. The burn of the peppers fade quickly enough to warrant further sipping. Thai chili peppers bring some heat to the tip of the tongue and add a subtle finish.

Mixing it into a sweet cocktail such as a mango daiquiri makes for an amazingly sweet and spicy battle. Adding a splash of Habanero Rum to a savory drink such as a Bloody Mary will give it a nice punch of heat.

Skaalvenn also hopes the Habanero Rum will be a favorite for the bar scene as bartenders will no longer be required to spend hours making infusions to spice up their cocktail menus. Skaalvenn products are distributed by Vinocopia and are in over 250 bars and liquor stores across Minnesota.

For further information, print resolution photos, or to schedule a tasting please contact:
Skaalvenn Distillery
8601 73rd Ave North #28
Brooklyn Park, MN 55428

About Skaalvenn Distillery: Skaalvenn is owned and operated by a Minnesota couple who began distilling rum in April 2015. Since then, Skaalvenn's line of products expanded to include vodka, aquavit and now the habanero rum. The distillery does not have a cocktail room or retail area—tours are available by appointment only.

D’Amico Catering Announces Sept. 20 Grand Opening of Market House by D’Amico at the Minnesota History Center

D’Amico Catering announced the “opening kickoff” of its newly renovated Market House by D’Amico café in the Minnesota History Center – just in time for the museum’s new Gridiron Glory: The Best of the Pro Football Hall of Fame exhibit opening Sept. 24. Located in the former Café Minnesota space near the museum’s entrance, the newly renovated café features updated décor and furnishings, plus a reinvigorated menu highlighting fresh, local and healthy cuisine. In the spirit of celebrating state history and the café’s culinary theme, the Market House name is a homage to the original St. Paul farmers’ market venue that opened in 1853. 


“Market House by D’Amico pays tribute to our Minnesota and community roots by offering fresh, authentic and healthy cuisine sourced from our favorite local and organic purveyors,” said Larry D’Amico, co-owner of D’Amico & Partners. “The Market House experience connects Minnesota History Center visitors to Minnesota’s past and present agricultural movement with a menu inspired by the local farmers market, as well as the grainery, butcher and bakery. We are proud to partner with the Minnesota Historical Society to help build the Minnesota History Center as a premier Twin Cities attraction and event venue.”


“The D’Amico name is widely recognized in the Twin Cities and it’s synonymous with great food, exceptional style and impeccable service,” said Dennis Meissner, interim deputy director, programs and head of collections management. “The name will help to attract more attention to the café, the attractive menu will draw guests in, and the excellent food and service will keep them coming back. We are excited to offer this wonderful amenity for our guests to enhance their overall Minnesota History Center experience.”


D’Amico Catering assumed operations of the former Café Minnesota in February and began working to plan the new menu and space renovation, which will debut Sept. 20. The Market House by D’Amico menu features seasonal salads, artisan sandwiches, flatbreads, burgers, soups and desserts. Special menu items also will be offered to coordinate with the museum’s featured exhibits, such as the Gridiron Burger featuring two patties, cheese, caramelized onions, bacon and a pretzel bun. Guests place their orders at the counter and they are given a number so their orders can be delivered to their table. As part of the renovation, the counter was redesigned to provide a more efficient and seamless dining experience.


Market House by D’Amico is conveniently located near the Minnesota History Center’s museum stores, which also makes it a great option for visitors who want to stop in simply to grab a quick bite and shop for Minnesota-themed gifts and merchandise, no museum entrance fee required. Employees from local hospitals and other nearby businesses and organizations also can easily stop in to dine.


Meissner also noted that D’Amico Catering has been doing impressive work since February with the weddings and events that take place in the museum’s event spaces, and working to attract clients from across the metro area to the beautiful event spaces with spectacular views of the State Capitol and more.


About Minnesota Historical Society

The Minnesota Historical Society is a non-profit educational and cultural institution established in 1849. MNHS collects, preserves and tells the story of Minnesota’s past through museum exhibits, libraries and collections, historic sites, educational programs and book publishing. Using the power of history to transform lives, MNHS preserves our past, shares our state’s stories and connects people with history.



About D’Amico & Partners

D'Amico & Partners was founded in 1982 and owns and operates restaurants and catering companies in Minnesota and Naples, Florida. Minnesota operations include 10 D'Amico & Sons, D'Amico Catering, Cafe & Bar Lurcat, Campiello, and Parma 8200. Florida operations include Campiello, The Continental, Cafe & Bar Lurcat, Masa, Fogg Café, D’Amico & Sons and Lurcat Catering. D'Amico & Partners is a multiple time James Beard Award nominee. http://www.damico.com/

Rock Elm Tavern’s First “Taverniversary”

Rock Elm Tavern is proud to announce it’s one year anniversary this September. The City of Plymouth has declared September 1 as Rock Elm Day in the city, which will be widely celebrated by the tavern all month long.

To celebrate 365 days of delicious handcrafted food and beverages, Rock Elm Tavern is offering limited specials each week. In addition to insider updates, followers and foodies will be given the chance to win an exclusive gift basket (retail value: $50) in a Facebook giveaway, as well as a grand prize of Dinner for Two for a Year (estimated value: $600). In order to participate in all of the upcoming excitement, locals can ‘Like’ Rock Elm Tavern on Facebook: www.facebook.com/rockelmtavern

"It’s been wonderful to be part of this neighborhood for the past year," says Troy Reding, owner of Rock Elm Tavern. "Our goal has always been to connect with the community through bold, handcrafted food at family-friendly price. We’re looking forward to meeting and feeding even more people this year and beyond!”

Rock Elm Tavern is a restaurant located in Plymouth, Minnesota that features a variety of handcrafted cocktails, craft beer and delicious menu items made from scratch. From burgers to bar pours, every item at Rock Elm Tavern is made with big, bold flavors in mind. Learn more and see the complete menu at www.rockelmtavern.com.


Free Happy Hour Event and Panel Discussion – September 13

WHAT: The 2016 Charlie Awards second Hot Topics panel discussion will focus on the topic of “Innovations in the Industry.”

Attendees will enjoy complimentary drinks and appetizers while joining in the conversation with our "Hot Topics" panel of experts.


WHO: The Hot Topics panel is scheduled to include:

·      Moderator Dennis Monroe – Co-Founder and Chair of Monroe Moxness Berg PA

·        Zach Danekas – City Manager of Foodee

·        Ryan Furness – CEO of NearestYou.com

·        Susan Moores – Creator of Roots for the Home Team

·        Tim Niver – Owner of Strip Club, Mucci’s Italian, and Saint Dinette

·        Zach Robinson – Executive Director of Spark Y

WHEN: Tuesday, September 13, 2016

5:30 – 7:30 p.m.          Happy Hour

6:30 – 7:30 p.m.          Hot Topics Panel Discussion


WHERE: Rayette Lofts

261 5th Street East in Saint Paul


HOW: This event is FREE and open to the public

RSVP to charliesexceptionale@gmail.com


MORE: The Charlie Awards celebrate the exceptional contributions made by the Twin Cities restaurant, food and drink industry.

The sixth annual Charlie Awards will be held Sunday, November 13 at the Pantages Theater (710 Hennepin Ave., Minneapolis) beginning at 3:30 p.m. followed by an after-party at the IDS Crystal Court and Chefs’ Dinner at Windows on Minnesota.


SPONSORS:      General Mills, U.S. Foods, Land O’Lakes, Monroe, Moxness & Berg, Intermix Beverage Co., Open Table, Bellisio, Minnesota Restaurant Association, Trinchero Family Estates, Kowalski’s, Hockenberg’s, Foodee, Legacy Meats, Diversified Construction, Minneapolis St. Paul Chapter National Association for Catering and Events, Minnesota Monthly, Food Service News, Windows on Minnesota, Marquette Hotel, J.T. Mega, Mise en Place consulting, Minnesota Farmers Union, BET Vodka, and Dynamic Products Midwest.