Yumzar moves the farmers market online -- but will shoppers follow?

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If the farmers market isn't your scene, but you're still on the hunt for locally made foods, Yumzar might have a solution for you.

The online farmers market based in Minnesota launched in March and was co-founded by Steven Lauder, Abbey Smalley, and Michael Otto. The site offers an array of locally produced goods and operates all year round, so come winter you can still get your favorite Minnesota-made treats delivered right to your door.

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Verdant Tea expands to a full menu with cocktails

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Verdant's new Laoshan House Special
Minneapolis tea house Verdant Tea is diving into the world of food and booze, and their tried-and-true brews are taking center stage.

As of July 11, Verdant serves a full food menu and will add on a cocktail bar by the end of summer. The menu offers five to six meals centered around a specific region's cuisine and each dish will be paired with a tea.

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Top 10 reasons why your server hates you

Categories: Advice, Food

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Elevate Research, a new start-up out of St. Paul, is launching an app that allows patrons to rank their dining experiences using customized customer satisfaction surveys while receiving real-time responses from management. Unfortunately, the app only benefits customers and owners, leaving servers without a say.

If servers could fill out comment cards about customers, they'd reach biblical lengths within a few days. We've edited that down and complied a list of 10 reasons why your server hates you.

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St. Paul makes its way toward Sunday sales in taprooms

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St. Paul could soon allow Sunday sales in taprooms
If things go well, and so far it looks like they will, St. Paul will soon join the list of cities that allow local craft breweries to sell their beers on Sundays. Earlier this year, Governor Dayton signed into law a bill that would allow breweries to sell their beers in their taprooms on Sundays pending city approval. So far Minneapolis and St. Louis Park have jumped on board, but it wasn't until a week ago that St. Paul City Council member Amy Brendmoen introduced an ordinance that would allow for the extra day of sales.

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La Belle Vie taps Niki Francioli as executive pastry chef; Diane Yang heads to Merchant

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Pastry chef Niki Francioli will take over the pastry program at La Belle Vie

We've got some sweet news coming from Tim McKee's La Belle Vie camp this week. Late Friday we learned that longtime La Belle Vie pastry alum Diane Yang would be taking the lead pastry position at Gavin Kaysen's new Minneapolis restaurant, Merchant, and we've now learned that Niki Francioli will be taking up the reins left behind by Yang at La Belle Vie.

While she may be new to the La Belle Vie team, Francioli is no stranger to the McKee way of doing things. A large part of her reputation was earned as the lead pastry chef at Sea Change, but more recently she's been developing the pastry program for chef Russell Klein at Brasserie Zentral, which opened up shop downtown earlier this spring.

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Gavin Kaysen's Merchant may be getting top chef backing

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Chef Gavin Kaysen may have some big time backers for his new North Loop restaurant

The rumor mill is abuzz with news of James Beard Rising Star and Bloomington native Gavin Kaysen and his homecoming restaurant, Merchant. On her blog, Dara Moskowitz Grumdahl says she has it from "multiple good sources" that the money for Kaysen's new Twin Cities venture is coming in from some of the industry's crème de la crème, including Kaysen's former boss Daniel Boulud.

In addition to Boulud, Dara also lists Thomas Keller of the French Laundry and Jérôme Bocuse, son of legendary French chef Paul Bocuse, as possible, if not likely, investors. If this is true, some bigger name chefs might be testing the waters here in the Twin Cities.

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Heyday, Lucia's, and Nico's Tacos make top 100 neighborhood gems list

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Heyday's bar area, complete with a nod to the Replacements
We love our neighborhood restaurants here in the Twin Cities, and apparently the rest of the country does too. OpenTable just released its 2014 list of the 100 best neighborhood gems in the United States, and three Twin Cities restaurants make the cut: Heyday, Lucia's Restaurant & Wine Bar, and Nico's Tacos.

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Vincent A Restaurant crafts specialty burgers for different stages of the Tour de France

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Courtesy of the Vincent A Restaurant Facebook page
Vincent's Basque Burger
One of the Twin Cities' favorite Frenchmen is about to prove his Gallic mettle with his own take on the Tour de France. Vincent Francoual, chef and owner of downtown Minneapolis's Vincent A Restaurant, has plans to launch a line of burgers in honor of the world's biggest cycling event.

The burgers are designed to coincide with six different stages of the tour and each specialty burger will only be available during its respective stage. The tour starts pedaling on July 5 and runs through July 26. 

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Chef Jorge Guzman of Solera announced as new head chef for Surly's destination brewery

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Chef Jorge Guzman announced as new executive chef for Surly Brewing
Late yesterday evening, MSP magazine's Dara Moskowitz Grumdahl broke the news that Surly Brewing has selected a chef to head up the kitchens at its much anticipated, mega-destination brewery. That chef is none other than Jorge Guzman, who has spent the past several years helming the ship at downtown Minneapolis's premier tapas restaurant, Solera Cocina de Espana.

While details on the new menu are sparse, we expect the offerings will span a greater range of cuisines than the strictly Spanish-inspired dishes Guzman is known for, while still highlighting the work of local farms. Guzman has been a staunch advocate for food system sustainability, and his Latin-inspired cuisine at Solera is based on locally sourced ingredients.  

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UPDATE: Bradstreet Craftshouse will move into former Rye Deli space

Photo courtesy of Bradstreet Craftshouse
For those of you whose hearts stopped beating earlier this week when it was announced that craft cocktail pioneer Bradstreet Craftshouse was closing up shop with the sale of the Graves Hotel, you can breathe a sigh of relief. We learned late yesterday afternoon that while they'll indeed be closing their doors at the Graves, they'll be reopening them in the location that was, until very recently, occupied by Rye Deli.

Bradstreet will close at the Graves by the end of the month and will reopen in Lowry Hill sometime in August. Here's what you can expect from the new incarnation of Bradstreet Craftshouse.

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