Indigenous Food Lab has opened inside Midtown Global Market, from the same people behind The Sioux Chef. The company was founded by James Beard Award winning cookbook author and chef, Sean Sherman and Dana Thompson. Sherman’s return to pre-colonial food ways has made the chef, a member of the Oglala Lakota Nation, a nationally known educator and voice for change. He has appeared on CBS Sunday Morning, The New York Times, and more.
Since the lockdown, Sherman has been working with Central Kitchen to feed hungry neighbors, cooking more than 200 meals per day, of locally sourced, indigenous meals.
The Sioux Chef has spawned a food truck, catering business, nonprofit, and inspired a new generation of young, native chefs. The food lab has grown out of the nonprofit, NATIFS.org, and will continue that mission by producing educational videos, providing training, and hosting classes.
The food lab takes the place of Kitchen in the Market, a commercial kitchen and classroom space inside the diverse food hall on Lake Street.
The Lynhall Opens a Second Location in Edina
Lyn/Lake’s farmhouse-styled restaurant that’s also a meeting hub, kitchen studio, and advocate for small makers is opening a second location this week. Lynhall No. 3945, is named in a nod to its address near the retail hub at 50th and France.
Running the kitchen are pastry chef Katie Elsing, executive chef Steph Hedrick, who will oversee brunch, and chef Marisol Herling. The restaurant will serve morning through evening like the other location, including coffee drinks, brunch, afternoon tea, happy hour, and eventually family suppers, later this fall.
In addition to indoor seating, including a fireside lounge, there are distanced outdoor tables and a walk-up window. On opening a new space in the time of COVID, owner Anne Spaeth said, “I’ve always believed that food has the power to strengthen individuals, families and communities, and that’s needed now more than ever.”
The first brunch is served tomorrow, August 18.
Coastal Seafoods Expands, Adds a Cafe
Coastal Seafood, the Twin Cities most popular spot for shopping for fresh seafood is expanding to a new location, very near its Minneapolis original. The new location at 2007 East 24th Street in Minneapolis expands to 3,000 square feet and opens for curbside shopping today.
In addition to all the fruits of the sea, there will also be an expanded pantry section of gourmet goodies and a meat and cheese counter. A cafe will open August 31 with grab and go food options, and seating inside.
The new space also includes room for Coastal Seafood’s cooking classes, once its safe to host those in person.
Ann Kim Will Open a Pizza Serving Restaurant Inside a New Eagan Hotel
Ann Kim, the James Beard Award winning chef behind Young Joni, Pizzeria Lola, Hello Pizza, and the forthcoming Sooki & Mimi will also open a new restaurant inside the Omni Viking Lakes Hotel in Eagan. The restaurant will be called Kyndred Hearth with an open kitchen featuring a copper domed wood fire oven. As Kim is known to do, there will be pizza, but also so much more. Since it’s a hotel, there will be breakfast through lunch served from the chef. Look for an opening in the fall of 2020.