Gavin gravitates most toward traditional Heartland dishes—the kind he grew up eating and cooking in Minnesota with his grandma. The chef refined his dexterity in contemporary American fine dining by dedicating time to some of the world’s best restaurants. Later to realize, "there is nothing quite like the frenetic and fleeting seasonality of the upper Midwest to inspire a soulful cook." For Chef Gavin Kaysen, an old soul at heart, this idea beckoned him back home to Minneapolis to open Spoon and Stable restaurant in the North Loop neighborhood in fall 2014.
Ann Kim is the Chef/owner of three award-winning Minneapolis restaurants: Pizzeria Lola, Hello Pizza, and Young Joni. A Korean immigrant, she credits her culinary palate to helping her mother and grandmother at an early age make traditional staples such as fermented bean paste and kimchi. She's most beloved for her critically acclaimed pizzas and creative take on Korean flavors. In 2018 she was a James Beard Awards finalist for Young Joni in the category of “Best Chef Midwest.” Ann Kim’s food has turned heads both locally and nationally.
Recognizing that the market for artisan Indian flavors was short on quality and creativity, Chef & Founder Amar Singh created Spicemode to help home cooks of any skill level make high quality, flavorful, healthy Indian-inspired food more easily. Handmade in small batches with our signature blend of fresh aromatics and whole spices, our sauces and seasonings are an enjoyable way to cook global cuisine and freshen up your favorite recipes with ease. Real people are behind Spicemode products. A healthy portion of love, soul and dedication goes into each small batch we produce.
Urban Organics is working to fix a broken food system one delicious meal at a time. The concept is simple. Local equals fresh. Fresh equals nutritious. Nutritious equals healthy, for people and community. The process is equally simple. Urban Organics farms with aquaponics, where fish and plants help each other grow. We’re making it happen right now in Saint Paul at the former Hamm’s Brewery. Our mission is to inspire a better food system for the people, by the people.