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Citinerary: Chef John Wipfli, The Minnesota Spoon

I had the pleasure of meeting Jon while he was in charge of a beautiful oyster platter at a local store’s holiday event last December. He was opening his oysters presented on a large crushed ice bed with such délicatesse and simplicity that Arthur (my husband) and I headed towards him right away. We spent the evening devouring his oysters and talking about oyster bars in France, including our favorite, Le Baron Rouge, in the 11th. For Citinerary, I took the opportunity to interview Jon at his home and find out more about his passion for food. Image to the courtesy of Colleen How did you start doing what you do? After high school I went to art school in Wisconsin and I also had a cooking job. I quickly realized that I was better at cooking and I could make a living. I have been working in restaurants or around food for thirteen years now. After going to the French Culinary Institute in NY, I worked at Marlow and Sons and Cookshop. I came back …

Citinerary: A Not Very French Bastille Day

Unlike previous years, this summer I am staying in Minneapolis and the city is just a delight in this season. Minneapolis residents seem to spend every moment possible outside in the summer and there are celebrations and block parties just about every weekend – all of which make the city an extremely vibrant place to be in. And with my friend, Carole, visiting from Paris and my parents coming in August – it’s a little bit of France coming to me instead. Staying here meant that, for the first time, I would be able to check out the Minneapolis Bastille Day celebrations. As you can imagine, Bastille Day is a big deal in Paris, with dances (bals de pompiers) starting on July 13 in the various fire stations of the city, followed by the grandiose fireworks on the night of the 14th. Being in Minneapolis, the Barbette Bastille Day Block Party in the Uptown neighbourhood is the place to be, so Carole and I decided to go and check it out. The flyer looked rather …

Mill City Farmers Market & Brenda Langton

I have been part of the Mill City Farmers Market in Minneapolis as a vendor/artist since 2011 and always wanted to find out more about how it started, what was so special about this market.   I adore this market and don’t mind waking up at 5 am, excited to meet my community. However, I know that every Saturday there is so much happening that I am not even aware of, being too busy at my booth. For Citinerary, I took the opportunity to interview Brenda Langton, Owner and Spoonriver Restaurant and Founder of the Mill City Farmer’s Market. 1. Tell us about how you started doing what you do as a chef/restaurateur? I grew up in a poor family, I remember going to the farm and picking corn and freezing it. Everything was home cooked because we had to. At 15, I discovered this vegetarian co-op restaurant started by hippies, called Café Kardamena, that is when my eyes really opened. I started working there (I went to a free school that ended at 2pm) and …

Tables at my house

The pleasure of a beautifully set table is priceless to me, I love ironing the linen, choosing the plates, creating center pieces from what I have at home and don’t think I have inherited all these! All my linens, glasses, plates come from flea markets, estate and garage sales.    

The Button Business is a victimless crime

This is an article I wrote for  http://www.citinerary.net/ I moved to Minneapolis 9 years ago and have met many fascinating people. However, there is only ONE Button Lady in town. Last Thursday morning with my daughter Nina (assistant photographer) we stopped by Rebecca Lyon and asked her a few questions for Citinerary, only to find out that not a blog article but a documentary could be made about her. 1.How did you start doing what you do? Born in Hopkins (MN), I was living in Arizona with my husband and 2 kids, I was at the time interested in sewing and “wearable art.” I loved buttons and the comic book called ‘Little Dot’. An old family friend told me about a button convention in Minneapolis. I walked in and was overwhelmed, there were buttons that I had never seen. When I overheard a conversation at a dealer’s table – ‘I need a blue elephant button’ – I started laughing and thought these are my kind of people. I went back to Arizona and joined a club (100 …

Collab with ARC

A lot of work goes into these clutches after they are sewn. I can tell you that from what I feel on my shoulders and hands after oiling and waxing 75 clutches for our project with American Refugee Committee (ARC). The rest of the work will be done by the future owner once they start using them. Not only will they have a piece of America (American made) and Africa (African design) in their hands, but their own lives will be inscribed in them. That’s the beauty of vegetable tanned. Ok I’ll stop here!😉