Bartmann-tastic. Kim Bartmann took over management of Nighthawks, opened Book Club in the old Café Maude space, expanded Kyatchi to St. Paul, and pivoted again with turning Third Bird into Bearcat (quickly closing), and turning that into The Bird. Kim is a force for good – with her emphasis on sustainable farming that dates back to Bryant Lake Bowl, she’s also a force for change – advocating for women chefs and restauranteurs.
Stephanie A. Meyer, culinary coach, blogger
Mecca Bos, GoMn.com
Jess Fleming, Pioneer Press
Food Halls. (Is that 2? Sorry.)
Nancy Ngo, Pioneer Press
Amelia Rayno, Star Tribune
Personal – we saw a lot of roots-based projects (Martina, Hai Hai, Bellecour, Bull’s Horn, Kado, Young Joni at the tail end of 2016.)