PETER LUTZ

SOUS CHEF

Hails From
Minneapolis, Minnesota

Secret Food Obsession
Canned sardines

Currently Reading
The Food of Italy, by Waverly Root

Best Way to Spend a Day Off
Loitering around the Kingfield neighborhood

Three Things I Can't Live Without
(1) My baseball cap collection - all of my hats have a "P" on them.
(2) Portable bluetooth speaker.  Every cook in our kitchen has one, because we all like to listen to our own thing, which can get a little ridiculous.
(3) It's a Tie:  Ace Hardware - where else can you get canning supplies and cat food under one roof?  Cinco de Mayo Mercado - where else can you get pig's trotters and fresh tortillas under one roof?

YIA CHANG

SOUS CHEF

Hails From
I was born in a refugee camp in Thailand and came to Fresno, California in 1994, at age 4. I moved to Minnesota in 2011.

Secret Food Obsession
Anything spicy. Super spicy. Thai chilies make my life spicy everyday.

Currently Reading
Vegetable Literacy, by Deborah Madison

Best Way to Spend a Day Off
Fishing, on a boat in the middle of a lake, in the summer sun, with an ice cold Corona.

Three Things I Can't Live Without
(1) My MAC chef's knife, for obvious reasons.
(2) My aquarium.  It's peaceful, keeps me focused, and I like having water in my presence.
(3) My baseball cap - for bad hair days!

SARINA GARIBOVIC

FRONT OF HOUSE MANAGER

Hails From
Pula, Croatia - but my family moved to a small town in Austria, where we lived for three years before moving to Phoenix, Arizona. Been loving four seasons since 2011. 

Secret Food Obsession
It's not much of a secret: I essentially subsist on cheese and Salty Tart baguettes.

Currently Reading
Animal Liberation by Peter Singer because I'm trying to guilt myself into being vegetarian again.

Best Way to Spend a Day Off
Chenin Blanc and rearranging my whole apartment.

Three Things I Can't Live Without
(1) My cats- Bob Sacamano and Lingers aka The Licker aka Mr. Lahey
(2) Coffee
(3) Maps

chris Stevens

owner & CHEF

Hails From
Lake Elmo, Minnesota

Secret Food Obsession
Cadbury Cream Eggs

Best Way to Spend a Day Off
Tackling the weeds in my garden.

Three Things I Can't Live Without
1. My pocket knives - I have a small collection. They come in handy for something as boring as breaking down delivery boxes to something as exciting as grabbing a chicken of the woods mushroom you stumble upon.
2. My garden. Every day reveals some new surprise.
3. My bike. I love my morning ride to work from Frogtown where I live. Sunrise on the Lake Street bridge is incredible.  

gail mollner

owner/General Manager

Hails From
Saint Paul, Minnesota

Secret Food Obsession
Bubbles! Champagne, cava, prosecco, sekt - gimme the fizz!!

Best Way to Spend a Day Off
Napping in a hammock.

Three Things I Can't Live Without
1. Post It notes. My desk is covered in them. I would be lost without all of these little yellow reminders everywhere.
2. Soda Stream - a gift from my two old sous chefs who noticed my ridiculous obsession with fizzy water.
3. My back yard bird feeders. They attract a variety of creatures (yep, "blackbirds" too). Sipping my morning coffee and watching the birds is a calming way to begin each day.