– Matt Frank –
As urban residents, we rarely see firsthand where our food comes from or how it’s grown, raised and produced. Enter the Food Building, a 21st century destination food production hub that seeks to raise local craft food awareness among Twin Citians. The Food Building houses three food production start-ups—Red Table Meat Company, The Lone Grazer Creamery and Baker’s Field Flour & Bread. This foodie trifecta produces salumi from Minnesota pasture-raised pigs, cheese from Minnesota grass-fed cows, and stone-milled Minnesota flour and naturally leavened bread under one roof in the heart of Minneapolis’ burgeoning NE arts, foods and craft brewing district. The icing on the cake sits literally next-door—a deli, restaurant and bar named The Draft Horse features products from Food Building producers, along with grab and go sandwiches, soups, salads, and a line of local craft beers on tap. The Food Building rallying call, “Farmed Near, Made Here”, says it all. This network of collaboration and direct partnership among family farmers, food entrepreneurs, salumieres, cheese makers, bakers and restaurateurs are redefining our taste of place, one delicious locally made sandwich at a time.