• Portillo’s New Location Serves Chicago Favorites in Woodbury

     
    FROM THE Summer 2017 ISSUE
     
  • Portillo’s New Location Serves Chicago Favorites in Woodbury

     
    FROM THE Summer 2017 ISSUE
     

Portillo’s is bringing Chicago-style classics to Woodbury on July 11. Originating in 1963 in Villa Park, Illinois, it has since expanded to other states including Indiana, Florida, California, Wisconsin, and Arizona. Portillo’s is known for its high-quality, Chicago-style food, efficient service and vintage-restaurant décor. Some of the restaurant’s featured Chicago-style menu items include Italian Beef sandwiches, Chicagostyle hot dogs, burgers, salads and its famous chocolate cake, baked fresh in stores each morning. The semiprivate dining room in Woodbury is available for reservations through Portillo’s Home Kitchen service and can hold up to 75 people.

“Portillo’s offers a Portillo’s Home Kitchen buffet-style catering, which is perfect for an event at home or banquet hall,” says Keith Kinsey, CEO of Portillo’s. The Portillo’s Home Kitchen catering menu features a number of menu favorites, including Italian beef, fresh pasta, gourmet salads and ribs. Portillo’s also offers catering Fast Packs, which are perfect for a group get-together. Fast Packs offer Portillo’s most popular sandwiches, salads and sides in a ready-to-eat carry-out order. 

Through Portillo’s for Good Fundraiser, Portillo’s hosts fundraiser nights and offers team sponsorships in the area. “We pride ourselves on giving back to the community in any way we can,” Kinsey says. In the coming years, the restaurant hopes to expand to multiple locations like Maple Grove and other sites throughout the Minneapolis/St. Paul area. 

The 2022 Explore Minnesota Tourism Conference, held on March 1 at the Sheraton Minneapolis West Hotel, featured both in-person and virtual learning for representatives of tourism organizations, attractions, lodging properties and other entities. The gathering kicked off with remarks by Gov. Tim Walz and Explore Minnesota Director Lauren Bennett McGinty. 

 

Like many hotels, Radisson Blu Mall of America has made many adjustments and improvements since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic to keep guests and staff healthy. The Radisson Blu’s team has concocted several ways to keep the food and beverage scene interesting for groups that utilize the property’s more than 26,3000 square feet of meeting and event space. Here are a couple practical solutions that caught our attention, including three with interactive moments complete with costumes, music, lights and special touches. 

THE PRACTICAL  

 

Baldamar’s location—next to the Von Maur at Rosedale Center—might give the wrong first impression. The hip, fine dining restaurant is a fresh concept for the area, one that could easily fit into a more foodie-centric area. Randy Stanley, owner of 6Smith in Wayzata, calls Baldamar a legacy restaurant that just happens to be next a mall (he similarly describes 6Smith as a restaurant that happens to have a lake attached). “I’ve always liked this part of the Twin Cities,” says Stanley. “I love the thriving, local community.