The restaurant industry is changing. The pandemic pushed it to the limits, so chefs and venues have found new ways to get their food out to the public. In particular, the Steady Pour event space in northeast Minneapolis (2125 E Hennepin Ave.) is pushing forward with exciting collaborations and a commitment to experimentation.
Steady Pour began as a local craft beverage company owned and operated by Jeff Seidenstricker, but the pandemic and purchase of the space led to adaptation. According to Seidenstricker, the original plan for the building was primarily cocktail classes and private events like photoshoots, but zoning issues forced them to change course. When the city told them part of the space was designated to be a kitchen, they obliged, added a kitchen, and began hosting events in the spring of 2021.
Now Seidenstricker and wife Ari Lamb—owner of Ari Lamb Creative (ALC)—share their venue as the home base for both of their businesses and welcome private events and pop-ups like Dan Manosack’s Broken English series coming up over the next four weekends.
For the events, Manosack (former executive chef at Lyn 65, co-owner of Petite León) and his team will serve delicious food inspired by his diverse culinary upbringing. It’s the homemade meals his mom made combined with the junk food and American classics like Hamburger Helper that he’d have at friends’ houses. “It’s not traditional Lao food,” says Manosack, a first-generation Laotian American. “It’s like a Southeast Asian market meets the State Fair.”
Manosack created Broken English to free himself creatively and pursue endeavors that inspired him. “I got bored of cooking the same food every day,” Manosack says. “Lyn 65 was established. I could change things on the menu if I wanted to, but it had a following already so I knew I shouldn’t.”
As well as hosting the pop-up, Steady Pour is also in charge of the drink menu for the night. Previous events have featured Houndstooth Modern Tavern chef Rick Didora (Tilia, St. Genevieve, Popol Vuh) and chef Marisol Herling (The Lynhall, Lush). Steady Pour’s main goal is to support local businesses and provide a space for chefs to explore possibilities, and this upcoming collaboration shows they’re achieving it.
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