Championing the evolution and trends of the food industry. Always stretching and growing to bring Rochester the food we love from sources we discover, and to create casual, fun, neighborhood spaces in which to enjoy it all. More importantly, to inspire both the food savvy, and novice, to continue exploring and discovering new flavors and dishes.
There’s a total of five us in the Championship Dining Restaurant Group. Some of us have been around a while. A while meaning almost 40 years in the restaurant business. And all of those years in Rochester MN. Here’s a secret, this business is not for the faint of heart. It comes with long, grueling hours and plenty of dirty dishes. Add to that little pay (for some of us, none), and we are under constant review by some “very qualified and skilled restaurant critics,” *cough*. Stir family and friends into the business and visualize molten lava cake here. It can be messy.
Having said all that, it’s also delicious. For us, it’s a passion or perhaps, an addiction; it could go either way. As a whole, Championship Dining is a hungry group. When we are not eating, we are talking about food, thinking about food, reading about food and probably eating more food. Then, hungry for more.
Our group is growing! We needed a corporate name. We think we are pretty damn good at dining and not too shabby at serving it up either. Like the scarecrow, we have had the brains all along we just needed a diploma or testimonial. We awarded ourselves the title of Championship Dining and created a trophy, just for us.
So while it may seem we are engrossed in championing ourselves and our industry, we are also going up to bat for the city we live in—and many of us were born in. You could find your foodie soul mate in one of us. The five of us each represent a different way of dining. There’s the guy that is perfectly ok with “just a ham sandwich on a white bun with butter,” Porch wedding sandwiches! We have a specialty food sourcing expert that keeps up with the food trends. Our menus are perfectly rounded out with vegetarian options beyond black bean burgers. Be sure to check out the Mind Your Chick Pea’s and Q’s at Hot Chip, best with a Prosecco! We have a sommelier that brings in perfect everyday choices that are great with fried chicken or burgers to amazing sourced wines that are uniquely available by the glass in Cellar. Tying all of this together is a talented Chef who knows how to implement all our ideas while mixing in his quality and creative way of cooking. He manages to do that in each of our (right now anyway) five unique venues.
What a diverse group, you may be thinking. We are not lying when we say, combined we have 100 years in the food industry. Add to that a Pinterest account with about 100 more years worth of ideas, we plan on sticking around
Of course, the real deal is, without our devoted customers we would just be a group of semi-humorous, chubby, food addicts. So we raise our trophy to the most essential piece of this all, you, our guests. We will keep on food fighting to the end because, YOU are the champions, our friends.