Cook a Sweet Corn Wheat Berry Savoury Waffle with Stone Fruit Salsa with Birchwood Cafe in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
How did you get started?
The Birchwood name has been a part of Minneapolis's Seward neighborhood since 1926. It all started with Alfred and Mary Bursch, founders of the Birchwood Dairy, the original occupants of our building. Farmers made weekly trips to the Birchwood Dairy, delivering fresh milk to be bottled and churned into butter, then distributed back out again to neighbors. In the 1940’s, Cy and Del Bursch converted the dairy into a neighborhood grocery, offering food staples, penny candy, and community news, making it the neighborhood’s favorite gathering place and after-school hangout.
It was fitting then, when Cy and Del handed the Birchwood Store—and the Birchwood name!—over to us in 1995 and we became the Birchwood Cafe. Carrying forward the traditions of freshness and community, the Birchwood Cafe continued to be a friendly place to find good food and good people, and now folks drive from miles around to feel right at home.
We opened as a small, neighborhood coffee shop in 1995, aiming to create a warm, family friendly and welcoming atmosphere, with high quality food, great local art on the walls, and the friendly knowledgeable service previously only found in fine dining establishments. Since then, our community of guests, fans, colleagues, and farmers keeps growing, year after year.
Where are you located?
The Birchwood Cafe is conveniently located in the Seward neighborhood of South Minneapolis at 3311 East 25th Street. You'll find us 4 blocks west of West River Parkway, midway between Franklin Avenue and Lake Street.
So close to the Mississippi, the Birchwood is a great destination if you run, walk, bike or blade the River Road - cool, refreshing lemonade and Izzy's ice cream await! Just head west on 25th Street we're 4 blocks up on your left hand side.
What are your specialities?
Chef Marshall Paulsen’s creativity and skill in the kitchen has largely shaped the menu we offer today, including the all-day, everyday favorite: Savory Waffle!
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Do you host any special events?
Our Cookbook Launch Party is on Thursday, October 22 at the cafe, celebrating the first-ever "The Birchwood Cafe Cookbook: Good Real Food" with authors Tracy Singleton, Marshall Paulsen, Beth Dooley, and Mette Nielsen.
Enjoy snacks and sips, including current seasonal recipes from the book, along with Surly Brewing Co. beer and organic wine. Be there at 6:30 PM or 8:00 PM to hear from the authors themselves and purchase a signed copy of the cookbook, published locally by the University of Minnesota Press.
SIGNED COPIES will be available at this event or online through October 22, 2015: https://www.birchwoodcafe.com/store/item/42 (unsigned copies will remain on sale after 10/22).
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