Entrepreneurs Have a New Playground in Minneapolis

Artisanal food makers are getting their pails and shovels ready to play in a new sandbox. Located in northeast Minneapolis is the Food Building, an artisanal food production hub that launched just last year, but has already garnered significant industry attention.

When asked about his vision for the Food Building and the products inside, Kieran Folliard, the visionary behind the Food Building who also brought The Local and The Liffey and 2 Gingers Irish Whiskey to life, said "It takes time."

Meaning it takes time to come up with an idea, develop the necessary skills and execute the optimal plan. It takes time to create a truly special concept. The idea first came about when Folliard realized how absurd it was to ship out Minneapolis pigs to be processed and then shipped back as California or New York-made meats. He decided Minneapolis should be able to make world-class products on its own.

"Food Building is about the story of how do we make good food," he said. "It's interesting and fun. It has its own personality and a little bit of a culture we are trying to create — one of doing really good work that makes a difference in the quality of the product." Read More