Two Minneapolis companies have a chance to win $10,000, along with business-boosting national exposure, in the Martha Stewart American Made Awards. Barkley's Bistro and Tattersall Distilling are finalists in the food category, the pet food group and wine and spirits group respectively. The awards showcase entrepreneurs who are creating quality products while building successful businesses and communities. You can help one of these hometown heroes bring home the prize by merely logging on and voting — up to six times per day through October 19. As they say in Chicago, vote early and vote often.
Barkley’s Bistro, owned by Colin Murray, former head chef at Seven and now “chef du canine,” and Jamie Compton, makes dog treats using only high-quality ingredients. “Often we use the same farmers and suppliers that Colin does in his catering business,” says Compton. Take, for example, their Hot Dish dog treat, a riff on the classic Minnesota casserole, which uses sweet potatoes, kale, beef broth, carrots, and string beans — the same things that go into the version made for people. Murray and Compton partner with other local businesses for many of their ingredients. Their pig ears come from Red Table Meats and their beef bones are smoked at Finer Meats. They use spent grains from Summit Brewing in their beer cheese biscuits. Murray and Compton started the business in 2011, and you may have met them staffing the Barkley’s booth at farmers markets around the metro.
Tattersall Distilling, based in the Thorp Building in northeast Minneapolis, makes a variety of spirits, including gin, vodka, whiskey, and aquavit, and recently opened a hotly anticipated cocktail room where you can sip and sample. “For us, Tattersall is about more than just spirits. It’s about spirited living. Which we believe is best when it’s shared with friends and savored one sip at a time,” says founder Dan Oskey, who teamed up with childhood friend Jon Kreidler to found the company. You might know Oskey from his stints crafting cocktails at Strip Club Meat & Fish and Hola Arepa, or as a partner in Easy & Oskey Bitters. Now he’s turning out creative drinks at Tattersall’s cocktail room, using ingredients made in-house.