Brenda Langton


Award winning chef and restaurateur Brenda Langton, is a pioneer of fresh, local and sustainable food. Since the early 1970’s, she has worked directly with local producers and growers.

She opened her first restaurant, Cafe Kardamena, in 1978 in St. Paul, MN featuring locally sourced gourmet vegetarian cuisine and fresh seafood at a time when most American’s were still eating a meat and potatoes diet. 

In 1986 she opened the eponymous Cafe Brenda in downtown Minneapolis where she continued to provide her innovative dining experience on a larger scale. 

Brenda opened her third restaurant, Spoonriver, in 2006 in the revitalized Mississippi River Front Mill District of Minneapolis.

Also in 2006, Brenda founded the Mill City Farmers’ Market, which is located just outside Spoonriver’s front door on the Chicago Av. Plaza and the restored Train Shed of the Mill City Museum.

Brenda is a culinary instructor, speaker and consultant on healthy diet in the community. You will find Brenda at Spoonriver most days along with her husband and business partner, Timothy Kane.

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