Saint Paul native Rachel Smith began her culinary journey at the early age of four. Throughout her childhood, she seized every opportunity to show her cooking and baking skills, whether it be cooking at home for her family or catering events for her high school’s theater troupe.
Her professional career began at age 15, when she became a dishwasher and prep cook at a local diner. Soon after she was cooking and learning as much as possible on the job. At home she would experiment with new recipes and techniques, poring over cook books and studying on her own, even entering food competitions.
After high school, Rachel enrolled in culinary arts at Saint Paul College. Upon completion, she honed her craft as a chef and pastry cook at Keys Café and Bakery, The University Club of Saint Paul, Smack Shack and Izatys Resort on Lake Mille Lacs.
Chef Rachel now has a “new home” at Underground Music Café. She will be serving up a new, expanded menu that accentuates her creativity and flair. The menu will feature fresh, locally sourced produce as well as refined comfort food that is sure to please any palate.
Oregon’s come a long way since the days of fording rivers and contracting cholera. They’re making some seriously good wine and in addition to tasting wonderful it also serves as a potable water source to, you know, keep the dysentery at bay.
Nothing says summer like the dry, sweet complexity of a good rose. These aren’t your syrupy white zin’s, oh no…we’re talking flavor. Good flavor. Even if you have some doubts, and think that roses are best served to your great grandmother in a plastic cup with a healthy helping of ice cubes, give Kurt a chance to change your mind about rose wines forever.
UMC is proud to support BluesU, a blues performance camp and mentorship program for young people. BluesU takes place at MacPhail’s state of the art facilities and brings students together in ensembles with the most prominent and influential blues artists in the midwest for a week of rehearsing, jamming, gigging and professional development sessions with industry professionals.
It’s a truly unique and special program.
UMC will play host to these young people on May 23rd as they audition for ensemble placement from 11am to 6pm.
Sign up today to reserve a slot or submit a digital audition.
We’ve had winter weather for about 7 months now, and we’ve downed bottles and bottles of deep, luxurious reds…and we’re kind of sick of them.
It’s time for something light. It’s time for something fruity and tart and sweet…something complex, with just a hint of sunshine…it’s time for Summer Whites.
Some people think of whites as syrupy and something reserved for wine beginners who lack the refined palette of the red lover. NOT SO! Winemakers are really expanding the flavor profiles in their whites and creating ever more complex flavors with as much depth as that Chateauneuf Du Pape that everyone was oogling over a few months ago at the Holiday party.
Let Kurt open up your tastebuds and prepare you for a summer of exploring the wonderful world of whites.
Fall is here, and brings with it a familiar bouquet of smells and flavors, most notably those around a Thanksgiving table.
If you’re hosting and want a wine that will compliment your pumpkin pie, or are a guest and want to bring the perfect host gift, tuck in to our table on Nov. 2nd from 3PM-5PM and learn about some great, fun Thanksgiving wines.
Kurt Hegland, formerly of Ursula’s Wine Bar and Cafe, and currently of Rootstock Wine Company is presenting an exciting series of wine classes at UMC to delight your senses and expand your wine mind. Kurt holds a qualification for “Certified Specialist of Wine (CSW)”, which means this guy really knows his stuff, so take advantage of this cool opportunity!
The first class is on Sunday, Oct. 5th starting at 3pm, and is going to focus on wine basics: how it’s made, how to taste, and what to look for in a quality wine.
The cost is $30 per person which includes wine, presentation, and light appetizers.
Get your ticket by clicking below and reserve your spot today…they’re going to fill up fast!
Well, we’ve remodeled, added menu items, and are in the process of renovating the stage thanks to the efforts and generosity of this community.
To celebrate all the hard work, support and great music happening here, we’d like to throw you a party and formally welcome you to the Underground Music Cafe!
Here’s the fantastic lineup of musical acts. We’ve got everything from jazz to folk, bluegrass to rock, polka to new age….it’s all happening this weekend!
We can’t believe it. The Kickstarter campaign to get rid of the pole and renovate the stage was a success!
Almost 200 people pitched in to raise a total of $16,500.00 in just 30 days. That’s nothing short of amazing.
We’d like to thank each and every donor sincerely. You guys are the best.
Here are all the awesome human beings who gave to the project. When you’re enjoying a pole-free view of the stage and listening to perfectly clear tones coming from a new sound system, you have them to thank for it:
Andrew D. Huber
Bill J Cagley
Breanne Marie Schlies
Bryan ‘Bevans’ Evans
Charlotte and Don Schuld
Dick and Mary Jo Tein
Eugene M Willms
H. Brent Clark
Jason P. Schumacher
John E. Bennett
Kim Carpenter Bennett
Minnesota Association of Songwriters
Moriah Paige Bame
Nancy McGinley Myers
No Grass Limit
Phil & Elaine Cheesebrough
Robert and Kathleen Salisbury
Robin McGalliard Nelson
Sue Ann Gruver
The Loft at Studio J
The Media Workshop, Inc
Zac & Liz Owens
To better support all the great musicians that grace our stage we’re engaging in a Kickstarter project and are seeking your help raising the funds to transform our stage.
Our community cafe has the potential to be one of the best listening rooms for local music in the Twin Cities. To realize that potential we would like to remove the pole on the stage and update our old and failing sound system. Please watch the video below to learn more about the project and how you can be involved!
We humbly as that you please visit the link below, share it widely, and support local music in the Twin Cities by backing this project.
You have probably noticed things look and taste a little different around here.
We’ve got big plans for this awesome community coffee shop and hope you will join in our excitement as we transition into a space that will be geared towards supporting local music and music education through our non-profit, MusicWorks Minnesota. It will still be the great, family-friendly neighborhood hangout you’ve known and loved, but with a fresh look, improved food, new offerings, and we look forward to making this the best place it can be for you.
Thanks for your continued support. Tim, Dan, Dennis and Bonnie
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