ReGrow Dining Spotlight
Ben Pratt, Owner
In 2004 Ben Pratt opened Ingredients Café with a vision: creative, local, sustainable, high quality and unpretentious food in a casual environment. They have been a serious player in the local restaurant scene ever since. “We take food seriously”, says Ben. They also offer a great wine by the glass selection, which isn’t always easy to find in the area.
“Our employees are like family”, says Ben. There is no front or back of the house, they’re all one team. Regulars will all recognize the smiling face of Rebecca greeting you from behind the bar when you arrive. In fact, Rebecca operates a small farm north of WBL that supplies a lot of the fresh produce the restaurant uses. Many of the staff has been with Ingredients since the beginning; a testament to their passion for the restaurant and its vision.
The restaurant has been a loyal supporter of the community over the years with regular participation at the annual Taste of White Bear Lake and other festivals, along with many donations of gourmet dinner parties to local charitable organizations.
Before COVID they were doing a very robust lunch trade and their themed Wine Dinners were extremely popular as well. They recently opened back up for lunch (11 am daily) and hope to continue offering the Wine Dinners once they feel it’s safer to do so. Live music every Thursday, Friday and Saturday is still a staple for the restaurant, with local favorites like Joe Cruz and Jennifer Grimm (every Thursday), Tim Brown and others.
The restaurant is open Tuesday thru Sunday at 11 am. Curbside pickup is available from 4 pm to 8 pm. Visit www.ingredientscafe.com for information.
This article written by Ken Galloway, and originally featured in the White Bear Press.