Renee Erickson’s Accidental Empire

Renee Erickson awoke to a flurry of Instagram tags from her various restaurants’ accounts. One dish from her newest spot, Lioness, made her squint especially hard. What was that—oatmeal? 

Nope, it was scallops topped with nuts. Erickson sent a screen shot to Bobby Palmquist, the executive chef for her Sea Creatures restaurant group. She wanted to know, “Why are we putting nuts on something that’s so delicate?” Later that day, Palmquist teased his boss about her early morning query: “I have the best job in the company.” She’s not uncomfortable giving feedback, though if you’re trying to fact check, say, a story about her restaurant group, Erickson will maintain

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