Tonic adds new chef; plans to expand offerings and creativity
James Sisler loves a challenge. For 28 years, he has worked in food service as a line cook, sous chef, and pastry chef in a variety of restaurants in the Upper Midwest. His new role as chef at Tonic will provide that challenge as he takes the fresh locally-sourced ingredients available that day and turns them into healthy, delicious dishes that nourish body and soul.
Sisler says the small, family atmosphere was one of the things that drew him to Tonic. He relishes the opportunity to help develop the menu and add items like the fresh peach mousse he made recently.
“Creating dishes with the ingredients that inspire me at the moment is something I love to do,” said Sisler. “Local, seasonal food is great, but it presents a challenge, too, because you don’t necessarily know what you’ll have for ingredients in a given week.”
Tonic Owner Nicci Sylvester says the addition of Sisler will help her take Tonic to the next step — adding elevated flavors and more elegantly composed dishes to the menu.
“We are known for our juices, wraps and salads,” said Sylvester. “With James here, we will be developing the menu and offering more creative specials, expanding our offerings for evening and holiday meals, and upping the ante in terms of flavor combinations and customer service. I am thrilled to have him as part of the team at Tonic.”
Tonic Local Kitchen & Juice Bar is the creation of Nicci Sylvester. It opened in November 2013 and is a neighborhood gathering place that serves fresh food made from local ingredients. In January 2015, it was chosen by WCCO Viewers as the best juice bar in Minnesota.
This post was paid for by Tonic Juice Bar.
(Cover photo: Tonic)