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Photos: Seward, a Minneapolis culinary enclave

Sports & Leisure Jennifer Simonson · ·

1 Verdant Tea's curry soba Monday, Oct. 21, 2013 at the Seward neighborhood tea bar. After requests from neighborhood residents, owners David and Lily Duckler added more food items to their menu. It includes a variety of noodle bowls, Sweet Science ice creams and soup, salad and sandwiches from the Birchwood Cafe. 
2 Tea steeps for a tasting at Verdant Tea on Monday, Oct. 21, 2013. Teas, from top to bottom, are Laoshan Green, Laoshan Black and Yunnan White Jasmine. The teas come from small family farms in China. 
3 Lily Duckler, who owns Verdant Tea with her husband David Duckler, holds a mug of of their micro-batch brewed chai Monday, Oct. 21, 2013 at the tea tasting room on Franklin Avenue in the Seward neighborhood. 
4 Nate Uri, left, and Geoffrey Reiff, who work at Verdant Tea, plan new menu items while enjoying tea Monday, Oct. 21, 2013 at the tasting room and tea bar that opened this summer in the Seward neighborhood. 
5 Birchwood Cafe manager Rick Oknick, left, and the front of house team weave around each other to deliver food, make drinks and take orders in a small space Monday, Oct. 21, 2013 at the Seward neighborhood restaurant. A Kickstarter campaign to help fund an expansion project begins Oct. 27. 
6 The pumpkin handpie is a seasonal favorite at the Birchwood Cafe Monday, Oct. 21, 2013 in the Seward neighborhood. The pastry is filled with roasted pumpkin, turnips and gruyere cheese and topped with sweet and spicy beets. 
7 The Birchwood Cafe is celebrating 18 years in business with a Kickstarter campaign to help finance an expansion project. A kickoff party is planned for Sunday, Oct. 27, 2013. Expansion plans include more seating, a bigger kitchen, additional bathrooms and solar panels on the rooftop. 
8 Birchwood Cafe owner Tracy Singleton, left, talks with lunchtime customers Monday, Oct. 21, 2013 at the busy Seward neighborhood restaurant. 
9 The Birchwood Cafe, a long-time Seward neighborhood dining destination, is known for its focus on local, sustainable and organic ingredients Monday, Oct. 21, 2013 in Minneapolis. 
10 A colorful, fresh produce department featuring seasonal and local foods is the first thing Seward Co-op shoppers see when they walk through the front doors Monday, Oct. 21, 2013 in Minneapolis. The successful food co-op is planning to expand into a second location in south Minneapolis. 
11 Mehdi Kennar, a floor supervisor at the Seward Co-op, hands a shopper her groceries Monday, Oct. 21, 2013. 
12 Seckel pears from Washington and California persimmons for sale Monday, Oct. 21, 2013 at the Seward Co-op in Minneapolis. 
13 Seward Co-op cheesemonger Katie Greene wraps balls of hand-pulled, fresh mozzarella cheese Monday, Oct. 21, 2013.