Great People


Matt Kappra, Seward Co-op Creamery Café Executive Chef

Matt joined the Creamery Café in August 2016. He was promoted to executive chef in May after serving as interim executive chef and chef de cuisine. He has nearly a decade of experience in Twin Cities restaurants, most recently as the executive chef of 320 Northeast and chef de cuisine of Cocina del Barrio.

As he sees it, the Creamery Café is a sort of incubator for the entire organization. The café purchases locally grown and raised ingredients from small-scale farmers and artisans who may not be able to keep up with the inventory demand of the co-op’s grocery stores. “We try to address those real cost of food issues and what it means to support small farms,” Matt said. “We’re investing in a food system we want to see.”


Tim Johnson, Seward Co-op Creamery Café Front of House Manager

After a short break from the restaurant world Tim felt compelled to return to it in the cooperative setting. He’s been an owner of Seward Co-op for years and loves what the co-op has done for the neighborhoods it serves.

You may have seen Tim at a number of different restaurants around Minneapolis and St. Paul as line cook to co-owner and anything in between. To name a few, he has spent time at Leaning Tower of Pizza near the University of Minnesota campus, Bulldog NE, the Blue Nile and HauteDish as an owner.

Tim is excited to showcase the wonderful products available at the Seward Co-op without pretension — especially delectable locally grown produce and proteins and high-quality local beer. His vision is to create a gathering space where everyone — neighbors, co-op owners and co-workers — can enjoy a meal or beverage together. He hopes folks visit the café for whatever reason suits their lifestyle: coffee and yogurt on the way to work, an afternoon hangout with coworkers, or a meal with neighbors and family.