Minneapolis/St. Paul – The Minnesota Timberwolves and Lynx announced their partnership with chef David Fhima to revamp Target Center’s food offerings as the arena undergoes renovations.

“We are thrilled to have David join us as we undergo this very important part of the Target Center renovation,” said Timberwolves and Lynx CEO Ethan Casson. “Over the past year, many prestigious publications have taken notice of the cutting edge restaurants here in Minneapolis and have named our city as one of the top food destinations in the country. Our city’s local chefs have traveled all over the world to hone their craft and bringing David in-house will allow us to tap into that local, yet global food scene in a real, authentic way.”

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The new menu items will focus on using the best possible ingredients, which include clean, local, organic and non-GMO when possible. There will also be a focus on creating a more global menu that reflects the thriving international food scene in the Twin Cities. The process will be chef-driven, with David in-arena for every home game and other local chefs making appearances throughout the seasons to provide custom menu items for a particular night.

“I am so excited to begin this new adventure with the Timberwolves, Lynx and Target Center, both as a restauranteur and a lifelong basketball fan,” said chef David Fhima. “Arena food is part of the whole experience and can make attending a game exponentially better. I have a passion for making healthy food with whole ingredients that satisfy your cravings, and I look forward to bringing that passion to my work at the Target Center.”

Changing the food offerings will be a process that goes in phases that correspond with the renovation. As the suite level has undergone renovations this summer, so has the menu, and those changes will be in effect in the brand new Chairman’s Suites and Theater Boxes for the Timberwolves 2016-17 season. As the renovation moves to the concourse level, strategy will begin and the menu for the concession offerings will be unveiled prior to the Timberwolves 2017-18 season.

David Fhima’s culinary experiences and training have taken him around the world, working at prestigious restaurants such as L’Orangerie and Le Restaurant. He is currently staging his culinary work out of Faces Mears Park, a French Mediterranean restaurant with an organic bakery that services top Twin Cities restaurants including all Lifetime Fitness locations in Minnesota.