Raised in the city of Lille in northern France, Alain Lenne’s cuisine is inspired by the hearty and simple dishes that his Polish-French mother prepared. After settling in the Twin Cities in 1989, Alain quickly rose through the ranks of local restaurant operations, from waiter to maître d’ to chef and popular gourmand. His broad culinary resume includes stints at premier restaurants, including The 510, Un Deux Trois, A Rebours and Meritage.
In 2008 the entrepreneurial spirit and passion for cuisine gave birth to the brainchild of Alain as La Belle Crepe, a small creperie located in the heart of downtown Minneapolis in the Medical Arts Building.
Now, as the chef of La Belle Crepe Catering and Come Pho Soup, Alain extends his passion for innovative cuisine to Twin Cities diners who crave his food and enjoy his heavy French banter and zest for fun! From a steady stream of executives to everyday folks who visit Come Pho Soup regularly, to guests at Alain’s catered events, everyone enjoys Alain’s engaging and entertaining personality and inspired cuisine.
Emanuel was born in Romania but took quite a detour with a year-long stint in Sweden, growing up in Vancouver Canada, and over a decade in Las Vegas before finally settling down in Minneapolis where he lives with his wife and 4 kids. Emanuel worked as a pharmacist in different capacities before he and his wife opened their own independent pharmacy in NV. After selling their pharmacy and moving to Minneapolis, they ventured into multiple business pursuits, ultimately landing Emanuel and Alain together to rebrand Alain's brainchild. In the fall of 2020 they converted the downtown creperie to Come Pho Soup, and rebranded La Belle Crepe strictly as a catering service.
While you may not see Emanuel flipping crepes at your event, he'll respond to every phone call, email and text to ensure your event is smooth from start to finish!
With over a decade catering to the Twin Cities, Alain has developed a strong team of crepe making experts. Whether we're catering a large music festival with multiple crepe stations or a small intimate dinner party at your home, you can rest assured that our staff will serve you with the utmost professionalism and skill to ensure your event is memorable as well as delicious!