Eat Pastries While Saving Bees at 2nd Annual Dandelion Honey Pastry Chef Challenge


You've heard all the stuff: Honey bee populations seem to be plummeting, and conventional wisdom has it that the sky is falling and we should all be grabbing our hair from the roots and running in circles in fear and consternation because life and food as we know it is in danger as a result.

Whether you beelieve that or not, we're betting you like eating goodies. Goodies made with honey instead of sugar are good, and good for you. So how about you shove a bunch of goodies into your face, all while helping to save the honeybee? Something for you, something for the insects, everybody wins.

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It goes like this: 10 big-time local pastry chefs converge on the Lab Theater and attempt to dazzle some big-time judges with honeyed delights. Bakers from the Seward Co-op, Alma, Gigi's Café, Lucia's, Mademoiselle Miel, the Birchwood, and a bunch of others will be duking it out.

Don't like sweets? Heck, you don't even have to like honey, because Red Table Meats will be there, along with a bunch of other folks slinging savory eats, too.

Don't like to eat at all? That's strange, but Patty and the Buttons, the People's Revolutionary Jug Band, and the Minnesota Roller Girls will be there too, providing ear and eye candy.

The event, on April 22 from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m., benefits The Beez Kneez, which manages hives in community spaces, operates the first ever bicycle-powered honey production facility, works to advocate for pollinators, and is committed to raising awareness about the vital importance of honeybees.

Tickets are $35 in advance or $40 at the door.

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