Taste of the Nation's fundraiser for Share Our Strength, an organization dedicated to ending childhood hunger, takes place at 6:30 p.m. at the Chambers Hotel. Chefs from several noteworthy Twin Cities restaurants--Asher Miller of 20.21 Restaurant, Hector Ruiz of Café Ena, Indio, and El Meson, Sameh Wadi of Saffron, Rick Kimmes of Oceanaire, and more--will join Chambers chef Michael Agan in serving apps and cocktails. Cost is $38 per person and 100% of proceeds go towards fighting hunger.
Thursday, June 5 Bremer Bank is hosting a cookoff to benefit Second Harvest Heartland from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at Seventh Street Park Place (between Wabasha and St. Peter) in downtown St. Paul.
Four cooking teams--made up of a motley crew that includes Russell Klein, chef at Meritage, Jason DeRusha of WCCO, and the St. Paul Saints pig mascot, Mudonna--will compete to create a nutritious dinner made of products typically found at a food shelf. How well Mudonna manages to slice and dice with hooves instead of hands remains to be seen...
Sunday, June 8 Slow Food Minnesota features chef Seth Bixby Daugherty (formerly of Cosmos) will be talking about serving good food in schools at a potluck picnic from 4:30 to 8 p.m. at Hidden Falls Park in Saint Paul
Bixby Daugherty and his wife, Karen, recently formed an organization called Real Food Initiatives to raise awareness about food issues in schools. Slow Food will provide meat and veggie burgers to grill after the discussion and asks guests to submit recipes for the dishes they bring for a new Slow Food Minnesota cookbook (they're looking for dishes made with traditional methods and local ingredients--not the sort of place where one wants to show up with a liter of Diet Coke and a box of Twinkies). Cost is $5 for members, $10 for non-members and due to limited accommodations, reservations are required and may be made online at www.slowfoodmn.org or by mail (with check) to Barbara Horter, 14137 Whiterock Road, Burnsville, MN 55337.