North Coast Nosh VI brings meats and treats to the American Swedish Institute

Modern Cafe Chef Jim Grell dishes out his assortment of meats, mustards, and other accoutrements 
Modern Cafe Chef Jim Grell dishes out his assortment of meats, mustards, and other accoutrements 
This weekend Heavy Table hosted the sixth installment of its North Coast Nosh series, an event that features a large array of local food purveyors dishing up a variety of samples to hungry ticket holders. North Coast Nosh VI was held at the American Swedish Institute in the Whittier neighborhood of Minneapolis.

According to Heavy Table, the event hosted 35 local vendors and over 400 participants. Even with the large amount of people in a small space, lines moved rather quickly. Tickets to the event got you a nice North Coast Nosh glass coffee mug, a T-shirt courtesy of Tap Minneapolis, and your own personal spork to be used at the vendor tables.

Vendors included some of the cities' finest meat-smiths. Pictured above is chef Jim Grell serving some of the most succulent terrines we've had in a long while. Nick Rancone, the new owner of south Minneapolis's Corner Table, was there with a pair of perfect fall sausages, complete with a pickled watermelon rind mustard (it was a thing of beauty). Northeast Minneapolis's Matt Paulson of the Sample Room was there with some homemade beef sticks, and Matt Oxford of Wild Run Salmon was thinly slicing pieces of salmon fillet and serving them with a dab of wasabi and a drop of soy. 

Some of the most surprisingly good bites of the evening were dished out by the folks at Ingebretsen's. Their house-made frank had a nice sweet and smoky flavor, and their jerky is the kind of snack that fall hunters dream about. The highlight for us, though, was the trio of pickled herring: one silky cream-based version, one heavily spiked with dill, and the last just straight-up traditional. The array of herring was even better for being placed next to Gamle Ode, another local vendor serving samples of aquavit made using locally distilled 45th Parallel vodka.

In addition to the aquavit, both Lucid & Lift Bridge Breweries were there representing some of their seasonal concoctions, which went nicely with the abundance of meat in the room.

Vegetarians were also fairly treated, as many vendors provided perfectly delicious veggie options. Chow Girls Catering offered an Indian-style vegetable curry, and one of the more peculiar nibbles at the event was a sweet-potato-casserole-flavored popsicle. Sounds a little weird, right? But it was really quite good. The sweetness of the potato lent nicely to the popsicle format, and the marshmallow center was a nice little treat. These interesting little bites were produced by a local company called 10,000 Licks. In addition to the sweet potato casserole pop, it also had a pumpkin spice, a spicy mulled cranberry, and wild rice pudding flavors available. We were not so much a fan of the wild rice pudding pop.

North Coast Nosh is an event held quarterly by Heavy Table, and proceeds go to support Heavy Table and other local nonprofits.

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