For several years, the folks at Caribou Coffee have taken October's call to fight breast cancer to honor Amy Erickson, a roastmaster who died at 33 of breast cancer in 1995. Ten percent of sales of Amy's Blend coffee beans have always gone to the Susan G. Komen for the Cure effort. This year, the coffeehouse has added a tea: Amy's Blend spiced tea, a caffeine-free South American red tea blended with cardamom and cinnamon. There are other items, too, including new mugs, water bottles and gift items, all in stores or available online at www.cariboucoffee.com.'Fresh' at Southwest
Southwest High School is hosting a public screening of the documentary "Fresh," about people nationwide who are reinventing America's food system by focusing on sustainable practices. Its opening line: "Cheap food is an illusion." The screening, at 7 p.m. Oct. 23, is sponsored by the school's Quality Education Campaign and Linden Hills Co-op. A panel discussion will follow at the school, 3414 W. 47th St., Minneapolis. A $10 cash donation is suggested.Happy anniversary
Mississippi Market, with two locations in St. Paul (at Dale St. and Selby Av., and at 1500 W. 7th St.) will mark 30 years as a premier co-op by holding a grand opening for its new W. 7th store on Saturday with talks and tastings of everything from Peace Coffee to skin-care products to a live beehive demo. A variety of demos from other vendors will be conducted at both stores all weekend. For details, go to www.msmarket.coop.Deals on meals
Coon Rapids' Texas Roadhouse is hosting two free public lunches as a fundraiser to benefit Meals on Wheels today and Friday. Restaurant staff will collect monetary donations for the organization during the lunches, served from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the restaurant, 2780 Main St. NW. in Coon Rapids. On the menu: a pulled pork sandwich, applesauce and fries. All donations go directly to Meals on Wheels.Gourmet in a box
Chef Justin Grecco of Grecco's on the Saint Croix, wants to serve you whether you drive to St. Croix Falls, Wis., or not. His Chef in a Box contains ingredients for meals such as lobster gnocchi, filet mignon and stuffed Atlantic salmon. Vacuum-sealed and express delivered, Chef in a Box ships overnight across the United States. An accompanying instructional video/DVD shows Grecco walking you through the cooking process. (Written instructions are available, as well.) The meals, including veg and carbs, range from $21 to $32. To learn more, go to www.greccos.com.
Kim Ode • 612-673-7185