What's cooking

  • Article by: NICOLE HVIDSTEN
  • Updated: August 21, 2002 - 11:00 PM


Mary Bell of Lanesboro, Minn., author of the jerky-making bible "Just Jerky," has a new book, "Jerky People" -- profiles of amateur and professional jerkymakers and their recipes. (Yes, of course there are professional jerkymakers: Art Oberto, whose story is in the book, is founder of the jerky giant Oberto, with annual sales reported to be $100 million and climbing.) Bell's new book is available for $14 at her Dry Store booth in the Agriculture-Horticulture Building at the State Fair, where she sells dehydrators and passes out jerky samples. The book also can be ordered at bookstores.

-- Al Sicherman


Fourteen chefs from around the state are getting ready to grill at the Minnesota State Fair at the Holland Grill Company's outdoor cooking stage. The chefs will share tips, recipes and samples with fairgoers. The stage is on Underwood Street, about a block from Dan Patch Avenue. Oh, and it's all free. Here's what's in store for the fair:

Today: John Osterberg, Leonardo's Take and Bake Pizza in Eden Prairie, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Friday: Jason Zaudtke, J.D. Hoyt's Supper Club in Minneapolis, 10 a.m. to noon.

Saturday: Tracy Jacobsen, Bluefin Bay Resort on the North Shore, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.; Wil Borgstrom, McCormick and Schmick in Minneapolis, 1 to 5 p.m.

Sunday: Tom Gladbach, Bar Abilene in Minneapolis, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Monday: Brendon McCalla, Pickled Parrot Restaurant in Minneapolis and Eden Prairie, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Tuesday: Bill Gregoire, Sophia's Restaurant in Minneapolis, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Wednesday: Royal Dahlstrom, La Toscana Ristorante in Minneapolis, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Aug. 29: Kevin Tracy, Rudolph's Bar-B-Que in Minnetonka and Minneapolis, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Aug. 30: Tobie Nidetz, chef and cooking instructor, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.; Peter Metzger, Tournament Players Club of the Twin Cities in Blaine, 1 to 5 p.m.

Aug. 31: Tom Ryan, Copeland's Famous New Orleans Restaurant and Bar in Minneapolis, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Sept. 1: Charlie Torgerson, Famous Dave's and the State Fair rib team, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Sept. 2: John Swenson, Famous Dave's (several Twin Cities locations), 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.


Dannon and America's Second Harvest are looking for families who are helping to feed America. If you know of a family, submit a 500-word essay describing their work with a hunger-relief organization; entries will be judged on charitable value, ingenuity and motivational value of the work. The grand-prize winner will receive a $10,000 donation to the winner's charity and $1,000 in groceries. Four runners-up will receive $1,000 for their charity and $1,000 in groceries. Deadline is Aug. 31; for more information and contest rules, see http://www.dannon.com.

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