Hall of Fame

“Giving is good business,” according to Wayne Kostroski, the founder of Taste of the NFL (a 26-year-old hunger relief fundraiser) and co-owner of Cuisine Concepts and the Franklin Street Bakery. His efforts were noted by the Minnesota Restaurant Association, which recently inducted him into the Minnesota Hospitality Hall of Fame. “Together we all focus on changing lives and creating memories for everyone we encounter in our cafes, restaurants and food service operations,” he said in his acceptance speech.

More on cookies

There are so many ways to talk cookies in the weeks to come! And some come with treats.

“The Great Minnesota Cookie Book” authors Lee Svitak Dean and Rick Nelson will be part of “Almanac” on TPT on Friday at 7 p.m. to discuss the finer points of Pecan Swirls and Almond Palmiers.

• The Edina Library (5280 Grandview Square, Edina, 612-543-6325) will host Dean and Nelson on Saturday from 10:30-11:30 a.m. for a discussion on cookies. Are bars really cookies? Find out. Free, but reservations required; contact the library.

• Grand Fête and Chapter 2 Books, both in Hudson, Wis. will host the cookie book authors on Sunday at noon at the kitchen specialty shop (512 2nd St., Hudson, Wis., 1-715-716-5145) for a talk and book signing. Cookies will be served. Free.

• Glensheen Mansion (3300 London Road, Duluth, 1-218-726-8910, glensheen.org) will be where to find the cookie authors on Dec. 15 from 2-4 p.m., where they will be speaking once again on their favorite subject. Yes, there will be cookies. Free.

• Common Good Books (38 S. Snelling Av., St. Paul, 651-225-8989, ­commongoodbooks.com) on Dec. 16 at 2 p.m. will be the final pre-Christmas book signing for the two authors. Free.