Kindred Kitchen is hosting a food show and buyers fair for participants in its incubator program and for prospective buyers. Students in the latest 15-week program will prepare foods that potential employers and members of the public, as "buyers," may sample and rate. The event is 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Dec. 15 at the 5-Points Building, 2119 W. Broadway, Minneapolis. Cost is $10. RSVP to

Sunny Road sunnier

It's not exactly beginner's luck, but in 2007, Daniel Lemke had neither milked a cow nor made cheese when he semi-retired from his job as a research manager for Cargill. Now his Sunny Road cheeses are taking top honors in various contests, such as winning three of four categories at this fall's Upper Midwest Dairy Industry Association, earning them champion cheesemaker of the year honors. The Cokato family produces about 800 pounds of cheese weekly from 16 cows. Among their 13 cheeses are Parmesan, Muenster, Cheddar and Gouda, and a traditional Finnish cheese called Juustoleipä, a baked cheese served warm. Sunny Road cheeses are in stores and co-ops around the area, and they also ship through online sales at With 15 cows due to have calved last month, stay tuned for more.

A new butter in town

Challenge butter, highly popular in the West, is coming east to Minnesota and other Midwest states and noting its 100th year in business by coming into Wal-Mart stores. Challenge made Saveur magazine's list of "30 great butters" in 2008, touted for its "brie-like taste and a sumptuous texture." No surprise, perhaps, that it's sponsoring a Holiday Heritage recipe contest with four top prizes of $2,500 in cash and $500 in cookware. For details, visit heritage. Deadline is Jan. 3.

Getting kids to cook

We're intrigued by a new webseries, "Kids Who Love to Cook," in which a troupe of actual kids makes actual recipes that other kids can follow through videos. The show lives by the WYSIWYG rule: What you see is what you get, meaning that no food stylists swoop in to make things pretty. The webseries is geared for ages 8 to 16 and also teaches life skills such as planning, budgeting, measuring, cooking and being creative and able to adapt. Check it out at www.kidswho Summer cooking camps already are on the schedule.