Culinary garage sale

Mark Saturday as the date for one of the best culinary garage sales around, hosted by the Minnesota chapter of Les Dames d’Escoffier, a philanthropic organization for women professionals in the food and hospitality fields. Look for cookbooks, cook- and bakeware, dinnerware, table linens and much more for your kitchen and dining room. Baked goods, too! The sale runs from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. at 4209 Browndale Av. in St. Louis Park, where a neighborhood garage sale also is scheduled. All proceeds support philanthropic initiatives, including Urban Roots for youth.

Slow Food forages

Plan ahead for “Where the Wild Things Are,” Slow Food Minnesota’s seventh spring foraging dinner from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. June 1. The event is at Star Thrower Farm in Glencoe, Minn., where Deborah and Scott Pikovsky raise Icelandic sheep and their guardian llamas and produce sheep’s milk cheeses and fiber products from the wool of the farm’s flock. There will be several tours and talks about humane animal husbandry, cheese production, local beer and wine production, and what makes a healthy farm ecosystem. Afternoon sampling will lead to a 2 p.m. picnic-style dinner by chef Doug Flicker of Piccolo Restaurant, who will use locally foraged ingredients and fresh lamb, with locally produced beer and wine. Tickets are $40 for members; $50 for nonmembers; children 14 and under, free. For all the details, visit

Perk up for Gillette

Customers at two Ginkgo coffeehouse locations can support children at Gillette Children’s Specialty Healthcare by buying the new Give Kids 5 blend of coffee, from which Ginkgo will donate $5 for every $15.50 bag through May 31. Participating shops are at 721 N. Snelling Av., St. Paul, and the Coffee Bar and Deli on Gillette’s fourth floor. The special blend is a medium-bodied coffee with a bright flavor and a slightly smoky finish. Gillette Children’s Specialty Healthcare is internationally recognized for its work in the diagnosis and treatment of children and young adults who have disabilities or complex medical needs.


The joy of apps

The revered “Joy of Cooking,” first published in 1931, now is an app for iPad. The digital package has all of the recipes, plus an easy-to-use search function, recipe steps that can be spoken by the app and voice-controlled by the user, built-in conversions for metric users and even the trademark “red ribbon” bookmark to hold multiple locations within the app. The app is a collaboration between Scribner publishers and cookbook app developer Culinate. It’s $9.99 on the Apple App Store. To learn more, visit