Youth Farm fundraiser

You can support youth and agriculture on Sept. 18 when Youth Farm hosts its annual Taste of the Farm fundraising dinner to celebrate its 22 years of providing Minnesota youths with a place to grow food, community and leadership skills. This year’s dinner features the Lyndale neighborhood program in south Minneapolis, where patrons will tour a working farm, with small bites and drinks, then enjoy a farm-to-table-style meal by the folks at Brasa and Restaurant Alma. The event is from 4-7 p.m. at Zion Lutheran Church, 128 W. 33rd St., Mpls. Tickets start at $120. To order, visit and search for Taste of the Farm 2016 MN, or


Vesterheim and aquavit event

If you’re up for a road trip to Decorah, Iowa, about three hours south of here, the Vesterheim Museum is hosting “Skål! Scandinavian Spirits,” a traveling exhibition about the history and traditions of the drinking culture in Sweden, Norway and Denmark. The exhibition focuses on beer and aquavit, and is curated by the Museum of Danish America and presented by Aalborg and Linie Aquavits. The exhibit is in place through the end of the year, but there is a public opening reception from 5-7 p.m. Sept. 10 with a free public aquavit tasting and gallery talks by Tova Brandt, curator at the Museum of Danish America. Also, on Oct. 22, the Old Ballard Liquor Co. in Seattle will teach two workshops about aquavit’s history, with the opportunity to make your own. See for more details.


Deschutes’ cameo appearance

You won’t need to go to Bend, Ore., to bend an elbow drinking your favorite beer from Deschutes Brewery, when the Oregon brewery sets up shop in Minneapolis for one day on Sept. 10. Deschutes calls the event Street Pub, a family-friendly bash with more than 50 beers on tap to sample. The beers will be paired with food from the brewery’s corporate chef, Jeff Usinowicz, and some local chefs. There’s no entrance fee, and each $5 token is good for a beer; VIP tickets are $40 and $60. All beer proceeds go to benefit Second Harvest Heartland food bank. The open-air event is from 2-10 p.m. at 201 N. 2nd St., Mpls. For tickets, visit


Veuve Cliquot Journey, which visited 21 cities this summer, stops in Minneapolis this weekend. The three-day tour featuring Veuve Cliquot Yellow Label and Veuve Cliquot rosé begins on Friday, with a party at the new Mansion (2901 Hennepin Av., Mpls., with cocktails (think creative takes on rosé and cotton candy). On Saturday, the bash continues on Union’s rooftop (731 Hennepin Av., Mpls.,, where the bubbly will flow like milk and honey and a buffet of goodies will help sop it up. The weekend culminates on Cliquot’s version of a booze cruise — a sparkling wine-infused 2 ½-hour float on the St. Croix River Boat Cruise. Go to (click on “Join Us”).

Icelandic yogurt arrives

Icelandic yogurt, or skyr (skee-er), has been a dense and nutrient-rich dietary staple to the Nordic island nation for more than 1,000 years. Now it’s available in the United States through Icelandic Provisions, which uses preserved heirloom skyr cultures. Skyr is available at Whole Foods and Target stores in several flavors.