Slow Food foraged dinner
It’s the 10th anniversary of Slow Food Minnesota’s annual foraged foods dinner on a farm. Dubbed “Where the Wild Things Are,” the dinner is from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. May 21 at York Farm in Hutchinson, Minn., about 70 miles west of Minneapolis. If you’re interested, ticket sales end May 19 at eventbrite.com (search Slow Food MN).
Yia Vang of Union Kitchen will cook a Hmong-inspired meal built around Minnesota foraged foods and will make use of the wood-fired oven.
Foraging was a way of life for the Hmong in Southeast Asia, and when they came to Minnesota, they adapted the dishes of their homeland to the wild plants found here.
Tours and talks bolster this day on a farm. Tickets are $45 for Slow Food members, $55 for nonmembers, $25 for ages 29 and under, $10 for volunteers and free for ages 12 and under.
Gluten-Free Fest at Convention Center
The Gluten-Free Food Allergy Fest returns May 20-21 at the Minneapolis Convention Center with about 70 exhibitors, along with speakers, cooking demonstrations and food samples. For tickets and details, visit glutenfreefoodallergyfest.com.
Beard nominees get cookin’ at the Arb
Two local chefs who were in the running for James Beard Best Chef Midwest 2017 will headline the signature summer fundraisers at the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum.
Chef Steven Brown of St. Genevieve and Tilia will prepare a menu for the Gala in the Gardens: Kaleidoscope of Color on June 22. Tickets, $250 and up, are on sale now at arboretum.umn.edu/Gala2017.aspx.
For Taste & Toast on July 26, chef Jorge Guzman of Surly Brewer’s Table will oversee an exclusive taste for 250 people attending a 6-7 p.m. opener, then for the hundreds anticipated for the event amid the arboretum’s summer gardens. He’ll join those from more than 45 top restaurants/purveyors, chefs, local wineries and breweries. Patron early-bird tickets are $140 through June 1, $155 afterward. General admission early-bird $75; after May 31, $90. Tickets are on sale at TasteandToastMN.org.
Funds raised benefit the arboretum, recently named the nation’s top botanical garden and winner of USA Today Readers’ Choice 2017.
Run for a good food cause in Northeast
The Northeast Minneapolis Farmers Market will be raising money and awareness with its Foodie Four Mile: Race to the Market fun run starting at 8 a.m. May 20, one hour before the market opens its 18th season. Proceeds will aid the market and TC Food Justice, which works with farmers markets and local grocery stores to “rescue” the food that would have been wasted and deliver it to local food shelves and shelters that take food donations.
Registration is $35 at bit.ly/2q6jlUL. Costumes, dogs and strollers are welcome.
The Northeast Farmers Market is at 7th and University Avenues NE. in the parking lot of St. Boniface Church.