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Minnesota Cooks is an educational outreach program of Minnesota Farmers Union that celebrates Minnesota's dedicated family farmers and the talented local foods-minded chefs and restaurant owners who work tirelessly to highlight delicious farm-fresh foods on their menus.

Through its one-day event at the Minnesota State Fair and its accompanying calendar, Minnesota Cooks strengthens the health and fabric of Minnesota's farms, restaurants, households and economy by connecting consumers with locally-produced foods.


Sunday, August 28 Minnesota Cooks Schedule of Events


On 8/28 we once again hosted the largest local foods celebration at the Minnesota State Fair. We are so grateful to have had Mary Lahammer from Twin Citites Public Television and JD Fratzke from The Strip Club Meat & Fish as our emcees for the day. Be sure to check out the following farmers and restaurants when looking for quality food around the state.


9am

Musician Vicky Emerson will kick off our celebration with her original Americana music steeped in blues, folk, and traditional country.

 

10am

Red Table Meat Co. & The Draft Horse will feature pork from Yker Acres

Farm Market Cafe will feature rhubarb from Duth Fury Farm

 

11am

Prima will feature assorted produce from Farm Farm

Vivo Kitchen will feature goat cheese from Donnay Dairy

 

12pm

Estelle's Eatery will feature beef from Lazy Acres

Tonic Local Kitchen & Juice Bar will feature assorted produce from Pine Creek Organics

 

1pm

Gandhi Mahal will feature eggs from the Women's Environmental Institute

River City Eatery will feature chicken from Bushel & Peck

 

2pm

Golden's Deli will feature pork from Prairie Pride Farm of Minnesota

Brewer's Table at Surly Brewing Company will feature wild foraged mushrooms from Gentleman Forager

 

3pm

L'Etoile du Nord will feature apples from Elm Tree Farm

Cook St. Paul will feature produce from Urban Roots

 

4pm

Might Axe Hops, Bang Brewing Company, and Fair State Cooperative will weigh in on hops farming and organic craft brewing in Minnesota.


WHAT'S COOKING AT MINNESOTA COOKS:


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KSTP - Minnesotans Demanding Farm-to-Table Cuisine:

Each year we have a number of media outlets stop by Carousel Park to see what the Minnesota Cooks chefs and farmers are cooking up. KSTP stopped by again this year and enjoyed a foodie conversation with TJ Rawitzer, Executive Chef of Tiny Diner and the other Kim Bartmann's restaurants. 

http://kstp.com/article/stories/s3541378.shtml

WCCO - Local Farmers and Restaurants to Take MN Cooks Stage:

We enjoyed having WCCO's Jason DeRusha as one of this year's panelists, talking about how he values local, farm-fresh foods. 

http://minnesota.cbslocal.com/video/10506803-local-farmers-and-restaurants-take-to-mn-cooks-stage/


KSTP - Local Farmers & Chefs at the Fair:

We're delighted that several media outlets stopped by Carousel Park the day of our event and gave Minnesota Cooks' participants some well-deserved attention. Check out what Naomi from KSTP had to say in her short video:


http://ramsey.kstp.com/news/news/355192-local-farmers-chefs-create-homegrown-treats-state-fair


Farm Fresh Road Trip:


tpt Channel 2 went on a Farm Fresh Road Trip recently to visit two of this year's Minnesota Cooks participants: Lake Avenue Restaurant and Bar in Duluth and Victus Farm in Silver Bay.


The Duluth Tribune came out to see what all the fuss was about and wrote a nice piece about their relationship. Check out what the Duluth Tribune had to say here about the possibilities for local lettuce in December:


http://www.duluthnewstribune.com/event/article/id/275116/

 

Minnesota Cooks™ Partners with tpt Channel 2 Almanac

Minnesota Cooks™ is pleased to announce partnership with tpt Almanac show on Channel 2. To see the finished shows, celebrating Minnesota chefs, Minnesota farmers, and Minnesota locally grown foods, check out the Almanac archive.. Read More...


Thank You

 

Thank you to everyone who participated in Minnesota Cooks 2016 at the Minnesota State Fair and came out to support Minnesota's farmers and restaurants committed to local foods. Thank you for your interest in the people who make Minnesota a proud leader of local foods in the nation.

 

Admittedly, we're still recovering from our big event, but we're working on getting calendars delivered to this year's participants so they can start distributing them. We will also be restoring the "Request a Calendar" function on our website soon so you'll be able to get one of the beautiful 2017 Minnesota Cooks calendars sent to you.

Minnesota Cooks is all about celebrating respected Minnesota farmers and premier Minnesota chefs and cooks who serve locally-produced foods from these farmers in their restaurants. During our one-day event, the chefs and cooks entertain audiences with their cooking demonstrations while the farmers and other local food heavyweights weigh-in on Minnesota's vibrant food scene.


We hope you post your Minnesota Cooks calendar somewhere where others can see it, and if a friend comments on it go ahead and request another one from this site for that person. Also don't forget about the "local foods passport" located inside your Minnesota Cooks calendar. It's a helpful resource and guide to many of our state's farm-to-table establishments. Remember, when you eat at a Minnesota Cooks restaurant, you're not only supporting that restaurant, you're also supporting the Minnesota farmers who grow the food. It's a win-win for everybody!




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