June is busting out with fun new foods. Check out the salad dressings from Pigtale Twist (847-530-0373, pigtaletwist.com). Created by Meg Dhamer, they’re available at select Lunds & Byerly’s, Local D’Lish, and Golden Fig. Summer salads are deliriously good with their garlic–blue cheese dressing. And if you like blue cheese, you’ll love the Big Woods Blue from Shepherd’s Way Farms (shepherdswayfarms.com), on sale every Saturday from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Mill City Farmers Market (704 Second St., Mpls., 612-341-7580, millcityfarmersmarket.org).
Martini lovers: Sample the Blythetini at Mission (77 S. Second St., Mpls., 612-339-1000, missionamerican.com). Named after local woman-about-town Blythe Brenden, the elegant drink has a surprising chocolate taste, says owner Anoush Ansari.
Here’s a twist on using Community Supported Agriculture for summer produce from Callister Farm (52237 170th Ave., West Concord, 507-527-8521, email@example.com). The farm is offering a Chicken Savings Account, including chicken, whole and ground sausage, or legs and wings from July to December, delivered to Local D’Lish (208 N. First St., Mpls., 612-886-3047, localdlish.com) and Seward Co-op (2823 E. Franklin Ave., Mpls., 612-338-2465, seward.coop).
Here’s a hot event to attend on June 24: Minnesota Landscape Arboretum’s benefit, Toast and Taste in the Garden, where you can enjoy samples from 18 local restaurants. Details at arboretum.umn.edu.
Sue Zelickson is the former host of WCCO Radio’s Food for Thought.