Cookies & Cocktails

Welcome to Celebrate Community! It’s my new online column dedicated to the great work being done in our community. Each month you’ll hear about upcoming charity events, why you should support them, and then a re-cap and photos from a few I’ve attended. Now, let’s take a look at a couple events that happened last month:

Chef’s Dinner to Benefit the Cookie Cart

November 7, 2010 – Art Institute International

Why: To enjoy a delicious dinner including squash soup and braised oxtail prepared by chef instructors and culinary students at AII under the direction of Chef Pat. Attendees came to support and learn about The Cookie Cart and its youth programs.

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Urban Cocktail Party Keep Your Eye on the Ball

November 6th, 2010 – Target Field

Why: The fourth annual Urban Cocktail Party has been held at a different venue each year to raise funds for the Phillips Eye Institute Foundation. This year’s event was at Target Field on the second level, which lends itself to great food booths where chefs were carving turkey and beef, making sushi, and serving other delicious foods plus signature drinks.

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Sue Zelickson (Sue Z.) is a James Beard Award-winning food media personality, philanthropist, and longtime contributor to Minnesota Monthly and WCCO radio. She has founded the Charlie Awards, the Women Who Really Cook networking organization for women in the local food industry, and the Kids Cafe at Perspectives, Inc., which improves access to nutritious meals for families in need. You can find her buzzing around from event to event throughout the Twin Cities, helping to raise funds for charitable organizations, including some she has had a hand in building.