Sue Z. Says

Parties, weddings, barbecues, picnics, and soirees seem more invigorating during the summer. One great venue to consider for such occasions is the event space at the Calhoun Beach Club, which D’Amico and Partners, under the talented direction of Richard D’Amico, created for the building. I love the sleek South-Beach look, the magnificent view of Lake Calhoun, and the three sophisticated dinning room areas.

Some of the glitzy gatherings I’ve enjoyed—including those at Tiffany & Co. in the Galleria in Edina and JB Hudson on Nicollet Mall in Minneapolis—have been catered by Rodney Davis’s new Lutrec Catering company (, 612-205-4734). Or how about hosting an Indonesian, Indian, or Sri Lanken—curry party in your own home catered by chef Heather Jansz? She can warm up even the coolest days of summer (, 612-250-6556).

Midtown Global Market has expanded. Jakeeno’s, Holy Land, and Farm in the Market have all doubled their spaces. Jade, a new sit-down restaurant at the market, is serving a full menu of seafood and noodle dishes, and the Salty Tart pastry shop, owned by award-winning pastry chef Michelle Gayer-Nicholson, is up and running.

I found a gem of a spot on Eat Street called Peninsula Malaysian Cuisine (2608 Nicollet Avenue, 612-871-8282), where Ken Li and his family cook amazing roti and incredible satay beef, chicken, or tofu, with authentic spicy peanut dipping sauce.

Sue Zelickson is host of WCCO Radio’s Food for Thought.

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.