Sue Z.'s Charitable Check-In: June Wrap-Up

Sue Z.’s philanthropic picks to round out the month include No Kid Hungry and a gala at the arboretum

A Good Taste of MN

What: Taste of the Nation: No Kid Hungry
When: Thursday, June 22, 6–10 p.m.
Where: Nicollet Island Pavillion, 40 Power St., Minneapolis 

Join chefs, bartenders, and food entrepreneurs for a sampling of all things Minnesota to help end child hunger at the annual Share Our Strength benefit. Participating restaurants include Borough, Bellecour, Spoon and Stable, Xavi, Red Stag Supper Club, Zen Box, Mercy, Union Kitchen, and many more. But tickets online.

INSIDER INFO: Great North has a special local-food-products section that includes K’ul Chocolates, Maddy and Maize Popcorn, Mama Stoen’s Gluten-Free Treats, Five Vodka, Velvet Bees Gourmet Honey Butter, and more. 

A Garden Menu in the Garden

What: Gala in the Gardens 
When: Thursday, June 22, 5:30–9 p.m.
Where: Arboretum Gardens, 3675 Arboretum Dr., Chaska

A summer evening of fun, music, and entertainment. Stroll in the gardens and then sit in the gala tent for a farm-to-table garden menu created by Chef Steven Brown (of Tilia and St. Genevieve) and Arboretum Catering. Guest emcee is Belinda Jensen from KARE 11.
Tickets: 952-443-1400,

INSIDER INFO: Chef Steven Brown was a 2017 James Beard Best Chef Midwest finalist, and the Arboretum Botanical Garden won the 2017 USA Today Readers Choice. Do check out the fabulous new Minneapolis Sculpture Garden this summer, too.

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.