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, arboretum.umn.edu
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.