Sue Z.'s Charitable Check-In: October '18

Sue Z.’s October picks for the best charity events in the Twin Cities include dinners from the metro’s top chefs

Taste of the Nation

WHAT: Share our Strength Taste the Nation
WHEN: Sunday, September 30
WHERE: Minneapolis Depot, 225 Third Ave. S.  

WHY: This annual fundraising event, also featuring an auction, involves a great sit-down dinner from 25 of the Twin Cities’ finest chefs, giving you a chance to mingle with people in the food biz and raise needed funds for the No Kid Hungry national campaign.

INSIDER INFO: The chef co-chairs are Seth Bixby Dougherty and Tim McKee. A few tickets should still be available. Learn more.

Gopher a Cure

WHAT: Varsity Team Rally: GOpher a Cure!
WHEN: Wednesday, October 3, 6-9 p.m.
WHERE: TCF Bank Stadium, 2009 University Ave. SE,  Minneapolis

WHY: Donate money for early-cancer research by the U of M’s Masonic Cancer Center at this meet-and-greet reception.

INSIDER INFO: The buffet dinner is catered by Kafe 921, and there’s free parking available. The emcee is Stephanie Hansen, with guest speaker Lindsay Whalen and honorary chair Mayor Jacob Frye. Learn more.

Great Taste 

WHAT: The Annual Great Taste 
WHEN: Thursday, October 4, 5 p.m.
WHERE: Minnetonka Community Center, 146 Minnetonka Blvd., and various restaurants

WHY: A benefit for the ICA Food Shelf in Minnetonka, funding its food programs that serve over 6,000 neighbors each year.

INSIDER INFO: There are silent and live auctions, with emcee Kim Insley and tastes and sips, then transportation to various restaurants, including Thirty Bales, Coalition, Cast & Cru, Jake O’Connor’s, Jimmy’s Kitchen, Maynards, Red Sauce Rebellion, Redstone, 6Smith, Bacio, Birch’s on the Lake, BLVD, Campiello, and more that have donated to the pre-party at the community center. Learn more.

Check back in every month for Sue Z.’s top picks for philanthropic food events in the metro.

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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.