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.
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.
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