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

This month, philanthropic food events include a community barbecue, a farm-to-table feast, State Fair food, and more

Healthy Food, Local Farmers

WHAT: Mill City Farmers Market Annual Harvest Social Benefit Dinner 
WHEN: Sunday, September 9, 4:30 to 7 p.m. 
WHERE: Mill City Museum Train Shed, 704 S. Second St., Minneapolis 

WHY: To celebrate healthy food, local farmers, and their new 501c3 Charitable Fund, which supports the Mill City Famers Market’s educational and food access programs along with partnerships and grants to local sustainable farmers and food makers.

INSIDER INFO: Twin Spirits Distillery cocktails, craft beers, wine, and an abundant farm-to-table organic dinner prepared by market chefs, with music by Orange Mighty Trio and exceptional live and silent auction items. Learn more.


Community BBQ

WHAT: Farm to School Community BBQ
WHEN: Wednesday, September 12, 4:30 to 7 p.m.; rain date, Thursday, September 13
WHERE: Minneapolis Culinary Center, 812 Plymouth Ave. N., Minneapolis

WHY: Taste local foods, meet our farmers and chefs, and enjoy family-fun activities.

INSIDER INFO: It’s the seventh annual, and it’s free. Learn more.


All-Star Education

WHAT: Page Education Foundation All Star Gala 
WHEN: Saturday, September 15, 7-11 p.m.
WHERE: U.S. Bank Stadium, 401 Chicago Ave., Minneapolis

WHY: Celebrate 30 years of the Page Education Foundation investing in the youth of our community and honor the Page Scholars. Also recognize the Page All Stars, with proceeds from the evening going to Page Grants.

INSIDER INFO: Meet Alan Page and other local celebrities reminiscing, mingling, and partying in the Hyundai Club. Graze on favorite fare from the Great Minnesota Get-Together, Vikings tailgating, plus a remarkable silent auction, mystery boxes, Wall of Wine, Pinko!, and more. Onsite Valet Parking available at Eco Lab Entrance. Learn more.


Celebrate the Champ Within

WHAT: Medicine Ball
WHEN: Saturday, September 15, 6:30 p.m. to midnight
WHERE: Hilton Hotel, 1001 Marquette Ave. S., Minneapolis

WHY: To benefit the Virginia Piper Cancer Institute at Abbott Northwestern Hospital. 

INSIDER INFO: $500 for dinner, cocktails, entertainment, and valet parking. Special performance by Jearlyn Steel Dance to Tambuca, DJs, and singer and pianist Andrew Walesch in the lounge. The honorees are the Piper Family and the late Virginia Piper. Learn more.


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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.