Sue Z.’s Local Finds: May 2017

Twin Cities foodie Sue Zelickson shares her favorite new local eats for May 2017
A portrait of Sue Zelickson.
Photo by Shari Fleming Photography

Spring has sprung, but that doesn’t mean you can’t still enjoy some soup. Nancy Fink’s Spoon Optional soups are made with organic ingredients and can be sipped straight from the jar—a perfect on-the-go meal. Varieties include minted spring pea, leek, and garlic; roasted tomato basil; carrot, ginger, and turmeric; and more. Watch for gazpacho, as well as corn and yellow pepper soup, this summer. Find them online and at Lakewinds and Linden Hills co-ops.

Another healthy option for springtime is a non-GMO hummus by Sisters’ Mezze. The five sisters have taken their Afghan-American mother’s recipes and created three different blends (original, roasted red pepper, and jalapeno with cilantro) to serve with their freshly made lavash crisps. The hummus is available on Sun Country Airlines flights, as well as at select Kowalski’s and HyVee locations.

If you like high-quality food products that also support the community, look to local nonprofit Urban Ventures. Their CityKid food-focused social enterprise platform teaches kids about the food business and how to create products to sell including coffee, cocoa, soaps and lip balms made of honey, and pesticide-free produce grown on one of the CityKid farms. Your purchase will support kids who, in their first paid job, get to learn about nutrition and develop skills for the future.

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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.