Sue Z.'s Local Finds: October 2016

Twin Cities foodie Sue Zelickson shares her favorite new discoveries: Taking Stock Foods and Dumpling and Strand Noodlers at Large

Do you love homemade broth for soups and stews, but don’t have the time to make it? Molly Clark and Maddy Kaudy of Taking Stock Foods do the work for you, simmering their broths for 12 hours to get all the nutrients out of organic chickens and vegetables. It fits right into the healthy bone broth craze, plus, they offer delivery or pick up for subscription orders to keep you healthy all winter long. Check the website for variations of broth recipes including a ginger turmeric broth and porcini mushroom chicken breakfast broth.

Broth and noodles go well together, don’t they? Kelly McManus and Jeff Casper of the Dumpling and Strand Noodlers at Large are creating fresh Asian and Italian noodles in St. Paul. These noodles are never dried, cook in three minutes, and, as the package states, “changing the role of noodles on your plate.” The Noodlers are committed to supporting Midwest farmers and are adding whole wheat and gluten-free choices. Ask for their toothsome bites at the Kingfield Farmers Market throughout October.

Save the date: The sixth annual Charlie Awards takes place next month on November 13th at the Pantages Theatre. Come celebrate the best of our local food scene with a decadent after party and special dinner cooked by 2015’s winning chefs. Buy tickets at

Sue Zelickson is the founder and director of Women Who Really Cook and Perspectives Family Center’s Kid Cafe. She is also co-founder of the Charlie Awards and former host of WCCO Radio’s Food for Thought.

Illustration by James Kloiber

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.