Sue Z.’s Picks: Local Celebrity-Studded Cookbook

A new cookbook combines recipes from Justin Sutherland, Ann Ahmed, Gavin Kaysen, and others for a good cause
From left to right: Pete Kostroski/Taste Fore the Tour; Andrew Zimmern; Kyle Rudolph; Joe McDonald/CEO of VEAP; Dan Fagen/Pres & CEO of Tradition Capital Bank
From left to right: Pete Kostroski/Taste Fore the Tour; Andrew Zimmern; Kyle Rudolph; Joe McDonald/CEO of VEAP; Dan Fagen/president and CEO of Tradition Capital Bank

Photo by Molly Steinke/Nemer Fieger

The third annual Taste Fore the Tour, a fundraiser for the Twin Cities-based VEAP food pantry, takes place this weekend. Although tickets are sold out, it arrives with the second edition of the special Taste of the Tour Celebrity Recipe Collection, now available for sale.

Proceeds help raise money to make meals, supporting the great work that VEAP (Volunteers Enlisted to Assist People) does by providing access to healthy foods and social services to individuals living in Bloomington, Edina, and south Minneapolis. Each year, VEAP distributes over 4 million pounds of food to over 27,000 members in need.

The organizers of the sold-out tournament have also created a celebrity-studded recipe collection to raise additional funds.

The $30 cookbook contains recipes from 25 local and nationally known chefs and personalities, including chefs Ann Ahmed, Mike DeCamp, Gavin Kaysen, Mark Hagen, Diane Moua, Justin Sutherland, and Andrew Zimmern, plus personalities like Jason DeRusha, Dave Lee, Lou Nanne, Tony Oliva, Lee Valsvik, Ron Schara, and more.

To purchase the cookbook and help the Taste feed more VEAP recipients, click here.

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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.