Sue Z.’s Charitable Check-In: March

Do good this month by honoring Harriet Tubman and giving back at Food & Wine

At Food & Wine, the Wall of Wine presents an opportunity to support Minnesota Masonic Children’s Hospital

Photo by TJ Turner

The 25th Annual Food and Wine Experience

March 2-3, Saturday-Sunday, 1-5 p.m.

Target Field, 1 Twins Way, Minneapolis

If you like wine, beer, coffee, tea, or even Bloody Marys—plus superb food from local restaurants and chefs—get yourself and all your fun friends to Target Field (indoors!) this weekend to sip, taste, and talk to the winemakers, brewers, chefs, food makers, and libation purveyors up close and personal.

Where does the “charitable” part come in? Well, there will be a Wall of Wine, of 100 bottles, where attendees have a chance to win by purchasing raffle tickets to benefit the Minnesota Masonic Children’s Hospital. (And for more about Food & Wine’s explorative, lip-smacking seminars, read here.)

Trailblazing Women: In the Spirit of Harriet Tubman 

March 11, Monday, 6:30 p.m.

Hennepin Theatre Trust, 900 Hennepin Ave., 5 p.m. reception (suggested donation of $15)

Come hear performance artist Hester Moore as she shares the powerful stories of slavery, struggle, freedom, and hope contained in the life of activist, abolitionist, and pioneer Harriet Tubman—as well as in her own life. Also listen to glorious music. Moore will be joined by local musicians J.D. Steele, the MacPhail Community Youth choir, Annie Mack, and the WE WIN Drummers at this fundraiser for the Minnesota African American Heritage Museum.

Brew and Bingo for a Cause

March 24, 4-6 p.m.

BackStack Brewing Company, 755 Payne Ave., St. Paul

To raise funds for the Loaves and Fishes meal program, play old-fashioned bingo with the whole family. There will be great prizes and meat raffles. Bingo cards are $1 each, or go hard with 12 for $10—knowing that you’re helping those in need. Pizza is available from Blue Fire Food Truck. You can volunteer to help or just come and play.

MapleFest Pancake Feast and Sugarhouse Tours

March 30, 8:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m.

Minnesota Landscape Arboretum, 3675 Arboretum Dr., Chaska

Feast on all-you-can-eat pancakes and bacon, with Arboretum-produced maple syrup plus a toppings bar—plus a cash bar, for Bloody Marys and mimosas. You can tour the tree-tapped MapleFest Trail and the Sugarhouse, where you get to watch them boil sap, before or after pancakes. Learn about maple syrup, from trunk to tasting. Learn more.

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.