Sue Z.'s Charitable Check-In: April

Sue Z.’s picks for philanthropic food events in April will have you supporting women chefs, sipping crafty cocktails, and celebrating Cookie Cart’s 30th birthday

Cookie Cart Celebrates 30th Anniversary

WHAT:  Baking Bright Futures Breakfast and 30th Anniversary Community Celebration 
WHEN: Thursday, April 5, 7-8:30 a.m.
WHERE:  Sanctuary Covenant Church, 710 W. Broadway, Minneapolis 

WHY: To celebrate and learn the history and community impact of Cookie Cart over the past 30 years and to check in on progress on the St Paul building.

INSIDER INFO: This is a free community event and open to the public and in honor of the vision of Cookie Cart founder Sister Jean Thuerauf. A light breakfast with pastries baked by Cookie Cart teens will be served. Due to limited space, advance registration is required. Learn more.

Les Dames d’Escoffier

WHAT: It’s a Party, Dame It!
WHEN: Sunday, April 8, 2-5 p.m.
WHERE: Solar Arts Chow Girls, 711 15th Ave. NE, Minneapolis 

WHY: Local women chefs and wine purveyors offer food and beverages to raise funds to support academic scholarships for women.

INSIDER INFO: Great food, wine and beer, games, cake walk, and silent auction. $75 before March 30, $85 at the door. Learn more.

Legacy of Lasting Change

WHAT: Celebration of Hope
WHEN: Saturday April 14, 5:45-8:30 p.m.  $30 per person  
WHERE: Earle Brown Heritage Center, 6155 Earle Brown Dr. Brooklyn Center

WHY : This three-course dinner celebrates and supports the 115-year legacy of Union Gospel Mission making lasting change.

INSIDER INFO:  $1,000 Delta gift card drawing,  entertainment by Tripe Espresso’s Bob Stromberg. Free parking. Learn more.

Getting Crafty for the Council

WHAT: American Craft Show Preview Show
WHEN: Thursday, April 19, 6-9 p.m.
WHERE:  St. Paul RiverCentre, 175 W. Kellogg Blvd., St. Paul 

WHY:  This night’s proceeds benefit the American Craft Council’s educational programming. Meet the artists, enjoy cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, and live music, and shop the show ahead of the crowds.

INSIDER INFO: This night will also include tastings of the Balvenie’s handcrafted scotch, and you’ll get to meet the ACC’s new executive director, Sarah Schultz. Learn more.

Bring Your Pets

WHAT: Wine and Woof
WHEN: Saturday, April 14, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.   
WHERE: Northern Vineyards Winery, 223 N. Main St., Stillwater

WHY: Bring your pet, sample wines, and raise funds for No Dog Left Behind. Tails will wag for this wine tasting. 

INSIDER INFO: Some adoptable dogs will be in attendance. There’s a photo booth for you and your dogs. Sponsored by Chuck and Dons, with coupon giveaways, dog treats, and water bowls for your pets. Not to mention: It’s Northern Vineyards Winery’s 40th anniversary. Learn more.

Hundreds of Beers

WHAT: Minnesota Craft Beer Festival 
WHEN: April 14, 1-5 p.m. 
WHERE: Minneapolis Convention Center, 1301 Second Ave. S., Minneapolis 

WHY: Sample more than 300 beers from 90-plus breweries to raise funds for Habitat for Humanity.

INSIDER INFO: Keep an eye out for the limited release of world-class beers, and stick around for live music by classic-rock band Rough House. 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.