Sue Z.'s Charitable Check-In: March

Sue Z. picks Cochon555 as her philanthropic food event this month

Heritage-Breed Hogs

WHAT: Cochon555
WHEN: March 25, 4 p.m. (VIP), 5 p.m. (general admission)
WHERE: Loews Minneapolis Hotel, 601 N. First Ave.

WHY: Five chefs, five pigs, five winemakers, five somms, five barkeeps, and one charity. A culinary competition promotes local family farming and whole-pig cookery through the efforts of five notable chefs, raising awareness and funds for the farmers and start-up farms. Cochon555’s sister charity is Piggy Bank, a start-up farm in Missouri that serves as a kickstarter for new family farms and a safety net for those in the wake of disaster. Learn more.

INSIDER INFO: These local chefs are in the competition this year: Timothy Fischer, of Loews Minneapolis Hotel; Daniel del Prodo, of Martina; Karyn Tomlinson, of Corner Table; Russell Klein, of Meritage; and Remy Pettus, of Bardo.

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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.