Sue Z.'s Charitable Check-In: May

This month, Sue Z. recommends supporting local student chefs with a dinner at Saint Dinette

A Student Culinary Art Experience

WHAT: The Stage Program, a collaborative platform that connects youth with local innovators in restaurants, art, and business, culminating in this pop-up dining event
WHEN: Monday, May 21, 6 p.m.  
WHERE: Saint Dinette, 261 E. Fifth St., St. Paul

WHY: Through a partnership with Saint Dinette, the Stage Program leads a team of young chefs from a local high school through a 12-week culinary journey to build creative and career skills in culinary and business development.

INSIDER INFO: The dinner at Saint Dinette will be prepared by the students using the skills and knowledge they have learned over their 12-week classes. The program founders, Laurel Elm, Adam Eaton, and Shane Oporto, have reached out to local chefs to share their knowledge at the classes each week, hoping to grow the program in other schools for more and more interested students. $75 per person to attend. Learn more.

Champions for Children

WHAT: Pacer’s Annual Benefit 
WHEN: Saturday May 12, 6 p.m. silent auction, 8 p.m. Jennifer Hudson
WHERE: Minneapolis Convention Center, 1301 Second Ave. S., Minneapolis

WHY: To raise funds to support Pacer’s programs for children with disabilities, as well as Pacer’s National Bullying Prevention Center.

INSIDER INFO: Andrew Zimmern is the emcee. There will be a live auction with Frank Vascellaro as the auctioneer. Tickets range from $75 to $600. Learn more.

Sounds of Cinema

WHAT: Symphony Ball: The Magic of Music in the Movies  
WHEN: Saturday May 12, 5 p.m.
WHERE: Hilton Hotel, 1001 Marquette Ave., Minneapolis; Orchestra Hall, 1111 Nicollet Mall, Minneapolis 

WHY: To raise funds for the Minnesota Orchestra.

INSIDER INFO: This concert features the acoustic talents of indie-folk singer Jeremy Messersmith along with orchestrated movie scores.  Learn more.

Bid. Buy. Collect. 

WHAT: The Auction at MCAD
WHEN: Friday May 18, 7 p.m.
WHERE: MCAD Gallery, 2501 Stevens Ave., Minneapolis

WHY: Mingle with fellow connoisseurs and collectors. Bid, buy, and collect artwork created by established alumni, friends, and faculty, and support the MCAD scholarship fund.

INSIDER INFO: There’s a silent auction, a live auction, dessert, and music. $150 per person, $100 deductible. Ticket price includes complimentary valet, cocktails, and hors d’oeuvres. Christopher Hermann is emcee. Glen Fladeboe is Auctioneer. Music by DJ Sarah White. Learn more.

Fun Run Fundraiser 

WHAT: Foodie Four Mile Run: Race to the Market   
WHEN: Saturday, May 19, 8 a.m.
WHERE: Church of St. Boniface, corner of Seventh Ave. and University Ave. NE

WHY: To celebrate the 19th season of the market with a portion of profits going to TC Food Justice, which works with farmers markets and local grocery stores to rescue food and deliver it to local food shelves and shelters.

INSIDER INFO: This Foodie Rally is for fitness-conscious foodies to celebrate the Market and enjoy post-race treats and get a Market-branded tote bag and coupons. The Northeast Farmers Market opens Saturday May 19 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. till October 20. Learn more.

Look for Sue Z.’s picks for philanthropic food events every month

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.