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A benefit for immigrant farmers and the work of
Minnesota Food Association and Slow Food Minnesota

Sunday, September 22
2 p.m., tours. 3:30 p.m., Let's Talk and dinner
Big River Farms, Marine on St. Croix

Harvest dinner by Restaurant Alma, Brasa Rotisserie, Solera, Sen Yai Sen Lek and Common Roots
Farm tours :: Silent auction & raffle
Conversations with immigrant organic farmers

An afternoon of fun, learning and great food in support of farmers who fled their countries to begin new lives as organic producers here. Tour the farm, meet the farmers and enjoy a multi-course dinner with wine prepared by Alex Roberts and friends from restaurant Alma and Brasa Rotisserie, Joe Hatch Surisook of Sen Yai Sen Lek, Jorge Guzman of Solera and Tony Tushar of Common Roots. Music will be provided by the DL Cajun Band. Learn more about MFA here >>

Big River Slow Food Raffle Ticket Information

New this year: support local food and take a chance at winning a delicious prize. Raffle tickets will be available for purchase for $10 each at the Minnesota Cheese Festival on September 14 and 15. Only 200 tickets will be sold. Tickets will also be available at Big River Slow Food and can be purchased anytime through Mary Beeson. through the contact form >>

There will be a drawing for each prize at Big River Slow Food on Sunday, September 22 at 3:30 p.m., but you do not need to be there to win. Prizes are:
One year of Organic Valley products: a wallet of 52 coupons good for milk, butter, cheese & more. Value: to $520
Big River Farms CSA share: 18 weeks of fresh, organic vegetables delivered to pickup sites around the Twin Cities. Value: $570
Slow Food Basket: A collection of rare and delicious foods from around the world recognized by Slow Food’s Foundation for Biodiversity. Value: $250

Tours: Learn about land ethics or hear moving stories about the immigrant experience. Wear your farm shoes!

Let’s Talk: Conversation circles with the farmers on subjects such as unique hand tools; Hmong herbs; the Karen people, our newest immigrants; and Slow Food’s Terra Madre.

Silent auction: Carefully curated food-related objects and experiences.

Dinner: A white-tablecloth, full-service dinner with wine pairings. The menu features produce fro the farm prepared by our guest chefs: Jorge Guzman of Solera, Alex Roberts and Friends from Restaurant Alma and Brasa Rotisserie, Joe Hatch-Surisook of Sen Yai Sen Lek and Tony Tushar of Common Roots, with bread and chocolates by John Kraus of Patisserie 46. Much of the produce will come from Big River Farms. Wine pairings will accompany the courses.

The Menu

Hors d’oeuvres
Pickled Pole-Bean wrapped in Dry Cured Beef – Common Roots
Grilled Bread with Fresh Ricotta, Charred Eggplant and Fresno Vinaigrette – Restaurant Alma
Pork Belly Confit and Poblano Crema with Asturian Bean Puree – Solera
Naam Prik Ong: Roasted Eggplant Chili Dip – Sen Yai Sen Lek
45 Parallel cocktails, Lift Bridge beer, Crisipin cider, Joia sodas

Main Courses

Seasonal Greens
Seasonal Greens with Grilled and Fresh Vegetables, Scallion-Almond Pesto and Local Goat Cheese
Alexis Bailly Seyval Blanc
Restaurant Alma

Grilled Pork Loin
Marinated Cabbage, Mint and Cilantro
Saint Croix Vineyards Summer Red
Sen Yai Sen Lek

Smoked Beef Brisket
Saffron Couscous, Heirloom Tomatoes and Roasted Sweet Onions
Chankaska Creek Winery 2012 Minnesota Marquette

Olive Oil-Cornmeal Cake with Peach Butter and Peach Syrup, Whipped Crème Fraîche and Hazelnut Praline
Saint Croix Vineyards Frontenac Gris Common Roots

Peace Coffee

A vegetarian or gluten-free meal may be requested when making your reservation.

Directions: Click here for directions to the farm >>


$85 for members of Slow Food and contributing members or CSA members of MFA; $100 for non-members and guests of members, $45 for Children 15 and under. All but $40 of each ticket is tax deductible. Reserve online below. To reserve by mail, send a check — and the following information: names of attendees, names of any vegetarians or people with gluten intolerance, e-mail address, mailing address — to Sharon Wildfang, 10100 Johnson Ave., Bloomington MN 55437. Questions: send a note to Jane through the contact form >>

Make an online reservation here:
Click the button for the type of tickets you would like to purchase. Remember to select number of tickets on the next page. You may return to this page to purchase a different type of ticket. If you can't attend, please consider making a fully tax-deductible contribution. Clicking on any button will bring you to a secure PayPal page.

Members of Slow Food, $85 (one ticket per member):

Names of all Slow Food members:
Vegetarian or GF diet? List names followed by V or GF.

Contributing members or CSA subscribers of Minnesota Food Association, $85:

Names of all MFA members:
Vegetarian or GF diet? List names followed by V or GF.

Non members, $100:

Names of all non-members:
Vegetarian or GF diet? List names followed by V or GF.

Children 15 and under, $45:

Names of all children 15 and under:
Vegetarian or GF diet? List names followed by V or GF.

Can't be there or volunteering? Please make a donation to MFA and Slow Food Minnesota.

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