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... a benefit for the work of Minnesota Food Association and Slow Food Minnesota

Harvest dinner :: Farm tours :: Silent auction of specialty foods
A celebration of Ark of Taste foods and seed saving

Big River Farms, Marine on St. Croix
Sunday, September 21, 2014
2 p.m.: Tours and silent auction
3:30 p.m.: “Let’s Talk” discussions and dinner

Sold out! Event details here >>

Come see Minnesota Food Association’s organic farming program in action. Hear from the farmers and taste the results of their work. Learn about endangered seeds and sample the produce grown from them in Slow Food’s Ark of Taste. Enjoy local beers, wine, kombucha and sodas ... and enjoy the jazz of Mississippi Hot Club.

:: Go on a farm tour with a difference. Meet the farmers at Let's Talk:
Tour MFA’s “incubator” farm: At MFA, Karen and Hmong farmers join others from Ethiopia, Liberia, Guatemala, Russia, Bhutan, Kenya and the United States to grow produce, share their experiences and develop production and marketing skills. Hear their stories during the tours.

Let’s Talk is an opportunity to participate in roundtable discussions with organic farmers and a representative from Seed Savers Exchange on topics including Ark of Taste varieties, seed preservation and traditional crops grown by immigrant farmers.

:: Browse our silent auction of local foods and memorable experiences:
Bid on seats for a traditional Kenyan dinner with organic farmers Moses and Ronah of Dawn2Dusk Farm. Replenish your refrigerator with a year’s supply of Organic Valley dairy and egg products. Experience the food truck craze with gift certificates from Ian Gray’s, The Curious Goat, and the Gastrotruck.

:: Join us for a 4-course white tablecloth dinner prepared by a quartet of top chefs:

Joe Hatch-Surisook of Sen Yai Sen Lek
Asian eggplant and long bean/green bean tempura with Naam Prik Kapi
Gaeng Som: sour spicy soup with tamarind and fresh veggies from the farm

Thomas Boemer of Corner Table
Duck rillettes w/ground cherry preserve
Asado with chimichurri, green salad and grilled vegetables

Steven Brown of Tilia
Grilled rainbow trout with ground cherries, and a green tomato panzanella with a buttermilk vinaigrette

Marshall Paulsen of the Birchwood Café
House-made bread with compound butter
An assortment of crostini with Big River Farm produce
Winter squash-local berry shortcake topped with five-spice whipped cream

MFA offers a hands-on program to train immigrants in organic farming methods.
Slow Food MN provides events and projects for people who love food and care about the environment.

Click here for directions to the farm >>


Coming later this year:

Ark of Taste dinner at Terra Waconia Restaurant
Convivial Table dinners for members. Snail in the Park picnics, and more.
Check back for details, or join our mailing list by sending a note to Mary through the contact form >>



Previous Slow Food Minnesota Events (Click icons for details)


2013 Events


Bluestem, August 28, 2013
Wise Acre Eatery, April 28, 2013
Gandhi Mahal, February 19, 2013


Snail in the Park Picnic
Sustainable Seafood
August 4, 2013


Minnesota Writers
at Open Book
October 27, 2013


Where the Wild Things Are
May 19, 2013



January 13, 2013

2012 Events


An Evening With Lynne Rossetto Kasper
November 1, 2012




Big River Slow Food
September 23, 2012


Basil Snail
August 26, 2012


Corner Table, June 18, 2012
Red Stag Supperclub, February 19, 2012


Youth Garden Planting Day
May 12, 2012


Where the Wild Things Are
May 20, 2012

2011 Events


Big River Slow Food
September 25, 2011

Urban Chickens with Janice Cole,
Snail in the Park
August 14, 2011

Lucia’s, October 9, 2011
Heartland, August 23, 2011
Sen Yai Sen Lek, February 22, 2011


Jenny Breen Cooks,
Snail in the Park
June 26, 2011

Where the Wild Things Are
May 15, 2011

January 22, 2011

2010 Events


December 5, 2010


November 21, 2010




Big River Slow Food
October 3, 2010


Sen Yai Sen Lek, February 22, 2011
Hell's Kitchen, November 7, 2010
Sapor, September 16, 2010
The Craftsman, July 20, 2010


Snail in the Park 2010:
Farm to School, August 29
Composting, June 13


Youth Garden Planting Day
May 22, 2010


A Foraging Dinner
May 16, 2010

2009 Events


Snail in the Park
October 18, 2009


September 13, 2009


Snail in the Park
June 14 and August 16, 2009


Peace Coffee Tasting
July 11, 2009


A Foraging Dinner
May 17, 2009


Lynne Rossetto Kasper
March 8, 2009

2008 Events


December 7, 2008


October 25, 2008


June 8, July 13, August 10, September 21, 2008


Wine and Cheese with Jeff Roberts
July 18, 2008


May 18, 2008

2007 Events


November 10, 2007


September 9, 2007


April 29, 2007


March 24, 2007. Includes exit poll.

2004–2006 Events


December 17, 2006


It's All About Pie, July 23, 2006


True Brew, April 30, 2006


Wine Tasting, July 24, 2005


Help Save the Sheep, February 20, 2004

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