Chef Dinners: Two Good Causes
There’s no shortage of opportunities for chefs to help out local charities. In addition to the ones listed here, check the briefs sections in this issue for more fall fundraisers. For industry events check out the calendar listings below.
The 11th Annual Cookie Cart Chefs’ Dinner, the nonprofit bakery’s largest fundraising event of the year, will be held Sunday, October 27, from 5 to 8 p.m. in the dining room at St. Paul College, 235 Marshall Avenue in St. Paul. The Chefs’ Dinner was created by Cookie Cart supporters Sue Zelickson and Pat Weber as a fundraiser that brings together a handful of noted local chefs each year who volunteer their time and talent to each create a recipe and prepare the dish in one category of the gourmet meal. This year’s chefs will each create a dish highlighting their neighborhood flavors. The 2019 chefs includes: Rose McGee, Sweet Potato Comfort Pies; Christina Nguyen, Hai Hai and Hola Arepa; Justin Sutherland, Madison Hospitality; and Yia Vang, Union Hmong Kitchen.
The gourmet meal is paired with fine wines and prepared by the all-volunteer team of guest chefs, with assistance from students in the Saint Paul College Culinary Arts program. Funds raised help Cookie Cart to continue and grow the empowering, enriching programs offered to its youth employees. The event begins at 5 p.m. with a reception including hors d’oeuvres, hosted bar, a silent auction and networking with Cookie Cart youth employees. The dinner begins at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $200 each; for more information or to purchase tickets, visit www.cookiecart.org/chefsdinner.
The StarTribune is celebrating the 50th anniversary of its Taste Section with a dinner featuring the six James Beard winning chefs. This is the first time the six Midwest winners in the best chef category have cooked together. The team is Tim McKee, of Octo Fishbar and Market House Collaborative and the first winner from Minnesota; Isaac Becker, 112 Eatery, Bar La Grassa and Burch Steak; Alex Roberts, Restaurant Alma, Café Alma and Brasa; Paul Berglund, formerly of the Bachelor Farmer; Gavin Kaysen, Spoon and Stable, Bellecour and Demi; Ann Kim, Young Joni, Hello Pizza, Pizzeria Lola and the upcoming Sooki and Mimi. The Swedish Institutes’s executive chef, Blake Meier, will join them.
The seven-course meal and wine pairings will be held at the Swedish Institute, October 28 starting with a reception at 6 p.m. Tickets are $295 each. For more information, go to the StarTribune’s website or firstname.lastname@example.org. (But alas, we just heard that the tickets were sold out within minutes of the reservations lines going live.)
Taste’s staff has planned a month of events for their birthday. One more reason to go to their website.