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October Delish Dinners Salute James Beard

October was a great month for the James Beard Foundation in Minnesota thanks to two fun chef benefit dinners last month. Besides great food in super settings by talented chefs, more than $15,000 was raised here in Minnesota for the foundation.

The Red Stag Supperclub was the cozy setting for the first dinner October 5, thanks to restaurateur Kim Bartmann and her host Chef TJ Rawitzer, who headed up a group of four guest chefs with the likes of Erik Anderson,  (soon-to-be Brut owner), Doug Flicker of Piccolo, the Travail trio of Mike Brown, Bob Gerken and James Winberg, and the talented Sarah Master of Barbette.

Twin Cities food fan and WCCO newsman Jason DeRusha was the charismatic host and the multi-course meal was marvelous. It included assorted hors d’ouevres and a five-course meal with wine pairings selected by five-time James Beard award winner Dara Moskowitz Grumdahl of Mpls.St.Paul Magazine and Annette Peters of Bourget Imports.

Fun to meet Izabela Wojcik, in from the Beard Hour in New York City where she is director of house programming and also the Greenhouse Gallery coordinator for the foundation.

Then a few weeks later, another great feast, this time at City Center in the historic Forum. The October 29 dinner was dubbed a “Craftsmen Dinner,” with six talented chefs headed up by host chef and JBF award winner Andrew Zimmern and co-hosted by Mpls.St.Paul Magazine Food Editor Stephanie March.

They did indeed bring on board some talented craftsmen for this evening of feasting and one woman, too—our own Chef Jamie Malone, previously at Sea Change and soon to be partners with the above Erick Anderson at their new Brut restaurant.

The chef list also included Steven Brown of Tilia,Vincent Francoual of Vincent A Restaurant, plus JBF award winner Tim McKee and JP Samuelson, who was recently at 6Smith but that night announced his move to Red Stag.

And as a grande finale, it was great fun to see the familiar face of old friend Wayne Kostroski, who was the innovative past owner of the Forum when it was the wonderful Goodfellow’s, a restaurant that was housed in this great historic space for nearly 18 years. Overall a perfect evening.

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