Minnesota Cooks is an educational outreach program of Minnesota Farmers Union that celebrates Minnesota's dedicated family farmers and the talented local foods-minded chefs and restaurant owners who work tirelessly to highlight delicious farm-fresh foods on their menus.
Through its one-day event at the Minnesota State Fair and its accompanying calendar, Minnesota Cooks strengthens the health and fabric of Minnesota's farms, restaurants, households and economy by connecting consumers with locally-produced foods.
Here's the cast of all-stars we highlighted at this year's Minnesota Cooks Day at the Minnesota State Fair:
Fresh Food Educator at Valley Natural Foods, Kirsten Shabaz demonstrated quick, healthy breakfast options
Stewart Woodman from Kaskaid Hospitality prepared Cauliflower Fritters with Cheddar Cheese Sauce, featuring cheese from Redhead Creamery
Joe Hatch-Surisook from Sen Yai Sen Lek prepared Tum Tua - Long Bean Salad with Garlic, Thai Chilies, and Lime, featuring produce from Big River Farms
Paul Lynch from FireLake Grill House & Cocktail Bar prepared Porter-Braised Bison Pot Roast, featuring bison from Eichtens Hidden Acres Cheese and Bison Farm
Lisa Lindberg from Amboy Cottage Cafe prepared Sunny Oat Bread with Raspberry Chicken Salad, featuring oats from Whole Grain Milling
Larry and Colleen Wolner from Blue Heron Coffehouse prepared Moroccan Spiced Lamb with Quinoa Tabbouleh, featuring lamb from O'Neill Family Farm
Eric Kleven and Vicky Vogt from Four Daughters Vineyard and Winery prepared Roasted Garlic Creme Brulee, featuring garlic from SunFresh Foods
Judi Barsness from Waves of Superior Cafe prepared North Shore Bouilliabaise, featuring fish from Dockside Fish Market
Jeff Labeau from The Depot Bar & Grill prepared Seared Elk Tip Waldorf Salad with Jeff's Select Gouda and Minnesota Crisp Cider Vinaigrette, feautring elk from Elk Marketing
TJ Rawitzer from The Third Bird prepared Gin Cured Lake Superior Mackinaw with Lightly Pickled Summer Vegetables, Creme Fraiche, Rye, and Celery, featuring gin from Far North Spirits
Anna Christoforides from Gardens of Salonica prepared Stuffed Squash Blossoms and Dolmades with Fresh Green Wraps, featuring produce from Garden Farme
Christian Pieper from Cafe Minnesota prepared Red Lake Walleye and Minnesota Wild Rice Croquettes with Cured Jalapeno and Cucumber Aioli, featuring wild rice from KC's Best
Craig Johnson from Prairie Dogs Hot Dogs and Handcrafted Sausage prepared his Reu-Bun Sausage, featuring beef from StoneBridge Beef
Cook, author of Twin Cities Chef's Table, photographer, and culinary coach at Fresh Tart, Stephanie Meyer demonstrated AIP nutrient dense recipes
** Musician Vicky Emerson entertained audiences between shows with her original Americana music steeped in blues, folk, and traditional country**
KSTP - Minnesotans Demanding Farm-to-Table Cuisine:
Each year we have a number of media outlets stop by Carousel Park to see what the Minnesota Cooks chefs and farmers are cooking up. KSTP stopped by again this year and enjoyed a foodie conversation with TJ Rawitzer, Executive Chef of Tiny Diner and the other Kim Bartmann's restaurants.
WCCO - Local Farmers and Restaurants to Take MN Cooks Stage:
We enjoyed having WCCO's Jason DeRusha as one of this year's panelists, talking about how he values local, farm-fresh foods.
KSTP - Local Farmers & Chefs at the Fair:
We're delighted that several media outlets stopped by Carousel Park the day of our event and gave Minnesota Cooks' participants some well-deserved attention. Check out what Naomi from KSTP had to say in her short video:
Farm Fresh Road Trip:
tpt Channel 2 went on a Farm Fresh Road Trip recently to visit two of this year's Minnesota Cooks participants: Lake Avenue Restaurant and Bar in Duluth and Victus Farm in Silver Bay.
The Duluth Tribune came out to see what all the fuss was about and wrote a nice piece about their relationship. Check out what the Duluth Tribune had to say here about the possibilities for local lettuce in December:
Minnesota Cooks™ is pleased to announce partnership with tpt Almanac show on Channel 2. To see the finished shows, celebrating Minnesota chefs, Minnesota farmers, and Minnesota locally grown foods, check out the Almanac archive.. Read More...
It's hard to believe that our 13th annual Minnesota Cooks event at the Minnesota State Fair has come and gone already. We spend an entire year planning the event, and just like that - it's past us. This year we experienced one of the nicest days in Minnesota Cooks history, and people came out to celebrate with us in droves. It was a raging success!
Minnesota Cooks is all about celebrating respected Minnesota farmers and premier Minnesota chefs and cooks who serve locally-produced foods from these farmers in their restaurants. During our one-day event, the chefs and cooks entertain audiences with their cooking demonstrations while the farmers and other local food heavyweights weigh-in on Minnesota's vibrant food scene.
We'll be posting more photos from the event soon and doing our best to continue feeding you news about local foods via our Facebook page. We hope you stay in touch.
We hope you post your Minnesota Cooks calendar somewhere where others can see it, and if a friend comments on it go ahead and request another one from this site for that person. Also don't forget about the "local foods passport" located inside your Minnesota Cooks calendar. It's a helpful resource and guide to many of our state's farm-to-table establishments. Remember, when you eat at a Minnesota Cooks restaurant, you're not only supporting that restaurant, you're also supporting the Minnesota farmers who grow the food. It's a win-win for everybody!
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We have been amazed at the number of requests we've received for the Minnesota Cooks calendar. Thank you for your support of local foods!