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Feeding Mouths Feeds the Soul

My biological father passed away about a year ago.

We left Korea when I was three.  It would be another twenty years before I would meet him and find out the reason my siblings and I were given up for adoption.  He had fallen ill and trying to feed three small children became a burden he couldn’t overcome.  Rather than watching his children starve, we were taken to an orphanage with the hope we would be adopted into the United States for a better life.  We were so undernourished that at age three, I arrived on American soil in a jumper dress that was meant for a one year old.

While poverty and starvation doesn’t seem as evident in America as it might in Korea, it definitely exists.  During volunteer work with some of the schools, I’d hear stories about the meal at school was sometimes the only meal a child would have the whole day.

Taste of the Nation HOTlist is an annual event supported by some of the top restaurants in the Twin Cities striving to wipe out childhood hunger.  Event chair Tim McKee has been an avid participant in this event.

So sample some great food, socialize with friends and enjoy this event (one of the most fun fundraising and food events of the year).  Click on the logo to buy a ticket to this June 25th event at The Guthrie.

Participating Restaurants:

Be’Wiched Deli
Bradstreet Crafthouse
Chef Shack
Cooking Matters
Cosmos Restaurant
La Belle Vie
Minneapolis Club
Pizzeria Lola
Salty Tart
Sea Change
Strip Club
Sun Street Breads

Hope to see you there!

Feeding Children

When I arrived to America, at the age of three, I barely weighed 20 pounds.  The clothing I was wearing was meant for a one year old.  On the immigration paperwork for the adoption proceedings of my siblings and me, a box was checked next to “Malnutrition”.

We, as humans, tend to take food for granted.

Unless, we don’t have access to it.

Hunger doesn’t happen just over the ocean.  It happens right here.  In the Twin Cities.  Maybe even on your block.

Share Our Strength is an organization dedicated to putting an end to child hunger.  One of the biggest fundraisers of the year is the Taste of the Nation HOTList, which is put on by some of the top chefs in Minneapolis (not to mention, many of my favorites).

Tickets can be purchased at Ttasteofthenation.org/minneapolis. Space is limited. Taste of the Nation HOTlist is Thursday, June 23, 2011 at the Guthrie Theater (www.guthrietheater.org) from 6:00-10:00 p.m.  Taste of the Nation HOTlist is sponsored by American Express, Sysco, Food Network, and Brown-Forman.  Local sponsors of the event include Tastefully Simple (Presenting Sponsor), Groupon Now (Chefs After Party Sponsor), Target, Goose Island, Death’s Door Spirits and METRO Magazine.

 Participating chefs/mixologists include:

  • Jim Christiansen (Il Gatto)
  • Issac Becker (Bar La Grassa)
  • Kevin Kathman (Barbette)
  • Mathew Bickford and Michael Ryan (Be’Wiched)
  •  Andy Vyskocil (Bradstreet Crafthouse)
  • Alex Roberts (Brasa)
  •  John Occhiato (Cosmos)
  • Jack Riebel (Dakota Jazz Club)
  • Stewart and Heidi Woodman (Heidi’s)
  • Mike DeCamp & Johnny Michaels (La Belle Vie)
  • Alex Chase (Masu Sushi and Robata)
  • Russell Klein (Meritage)
  • Mixology by Bradstreet Crafthouse
  • Pip Hanson (Marvel Bar)
  • Michelle Gayer (Salty Tart)
  • Tim McKee (Sea Change)
  • J.D. Franske (Strip Club)

I’ve posted some pictures provided by Share Our Strength from last year’s event.  It was an absolute blast and the food was great.

The HotList

Last night’s Share Our Strength Taste of the Nation event was really quite fun, not to mention yummy. The chefs participating were of amazing caliber!

Saffron Restaurant: Laughing Bird shrimp with golden beets, preserved lemon and lobster roe. The golden beets were sliced in thin ribbons mimicking pasta.

Sea Change: Sea trout rillette with trout roe and radish served with a crispy cracker. Fun presentation and surprisingly very light.

La Belle Vie: Foie gras, lettuce and tomato with pickled aioli. Basically YC’s version of a BLT.

Solera: Laughing Bird shrimp with sugar snap peas (purchased from a local farmer) and braised artichoke.

Grand Cafe: Thousand Hills strip with braised greens in a Parmesan green garlic sauce with baby red potato and pickled ramps.

Dakota: Steamed bun with barbeque pork, cilantro, pickled cabbage and Thai chili.

20.21: Banh Mi Sandwich of sesame-onion marinated pork loin, pickled carrots and daikon, aioli, scallion and cilantro with vinaigrette. This was just added to the 20.21 menu.

Brasa: Smoked pork loin with herbs and pickled jalapeno and smoked pork belly with cucumber and scallions. James Beard Award winning Chef Alex Roberts has a smoker in the restaurant, so he can smoke his own pork.

The Strip Club: Puff pastry with a hard cooked egg and curried yolk with salmon.

Moto-i: House-made steamed hoisin pork buns.

Haute: Tater Tot Hot Dish with short ribs, green beans and mushrooms and croquetta. This was the winning dish according to the guests.

Taste of the Nation!

I hope to see you there!

Taste of the Nation – Thursday, June 24th at the Guthrie Theatre

Share Our Strength Minneapolis’ HotList event raises much needed dollars for hunger organizations across the country as well as in the Twin Cities. 100% of ticket sales go to relief efforts with over 70% of proceeds staying in the Twin Cities.

The event features 13 of the Twin Cities Best Restaurants, including Bar La Grassa, La Belle Vie, Brasa, Saffron and more (including the new Haute Dish which I’ve been dying to try) , all providing small plates of their best dishes. We are also featuring three of the best mixologists, including Johnny Michaels from La Belle Vie and Pip Hanson from Cafe Maude. There will be music, food and fabulous people, oh, and let’s not forget an open bar! – all for a good cause; what is not to love!?

Here are the details:

HotList Event
Guthrie Theatre
June 24th, 2010
Ticket price: $58

Tickets are available for purchase at strength.org/minneapolis