Sep 122012

Top Twin Cities Chefs Serve their Best to End Child Hunger by 2015

Chefs will prepare a five-course meal with wine and cocktail pairings tableside for guests at Taste of the Nation Minneapolis 2012

WHO:  Join Chef Chair Tim McKee and Honorary Chef Chair Seth Bixby Daugherty, along with top chefs from Alma, Bradstreet Crafthouse, Cosmos, Heidi’s, La Belle Vie, The Marsh, Minneapolis Club, Mystic Lake Casino, Sea Change, Travail and more.

WHAT:  Taste of the Nation Minneapolis 2012: A rare opportunity for diners to experience top Twin Cities chefs personally serving their finest dishes tableside; bid on incredible items in live and silent auctions; help eliminate child hunger.

Some of the best chefs in the Twin Cities will lavish diners with one of a kind gourmet five-course meals and beverage parings in an opulent setting at the Graves 601 Hotel.

WHERE:  Graves 601 Hotel (601 1st Ave. North Minneapolis, MN (612-677-1100)

WHEN:    Sunday, September 30, 2012. 6:00p.m. – 10:00p.m.

WHY:   All proceeds from ticket sales for the event will go to Share Our Strength, a nonprofit organization with the goal of ending childhood hunger by 2015. 100% of ticket sales directly support Share Our Strength’s efforts to end childhood hunger in Minnesota and in America.

HOW:    Tickets can be purchased here: Individual tickets sell for $200, and Tables of 10 sell for $2000 for no chef preference or $3000 with chef preference. Space is limited. A $200 ticket can provide more than $1800 worth of food to families in need.

Jul 192012

For the third year in a row, DAVANNI’S is teaming up with the Emergency Foodshelf Network to help stock their food shelves. Last year, DAVANNI’S collected 4,950 lbs. of food.   This year’s goal is to collect more than 6,000 lbs of food!

Bring in 3 nonperishable food items to any DAVANNI’S on Monday, July 23 or Tuesday, July 24 and receive a FREE Solo 1-Item (thin or traditional crust) Pizza OR $4.98 off towards another menu item. For DAVANNI’S locations:

Also, Coffee Bené (coffee shop next to Grand & Cleveland DAVANNI’S) is participating and has a deal too: Bring in 3 nonperishable food items to Coffee Bené on Monday, July 23 or Tuesday, July 24 and you pick: Free Small Drip Coffee OR Free Sticky Mickey OR Free Cinnamuffin.

You are encouraged to bring multiple items for the food shelves, but only one offer per person. Good on eat-in and take-out orders only.

Jun 082012

The Germanic-American Institute is hosting its annual Deutsche Tage (German Days) celebration on its beautiful and spacious Summit Avenue mansion grounds June 9-10. Best described as “Oktoberfest in June”, this event features authentic German foods cooked by actual Germans, a panoply of German beers on tap, live music, family-friendly activities and games, vendors, and a Lederhosenlauf 5K walk/run on Saturday morning, where 500+ participants run in lederhosen and dirndls (German dresses.) The GAI will also feature Grand Ol’ Creamery’s beer-flavored ice cream, and will welcome a real-life Herrman the German from New Ulm: a costumed, larger-than-life mascot of the iconic bronze statue New Ulm.

But there is one more thing that will make this year’s Deutsche Tage will extra-special. The City of Munich and Paulaner Brewery have teamed up to create a nationally-touring beer garden replica in celebration of 200th anniversary of the German Biergarten! The GAI is thrilled to announce that this spectacular set-up will be in Saint Paul at our Deutsche Tage event! This is a once-in-a-lifetime event that will bring the authenticity of Munich’s Oktoberfest to Saint Paul.
Saturday, June 9:
8am: Lederhosenlauf 5K Walk/Run kickoff event
5-10pm: Sommerparty Under the Tent featuring the German band Alpensterne
10pm-12am: After Hours Tanzparty in the Summit Avenue mansion featuring DJ Ben spinning Europop in the authentic Ratskeller (German beer hall-style basement)

Sunday, June 10:
11am-5pm: Deutscher Tag family-friendly celebration, featuring the German party band Alpensterne

May 212012

Davanni’s Courage Center Day

Enjoy your Davanni’s favorites, help send campers to camp!

This year Davanni’s is teaming up with Courage Center in a whole new way! They are hosting DAVANNI’S Courage Center Day and we need you! All you need to do is order DAVANNI’S (eat-in, take-out, or delivery) on Monday, May 21, at any of our 21 locations, and we’ll donate 5% of our total sales that day to Courage Center’s Camp Scholarship Program.

Camp can be expensive and some have to choose between programs. It can cost campers up to $1,200 per week to attend.

 Can’t join us or if you’d like to donate something extra? Starting Monday, May 14 – Monday, May 21 TEXT Courage to 85944 to donate $10. (Message and data rates may apply.)

For more information about Courage Center Camps and to read camper stories visit:

Apr 102012

What: Dish: Cuisine for Change is Second Harvest Heartland’s annual fundraiser to raise awareness of hunger’s prevalence in our community and funds to provide nutritious food to our hungry neighbors. This year’s evening gala will offer attendees an opportunity to help end hunger in the heartland while sampling signature dishes from some of the Twin Cities top dining destinations, including al Vento, Amore Victoria Ristorante, French Meadow Bakery & Café, Good Earth, Hell’s Kitchen, Kincaid’s, Kitchen Window, The Lexington Restaurant, McCoy’s Public House, The Oceanaire Seafood Room, Porter & Frye, Red Stag Supperclub, Scusi, Sea Change, Solera, The Strip Club, Treasure Island Resort & Casino, W.A. Frost & Company, Zelo, and more. The evening, which will also include wine tastings, a martini bar, and a silent and live auction, will conclude with comic relief provided by renowned comedian and Tonight Show with Jay Leno regular Sebastian Maniscalco. More than 1,000 attendees are expected at this year’s event. Last year’s event raised $500,000 for hunger relief in Minnesota and western Wisconsin.

Who:                  Participating local chefs include Jason Blair, Dan Calloway, Joshua Carroll, Chester Dyrud, Wyatt Evans, J.D. Fratzke, Jorge Guzman, Peter Hoff, Jon Hunt, Greg Johnson, George Lohr, Sarah Master, James Powers, Tim McKee, Alex Victoria, Joe Wuestenhagen, and more.

Why:                  Hunger’s reach is growing in our community as one in 10 Minnesotans is at risk of missing a meal today—that’s 583,000 of our neighbors at risk of missing a total of 100 million meals this year.

When &  Where:         Thursday, April 19   6:00 – 10:00 p.m.

Saint Paul RiverCentre  175 West Kellogg Blvd.  St. Paul, Minnesota 55102

Tickets:                  Individual tickets are available for $150; tables for 10 are available for $1,750. To purchase tickets, visit <> or call Second Harvest Heartland at 651.209.7994.


Feb 112012

If you’re looking for an idea for Valentine’s Day (or any other day!), how about a HEART SHAPED PIZZA??

Look no further than Randy’s Premier Pizza.  You  buy them partially baked and then finish the baking at home .

The Heart-Shaped Pizzas are made Thin Crust, Pan, Chicago Style Deep Dish or Chicago Stuffed pizza style and are available with any combination of ingredients, in all sizes including are Popular 30” Super Heart Pizza.  The Heart-Shaped Pizzas are unique and they are available all year around.

Randy’s is giving away a FREE 30″ Heart-Shaped Pizza this Valentine’s Day! Click below to enter.

Here is a coupon for you to print!

Randy’s Premier Pizza also makes Heart Shaped Chocolate Chip Cookies in 8”, 14”,  30”, 36” and 48” Sizes as well.

Valentine’s Package:  Randy’s also offers a “Pizza Amore” Valentine’s package that includes two wonderful salads, a delicious heart-shaped Chocolate Chip Cookie for two and a Heart-Shaped Pizza.  Two Toppings For $29.99(Available for dine-in, carryout and delivery.)

E-Commerce – Nationwide Shipping Available:  For those who would like to send a special gift to a long-distance Valentine anywhere in the continental U.S., half-baked, The pizzas are shipped overnight via Fed Ex. and available all year around.

Catering:  Heart-Shaped Pizzas are also available all week with any Randy’s Catering order.  This is a great option for office meals and customer appreciation events

Jan 302012

Cupcake Wars.  Have you seen this show on Food Network?

The winner of last week’s show (Jan 22, 2012) was none other than Abby Jimenez, owner of Nadia Cakes, which is opening soon at the Shoppes of Arbor Lakes in Maple Grove.

Abby won over the judges with her New York cheesecake cupcake, which is made with Madagascar Bourbon vanilla bean and has a made-from-scratch piecrust bottom and freshly made whipped cream topping with triple berry compote.  Doesn’t this look great?

Photo by Megan Hayes Photography

Construction on the Maple Grove store, which is expected to open in March in the Shoppes at Arbor Lakes, is currently underway. Abby is in the process of looking for a kitchen manager, head designer, store manager, and dessert artists to work with her at the new bakery. Though now based in Minnesota, Abby and her husband will split their time between the Los Angeles store and the Maple Grove store.

About Nadia Cakes
Nadia Cakes is a premier cupcake and custom cake studio that offers 135 different flavors of cakes and cupcakes. Desserts are made by hand daily on the premises with the freshest ingredients, including Madagascar Bourbon vanilla beans, fresh fruit, sweet cream butter, juices and zests, spices, imported chocolates, coconut milk, and more. Nadia Cakes is also a committed community partner, donating $50,000 since opening to support programs and organizations that benefit children and families. Nadia Cakes has a bakery in Palmdale, Calif., and will soon open a bakery in Maple Grove, Minn. Find Nadia Cakes on Facebook and Twitter, or visit <>  <> to learn more.

Jan 252012

Call 651-224-7455 to make a reservation today!

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Cocktail Reception at 6 pm

Dinner following Reception

$100 per person (plus tax and gratuity), includes bourbon cocktail during reception, a 5-course dinner with 2 samplings of Grill Bourbon, and a complimentary cigar upon departure.

Reservations Required as Space is Limited. Call 651-224-7455 and Reserve Your Spot for the Bourbon Dinner.

First Course

Pan Seared Scallops

with Preserved Meyer Lemon, Creme Fraiche and Caviar

Served with The St. Paul Grill Bourbon

Second Course

Grilled Pork Tenderloin

with Roasted Stuffed Apple and Brussels Sprouts with Cider Reduction

Third Course

Grilled Prawns

with White Cheddar Chive Hominy Grits and Nuskie’s Bacon

Fourth Course

Beef Tournedos and Foie Gras

with Dauphinoise Potatoes and Bourbon Demi Glaze

Fifth Course

Chocolate Bourbon Truffle Trio

Served with The St. Paul Grill Bourbon