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Big River Slow Foods Dinner benefit for immigrant farmers

Posted by deborahmclaren on August 30, 2010

Join us for a benefit for immigrant farmers and the work of Minnesota Food Association and Slow Food Minnesota

Sunday, October 3, 2010
2 p.m., hors d’oeuvres, beverages, tours and silent auction
3:30 p.m., program and dinner
Big River Farms, Marine on St. Croix
Harvest dinner :: Farm tours :: Silent auction
Interviews with Kenyan and Hmong farmers

Minnesota Food Association and Slow Food Minnesota have joined together to present an afternoon of fun, learning and great food at MFAs Big River Farms. Tours: of MFAs “incubator” farm: the fields, the hoop house, specialty gardens. Wear your farm shoes! Talks: Glen Hill, MFA’s director, will lead a conversation with Hmong and Kenyan immigrant farmers about their pasts and futures. Silent auction: Very special objects and experiences including a dinner cooked in your home by prominent local chefs. Dinner: a menu that combines foods of farmer-immigrants with favorite dishes of our guest chefs, Joe Hatch-Surisook of Sen Yai Sen Lek in Minneapolis, Jeff and Kristin Klemetsrud of Savories in Stillwater, Mike Phillips of Green Ox (formerly of The Craftsman) and Alex Roberts of Alma and Brasa. Much of the produce will come from Big River Farms. Wine will be served.

MFA offers a hands-on program to train immigrants in organic farming. Slow Food Minnesota provides events and projects for people who love food and care about the environment. Proceeds will benefit both organizations. Learn more about MFA here.

$85 for members of Slow Food or MFA; $100 for non-members and guests of members. All but $40 of each ticket is tax deductible. To reserve on line click here. To reserve by mail, send a check and names of attendees to Barb
Horter, 14137 Whiterock Road, Burnsville, MN 55337. Questions: contact Joci or 651-433-3676.

From the West:
From where I-694 and MN-36 meet, head EAST on MN-36 towards Stillwater, MN
Take a LEFT, heading NORTH on Manning Ave/Cty. Rd. 15
After 6.9 miles (in between two railroads), you will come to Square Lake
Rd/Cty. Rd 7
Take a RIGHT onto Square Lake Trail/Cty. Rd 7
After 3 miles, take a LEFT onto Oldfield Road.
go about 1.5 miles to Ostlund Trail and turn right -go .3 miles to Wilder Forest
Take a left into Wilder Forest and follow the signs to the Minnesota Food
Association (MFA) and the farm buildings.

From the EAST and SOUTH
Take Hwy 95 NORTH out of Stillwater about 7.5 miles. Turn LEFT on COUNTY ROAD
59 or SQUARE LAKE TRAIL and go 1.3 miles Continue onto HWY 7 also called PAUL
AVE .7 miles
Turn LEFT onto OSTLUND TRAIL, Take a RIGHT in 1.1 miles into Wilder Forest and
follow the signs to the Minnesota Food Association and the farm yard.

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The Magic Bus Cafe

Posted by deborahmclaren on August 20, 2010

Mobile food is more popular this summer in the Twin Cities. The Magic Bus Cafe is awesome!

The Magic Bus Cafe bringing music and good food to St. Paul

magic chili dog wisconsin cojack cheese, bean chili, chopped onion 5.00
grateful dog psychedelic curry relish 5.00
soulshine dog sauerkraut, local bacon, brown mustard 5.00
mexicali dog spicy relish, sliced jalapeno, wisconsin cojack cheese 5.00
give beets a chance dog garlic beet sauerkraut 5.00
pig pen dog pulled bbq pork with psychedelic or spicy relish 6.00
plain hot dog choose either all beef hot dog or vegan 4.00

Magic Bus Cafe dogs


Shiny Happy People

Follow the Magic Bus on twitter!

If you look close you can spot Chris flippin some dogs in the background here on the Magic Bus – Who would have known?

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Indigenous Workshop in Portland

Posted by deborahmclaren on August 10, 2010

Ron Mader, host of – the largest ecotourism website in the world – is also hosting the Marketing Indigenous Tourism / Biodiversity Workshop: New Information and Web-based Technologies which takes place September 11 from 8am-5pm at the Hilton Portland. Upgrade your core skills and join the conversation about the conservation of cultural and environmental diversity with trusted colleagues around the world. If you cannot attend in person, we will find ways for you to connect online.

This event features the winners and finalists of the Indigenous Tourism and Biodiversity Website Award including TIME Unlimited Tours, Nutti Sami Siida, Te Urewera Treks and Chalalan Ecolodge. Participants will get a hand’s on experience of using Web 2.0 channels for immediate and inexpensive communication, including genuine conversation, business networking and guerrilla marketing.

This workshop is facilitated by Ron Mader who will guide participants through training modules and games designed to build trust and understanding.

If you cannot join us in person, share your insights and questions via Facebook, Flickr, Twitter and YouTube.

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