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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.

Reservations
$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.

DIRECTIONS
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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