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Minneapolis Taste of the Nation

October 01, 2017

Advanced Purchase Individual Ticket : $200

Individual Ticket after 9/9: $250

Advanced Purchase Table for 10 Guests: $2,000

Table for 10 Guests after 9/9: $2,500

Advanced Purchase Chef Preference Table for 10 Guests: $3,000

Chef Preference Table for 10 Guests after 9/9: $3,500

The Depot Minneapolis

225 South 3rd Avenue
Minneapolis, Minnesota

6:00PM - Cocktail Reception

7:00PM - Multi-Course Seated Dinner


Tickets for this event are currently sold out. If you are interested in purchasing tickets and would like to be placed on our wait list, please contact Rebecca Woerner at


Advanced Purchase - Individual Ticket: $200  

September 9 pricing will increase to $250

Includes Admission to the event and a seated 5 course meal with drink pairings, prepared tableside by one of the Twin Cities' premier chefs.


Advanced Purchase - Table: $2,000 

September 9 pricing will increase to $2,500

Includes admission to the event for 10 guests at a private table to enjoy a 5 course meal with drink pairings, prepared tableside by one of the Twin Cities' premier chefs.


Advanced Purchase - Chef Preference Table: $3,000 + Additional Donation

September 9 pricing will increase to $3,500 + Additional Donation

Purchase this table for 10 guests and add an additional donation to increase your chance of securing your favorite chef. The highest overall donation ($3,000 + additional amount) will get first choice of chef, followed by each next-highest amount. Includes admission to the event for 10 guests at a private table to enjoy a 5 course meal with drink pairings, prepared tableside by one of the Twin Cities' premier chefs of your choosing. 




2017 Auction details to be announced soon!

2016 Auction Included:



Oregon Wine Country Getaway

Enjoy a trip of a lifetime to one of the nation's fastest growing wine regions. Trip includes a stay at the luxurious Allison Inn & Spa in Newburg, Oregon and wine tasting at several of the region’s top wineries. The wine tour includes trips to Domaine Serene, De Ponte Cellars, White Rose Estate Winery, Soter Vineyards, Dundee Hills, Penner-Ash Wine Cellars, Hazelfern Cellar and Bergstrom Wines.


Experience a Legend in the Big Apple

On this one-of-a-kind trip for two to New York City, you will dine at Gramercy Tavern, one of America’s most beloved restaurants. Opened in 1994, Gramercy Tavern is a landmark in New York City, featuring seasonal contemporary American Cuisine from chef Michael Anthony, who won the 2015 James Beard Award for Outstanding Chef. The trip includes flight, hotel, dinner, a tour of the kitchen, and a signed cookbook.


Custom-Designed Diamond Jewelry Experience

Minneapolis jeweler Charles Calvin Diamonds has donated a beautiful 1.04 carat F color SI2 round diamond with an additional $300 toward the personalized, custom-designed setting with Charles Calvin Diamonds. Charles was educated at the GIA headquarters and holds a Graduate Diamonds certificate. 


Fulton Brewery Private Tasting Party

You and 25 friends are welcomed to a private tasting with Minneapolis’ very own Fulton Brewing Company in their downtown location.  Their private room will be reserved for your group where you will learn about Fulton’s classic offerings, from style guidelines and tasting notes, to special access and past and future offerings in their barrel aged program.  Your beer representative will pull aged bottles and sample beer waiting to be released to the public.  You will learn about how beer is made, the industry, and about aging and cellaring beer over the course of a few hours. This is a great opportunity for a social, family, or corporate outing.


Dinner with Food Critic

You may have dined at some of the Twin Cities’ top restaurants, but never like this! Join food critic and Mpls.St.Paul Magazine food and dining editor Stephanie March for dinner and learn about her favorites in the local dining scene.


Private Cocktail Class

Jason Suss, owner of A Proper Pour and former La Belle Vie bartender, will teach a two-hour cocktail class for up to 10 guests at your home. Learn the fundamentals of how to make a proper craft cocktail. The class will cover basics on spirits, bitters, tools and techniques to make you the hit of your next cocktail party.


Red River Kitchen Food Truck at Your Door

Operated by the team of Republic, an award-winning craft beer bar and restaurant in Minneapolis, the Red River Kitchen food truck specializes in scratch cooking using many farm-direct Minnesota food purveyors. The RRK food truck will travel to your home or business and provide food for 50 guests.


Jeremy Messersmith Private Concert

Enjoy a private, in-home concert performed by local indie pop musician Jeremy Messersmith! Appetizers will be provided by Chef Erick Harcey from Victory 44 and Upton 43.


Children's Theatre Backstage Experience

A one-of-a-kind experience for your family or your children and their friends—enjoy four tickets to Dr. Seuss’ The Sneetches at the Children's Theatre plus a backstage experience, good from 2/7 - 3/26. To make the outing even more special, bring the kids to Izzy's Ice Cream for free cones! 


Exclusive Private Tour and Tasting at FOOD BUILDING

2 Gingers’ Kieran Folliard will lead a group of two to six people on an exclusive private tour of the FOOD BUILDING. This tour includes tastings of all products made at the FOOD BUILDING, including Red Table Meat Co., The Lone Grazer Creamery, Baker’s Field Flour & Bread, as well as 2 Gingers Irish Whiskey.


Original One-of-a-Kind Origami Art by Jade Huynh

Jade has worked in the pastry scene at La Belle Vie, Solera, Patisserie 46 and Marin. She is currently working at the W Minneapolis, but in her free time she hones her paper crafting skills, creating intricate and unique origami artwork.


Original Painting by Alexandra Motz

Alexandra is a pastry chef at Spoon & Stable, and she has also worked at Union, Heyday, and La Belle Vie. You may have seen her artwork before on the walls of The CoffeeShop Northeast, Pizza Luce Downtown, and Gallery 427 in the Northrup King Building!   


Handcrafted Wooden Utensils by Teresa Audet

Teresa is a craftswoman and a maker of functional objects. She creates custom artwork, furniture, and kitchen wares in Northeast Minneapolis. Teresa is currently stâging in Japan at the Mt. Fuji School of Fine Woodworking.


Thank you to our sponsors!







Legal Services Advocacy Project For 100 years, Legal Aid has worked in pursuit of helping Minnesota’s most vulnerable citizens gain access to their basic rights for safety, shelter, food, health care and education. And with the support of hundreds of Minnesotans, they’ve had the privilege to change lives along the way.

University of Minnesota Coop Extension Extension researchers and educators engage individuals and organizations in asking the challenging questions to discover science-based answers that make a difference. Together, they create a better world for today and tomorrow by: keeping our food safe and affordable, preparing today's youth to thrive in a complex world, ensuring Minnesota communities are strong, improving our environment, and helping families make better decisions. 

Second Harvest Heartland Second Harvest Heartland is one of the nation’s largest, most efficient and most innovative food banks. In 2014, they delivered more than 74 million meals to over 1,000 food shelves, pantries and other agency partner programs serving 59 counties in Minnesota and western Wisconsin. Additionally, they are a member of Feeding America, a network of more than 200 food banks serving every state in the United States. 

Greater Minneapolis Council of Churches, FoodShare The Minnesota FoodShare March Campaign brings together hundreds of companies, civic groups, schools and congregations to help keep 300 food shelves statewide stocked throughout the year. This grassroots campaign is their most enduring program. 


2017 Honored Presenter

Rob Zeaske

Chief Executive Officer, Second Harvest Heartland

As Chief Executive Officer, a position he has held since 2008, Rob has overall responsibility for leadership, planning and management of Second Harvest Heartland.  

Under Rob’s direction, Second Harvest Heartland has not only grown in size and scale, but also has earned a reputation as an innovator and thought leader in hunger relief. Rob is helping change the conversation about hunger relief by bringing together partners from private and public organizations that have a stake in closing the meal gap.

Rob is a hopeful voice intent on finding more efficient and innovative ways to help neighbors in need. “Of the many problems our community faces, hunger is one that we can solve,” he says. “There is more than enough food in the heartland to feed everyone. By constantly looking for new ways to work with each other and with our partners, we can help put that food on the table for hundreds of thousands of hungry families.”

Before joining Second Harvest Heartland, Rob led fundraising, campaigns and government relations for Boston-based Jumpstart, which is nationally recognized for preparing schoolchildren for success, and Mercy Corps, where he served as Harvard Business School Service Leadership Fellow.

Rob holds an M.B.A. from the Harvard Business School and a B.A. in political science from Stanford University.


Host Committee


Steve Carlson 

President, Robert Rippe& Associates, Inc.


Nicole Dunham

Director Fixed Income Business Development, RBC Wealth Management


Christian Erickson

Co-Founder & Partner, Zeus Jones


Joanna Hargus

Senior Marketing Manager, General Mills


Nick Hargus

PhD Medical Liaison, Cardio Vascular Systems, Inc.


Nicole Murphy

Attorney, Cargill


John Popehn

Senior VP, Houlihan Lokey


Lauren Pradhan

Director and General Manager, Grow North


Mariana Quiroga

Founder, MariEQ Brand Strategy


Angie Snavely

Corporate Counsel, Toro

Interested in getting involved with Minneapolis’ Taste of the Nation? Find out how: 

Host Committee: Ask Trent more about the Host Committee at

Food Allergies: Does someone in your party have one? Let Lizzie know at

Something Else: Get in touch with Alexis at


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