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Minneapolis Taste of the Nation Hotlist

June 21, 2018

VIP`: 6:00pm - 10:00pm

General Admission: 7:00pm - 10:00pm

Nicollet Island Pavilion

40 Power St
Minneapolis, Minnesota


Minneapolis' Taste of the Nation Hotlist for No Kid Hungry 

Thursday, June 21, 2018 at Nicollet Island Pavillion 


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Ensure that no kid goes hungry, whether in Minneapolis or across the nation, by joining the city’s finest chefs and mixologists on Thursday, June 21, 2018 for Minneapolis' Taste of the Nation Hotlist for No Kid Hungry, a remarkable night of dining in support of No Kid Hungry’s work to end childhood hunger in America.

Guests will mix, mingle, and enjoy food and drink prepared by more than 30 top chefs and bartenders.

Share your photos and videos from the event using hashtags #NoKidHungry and #MPLSHotlist





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 Co-op 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. 

Thank you to our Taste of the Nation Hotlist 2017 sponsors!

National Presenting Sponsors



National Sponsors

Food Network

Open Table


Local Sponsors


Voss Water


2017 Participating Restaurants

 Bar Brigade Blue Birch Bluefox Indian  Bogart's Doughnut Co.

 Borough Brasa D'Amico Restaurants & Catering • Dakota Jazz Club 

• Foxy Falafel • Grand Cafe • Heyday Hola Arepa/Hai Hai • 

Masu Mercy  Meritage • Monello • Mucci's  Pajarito • 

Popol Vuh  The Rabbit Hole  Red Stag Supper Club 

• Rival House  Smalley's Caribbean Barbecue • Surly Brewers Table 

The Fish Guys  Union Kitchen  Upton 43 • Wesley Andrews 

• Xavi  Zen Box Izakaya • 


2017 Participating Mixologists and Breweries

 612 Brew  

• Bittercube 

 Earl Giles  

• Fulton Beer  

 Tattersall Distilling  


2017 Exclusive Wine Sponsor 

 Carlos Creek Winery  

    2017 Maker's Corner

    New to Minneapolis' Taste of the Nation Hotlist is the Maker's Corner, featuring samples from local Minnesota food and beverage companies. Please see below for a full list of participants and don't forget to stop by during the event!

     Bare Honey  

     Five Vodka  

     K'ul Chocolate  

     Maddy & Maize Popcorn  

     Mama Stoen's Gluten-Free Treats  

     Midwest Elderberry Association  

     Triple Crown Organic BBQ Sauce  

     Velvet Bees Gourmet Honey Butter  

    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

    Event Parking

    Parking is available on a first come first serve basis with options including:

    • Limited free parking in the NIP lot at the corner of Wilder St and Merriam Rd

    • Free parking in the DeLaSalle High School lot across Hennepin and 1st Ave

    • Free street parking on the island, as dictated by signage

    • Metered parking along Main St or in the St Anthony neighborhood

    • Pay parking in the St Anthony Falls ramp on SE 2nd Ave

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