Culinary Events > Taste of the Nation

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 Live Auction Preview

Dinner for Six at Octo Fishbar
Scheduled to open this month, Octo Fishbar is a casual seafood eatery and the latest creation of Minnesota’s first James Beard Award winner, Tim McKee.  Enjoy a dinner for six at this new restaurant located in Lowertown, Saint Paul.

Andrew Zimmern Lunch
A four-time James Beard Award-winning TV personality, chef, writer, and teacher, Andrew Zimmern is regarded as one of the most versatile and knowledgeable personalities in the food world. As the creator, executive producer, and host of the Bizarre Foods franchise on Travel Channel, The Zimmern List and Andrew Zimmern’s Driven by Food, he has explored cultures in more than 170 countries, promoting impactful ways to think about, create and live with food. Enjoy a special lunch for 10 with Andrew Zimmern in his Minneapolis kitchen studio, where he will cook and you can eat, laugh, share stories, and have an all-around good time.  

Bourbon Country Trip for Two
Escape for a long weekend to Louisville, Kentucky and visit some of Bourbon Country’s best loved distilleries and hottest restaurants. In addition to airfare and a three-night hotel stay, the package includes tours and tastings at Kentucky Peerless, Evan Williams, Copper & Kings, and Bulleit Frontier Whiskey. Experience the best of Louisville’s culinary scene with a five-course dinner from Butchertown Grocery (recently voted one of the best new restaurants in the country), as well as food and cocktails from Garage Bar and Red Herring Cocktail Lounge and Kitchen.

Private Dinner for 10 from Market House Collaborative Chefs
You and nine friends are invited to the Stillwater home of Chef Tim McKee, the James Beard Award winning chef behind La Belle Vie. His newest enterprise, Market House Collaborative, includes a seafood restaurant (Octo Fishbar), an award-winning butcher (Peterson Craftsman Meats), and a renowned bakery (The Salty Tart). When again will you get the chance to be fed by this many incredible chefs at once? Probably never. Dinner includes wine pairings from Solo Vino Bottle Shop.

Nine-Course Dinner for Six at Corner Table
Enjoy a nine-course Chef’s Table dinner for six at one of Minneapolis’s best neighborhood eateries. Executive Chef Thomas Boemer is the 2015 national champion of the Cochon 555 cooking contest, anointed America’s King of Pork, as well as a two-time James Beard semifinalist. He has been named Minneapolis/St Paul chef of the year by publications like Minneapolis/St Paul Magazine and Eater. Be one of the first to experience the restaurant’s refreshed menu and new chef de cuisine, Karyn Tomlinson.

Super Bowl Host Committee Experience
With events leading up to Super Bowl LII, you will not want to miss out on the action. This package does not include tickets to the Super Bowl, but it does include tickets to the full Host Committee Experience. You will receive 2 tickets to Minnesota Super Bowl Committee Host House with hosted food and drink at the Bold North Festival. 4 Tickets to the Super Bowl Experience, the NFL’s interactive theme park for all ages. 4 tickets to the VIP area at Super Bowl Live Welcome Night & Concert on Friday, January 26th, which will be located at the central fan gathering place in downtown Minneapolis during the 10-day Bold North Festival. 4 tickets to NFL Opening Night. Be one of the first to see players and coaches on Monday, January 29th. Opening Night features a musical performance in between the two teams’ press conferences as the conclusion of the event.

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. The class will surely work up an appetite, so enjoy appetizers hosted by Chef Mike Rakun from Mercy. Chef Mike is no stranger to the Minneapolis scene as he has prior experience at Marin and Mill Valley Kitchen, prior to opening Mercy. Combining his two favorites, food and family, he even named the restaurant after his daughter. The cocktail class would not be complete without elevated comfort food from one of Minneapolis’s best restaurants.  

Donut Class
Enjoy a donut making class for 6 at winner of Eater's 2016 MSP Restaurant of the Year, Mucci’s. A charming St. Paul establishment that offers simple rustic Italian American food and has also become well known for their decadent donuts. Mucci’s donuts are only served on the weekends and flavors change weekly, including scrumptious concoctions such as lime curry glaze with coconut cream and blood orange ricotta. Join Chef Chris Uhrich on an indulgent educational experience.

Dakota Chef Experience
A day with the chef includes a private cooking class with Chef Derik Moran in the Dakota kitchen. The Dakota Jazz Club is one of few establishments to serve a full, chef-driven menu paired with world-class music performances seven nights a week. It is more than a restaurant and more than a music club; it’s where love of great food and great music come together as a seamless duet. The winner will learn the skills for and create the feature of the day. After the private cooking class the winner is invited to sit down for dinner and the show with 3 guests and experience a three course dinner including their creation of the day. 


2017 Silent Auction Preview

Deluxe Personal Styling Session from Styled Mpls
Personal stylists Rachel and Tsubasa believe in making great style easy. The Deluxe styling package includes a 3-hour in-home style consult, where you will learn how to mix and match what’s already in your closet; what colors and shapes work best on you; what you should toss or donate (optional); and what key items you’re missing from your wardrobe. The style consult is followed by a 3-hour shopping trip to round out your style.

Sapphire and Diamond Necklace
Natural Ceylon sapphire with diamond halo

Photo Session and Painted Portrait from Bjorn Portraiture
Artist Bjorn Meisner’s goal is to provide portraiture that stands the test of time and is true to the subject’s identity. This package includes a private studio portrait sitting and 11” x 14” painted portrait on canvas.

4 VIP Tickets to Shopkins Live
Enjoy four VIP tickets to Shopkins Live Show at the Orpheum Theatre on 12/1/2017. VIP package includes exclusive access to the after-show VIP Party, where attendees will meet and take photos with some of the Shoppies from the show.

1 Month of Local Crate Subscription Meal Kit Service
Enjoy fresh, local ingredients and chef-designed recipes delivered weekly to your home or office. Local Crate is based in Minnesota and sources as many local ingredients as possible. With pre-proportioned ingredients, you become the chef, creating delicious meals with step-by-step recipe cards. The 1-month subscription includes 2 meals at 2 servings each per week. 


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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Valet parking is available at the 3rd Street front entrance of the Renaissance Minneapolis Hotel, The Depot for $16 per vehicle. Self-parking is also available for $8 per vehicle. The parking garage entrance is located off 5th Avenue.

We have also arranged free parking nearby at the Washington Square underground ramp located on 2nd Ave South, in between Washington Ave and S 2nd St.  Address is 100 Washington Avenue South Minneapolis, MN 55401.

·       A parking attendant will be at the ramp entrance to provide access for each vehicle.

·      In order to enter the ramp after the event to retrieve your car, there is a pedestrian door at the entrance ramp of the parking garage on 2nd Ave S. Stairwells to all levels are located at the north and south ends of the parking ramp.

Please allow for extra travel time due to the 1-35W closure and the Vikings game.

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