April 25, 11:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. | Selby store Read more …
Food & Farms Weekend – Grow it, Raise it, Preserve it, Prepare it
Get back to the basics and learn new skills with this all- inclusive weekend focused on the most elemental of our needs and pleasures: Food.
Come to learn, to taste and to enjoy!
Over the weekend, choose from a variety of expert led on-site workshops on gardening, cooking and food preservation, off-site field trips to local farms and meet farmers who are growing produce and raising animals naturally and organically, and enjoy interesting evening presenters. On-site accommodations include comfortable lodging, delicious scratch-made meals and access to the Audubon Center’s 535 acres and 7+ miles of trails.
Workshop topics include beekeeping, food drying, coffee roasting, pickling and cooking with the seasons. Field trip options include Beaver Creek Ranch, Sapsucker Farms, and Martin’s Greenhouse.
Keynote speakers will be:
Tom Hanson and Francois Medion
Tom Hanson, with his wife Jaima, took over the Duluth Grill in 2001 and have turned it into Duluth’s number one restaurant with a menu that’s almost 100% scratch-made. The Duluth Grill believes in sourcing locally and producing some of its own food as a way of building sustainable food systems right in our own backyard. To help supply the restaurant with produce, they’ve developed an urban farm with the help of Francois Medion. In addition to being the farm manager of the Duluth Grill, Francois is an expert on local plants, sustainable practices, and foraging for edible plants.
Chef Lenny Russo, with his wife Mega Hoehn, opened 50-seat Heartland Restaurant in St. Paul in 2002, which today includes a market, two private dining rooms, three chef’s tables, a 60-seat lounge and an 80-seat dining room. Before Heartland, Lenny was Executive Chef of W.A. Frost in St. Paul and has extensive experience at some of the best restaurants in Minneapolis. In March 2007, he was named ‘Restaurateur of the Year’ by Minneapolis-St. Paul Magazine and every year since 2010 he has been nominated as Best Chef: Midwest Category by the James Beard Foundation. Lenny also sits on the Organic Advisory Task Force to the MN Depart. of Agriculture.