Spaghetti Dinner and Book Fair at Immaculate Conception Catholic School, Columbia Heights. All-you-can-eat spaghetti dinner, $10 adults, $8 seniors, $6 students. Friday, Jan. 24, 4-7 pm. To go meals available. Scholastic Book Fair in the school auditorium, Jan. 24-31. Call or check website for hours. Info: 4030 Jackson St. NE, ICCSonline.org, 763-788-9065.
St. Timothy’s Lutheran Church, 825 51st Ave. NE, Columbia Heights will serve a free community dinner on Tuesday, April 9, 5:30-6:30 pm. This month’s dinner will include sloppy joes, green beans, orange tapioca salad, and cookies for dessert. All are welcome. St. Timothy’s serves a free community dinner on the second Tuesday of each month. For more information call 763-571-9721.
Seventh annual Farm to School Community BBQ, Wednesday, Sept. 12, 4:30-7 pm. Rain date: Thursday, Sept. 13. MPS Culinary Center, 812 Plymouth Ave. N., Minneapolis. Celebrate and learn about local food in the school district and community. This free community event will include delicious local foods, hands-on activities for children and families, farm animals, a corn shucking contest and more. Come meet the chefs who inspire their recipes and the farmers who grow their food. Everyone is welcome. Info: facebook.com/events/225576651476920.
Minneapolis Public Schools Culinary and Wellness Services introduces their new food truck, Street Eats. The new truck will act as a mobile feeding site this summer, stopping at eight locations throughout the city to serve hot meals at no cost to youth 18 years and younger. These locations include park and recreation centers, apartment complexes, libraries, and more. No registration or sign-up is necessary, youth just show up at the right time when the truck is serving and eat. The truck will serve meals Monday-Friday, from June 11-August 17.
Friday, Nov. 18, 6-9:30 p.m. at John P. Murzyn Hall, 530 Mill St. The event is sponsored by the Columbia Heights (CH) Recreation Department, CHAF, the CH Lions, and Silent Auction items: Discount 70. There will be free wine and beer tasting from CH Top Valu Liquor Stores, as well as local musician performances by “New Dawn” and “Scott Skaja and Friends,” and a CH Lion’s Club Bar. Admission is free and $2 per ticket for each food sample sold at the door. Sample foods from local Columbia Heights restaurants such as El Tequila Mexican Grill, Sarna’s Classic Grill, Basha Mediteranean Wood Grill, Royal Orchid, Miller’s Corner Bar and Grill, Karta Thai, Chipotle Mexican Grill, Tasty Pizza, Heights Bakery, Kevin Lindee Chocolatier, Adelita’s Panaderia Bakery, and Community Grounds. For questions call Liz Bray at 763-706-3733.
Open discussion on ways to preserve food, especially garden produce, for use through the winter. Organized by Transition Towns, Northeast Minneapolis group, Thursday, Oct. 27, 6:30 p.m., at the Northeast United Methodist Church, 2510 Cleveland St NE. (Followed by: indoor composting, Nov. 17.) For more information visit transitiontwincities.
The eighth annual Waite Park Pushcart Derby will be taking place Saturday, Sept. 10 at Waite Park, 1810 34th Ave. NE. Teams from all over Northeast Minneapolis will have a chance to take home the title of “Pushcart Champion” as well as a total of $400 in prize money. Stick around after the derby for food, music and games for the kids, including a bouncy castle. On the day of the race, check-in begins at 11 a.m. and the preliminary races begin at noon. For more information go to www.waiteparkneighborhood.org/push-cart-derby.html.
The Twin Cities Polish Festival returns along the Mississippi River, 43 Main Street SE, for three days. Friday, Aug. 12, 5-10 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 13, 10 a.m.-10 p.m., Sunday, Aug. 14, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. This family friendly festival is free for all ages. There will be Polish food and beverages, cultural exhibits, arts and crafts, traditional folk dancing, Chopin Celebration Concerts and a Polish Filmfest. There will also be white Polish Tatra sheepdogs and a children’s play area. Two variety bands kick off the festival on Friday night, Riverside Hitmen and Riverside Swing Band. Saturday features local bands DyVersaCo and Doctor Kielbasa and two Michigan bands, DynaBrass and Box On. A polka dance contest will also be held on Saturday afternoon. On Sunday, polka dancing continues with DyVersaCo and DynaBrass bands. For more information, please visit www.tcpolishfestival.org.
The Draft Horse presents “Big Bottles and Shared Plates” with Chef Andrew Gerson of Brooklyn Brewery. Chef Gerson will be collaborating with Chef Luke Kyle of The Draft Horse for a six-course dinner paired with some of Brooklyn Brewery’s most intriguing beers. $100 per person (includes gratuity and tax). Courses Include: Red Table Charcuterie with Brooklyn Bel Air, Vietnamese-style lake trout with Brooklyn Sorachi Ace, Roasted summer vegetables with Galahad, a Brooklyn Ghost Bottle, Dry aged beef tartare, asparagus emulsion, and pickled rhubarb with Brooklyn Discreet Charm of the Framboisie, A Brooklyn Quarterly Experiment, Braised Lamb Shank, seared asparagus, cabbage slaw, and mint sauce with K Is for Kriek, a Brooklyn Quarterly Experiment, and Cheesecake with rosemary honey with Intensified Coffee Porter, a Brooklyn Quarterly Experiment. The dinner will take place Monday, July 25, at 6 p.m. at The Draft Horse, 117 14th Ave NE. Mpls. To purchase tickets go to http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2579383.
Meet me at the River presents, #WhatLivesMatter? A cross-cultural concert and conversation on the intersection of policing and race. Saturday, July 23, 6:30-9:30 p.m. at Nativity Lutheran Church, 3312 Silver Lake Rd NE, Minneapolis. Open mic hosted by Joe Davis and The Poetic Diaspora. Special guests, Emmy Award winner PaviElle and American Idol finalist Dahlia Jones. Music by H-Cubed House Band, members of The Cradle Worship band, and community members of Intertwine Northeast. The event is free and open to the public. A meal will be provided free of charge and there will be childcare & children’s activities available as well. There will also be a shuttle available, free of charge. FMI click here.