Community Events

This is a curated list of events happening in Minnesota relevant to our ecosystem. If you have an upcoming event, share it with us.

 
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2nd Tuesday of Each Month | Midwest Pantry Meetups

Midwest Pantry meetups and networking happy hours are free, informal professional events that encourage bold thinking and practical solutions to solve business problems.

Morning meetups: 2nd Tuesday of each month 7:30-9:00am 

Entrepreneur Happy Hours: 3rd Monday each month 7:00-9:00pm


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Feb 21 | Starting a food business 101 

Join Kindred Kitchen and Appetite for Change to learn more about what you don't know before you jump into starting your business, and about the resources offered through the Library and the Northside Food Business Incubator Program.


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Feb 22 | Tasting MN: Local Food writers with Magers & Quinn

 Meet local cookbook authors Beth Dooley, Zoë François (ZoëBakes), Sarah Kieffer (Vanilla Bean Blog), Melissa Coleman (The Fauxmartha), and Betsy Nelson (That Food Girl) in a panel moderated by Dara Moskowitz Grumdahl and taste recipes from their latest books. Learn about the world of food writing, how women are changing the Minnesota culinary landscape, and the behind-the-scenes details of their recipes and the writing of their books.


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Feb 27-28 | water summit

Join us for remote participation in the two-day Water Summit that will include informational presentations and break out discussions. Participants will explore challenges related to the requirements of Subpart E – Agricultural Water and discuss potential solutions that are workable while protecting public health. Comments from remote locations will be consolidated and sent forward in real time. Due to the logistics of facilitating this remote participation Water Summit, number of participants will be limited at each remote location. More information here.


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Feb 28 | A lapsed anarchist's approach to building a better business

Join for a fun and intimate evening with Ari Weinzweig, co-founding partner of the amazing Zingerman's and author of the Zingerman's Guide to Good Leading 4-book series. Come with your questions in-hand to ask Ari about his experiences building Zingerman's - everything from the very beginning, to building business culture and structure, to identifying self-management techniques, servant leadership models or why beliefs in business are so important.


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MARCH 1 | Workshop with Zingerman's Ari Weinzweig, at Social Enterprise Symposium

Join us March 1st for an entrepreneur workshop with Zingerman's Ari Weinzweig, at Union Depot. St. Paul Mayor Melvin Carter provides the morning keynote. This is a rare opportunity to attend Ari's 12 Natural Laws of Business Workshop in the Twin Cities!


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March 13 | Cottage Food producer food safety training

This advanced course focuses on food safety practices for all processes covered under the cottage food law including drying, baking, confections, jams and jellies, acid and acidified fruit and vegetables and fermentation. You will learn how to produce, package, label, store and transport a safe food product. If you want to see if your product is as an allowable non-potentially hazardous food, then you can bring it along to the class and have it tested.


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March 14-15 | Connectup! mn summit

The ConnectUP! MN Summit is bridging the 180 degrees of separation between investors and underbanked entrepreneurs (i.e. People of Color, Women, LGBTQ, Rural-white & non-white).

Who should attend ConnectUP! MN: 

  • Entrepreneurs, Investors, Philanthropists
  • Incubators, Accelerators
  • Wealth Advisors
  • Community & economic development practitioners, and
  •  Anyone who supports the entrepreneur ecosystems

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March 27 | cottage food producer food safety training 

This advanced course focuses on food safety practices for all processes covered under the cottage food law including drying, baking, confections, jams and jellies, acid and acidified fruit and vegetables and fermentation. You will learn how to produce, package, label, store and transport a safe food product. If you want to see if your product is as an allowable non-potentially hazardous food, then you can bring it along to the class and have it tested.


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april 12 | new uses forum

For the second year in a row, the Agricultural Utilization Research Institute (AURI) will host a New Uses Forum to highlight current and potential innovative uses for the agricultural commodities produced in the state and region.

Scheduled for April 12, 2018, with a networking reception on the preceding evening. The theme, “Adding Value at the Speed of Innovation” will focus on how rapidly the value-added agricultural sector changes with the commercialization of new innovations.


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May 21-22 | Food Defense Training

As the food system is becoming ever more global, companies need to be prepared to protect not only their products but also their reputation. The Food Protection and Defense Institute will be hosting a 2-day Food Defense Certification Training Course on May 21 & 22, 2018 that will teach food industry professionals how to navigate basic food defense principles, recognize vulnerabilities, and create a tailored food defense plans.


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August 9 | Cottage food producer food safety training

This advanced course focuses on food safety practices for all processes covered under the cottage food law including drying, baking, confections, jams and jellies, acid and acidified fruit and vegetables and fermentation. You will learn how to produce, package, label, store and transport a safe food product. If you want to see if your product is as an allowable non-potentially hazardous food, then you can bring it along to the class and have it tested.