LITTLE FALLS, Minn. – July 1, 2019 – Sprout’s Third Annual Summer Harvest Dinner celebrates the tastes of local food growing this season and creates a platform where expert chefs showcase their gourmet cooking. Three of the five chefs featured at this year’s dinner competed at Sprout’s cooking contest, MINCED: The Finer Version of Chopped. At the Summer Harvest Dinner, the competition will be set aside so that local food can be the star of the show. The five-course meal will be held on Friday, July 26 at Sprout (609 13th Ave NE, Door 8, Little Falls, MN 56345). Each course is prepared by a different chef and features a local food producer who is invited to attend the dinner and speak on behalf of their growing operation.
The Summer Harvest Dinner event begins at 5:00 p.m. with cocktails, followed by a five-course meal of two appetizers, two entrees, and dessert. Each of the courses is paired with wine, selected by sommelier Scott Lindman of Paustis Wine Company. Lindman is also the host of the evening, entertaining the audience with his take on wine tasting education. The ingredients for the meal are sourced through Sprout’s Food Hub operation which works with a network of local growers to supply fresh local produce to schools, hospitals, co-ops, and restaurants. Local growers who supply their product for the Summer Harvest Dinner are invited to the dinner to enjoy the fruits of their labor and share stories of their work with their neighbors, how and why they produce their meat, produce, grains, and other products.
The expert chefs preparing the menu include all three competitors of the intense culinary cook-off, MINCED, that occurred just two months ago in May. The winner of the 2019 MINCED Master Chef title, Mateo Mackbee of Model Citizen the Restaurant (New London, Minn.) will be preparing an Entree for the Summer Harvest Dinner, while MINCED competitor Chef Thomas Kavanaugh, mentor to the Pillager High School ProStart Program will be preparing a dessert. Chef Jenna Brower Von Siebolds of Prairie Bay Grill (Baxter, Minn) who won the 2019 MINCED People’s Choice award says, “I can’t wait to be in the kitchen with Mateo and Thomas again, especially now that we don’t have to compete.” Chef Jenna will be preparing one of the two appetizers of the meal. “I’m planning on doing a new take on tapas, with six different appetizer bites on one plate,” she says.
Two chefs from Little Falls, Minn. will also be preparing a course at the 2019 Summer Harvest Dinner. Ron Lyschik of Zoomski's Midtown Cafe and Tomas Zimmerman of A.T. The Black & White Restaurant participated in the previous year’s dinner and will showcase new local producers in their course this year.
The community is invited to attend the meal by reserving tickets which are $60 per person and available online through www.sproutmn.com/harvestdinner. There is a limited number of tickets available and tickets must be reserved in advance.
This event is sponsored by Region Five Development Commission, ArtPlaceAmerica, and Prairie Bay Grill.
The Summer Harvest Dinner is supported by a grant awarded to Region Five Development Commission by ArtPlace America’s National Creative Placemaking Fund. The ArtPlace funds are providing Sprout and partners the support needed to host an expansion of economic opportunities, social and cultural experiences, and learning for local growers, artists, makers, producers, chefs, and the public. Sprout and partners will also build out the Marketplace's physical space over the next three years using commissioned functional art from local artists, with priority granted to Latino, East African, Native American, Amish, grower, and youth communities.
The community is invited to shop the Sprout Growers & Makers Marketplace vendors selling local food and art on Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on October 26, November 16, and December 14. In the months of July, August, and September, Sprout hosts cooking classes, fundraising events, and educational opportunities for growers, makers, and artists. Interested growers, artists, chefs, community members, and educators who want to learn more, visit www.SproutMN.com and follow Sprout MN on Facebook.
Created by: Happy Dancing Turtle (www.happydancingturtle.org). This project is made possible by ArtPlace America’s National Creative Placemaking Fund, awarded to Region Five Development Commission.
When is dinner more than just dinner? When stories are told. And connections made.
That's the premise of a new documentary, which focuses on the stories of immigrants and other minorities living in the small towns and rural areas of central Minnesota. "Who's At your Table?" brings together people of widely varying experiences to share a family-style meal and tell their stories - Where they came from, how their cultures shaped them, and how they find life and acceptance in Minnesota.
A big thank you to Sprout MN and Arlene Jones for hosting and facilitating. Also, a big thank you to Region Five Development Commission and ArtPlace provided funding, along with assistance from Lakeland Public Broadcasting for giving us a place to share this piece.
À la cARTe Initiative: Putting food and art on the menu through artist-led interactive activities on the road.
Sprout MN is facilitating a cohort of artists to enhance the Mobile Market shopping experience, as well as various community events, using portable artist studios. These portable studios or art carts will be used to engage the community through art and food, with an end goal of lasting healthy behavior changes that support physical and mental wellbeing.
The geographic territory of this project are the five Central Minnesota counties of Crow Wing, Cass, Morrison, Todd and Wadena. The four (4) artists engaged in this project are from Brainerd, Staples, Little Falls, and Otsego.
Request for Proposals – Scope of Work
Expectations of time and deliverables:
The overall objective is to capture the story of the creation and implementation of each of the four artists’ carts through high resolution imagery and video. The majority of photography and videography will take place at the artist’s residence / art cart build sites and community events. The project assumes 17 hours of travel within the three-month project period in order to capture on location.
1. Photography - Capture 5 high resolution images per artist during the creation phase. Capture 5 high resolution images per artist during the implementation phase. Photos should be edited and “publish ready” upon final submission to Sprout.
2. Video - Capture and edit video footage into the following deliverables:
Total budget is $5,000. The videographer / photographer can determine how the funds are used to support the deliverables of the project in consultation with Sprout MN. It is estimated that no more than $1,210 would be used to reimburse the videographer / photographer for travel time and mileage, leaving $3,790 to compensate the videographer / photographer for the actual capturing of video / photo and editing.
You will receive a confirmation email within 24 hours of sending your application. If you do not receive a confirmation email after 24 hours of submission, please contact Natalie Keane, firstname.lastname@example.org, 712-899-2268.
Announcement of selected videographer will be made by June 20th, 2019.
Applicants must be 18 years of age or older, residing in Cass, Crow Wing, Morrison, Todd, or Wadena counties or within a 100-mile radius of Sprout MN in Little Falls.
Natalie Keane, email@example.com, 712-899-2268
About Sprout and the Mobile Market
Sprout’s mission is to promote the health, economy and self-reliance of Central Minnesota by facilitating the availability of fresh, locally produced food in the region.
The Sprout Mobile Market is a new pilot project that seeks: (1) to increase food accessibility and affordability, creating new retail food access points, and; (2) to integrate local foods, art and culture that bridges cultural gaps, provides significant economic opportunities for growers and artists and support community engagement opportunities.
Visit www.sproutmn.com and www.facebook.com/SproutMN8 to learn more about Sprout MN.
On March 23, 2019, Yiran African Arts and Sprout MN partnered in giving the community a cultural experience to remember!
Visit: Yiran Arts (www.yiranarts.com)& Sprout MN (www.sproutmn.com)
Created by: Ashley Froemming
Music: "All That" by Bensound
By: Fortuna Alexander, Owner of FAH Tea
FAH Bissap Tea is a brewed & bottled, tart & tangy hibiscus tea, steeped in my cultural history and journey from West Africa to Minnesota.
FAH Tea’s story follows my own. Our hibiscus flowers are imported from the gateway to West Africa, Senegal, and our proceeds support the development of an orphanage, school, and clinic in Liberia. I became an orphan in Liberia when I lost my mother at the tender age of 10. Years of civil war and Ebola outbreak in Liberia have drastically increased the number of parent-less children. I brew this traditional tea to honor my mother and support these children who share this experience with me.
I am entering FAH Tea to the FedEx Small Business Grant Contest, and you can help us increase the scale of our tea process & production by voting. Cast your vote every 24 hours until April 1st, and give us the chance to win $50,000 to build our business and support our mission.
The Sew & Grow program has been in existence since 2010, when it was first a program of the Multicultural Center of Central Minnesota. Today, the program is operated by the African Women’s Alliance, bringing women together to learn, teach, and create sewing projects. The women of the Sew & Grow group reside throughout the Greater St. Cloud area and have origins in Liberia, Uganda, Sudan, Kenya, among other East and West African countries. The sewing skill level of each of the women varies from beginner to advanced, and many women volunteer to teach new skills at each class. Some projects include a simple dress or hijab, crib sheet, table centerpiece, curtains, pincushion, and general garment mending.
The collaboration with Sprout MN presented an opportunity for an artist-led, multi-medium project using fabric to create a journey from skill building to art installation. Using a combination of Skillshare, Design/Idea Generation, and Creation, the project offered workshops in fabric dyeing, weaving, and binding to create the materials used in the ultimate art installation which hangs from the ceiling of the Sprout facility in Little Falls, Minnesota. As a former boat manufacturing facility and industrial warehouse, the need for color and movement in space was achieved by using different fabrics, fabrics of different colors and cuts, and structural elements through with weaving and woodwork. The use of wire and ribbon in the weavings further enhanced the impression of movement of the piece.
Read more about the Sew & Grow project in the report below.
This project was led by artists Jeri Olson-McCoy, Lucy Senstad, Heidi Jeub, Natalie Keane, Anthony Schrock, & 25 other participant artists.
Sponsored by Region Five Development Commission (R5DC) and ArtPlace America.
Created by: Ashley Froemming
African arts, drumming, dance, and storytelling from Fred Yiran African Arts Day will fill the indoor marketplace on March 23rd, including opportunities for you to participate in dance, drumming, and the creation of an art installation yourself!
Created by: Dying to Film (www.dyingtofilm.com). This project is made possible by ArtPlace America’s National Creative Placemaking Fund, awarded to Region Five Development Commission.
Chef Jenna from Prairie Bay Grill prepares a special menu to show how tomatoes can be used in a variety of cultural dishes. What's on the menu? Click each dish below to get the recipe!
PICKLED TOMATOES - RUSSIAN
PEBRE CON YUZU HALIBUT - CHILEAN
CAPRESE SALAD - ITALIAN
SHAKSHOUKA - NORTH AFRICAN
When we share a meal together, we share our stories. Who's at your table? Share your story with us here!
Sponsored by Region Five Development Commission and ArtPlaceAmerica.
Recipes by Jenna Brower Von Siebolds:
PICKLED TOMATOES - RUSSIAN
PEBRE - CHILEAN
CAPRESE SALAD - ITALIAN
SHAKSHOUKA - NORTH AFRICAN
We're calling all regional artists to create the graphic design that will wrap around the Sprout Mobile Market vehicle. The goal of the design is to beautify the vehicle and make it stand out on its pop-up grocery stops so shoppers get excited about local food and art. The Sprout Mobile Market Graphic Design Contest launched March 1, 2019 and ends at 11:59pm on March 31, 2019 (the “contest period”). All eligible submissions must be received or posted by no later than 11:59pm CDT on March 31, 2019 in order to be considered for the contest.
The contest is open to all residents of Cass, Crow Wing, Morrison, Todd and Wadena counties, and residents within 100 miles of Little Falls.
The selected artist wins a $1,000 prize: $800 Cash + $200 Marketplace Bucks + Your Design on the Mobile Market.
Eligible individuals may enter the contest by creating a design for Sprout’s new Mobile Market vehicle in digital format and posting it on the individual’s Facebook or Instagram pages. Entries must be “public” and must include hashtags #SproutMobileMarket, #SproutDesign, so we can find it when reviewing submissions.
View the Official Rules, Requirements, and Restrictions on Submissions. View the vehicle specs here.
Stay posted on our Facebook page for contest updates and to vote on the submissions.
Help us collect our region's stories.