By Brainerd Dispatch on Feb 14, 2019 at 4:00 p.m.
LITTLE FALLS—The monthly Sprout Growers & Makers Marketplace is scheduled 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Feb. 23. Each of the markets highlight various cultural food, music and dance.
This free monthly community event will showcase Latin American cuisine and music with new restaurant Sanchez Burrito in the kitchen, and bands Los Plebes De La Sierra and jazz group the Jones Street Trio on the stage.
Advert Sanchez is owner of Sanchez Burrito, which opened in Little Falls in October 2018, along with his two brothers, Yunior and Olvin. The three brothers, originally from Honduras, gained cooking experience at a number of Mexican restaurants like the El Loro Restaurant Group, El Tequila Mexican Restaurant in Brainerd, and Little Fiesta in Little Falls. While Sanchez Burrito mainly serves Mexican-style food, Advert Sanchez stated in a news release they hope to add more Honduran flavor in the future.
"The food in Honduras is not as spicy as it is in Mexico," Sanchez stated. "The steak I make in the restaurant is similar to how my mom would make it in Honduras with achiote."
Achiote is a seasoning giving an earthy, peppery flavor to food as well as the yellow color often found in rice dishes. At noon, Sanchez will demonstrate the steak recipe learned from his mother as well as his favorite salsa recipe with a Honduran twist. The community is invited to watch the demonstration in the kitchen, enjoy samples and purchase lunch from Sanchez Burrito at the Sprout market. The cooking demonstration is a regular feature at the monthly Sprout markets to create a fun atmosphere while customers shop the local vendors selling handmade, homegrown food, art and other products.
Another feature of the market is the live musical entertainment. Los Plebes De La Sierra, led by Richmond resident Margarito Santos, is a five-member ensemble made up of drums, keyboard, electric tuba, bass and singing. The band plays a mix of Mexican music genres from Norteño, which has influences of polka and Tejano but blends more American rock and country music. Los Plebes De La Sierra will play 10 a.m. to noon. The Jones Street Trio jazz group will play a selection of Latin jazz tunes 1-3 p.m. The trio of piano, bass and drums will play Latin jazz styles like Afro-Cuban jazz, bossa nova, and jazz samba to showcase varied rhythms and improvisation techniques.
Due to a partnership with Hunger Solutions Minnesota, families and individuals eligible for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program may double their dollar at the Sprout Growers & Makers Marketplace. Market Bucks can then be used at vendor booths during the market for any SNAP-eligible items, such as breads, fruits, vegetables, meats, fish, poultry, dairy products and more. SNAP is a federal food assistance program. To learn about qualifications for SNAP, call the Minnesota Food HelpLine at 888-711-1151 or visit www.mnfoodhelpline.org.
The activities at the market are funded through a grant awarded to the Region Five Development Commission by ArtPlace America's National Creative Placemaking Fund.