Happy Spring! We're looking ahead to a wonderful season full of savory delights, sweet treats, and memorable events for our clients.
We’ve had a great few weeks with parties, fund raisers, wedding fairs and events with vendor partners. You might have caught some of our offerings at Styled for Good, Booths & Bubbly, PFund Cabaret, American Composers Forum National Night Out, and Eastside Neighborhood Services 19th Annual Wine Tasting.
Meanwhile, at Solar Arts by Chowgirls we were happy to host a number of private events, create a dessert and beer pairing party to raise funds for Family Voices of Minnesota, and to welcome the Midwest Solar Expo for a day.
Boss Lady Amy has been putting in time with the Minneapolis Schools True Food Chef Council, fundraising and helping out with their awesome Junior Iron Chef competition, and she continues to train her Girls on the Run team.
Boss Lady Heidi is gearing up for second year with the Cultivate Northeast Community Garden and remains a board member of the Northeast Farmers Market, which opens on May 30th with the Foodie 4 Mile Race to The Market.
And of course, one of the biggest events in Northeast is coming up this weekend: Art-A-Whirl! We’ll be participating in the NE Beer Garden with our friends at Dangerous Man and there's great local music lined up on the Electric Fetus Stage (more on that below).
Before we close, we'd like to give a quick and special shout-out to Ted, our Executive Director. In addition to keeping the Chowgirls ship sailing smoothly, Ted has founded a consulting company called Ecotone to help businesses maximize and document sustainability efforts. Check out this recent piece on Ecotone from the Minneapolis Social Impact Center Newsletter.
We’re gearing up for a season and look forward to seeing you eating a plateful of our Summer Fare at a party soon!
Heidi and Amy
PS. We've joined @ChowgirlsKillerKitchen on Instagram under the handle @ChowgirlsCatering, follow us and Solar Arts at @CGSolarArts!
We've partnered with the fine folks at Bittercube to develop a Chowgirls' specialty cocktail menu that reflects our local and seasonal approach to events. For Spring, we've got a fantastic array of delectable drinks including the Apparition, Jackson Pollack, Spring Fever, Tropical Void #2, An Ode, and the Fennel Pollen Sazerac. See below for all the details.
Art-A-Whirl - N.E. Beer Garden
This year for Art-A-Whirl, May 16th - May 17th, we have partnered up with some of our neighbors, Dangerous Man Brewing, Fairstate Brewing, Sociable Cider Werks, and Northgate Brewing, to host the "NE Beer Garden" in the parking lot next to Dangerous Man Brewing Co. There will be local artist vendors, food from Lulu's Street Food and Tiki Tim's, and live music on the Electric Fetus Stage. Saturday, May 16th the beer garden will be open from 11-10 pm. Check out the music bill on the Electric Fetus Stage from 1-10 pm.
1:00 pm - Bunny Clogs
2:05 pm - Johnny & Molly of Communist Daughter
3:10 pm - What Tyrants
4:15 pm - Monica LaPlante
5:20 pm - Pornonono
6:25 pm - Stereo Confession
7:30 pm - RONiiA
8:45 pm - Toki Wright & DJ Willie Shu
Sunday, May 17th, the beer garden is open 11-6 pm, Chowgirls will be serving brunch from 11-2 pm and there will be outdoor lawn games, family fun, and art!
Solar Arts by Chowgirls
Our recently opened venue is a versatile window-filled space! It can be gussied up for an intimate wedding as demonstrated in this photo from a styled shoot called Romantic Elopement by Electric Lime Photography. It also works for larger evening fundraising parties like Tap Into Spring, a beer and dessert pairing curated by our own Meghan Larsen that benefited Family Voices of Minnesota, and for luncheon meetings such as those coming up for our peers and partners at the Independent Wedding Association and the Minneapolis - Saint Paul chapter of the International Special Events Society. Check out our web page and then contact Eleni about using Solar Arts by Chowgirls for your next event
Cultivate Northeast is rolling along. Benji Mohr, formerly of Bruce Bacon's Garden Farme, is returning as the gardener. This year eQuality Farms and the Friend Plant Sale donated seedlings. And Mother Earth Garden is providing seeds. Other businesses in the neighborhood expecting to harvest from the garden include Sen Yai Sen Lek, The Mill Northeast, and Hazel's Northeast. We're also planting hops this year and talking to Fair State Brewing about using them for their beer.
This small urban garden can't fully support the produce needs of Chowgirls, let alone the other three restaurants. However, it offers a fresh presence in the neighborhood and educational opportunities for the community. And, best of all, if we're in a pinch for arugula or tomatoes, a quick trip a few miles up to Central Avenue will save the day.
If you're in the neighborhood at Central and Lowry, stop by for a garden stroll.
Chowgirls volunteer crew will be out in force this summer at Open Arms Farm. In the meantime we continue to participate in local events that support the causes we care about. Some of these include organizations dedicated to local and sustainable food (True Food Chef Council, Northeast Farmers Market, Cultivate NE), others focus on the Arts (NEMAA , SooVac), some, like Eastside Neighborhood Services and Pfund, work to give our neighbors who need it a hand and advance social justice in our community.