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“Appetites in Greater Minnesota” with Tom Crann

Join us as Appetites travels in Greater Minnesota to four locations across the state. All Things Considered host Tom Crann talks with four different local “foodies” to bring you hyper-local, regional food & drink news, trends, reviews, flavors, recipes and advice!

June 16: Rochester, Minn.

The Appetites tour wraps up in Rochester. Join Tom Crann with restaurateur Sammi Loo. We'll talk about her journey from sushi to pastries and all things food in Med City.

The event is free, but spots are limited and registration is required. RSVP now!

  • Date: Friday, June 16th, 5:30 - 6:00 p.m. check in. 6:00 - 7:00 p.m. event.

  • Location: The Chateau, 15 1st St SW, Rochester, MN 55902.

  • Guest: Sammi Loo, owner Ootori Sushi, Mezza 9 Café. Sammi will share a vegan sushi recipe.

Thanks! St. Joseph, Minn.

Appetites traveled to St. Joseph. Tom Crann spoke with local restaurateurs Mateo Mackbee and Erin Lucas to discuss how they're bringing fresh flavors to Central Minnesota and bringing people together.

  • Guests: Chef Erin Lucas and Chef Mateo Rey Mackbee, co-owners of Flour and Flower Bakery, Krewe Restaurant and The Land by Model Citizen. Erin shared her Sugar Daddy Cookie recipe and Mateo shared his recipe for Maque Choux.

Thanks! Bemidji, Minn.

Appetites visited Bemidji. Tom Crann talked with restaurateur Keng Dechawuth to discover how he “pays it forward” to his workers.

Thanks! Duluth

Appetites stopped in Duluth. Tom Crann talked with New Scenic Cafe owner and chef Scott Graden about the iconic North Shore restaurant,

  • Guest: Chef Scott Graden, owner of New Scenic Café will shared a seasonal recipe.

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