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Eating for Education~ a fundraiser for Edible Education

Saturday, August 27 · 8:00am 9:00pm

3311 east 25th street
Minneapolis, MN

This summer Alice Waters will be celebrating the 40th anniversary of Chez Panisse, her famous restaurant in Berkley, Ca. A true pioneer, and one of my personal food heroes, Alice Waters forged the culinary philosophy that cooking should be based on the finest and freshest seasonal ingredients that are produced sustainably and locally. Alice Waters loves kids and values education and through her Edible Schoolyard Program and School Lunch Initiative she has created a public education model and school curriculum that uses food traditions, cooking and gardening to teach, nurture, and empower young people and instill the knowledge and values we need to build a humane, healthy and sustainable future.*www.chezpanisse.com. As part of the 40th Anniversary Celebration, the Chez Panisse Foundation has started a nation wide fundraising campaign, Eat for Education, to shine the light on the building power of Edible Education. At Birchwood we will be donating 25% of sales on Sat. Aug. 27th to our local school garden at Seward Montessori School to help them create a program to sustain their organic vegetable garden and integrate it into curriculum to teach kids where real food comes from. If we can heal this broken connection for our children, we’ll help shape how they view the world and we can sow the seeds of not only carrots, kale and squash, but of kindness, connection and compassion. www.eatingforeducation.org

We (Birchwood Cafe) will be donating to the Seward Montessori School. The school will use the funds for the ongoing support & maintenance of their organic vegetable garden (formerly known as the Seward Youth Peace Garden). Seward Montessori is committed to integrating the garden into year round school curriculum. Kids need to know where their food comes from!

Edible Education is:

  • a right, not a privilege
  • a wholesome, delicious meal every day for every child, from preschool through high school
  • integrating a garden, kitchen, and lunchroom into the core academic mission of every school so that growing food and preparing it brings academic subject to life, from biology and ecology to history and geography
  • a way to help kids create good relationships with their communities and the environment
  • school lunchrooms buying fresh food from local farms and ranches, not only for reasons of health and education, but as a way of strengthening local food economies
  • a hands-on education, in which the kids themselves do the work in the vegetable beds and on the cutting boards, awakening their senses and opening their minds, both to their core academic subjects and to the world around them
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Bringing Neighbors Together: A Success

Bringing Neighbors Together: A Success
Shabelle Deli, 2325 E. Franklin Ave.
By Dave Madsen

If you happened to walk down Franklin Avenue on the afternoon of Sunday, May 15, you may have noticed a few things out of the ordinary. If you followed the signs and smell of delicious food, you may have had the chance to have lunch at Shabelle Deli (2619 E. Franklin Ave.) for the Bringing Neighbors Together Cultural Fair.

The fair, a joint collaboration between Shabelle Deli, Gargar Clinic and Urgent Care Pharmacy, the Sierra Club Seward Redesign, the Seward Neighborhood Group (SNG), the Seward Civic and Commerce Association (SCCA), the Seward Co-op, drew in well over a hundred people to Shabelle’s space and attendees had the chance to sample the restaurant’s food while they mingled with one another.

The intention of the fair, as described by its lead organizer, Redesign intern Tayo Yokoi, was to “build awareness of the East African culture that resides here in Seward” and “bring awareness of the opportunities for business owners and residents to get involved on a local level.”

In addition to the variety of food provided by Shabelle Deli, attendees had the chance to have their faces painted by resident and Pizza Luce employee Erik Riese. Also, many of those who attended the event chose to decorate their skin with henna tattoos by Angela Skrade of Ancient Traditions Mendhi.

After people filled themselves with injera and other African delicacies, Tayo Yokoi, Katya Pilling (of Redesign), and Abdur Omer Hassen Ismaiel (owner of Shabelle) thanked everyone who showed up. Attendees then waited in anticipation as Tayo and a few volunteers drew names for the raffle. Once the raffle was over, people continued to filter in and out of Shabelle’s space. From looking at the various locations that people and their ancestors come from on the Where are you from? map, it’s clear that this event indeed brought global and local neighbors together.

Dave Madsen
612.435.0277

Redesign, Inc.
2619 E Franklin Ave.
Minneapolis, MN 55406
redesigninc.org

Story on Birchwood expansion at Southside Pride

Story by Ed Felien on the Birchwood expansion in Southside Pride

Tracy Singleton, the owner and founder of the Birchwood Café, has gone through neighborhood meetings, City Council committee meetings, architects’ meetings, Seward Redesign meetings, Seward Neighborhood Redevelopment meetings and meetings with individuals in the Seward neighborhood to seek their input in her plan to expand her café. The process started in January and it looks like it will take all year before the plan gets final approval and construction can begin.

Read the rest of the story…

Cake Eater Bakery opening Saturday

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via metromag.com photo by studioTART

Recipe for one delectable bakery:
-2 friendly, sassy friends, preferably in their late-twenties to early-thirties (must have good sense of humor and fresh take on their craft)
-1 vacant shop located in a supportive community
-30 years of combined cooking and baking experience
-Plenty of loving friends and family members
-A splash of color and humor

Read the rest of the story at Metromag. Cake Eater opens Saturday morning at the old Cliquot Club site, 2929 East 25Th Street.

Birchwood Expansion Plans: Update from Tracy

Tracy Singleton, owner of Birchwood Cafe, sent along this letter about the current status of the Birchwood expansion plans. 
 
Dear Neighbors,
 
As many of you are aware, I have been working with Seward Redesign to explore various options to meet the space needs of my growing business; we are, quite literally, bursting at the seams. I believe that Birchwood’s success is due, in large part, to our location in Seward as well as ongoing support and synergy from the community. I think that the Birchwood Cafe, in turn, has contributed to strengthening our community and it is my desire to remain and grow in Seward. As the cafes owner, it is my job to look to the future and to create a sustainable business model. As we have outgrown our space, we face too many challenges to continue operating as we have and scaling back is not a sustainable optionthe Birchwood could not continue. I need to know that continuing to reinvest in my current location will give me the room we need to grow and lend support for our continued successnot only business success, but success as a forum for bringing sustainability and local foods values to life, success as a vibrant neighborhood institution, success as an employer of over 45 people (offering health insurance and benefits to full timers), and success as a committed steward of our community. 
 

Art opening @ birchwood cafe

Local Food and Local Art taste great together! The Birchwood Cafe features local art on the walls with art shows that rotate every 6 weeks. Berry Holz, our current featured local artist is having an art opening tonight and will be at the cafe from 7-9pm. Self-taught as an artist, her outside-of-architecture-interest turned to acrylic & collage a few years ago which lead to the process she works in now – a low-tech reverse stencil method done with spray paint and layered stencils. See Berry's work at http://berryholz.blogspot.com/  This is a free event, everyone is welcome. 

The Birchwood is located at 3311 East 25th Street.

Hope to see you tonight!

Tracy Singleton
Owner, Birchwood Cafe
http://www.birchwoodcafe.com