North Coast Nosh V: The Recap

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Weather: prime. Samples: generous and delicious. Purveyors: local, passionate, and skilled. So it went at the sold-out fifth edition of the North Coast Nosh sip-and-sample event, held last Friday at Open Arms of Minnesota in South Minneapolis.

Mercifully temperate August weather highlighted street food vendors (Vellee Deli, Smack Shack, Sassy Spoon, Saucy Burt’s, and MidNord Empanadas, pictured below in that order), creating an easygoing circular saunter through Open Arms out to the street food court and then back indoors for extended sampling.

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From Smack Shack lobster rolls to Corner Table pate en croute to Alemar Camembert-style cheese to FrozBroz fennel pollen ice cream, the smorgasbord represented some of the most intriguing artisan food purveyors that the area has to offer.

(And if you loved — or missed — this one, grab tickets to our Saturday, Oct. 13 Nosh at American Swedish Institute’s new Nelson Cultural Center.)

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Below: samples from Open Arms of Minnesota (which provides more than 400,000 meals annually to people suffering from life-threatening illnesses), the charcuterie of Corner Table (which also put together the pate en croute pictured at top), Poorboy Candy, 10,000 Licks, Gai Gai Thai, Chowgirls Killer Catering, Bliss Granola, Alemar Cheese, the Caves of Faribault (presenting pate a choux cheese puffs created by Patisserie 46), and FrozBroz.

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Below: Beverages from Boom Island, Lift Bridge Beer Company, Harriet Brewing, 2 Gingers, Peace Coffee, Lucid Brewing, Summit Brewing, Tap MPLS, and Joia Soda.

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James Norton is editor and co-founder of the Heavy Table. He is also the co-author of Lake Superior Flavors, the co-author of a book about Wisconsin’s master cheesemakers, and a regular on-air contributor to Minnesota Public Radio.

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