The Heavy Table team is thrilled to bring back the Upper Midwestern artisan food sip-and-sample known as The North Coast Nosh. It happens May 1, 2022 at The Food Building in Northeast Minneapolis.
The Nosh is a collaboration between the Heavy Table, our friends at the remarkable Food Building, and a hand-picked selection of some of the most talented bakers, cheesemakers, coffee roasters, chocolatiers, piemakers, and more in the Upper Midwest.
This edition of the Nosh will be a two-parter.
PART ONE (the main part): Buy a ticket to the Nosh, and carry away from the Food Building a box stuffed to overflowing with delicious bites and sips from 15 Upper Midwestern purveyors of cheese, meat, coffee, chocolate and more. We’ll tell the stories of the purveyors (and their samples) on the Heavy Table website.
PART TWO (the bonus part): If you’re fully vaccinated and feel comfortable mingling in groups, stroll into the Food Building before you grab your box of samples and enjoy some day-of live sampling and demonstrations from a selected group of 5-10 Nosh purveyors.
Our in-person event is contingent on COVID maintaining a reasonably low profile, but our main, take away-driven event is a lock no matter what. Tickets regularly sell out.
Day: Sunday, May 1
Place: The Food Building, address
Time: 10am-4pm (box takeaway) and 11am-3pm (live event)
Tickets: Available online, each $50 box includes 15 generous product samples and grants admittance to one attendee for the in-person event
Note: Due to a supply chain challenge, St. Croix Chocolate Company will be sharing a different treat than what’s listed on the box insert. “Chili-Pistachio Toffee: The surprising — but irresistbly snackable — combination of chili and pistachios take St. Croix Chocolate Company’s buttery scratch-made toffee on a culinary joy ride.”
This year’s vendors are slated to include:
Alemar Cheese Co. is an award-winning French-inspired creamery, crafting grass-fed cow’s milk cheeses in small batches. Alemar sources milk from Corstar Farm in Litchfield, MN. Initially founded in Mankato in 2008, Alemar moved into FOOD BUILDING in 2019. Alemar’s products can be found at local grocery stores and co-ops across the Twin Cities. For more information, please visit www.alemarcheese.com. (Read about Alemar Cheese Co. in the Heavy Table.)
Baker’s Field Flour & Bread is located in the heart of Northeast Minneapolis in FOOD BUILDING. The bakery brought stone-milling back to the Mill City, milling fresh flour and baking naturally leavened bread right here in Minneapolis. We purchase grains from upper-Midwest family farms whose values and passions align, who grow the perfect flavorful grains, while also helping to cultivate the land and those who tend it. We stone-mill wheat fresh daily—a respect for the ingredients and process that results in exceptional products. Fresh, naturally leavened bread is made with the flour, resulting in flavorful, nutrient-dense bread. The flavor derived from single-origin grain is not unlike savoring great chocolate or wine. Made without commercial yeast, our naturally leavened bread has unique tasting notes and textures, with characteristics from nutty to tangy. (Read about Baker’s Field in the Heavy Table.)
Brainstorm Bakery is a family-operated business in Ely, MN. For 15 years we’ve been hand crafting small batches of our infamous ‘Crapola’ brand of granola. Combining our passions for food and fun, we are serious about quality but silly when it comes to marketing. We believe good food and laughter are medicine, and our greatest joy is making our customers happy. (Read about Brainstorm Bakery in the Heavy Table.)
Legend holds that the first Blue cheese was born in the natural caves of France where ideal humidity and temperature conditions allowed native blue-green molds to flourish. Since 1936, that tradition has lived on at the historic sandstone Caves of Faribault — home of America’s First Blue Cheese. Located on a tall sandstone bluff overlooking the Straight River in the small town of Faribault, The Caves of Faribault natural sandstone caves were carved into the St. Peter’s sandstone that formed in the last glacial age. This sandstone allows water to travel both horizontally and vertically and has a natural capacity for absorbing ammonia making it ideal for affinage, the art of maturing and aging cheese. Every handmade batch of our award-winning AmaBlu, AmaGorg, and St. Pete’s Select Blue cheese is cured and aged exclusively in these sandstone caves. You can also taste the subtle nuances in the Cherubic Gouda, St. Helga’s European Swiss, Felix Blue Cheese, and our Blues & Brews series. (Read about the Caves of Faribault in the Heavy Table.)
Duluth Coffee Company, Minnesota’s premiere coffee roaster. Opened in 2012 in the heart of Downtown Duluth. Frequent travels to coffee’s origins have built long term relationships with coffee producers around the world. Duluth Coffee’s mission is to source and roast coffee with intention and integrity. (Read about Duluth Coffee Company in the Heavy Table.)
The Herbivorous Butcher is America’s first vegan butcher shop, founded by siblings Aubry and Kale Walch. They make plant-based meats and cheeses in their northeast Minneapolis shop and ship to customers and retail partners nationwide. They also operate a non-profit farm sanctuary called Herbivorous Acres, as well as Herbie Butcher’s Fried Chicken, a vegan fried chicken shop in south Minneapolis. (Read about the Herbivorous Butcher in the Heavy Table.)
Honey & Rye Bakehouse is a woman-owned venture undertaken by Anne Andrus, who grew up baking monkey bread at home with her mother in a rural Minnesota kitchen. Now a business owner and a mom, her passion for baking, family, and community continues to inspire her journey. (Read about Honey and Rye in the Heavy Table.)
Peace Coffee is a Minneapolis-based coffee roaster that’s been in operation near East Lake Street and Hiawatha Ave since 1996. Peace Coffee is a Certified B Corporation that roasts 100% fair trade and organic coffee that’s available in local grocery stores and online at peacecoffee.com (Read about Peace Coffee in the Heavy Table.)
We at Redhead Creamery aim to provide a fun, interesting, and informative experience for our customers by providing great-tasting, award-winning dairy products, exceptional customer service, dairy farm tours, community-focused events, and other educational experiences that promote dairy and agriculture. Additionally, we intend to generate enough profit to create high quality, lasting jobs for owners and employees, and to contribute, financially and otherwise, in the fight against poverty and food inequity in Minnesota. (Read about Redhead Creamery in the Heavy Table.)
Artisan salami producer.
Rustica Bakery has been a long-standing community favorite for exceptional pastries, bread, desserts, and remarkable coffee and teas. They have one of the most experienced baking teams in the Twin Cities, including newly welcomed Shawn McKenzie. Shawn and her team continue to create the outstanding community favorite baked goods, while also introducing new, creative, delectable goodies.
Local producer of award-winning chocolates, caramels and snacks. (Read about St. Croix Chocolate Company in the Heavy Table.)
Based in Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA, Acme Organics is the maker of Triple Crown Organic BBQ Sauces, the highest-ranked organic BBQ sauces at the American Royal, the largest and most prestigious BBQ sauce contest in the USA. Our Classic, Black (fermented) Garlic and Hickory Bourbon (made with Journeyman Distillery Organic Bourbon Whiskey) are certified organic, gluten-free and vegan. Triple Crown sauces are currently exported to the UK, Germany, the UAE, Canada, Japan and South Korea.
Our mission is to “make the world a sweeter place, one jar at a time” and that’s exactly what we do with Velvet Bees Honey Butter. Our honey butter is made with just five ingredients: honey, butter, cream, cane sugar and vanilla. And each one is easy to spell and pronounce. No preservatives go into Velvet Bees Honey Butter. Give it a try! Your taste buds will thank you and so do we! Krista & Steve, owners and honey butter makers
Vikings and Goddesses Pie Company is a wholesale bakery that also sells pie, pastries and frozen products direct to consumers online and at the Mill City Farmers Market.