FOOD & BEV: Minnesota’s First Gastro-Poster Sale

No doubt the Twin Cities loves a good poster show. ARTCRANK reins in bicycle enthusiasts in droves and the Poster Offensive caters to those who are politically minded individuals. Surprisingly, however, we have not yet seen a show highlighting our vibrant culinary community.

Inspired by the aforementioned poster shows, Chowgirls sought guidance from the organizers and remedied this situation with FOOD & BEV, Minnesota’s first poster show pairing the Twin Cities’ design and artistic talents with local farming, food, and beverage producers. (Find the event on Facebook here).

“I really wanted the posters to have a purpose beyond art, to serve as a marketing piece the way bands use posters to promote a concert,” says Heidi Andermack, Chowgirls co-owner and show curator. “With their organic, sustainable, hand-crafted quality products, all of these vendors are worthy of rock-star treatment.”

The show features limited-edition fine art posters highlighting select producers of Minnesota’s vibrant local culinary scene. Artists and producers are paired based on artists’ design style, vendors’ brand styles, and aligned food values. Pairings include:

Anne Ulku

2 Gingers Irish Whiskey by Robert Pflaum
Anchor Fish & Chips by Tooth
Chowgirls by Spunk
Dangerous Man Brewing by Intrepid Minneapolis
Eastside Food Co-op by Miss Amy Jo
Ferndale Farms by J.C. Lovely
Joia Soda by Tod Foley
Malone’s Simple Syrups by Spunk
Natedogs by Studio on Fire
Northeast Minneapolis Farmers Market by Brainstorm Overload
Sapsucker Farms by Adam Turman
Sen Yai Sen Lek by Bjorn Christianson
Smude’s Sunflower Oil by Anne Ulku
Thousand Hills Cattle Company by Burlesque Design

Andermack chose food businesses that are marketing savvy. “I was so happy that my favorite food and beverage producers were excited to participate. Because of their indie spirits and cooperative natures, these are some of the most stand-out businesses in the local food scene.”

Chowgirls is a Minneapolis-based, women-owned catering company that uses sustainable practices to offer a menu of seasonal foods using local and organic ingredients. “One of our goals from the start was to make quality food accessible to everyone,” says Andermack. “The response has been overwhelming.” During their 8 years in business, they’ve won numerous awards, including five Best of Minnesota Bride.

Chowgirls’ most recent achievement was obtaining a liquor license so that they may offer their business with a full bar service anywhere in the state. Like their food menu, the bar menu includes local beer, organic wines, and hand-crafted cocktails.

They’ve also expanded their business by opening the Chowgirls Parlor, a dining space available for private events. The space also features a rotating exhibit of local artwork that opens every month in conjunction with First Thursdays, a monthly art event in the Northeast Minneapolis Arts District. During these openings, Chowgirls food and drinks are available.

FOOD & BEV will be hosted at Chowgirls Parlor (1224 Second St NE, Minneapolis 55413). This event is free and open to the public.

“The food and beverage you see on the walls will also be on the table and at the bar.” Chowgirls will host a cash bar and free appetizer buffet at the art reception.

Posters, limited to editions of 30, will be available for purchase for $40 per print. Open Arms of Minnesota, a non-profit that cooks and delivers free meals specifically tailored to meet the nutrition needs of individuals living with HIV / AIDS, MS, ALS, breast cancer, and 60 other diseases, will receive a donation of $10 per print sold.

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