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Hastings Tastings is Tuesday night

Area residents can eat well and help support the emergency food shelf at Hastings Family Service during a special event Tuesday.

Hastings Tastings, a 21-year tradition made possible by the generous restaurants and bakeries in the community that bring delicious samples of foods from their menus to showcase and share with the community, kicks off Minnesota FoodShare Month from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday, March 1, at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton (SEAS) Church, 2035 15th St. W. A total of 16 Hastings area restaurants and food establishments are participating in the annual event.

The participants and their tentative menu items are:

American Legion Post 47 and Catering: Appetizers and cold sandwiches.

Bella Vista: Chicken Marsala, Teriyaki green beans, stuffed mushrooms.

Bierstube: Sauerbraten, Schweine Haxen, bratwurst, Mettwurst, spatzle with kraut and gravy.

Coborn’s Superstore: variety of Four Brothers signature deli items.

Coliseum Sports Bar and Grill: Entree and appetizers.

Cub Foods: Signature meat and cheese.

Dakota Hills Golf Club – The Pub: Szechuan green beans.

Dunn Bros: Coffee, decaf and regular.

The Green Mill: Shrimp wonton appetizer and chicken saltimbocca entree.

Hastings Co-op Creamery: milk.

Noodles and Company: Korean meatballs and Pad Thai entree.

Papa Murphy’s: Pizzas: Angus steak, roasted garlic, chicken bacon artichoke, herb chicken Mediterranean, garlic chicken, cowboy, pepperoni, sausage.

Perkins Family Restaurant: French silk pie, wildberrry pie, macaroons.

Spiral Natural Foods Co-op: Turkey pesto sandwich wrap, raw power slaw.

Treasure Island Resort and Casino: Steak au Poivre.

Walmart: Cake.

“This is the best selection of food you will ever find for $35,” said Amy Sutton, HFS Resource Development director. “And the $35 you spend on your ticket will in turn feed a family for a week.”

FoodShare is a program through the Greater Minneapolis Council of Churches that brings together hundreds of companies, civic groups, schools and congregations to help restock about 300 food shelves statewide including Hastings Family Service. The goal here is to collect 25,000 pounds of food and $160,000 to restock The Market.

Every dollar and every pound of food donated from March 1 to April 8 will receive a proportionate match from MN FoodShare; the more money and pounds collected, the greater the portion of the match that Hastings Family Service will receive.

The most needed items at the Hastings Food Shelf are ready-to-eat dinners, tuna, Miracle Whip, canned fruit, canned vegetables, tomatoes, spaghetti sauce, canned soups, crackers, macaroni and cheese, Hamburger Helper, rice, pasta, potato and stuffing mixes, non-sugared cereals, oatmeal, brownie mixes, cake mixes, muffin mixes, pancake mix and syrup, sugar, jellies, jams, personal hygiene products and laundry detergent.

This year, HFS will have change jars at various locations throughout the community and the coins collected will be matched by local banks.

Many local churches are planning food collection events (the Greater Minneapolis Council of Churches calls it Pack the Pews). A number of groups hold food drives; businesses are providing silent auction items for Hastings Tastings or offering jeans days when employees pay a small amount to wear jeans for the day. Anyone planning an activity, should contact HFS so the agency can help promote it.

Hastings Family Service can purchase food through Second Harvest Heartland for only 13 cents per pound, so a gift of $20 can purchase about 150 pounds of food. There are additional ideas about how to get involved in MN Food Share on the HFS website at www.hastingsfamilyservice.org.

“MN FoodShare is a critical month for HFS and a great way for people to maximize the impact of their gifts,” said Sutton. “Your help is needed and deeply appreciated.”

Advance tickets for the March 1 Hastings Tastings are $35 and are available at Cub, Coborn’s, Hastings Area YMCA and Hastings Family Service.

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