Residents of Northeast Minneapolis, especially the Holland Neighborhood, shared a knowing nod last week when the mainstream media heralded the fact that Representative Tim Walz (1st Congressional District) took first place honors at the Minnesota Hotdish competition. This is the fourth annual competition initiated by Senator Al Franken “as a way to give members of Minnesota’s congressional delegation a chance to mingle without the usual political sniping.”
With all due respect to their elected representatives, Northeasters know that, while Representative Walz’ Turkey Trot Tate Tot” hotdish may go down in history, the Inside The Beltway competition pales by comparison with a time-honored Northeast tradition. Even as the solons rest on their laurels, Northeast residents are busily testing their culinary expertise for a local tradition that long pre-dates, and definitely sets a pace, for the Congressional chefs.
Holland Neighborhood and all of Northeast will be turning out on Sunday, April 6, for what is, in fact, the tenth annual Hotdish Revolution, sponsored by the Holland Neighborhood Improvement Association.
The legendary Hotdish Revolution features actually categories – Spice, Vegetarian, Tater Tot Excellence, I Made It? (kids), Darn Good (beef, pork, other) and Fins and Feathers. And then there’s the jello competition that defies categorization.
Hotdish-toting neighbors will gather at 4:00 on Sunday afternoon at St. Maron’s Cedars Hall, 602 University Ave Northeast, prepared to face a distinguished panel of celebrity judges.
Dining for all begins at 4:30. ($5 for entrants, $10 for others, $5 for kids 5 and under)
To complement the feast there’s beer tasting sponsored by the esteemed brewers of the Northeast Brew District. ($10/flight) Indeed Brewing, and Barley John’s Brew Pub will be joined by the folks from Sociable Cider Werks and others to provide choice libations.
Music and, yes, you guessed it – Haiku! The Friends of Northeast Library are sponsoring a hotdish/jello themed haiku competition judged by MinnPost columnist –about-town, Andy Sturdevant.
Revolution hotdish style
Jello too and beer
Haiku adds a lyric touch.
Follow the Holland Hotdish Revolution on Facebook or contact the Holland Neighborhood Association: 612 781 2299 or Holland@HNIA.org.