Inside the Daily Planet, 11/23/07

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Food and restaurants Karaoke night at Pancho Villa by Jeremy Iggers, Breaking Bread/The Rake It’s Thursday night at Pancho Villa on Eat Street, and the joint is jumping. The Mexican restaurant on Eat Street has karaoke four nights a week, but Thursday night is contest night, and more than a dozen singers are lined up to compete. The prizes in tonight’s semi-final round are small stuff –a bottle of wine, a gift certificate, but the singers who make it to the finals on December 6 will be competing for a top prize of $1000; plus CD recordings of their performances and other prizes. The elusive Hmong cuisine by Phyllis Louise Harris, Asian Pages Despite the fact that Minnesota has more than 100,000 Hmong residents, finding examples of Hmong cooking is not easy. With a long tradition of oral history, cookbooks featuring Hmong food are rare and only a few Hmong restaurants have survived in this area. Heksher Tzedek campaign by Hilary Johnson, KFAI A Mendota Heights rabbi is leading a national campaign to create a new kind of kosher certification, one that is concerned with corporate ethics. Allen was faced with a contradiction at a meat packing plant that supplies meat to the Twin Cities Jewish Community. He then began the process of the heksher tzedek or justice certification. He believes it could affect the larger food system. NEW IN VOICES Not ready for pasture (NRP) by Jeremy Stratton, The Bridge Since its inception, the Neighborhood Revitalization Program (NRP) has been the backbone of citizen participation in Minneapolis; it created or bolstered neighborhood organizations, charging citizens with the responsibility to decide when, where and how to spend hundreds of millions of dollars on housing and civic improvements, programming and staff. With this grand experiment, the city put its money where its mouth is, creating the bedrock of community engagement in Minneapolis. NEW IN BLOGS Remarkable report on reading by Joe Nathan, School Talk

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