What says community in Minnesota more than hot dish?
The Holland neighborhood in Northeast Minneapolis takes the idea of an ordinary casserole supper, (the kind advertised in small town papers,) one step further by tweaking it enough to take on its own one of a kind flavor.
And what says Northeast Minneapolis better than hot dishes, jello, accordion music, and beer?
It’s quirky. It’s fun. No pretention here just a lot of good natured competition and fun among young and old alike. This is the 9th annual Hotdish Revolution and it’s coming to St. Maron’s Cedar Hall on April 21st.
Organizer Adelheid Koski said, “I think it gets bigger because it is such a great, quirky, cool celebrator melding of Old and New Northeast. Hotdish, art, music, beer, and good people.”
This year organizers estimate that about 100 hotdishes may be competing.
In addition to sampling countless styles of hotdishes, people will be able to enjoy a flight of beers from local brewers for $10 and mingle in a room filled with Minneapolis mayoral candidates and other community leaders,
So if you’re in for a little competition, prepare your favorite hot dish and enter it into one of five possible categories. Kids are even eligible to participate.
This year’s categories include: spicy, vegetarian, fins and feathers, I Made it! (Kids), Tator Tot Excellence, and Darn Good.
If you’re more of a jell-o enthusiast, try sculpting a masterpiece and entering it into the Jell-o competition. Organizers expect to have some very interesting entries again. Previous winners have created a version of Moses parting the Red Sea, sushi Jell-o and Barbie Jell-o, beach Jell-o.
Celebrity judges like Mark Andrew, Betsy Hodges, Gary Schiff, Cam Winton, and Jackie Cherryhomes along with local politicians, Kari Dziedzic, Liz Wielinski, Diane Loeffler, and Linda Higgins will taste the hot dishes and declare the winners.
Judges are assigned in groups to a specific category so they may only have to taste 10-15 dishes. Otherwise according to Adelheid, “ it would take forever and they would have no room for beer!”
In addition to the food, there will be displays so that attendees can learn about some initiatives happening in the Holland neighborhood like the Mississippi Watershed funded improvements for the Edison High School parking lot and Gym, the planned light sculpture installation (by renowned sculptor James Brenner) for the Edison Parking lot, the projected Basin stormwater capture project, and the XCEL Solar Panel grant application. The Holland Neighborhood Improvement Association will also be launching a collaborative fundraising initiative – the James Brenner Medallion.
If you are a Northeaster, chances are the Hotdish Revolution will feel more like you’re at a family reunion. If you’re not a Northeaster, you’ll meet some new friends, eat your fill of hot dish, and realize that Northeast is definitely the place to be, at least on April 21.
What: The Hot Dish Revolution
Where: St. Maron’s Cedar Hall, 602 University Ave. NE
When: April 21, 4:00 pm for entries; 4:30-5:00 pm judging; 5:00 pm dining. (No entries accepted after 4:30 for judging)
Cost: $5.00 entering a hotdish; $10 without; Kids: $5; Under 5: free