New Event! Food Talks with the MPLS Swappers

It’s no secret that Mandy, A-K, and I miss seeing your beautiful faces and homemade foods each month. The absence of our food swaps creates a noticeable hole in our social life and our pantries! So, while we are working hard to determine the future of our food swaps, we have developed a new way to grow our community and share in lovingly prepared food.

Please welcome our new event, Food Talks!

What is Food Talks?

Food Talks is intended to create a forum to build community, share knowledge, tell stories, and encourage discussion around a variety of food-centered topics. Each Food Talks event will feature a potluck-style meal and a series of short talks given by attendees. Share a story about a traditional family recipe. Discuss issues of food access in your neighborhood. Talk people through what to look for when buying a new knife. Share your experience with going gluten-free. The options are endless, and anyone is welcome to attend! This is a family friendly event.

We will also be giving an update on the status of our food swaps and our discussions with the Department of Health and the Department of Agriculture, so we’d love to see some of our food swap regulars in attendance.

Event Information

Food Talks with the MPLS Swappers

Saturday, March 31, 2012, 4-6 p.m.

Minnehaha Free Space

3458 Minnehaha Avenue, Minneapolis MN

Cost: $5 suggested donation at the door.

(No one will be turned away. Money will be used to cover space use and other incremental costs.)

Eventbrite - Food Talks with the MPLS Swappers


Food Talks will kick off with a dinner potluck. Please bring a dish to pass as you are able!

  • If possible, please bring a list of ingredients in your dish to be sensitive to the dietary choices and restrictions of those in our community.
  • Please bring your own dish, silverware, and cup. Minnehaha Free Space does not provide these items and we do not want to use disposable.
  • Please do not bring alcohol to the event.

Note: If you are unable to bring a dish to share for significant personal reasons, please feel free to attend regardless. We will have plenty of food to share.


After we eat, we will sit back and listen to 4-5 informal presentations with food at their core, lasting 5-10 minutes each. We are looking for presenters for our first event, and nearly any topic dealing with food is fair game! Share your passion, knowledge, and interests with a like-minded community.

Example Topics

  • storytelling: family food traditions, travel food stories, favorite recipe history, best meal you’ve ever had or made, etc.
  • how-to/instructive: vegan cooking, recipe substitutions, tips for grilling, basic canning equipment, favorite flours for baking bread, how to sharpen a knife, basics of a kitchen garden, etc.
  • topic exploration: food access, food politics, nutrition, dietary lifestyle choices, food allergies/intolerances, healing foods, philosophy, etc.
  • anything else food-related you can dream up!

If you are interested in presenting, you will have the opportunity to share your interest on the registration form. We will contact you to discuss your interest further.

Note: We will accept presentation topics on a combination of first-come first-serve and topic/preparedness. Please keep in mind that we are not able to accommodate cooking demonstrations using kitchen equipment – at this time we are only accepting discussion-based presentations. A projector, screen, and large white board are available for our use. Please share your needs in the form if possible.

Interested in Attending?

Complete a registration to reserve spot for each person attending (children under 12 do not need to register). We will be opening the event to 40 registrations. If you are interested in presenting, fill in the designated area in the registration form and we will contact you to discuss your interest further.

Eventbrite - Food Talks with the MPLS Swappers

If you register and find you are unable to attend, please email as soon as possible so we can release your spot.

Please email with questions. 


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