On April 21 the Holland Neighborhood Improvement Association (HNIA) is putting on the ninth annual Hotdish Revolution at St. Maron's Cedar Hall at 602 University Ave. NE.
Event organizers are expecting 75-100 entries in six different categories of the quintessentially Minnesotan dish, and a panel of celebrity judges will ultimately determine the winners. In addition to the homemade entries, local restaurants will also be donating food and there is a seventh category for best jello dish.
“There should be plenty of food,” joked Adelheid Koski, president of the HNIA.
Barley John's, Dangerous Man, Indeed, Northgate and 612Brew will be there representing Northeast's burgeoning brewing culture. Flights with five 4-ounce samples from the breweries will be available for $10, and Schell's donated some Grain Belt Nordeast, will also be available for purchase.
Koski said record attendance was set at 350 a few years back, but this year they are aiming for 400 people, including five Minneapolis mayoral candidates: Gary Schiff, Betsy Hodges, Mark Andrew, Jackie Cherryholmes, Cam Winton and Don Samuels.
City Council Member Kevin Reich (1st Ward) will also be there. He helped come up with the idea for the Hotdish Revolution when he was a member of the HNIA back in 2004.
Doors open at 4 p.m., judging takes place from 4:30-5:00, and dining starts immediately after the judging is over. Tickets are $10, $5 if you're entering a dish, and all proceeds go to the HNIA to help organize future community events.