The St. Paul Farmers Market is an event in itself, attracting a crowd of regulars and visitors every weekend from May through October, to buy locally grown and manufactured goodies. Saint Agnes Baking Co. has been a proud supporter of the market for years (until this year, when our wholesale business boomed, we had a booth there—we miss it dearly!). Any opportunity we find to talk about our neighbor a stone’s throw away, we use it. And here’s a great one:
The American Culinary Federation’s Minneapolis Chapter (another organization that we hold near and dear) is holding a cooking competition at the St. Paul farmers Market on Saturday, October 3. Ten teams, helmed by local chefs, are competing. ACF Culinary competitions are not your standard slice-and-sauté events viewed on television or staged by local media. To be an ACF sanctioned event, chefs must adhere to the rigorous safety requirements of a professional kitchen while maintaining high-level technical standards preparing the food. In addition, as an ACF-sanctioned event, the judges are certified chefs, not food enthusiasts, who score each team on their technique as well as the finished product. In other words, there will be no shortcuts, which will make for some fast-paced action.
If you want to see how the real pros work, come on down to the St. Paul Farmers Market on Saturday, October 3. The teams, which will be using local and sustainably-grown ingredients, begin prep for the one-hour event early (6 a.m.!). The competition starts at 7 a.m., and tasting samples will be available for $5.