Chimichurri Steak Sandwich from John. Challenge Match Contribution. Upcoming Events!!

EDIT: John’s pop up today has been postponed. Tomorrow, Sunday April 30th, starting at 9am, John will be at Pilllar Forum Coffee (2300 Central Ave. NE MPLS) with a delicious brunch menu featuring breakfast sandwiches and waffles! The recipe below is a feature of what he’ll be serving! Go check it out!!

Early heads up: Saturday, June 3rd, Colin will be hosting a coffee and croissants breakfast at Zion Lutheran Church. In the afternoon there will be vegan paella from Patron Jerry Sedgewick. There will be plain croissants, chocolate croissants, berry and cream croissants, and a couple of different GF scones. This will not be a “pay what you want/can” event. It is going to be a fundraiser for getting Open Market and Community Dinner caught up financially leading into the summer.

Now, some more details about our summer plans for Open Market. An incredibly supportive member of this Patreon Community has pledged $3000 in matching solidarity to support the pop up, bodega style Open Markets and Community Meals at Resource MPLS this summer.

This is not a traditional “dollar for dollar” match. This is a “dollar for contribution” match. Our funding goal for these summer Open Markets is $21,000. That is $7000 per market. $6000 in nourishment to stock the market, $500 in Black Garnet Books gift cards, and $500 to have both John and Colin serving pastries and lunch for the people!!

That comes down to 3000 individual $6 contributions through the Chef Collective Venmo to gather $18000 to add to the $3000 pledged in solidarity to fully fund these three summer Open Markets.

(Again, that Venmo is: @Chef-Collective-1123)

We are also hoping that this incredible act of solidarity from a member of this Patreon Community inspires and encourages others to engage with their friends and families to bundle together larger contributions to support expanding the impact of these actions. Do you know a group of friends, coworkers, or family that can join together to help us match that $3000 in a more traditional “dollar for dollar” campaign? 5-10 $500 contributions will go a long way toward getting us to our full funding goal.

Another aspect of this, is that we want to continue to demonstrate how accessible it is to help provide these resources to the community. Solidarity, the strength of numbers, and the incredible potential for positive impact in communities acting together to improve the lives of their neighbors. $1, $2, $5, or $3000… It is the act itself that matters. It all adds up. This incredible act of solidarity allows us to continue to invite participation at any level. It is incredible to be a part of the community helping to create and model these actions; we want everyone to be able to feel responsible for creating this and a part of these actions.

It would be our hope to have these three events this summer on 6/25, 7/30, and 8/27 fully funded by the beginning of June. That way we can spend the summer promoting them and the other efforts of this Patreon Community.

We will be talking about these plans for the summer and how to engage more in this community on Thursday night at the 1st Thursday Open Market at Zion Lutheran. 5-8pm that night, 1697 Lafond Ave. 55104. We hope that all of you can join us that night!

Now, heeeeeeeeeeeerrrreeee’s Johnny!!!

Want a great recipe that is a perfect reason to use Lion’s Mane mushrooms from our friends at R&R Cultivation?

Here it is!!

“I’m doing a chimichurri steak sandwich! Here’s the recipe:


•3-4 lions mane mushrooms, cut into 1/2” steaks

•olive oil

•1.5t salt

•1.5t black pepper

•3T fresh thyme


•1.5 c olive oil

•2T red wine vinegar

•1/2c parsley (finely chopped)

•3 cloves garlic (minced)

•2 red chilies, seeded (finely chopped)

•1t dry oregano

•1t salt

•1/2t black pepper






Coat skillet with vegetable oil, turn on med/high flame. Once oil is nice and hot, place steaks (seasoned with salt pepper and thyme) into the pan to get a nice sear. After 3-4 minutes, flip, cook 3 more mins, turn heat down to med-low, and cook until water has evaporated (about 5 more minutes)

Mix all ingredients of chimichurri and let sit at least 2 hours (overnight is best)

Toast bun , mayo on bottom followed by arugula and tomato. Too with lions mane steak, generous amount of chimichurri, and top bun.”

*Photo by: Caitlin Abrams


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