Eat on the Avenue (EOA) was a success for many this summer! This NEON-curated marketplace event was created to engage the community by providing a variety of dining options for those who live and work in North Minneapolis. Eat on the Avenue was also a platform for food businesses to grow by showcasing their menu(s) in the Minneapolis community.
Some of the vendors featured in Eat on the Avenue were clients who worked with NEON through the Northside Food Business Incubator (NFBI), a joint partnership with Appetite for Change (AFC) designed to expand economic opportunities and build wealth for Minneapolis residents, and increase the healthy food options in North Minneapolis through the
creation, growth and development of small food businesses in North Minneapolis.
Customers had an opportunity to dine from a variety of food options as:
• Global comfort food
Our event generated such a buzz that it was featured on local news outlet's like WCCO News, Spokesman-Recorder and MPR News to name a few. During the final week of Eat on the Avenue, the NFBI participants served up their best cuisine from a food truck provided by Loaves and Fishes. The food truck was a great learning opportunity for NFBI participants to prepare for future scalability. We look forward to an even better experience next year!
This year's participants included:
Root to Rise Kitchen
Chicks on Wheels
Come and Get It
The People's Choice
Sammy's Avenue Eatery
Wendy's House of Soul
Breaking Bread Cafe
Whole Soul a Lavender and Sage Eatery
Black Cat Natural Foods
Soul 2 Go