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“It’s a food drive in the most literal sense,” says Angie Lee, marketing, events and volunteer coordinator for FINNEGANS Reverse Food Truck. The food donation truck can be spotted at events around the Twin Cities, and accepts both monetary and food donations that go to local food banks.

The Reverse Food Truck was started by local beer company FINNEGANS, which already donates its profits to hunger relief. Every dollar donated to the food truck buys a pound of fresh, Minnesota-grown produce that is then donated to food pantries around the area. Nonperishable donations go to The Food Group, which will distribute to places in need.

The food truck is volunteer-run and has collected $84,000 in donations. Volunteers do everything from driving the truck (there isn’t a special license required) to explaining what exactly a reverse food truck is. 

FINNEGANS has partnered with several local businesses in order to get its message across. Thrivent Financial co-branded the Reverse Food Truck and helped to get a fleet of mini-food trucks in order to handle multiple events at once. Ad agency Martin|Williams, which came up with the concept, offers pro bono advertising services to the Reverse Food Truck, which earned it the Best of Show award for the 2015 Hub Prize competition. FINNEGANS has worked with a handful of other organizations to get Reverse Food Trucks in Canada, Sacramento and Dallas.

FINNEGANS will donate to a food bank of a client’s choosing, or go to local food pantries in need if there is no preference.

1. The building that is now the AAA Four Diamond-rated Kimpton Grand Hotel Minneapolis was originally constructed in 1915 as the Minneapolis Athletic Club—a high-end athletic and business club. The Grand Hotel opened in 2000 after a major renovation, and Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants took over management in 2010 and underwent a full renovation that completed in 2011.

 

Organization is key to a planners’ success; a system for staying on track makes for a sense of control, even for the largest of workloads. But keeping track of daily tasks, upcoming events and goals can be overwhelming, and rarely are all those things recorded in one place. That is until the Bullet Journal took hold. Ryder Carroll, inventor of the Bullet Journal, calls it “an analog system for the digital age that will help you track the past, organize the present, and plan for the future."

 

Here’s the one question you might want to avoid asking Robbie Harrell when you see one of his sculptures at an event: “Is that real ice?” The CEO of Minnesota Ice Sculptures says his com - pany’s sculptures are so clear and precisely carved that they prompt that question at every event they’re displayed. “Once people realize it really, truly is carved from ice, they’re excited about it,” he says. “There are always lots of selfies with the ice sculpture.”