Febgiving Alpha and USA Photos


We’re proud to present some shots of the two Minneapolis Febgivings — Febgiving USA (Feb. 20) and Febgiving Alpha (Feb. 14). Attendance was great — 22 folks at Febgiving Alpha (including two from New York) and 25 at USA (including guests from Milwaukee, New York, Boston, San Francisco and Eau Claire.

Big thanks to Katie Cannon (of Minneapolis, who shot Febgiving USA) and Anne Kosseff (of NYC, who shot Febgiving Alpha) for their photography.

The Febgiving USA tablescape, featuring menu, Crispin bombers, and custom souvenir shot glasses.

The Febgiving plate. As per Katie’s notes: “Starting at 6 o’clock: sage dressing, sausage dressing, beets w/ chevre, roasted sweet potatoes, cabbage salad w/ lime vinaigrette, mashed potatoes and gravy, cranberry sauce, cheese grits souffle, sweet potatoes with bourbon, and int he middle is perfectly cooked turkey and a mushroom gravy – YUM!”

Left: The New Glarus beer flight station. Right: The souvenir Febgiving shot glass.

This year marked the international debut of Cornish Gamehenge, a triptych of three boned, stuffed, deep-fried Cornish game hens erected on hemispherical cabbage bases. The birds were delicious. Left: Jessica Forbess of San Francisco builds the triptych. Right: Host Becca Dilley presents it.

Sage dressing by Katie Cannon and Erica Mauter carving up her delicious Febgiving banana roll.

Left: Co-host Jim Norton surveys the tablescape. Right: A drink, and homemade pate brought by Nick and Liz Scheibel.

Right: Bennett Gordon quizzically displays a can of O2 (flavored oxygen) that circulated the party at one point. Left: Kyle Sommers removes Briscoe Dilley, the Febgiving Ambassador Cat, from Kate NG Sommers’s back.

Dessert! Starting at 6pm, clockwise: Cardamom bundt cake, banana roll, a Sweets Bakeshop macaroon, chocolate pecan pie, cherry cheesecake pie, “crack” pie, classic bourbon pecan pie.

For all of Katie’s terrific photos, visit her Flickr site. Now, on to Alpha, courtesy of Anne Kosseff!

Becca Dilley toasts the group.

Sweet potato-stuffed oranges.

Anne and Becca, together at the table!

Guests mingle as the turkey roasts.

Oh, and the menu for Febgiving USA, for the curious:

Saturday, February 20, 2010
Minneapolis, Minnesota

Cocktail Hour

House-infused Cranberry Vodka Tonics
Absolut Boston Black Tea Tonics
Flights of New Glarus Beer

Assorted Local Cheeses and Dried Fruit
French Pate by Ms. Elizabeth Mead Cavert Scheibel
Baguettes by Rustica


Turkey with Stuffing and Cranberry Sauce
Mushroom Gravy by Ms. Jessica Forbess
Sage Dressing by Ms. Katie Cannon
Cabbage Salad with Spicy Lime Vinaigrette by Ms. Emily Nystrom
Old-School Mashed Potatoes
Butternut Squash Soup with Gorgonzola Cream by Ms. Laura Spencer
Pumpkin Bread Trains

and Featuring the International Debut of Cornish Gamehenge


Traditional Febgiving Banana Roll Cake by Erica and Missy
Buffalo Trace pecan pie
Vanilla Cardamom Bundt Cake by Kate and Kyle Sommers
Cordials and Whiskys Including Various Scotches and House-Made Root
Beer Schnapps



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4 Responses to “Febgiving Alpha and USA Photos”

  1. February 23 Morning Roundup « The Heavy Table – Minneapolis-St. Paul and Upper Midwest Food Magazine and Blog Says:

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  3. Kate Elliott Says:

    love the shot glasses!

  4. Diane Kostecke Says:

    Inspired by this web site and by meeting Jim and Becca at a recent book-signing,
    Febgiving was also celebrated by 11 revelers on February 20 in Madison, WI.
    No printed menus or customized shot glasses, but we all enjoyed our first attempt at this new holiday. Here are some pix of the meal we enjoyed:


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