FVM, Sociable Cider & TC Chefs Host Best Wurst Event Ever

Over 600 Minnesota meat lovers came together May 15 for our first annual Best of the Wurst festival, a celebration of charcuterie, craft cider, and Ranked Choice Voting.

The slate of candidates proved as diverse as it was delicious. Festivalgoers got to taste and evaluate the original sausage creations of two dozen local restaurateurs, butchers, and caterers, then used RCV to elect the very Best of the Wurst.

The event highlighted the talent and inventiveness of some of the Twin Cities top chefs and it was the perfect showcase for Ranked Choice Voting, demonstrating how it:

     * Yields winners with broad consensus support

     * Promotes choice and inclusivity

     * Fosters civility purveyors enjoyed the competition, but spoke positively about competitors offerings

Frankly, these scrumptious sausages were all winners, and the tight races most of which went to four or five rounds of counting reflected the universal high quality of the entrants. But guests had a blast ranking their top choices to come up with some favorites:

Northeast & Friends: #1 Curious Goat, #2 Gold Nugget and #3 Pork & Pickle

Mpls Southside: #1 Blackbird, #2 Revival and #3 Pats Tap

Butcher Shops: #1 Wedge, #2 Lowry Hill Meats and #3 Red Table Meats

Greater Downtowns: #1 Borough, #2 Happy Gnome and #3 Ox Cart/Salt Cellar

Overall Best of the Wurst:

Borough won big at Best of the Wurst, also emerging on top in the celebrity judge competition.

First Place: Borough

Second Place: Kramarczuk's

Third Place: Ox Cart / Salt Cellar

Huge thanks to all the participating chefs/businesses, as well as the Belfast Cowboys for providing the perfect soundtrack to the proceedings. Thanks also to chef Geoff Hausmann of the Pork & Pickle for providing a special VIP demonstration and meal, and to our expert panel of celebrity judges: Minneapolis City Council Member Jacob Frey; St. Paul City Council Member Amy Brendmoen; WCCO's Matt Brickman and Kylie Bearse; WCCOs John Williams; author and chef Beth Dooley; Mpls/St. Paul magazine food critic Dara Moskowitz Grumdahl; and City Pages food critic Mecca Bos.

Finally, hats off to our terrific FairVote Minnesota volunteers, who made Best of the Wurst such a fun and successful celebration. 

Stay tuned for news of next year's Best of the Wurst!

Tim Penny: We Can Do So Much Better with RCV

The chaotic U.S. presidential race continues to underscore the dire need for voting reform, and former Congressman and FairVote Minnesota board member Tim Penny has been writing about it. Check out his two (different) recent RCV op-eds in the Star Tribune and the Duluth News Tribune!

For more information about how RCV would have made such a big difference in the presidential race this year -- and why political reform is urgently needed, please see our 2016 media kit.

FairVote MN Mourns Loss of Glen Nelson

All of us at FairVote Minnesota are grieving the loss of physician, health care visionary, philanthropist, and Ranked Choice Voting champion Glen Nelson, who died May 14 at age 79.

Dr. Nelson, who served as vice chairman of Medtronic from 1986 to 2003, was an innovator at heart both in medical technology and in participatory democracy. He was an early and staunch advocate of RCV, which he believed could restore health to our body politic, and he brought a scientists reason and logic to making his case.

Our hearts go out to Nelsons widow, Marilyn Carlson Nelson, as well as his daughters, son, grandchildren, and extended family. Were so grateful for his efforts on behalf of a better democracy his memory will continue to inspire us in our work.

Join us Twin Cities Pride June 25 and 26!

Its one of our most important and enjoyable outreach events of the year: Join us at the annual Twin Cities Pride festival June 25 and 26. Pride is a fantastic way to spend time outdoors, connect with old friends, make new ones and advance democracy reform. Times are flexible and training is provided; we promise youll have a blast! Email us at info@fairvotemn.org to sign up or learn more.

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