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The Taste of Eat Local Minnesota is Thursday, July 24 at TCF Bank Stadium – Dairy Queen Room.  It lasts from 6 pm to 9 pm.

The 9th Annual Taste of Eat Local Minnesota (formerly known as the Taste of the TCO) event is the Twin Cities' premier culinary event with 15 of the best local and independent restaurants and breweries participating.

In addition to a spread of favorite local dishes and new culinary flavors, there will be pairings of wine or beer from every restaurant.  In addition, there will craft beer tasting by Great Waters Brewing Company, wine sampling from Chateau St Michelle, cocktail sampling from Southern Wine and Prairie Vodka & Gin and coffee from Morningstar Coffee.
A portion of the proceeds will go to benefit the Memorial Blood Center.  Music will be provided by local musical sensation, High & Mighty. 

Every guest will get a complimentary wine glass and be eligible to win a $100 gift card good for any Eat Local restaurant, and gift baskets from Chauteau St Michelle, Southern Wine, Morningstar Coffee and Prairie Vodka and Gin.

Tickets are $40.00 ($100.00 value) and be purchased through the following sites:

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As a reminder, you earn double points every Tuesday dining at any Twin Cities Original restaurant.


The Twin Cities Originals exists to promote dining in local independent area restaurants, to provide diners with a unique local flavor and to raise awareness of independent restaurants both locally and nationally.

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We have exciting news!

Starting on 5/22/14, the Twin Cities Originals (TCO) will become part of the National Eat Local program.

Don't worry - all the points and rewards you have accumulated over time will carry over to the new program. You just need to go into any participating Twin Cities Originals restaurant to get your new Eat Local card. You can then go on-line or call Eat Local (powered by PowerCard) to transfer your old TCO Rewards card to the new Eat Local card. We ask that you please pick up and transfer your card no later than August 1, 2014.

Why are we making this change?

We had the opportunity to associate ourselves with other locally owned restaurants throughout the country. Guests will now be able to use their Eat Local cards in the Twin Cities and 10 other cities in the United States. Currently, there are over 450 restaurants in Saint Louis, Kansas City, Charlotte, Louisville, College Station, Columbia, Cincinnati, Twin Cities, Tucson, and Phoenix. It was a chance we could not pass up. We hope that this move will allow us to gain even more local participating restaurants allowing our guests to use their points here and nationwide.

Plus, we're launching our new mobile app where you can track your points/rewards, find great local restaurants throughout the US and socialize with other local foodies. There is a new "Mobile Rewards" option as well, where customers can simply provide their phone number to earn points, rather than presenting the plastic rewards card.

So, how do you get started? Just stop into your favorite Twin Cities Originals restaurant and ask for an Eat Local card. You can then go on-line to or call PowerCard and have all your existing cardholder information, points, and rewards balances automatically transferred to the new Eat Local program. Soon, there will also be a way to link multiple cards to the same account.

There will no longer be any direct affiliation between the rewards program and the Twin Cities Originals. However, any restaurant will be able to answer any question you have. In the future, will be your main source for any questions, concerns or comments. If you have any more questions, contact our Customer Service Team at (877) 229-7299 and we'll be happy to help.

Cardholders can find participating restaurants and view their current balances at

Thank you for your support!
The Eat Local Team