City of Minneapolis:Short term events, cultural community meetings and more!


Food Establishment News

Organizing an event?

Need a short-term food permit?

Are you organizing an event in Minneapolis where food and/or beverages will be sold or given away?

A short-term food permit may be required.

As the organizer, you must submit your own Event Food Sponsor Permit application and fee, along with all Short-Term Food Permit applications and fees TOGETHER – AT LEAST 10 BUSINESS DAYS BEFORE THE EVENT. It is the responsibility of the Event Food Sponsor to do this.

If you will be selling or giving away food and/or beverages at an event, provide your Short-Term Food Permit application and fees (or your Seasonal Food Permit number) directly to the Event Food Sponsor, well in advance of the event – so the Sponsor can submit all applications together at least 10 business days before the event.

Visit the Minneapolis Civic Events webpage for

  • Permit application forms
  • Fee information
  • Frequently asked questions.

Minneapolis Civic Events:

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Online Health Inspections

The first meeting of the Health Department Online Health Inspections work group is:

Tuesday, June 30
9:00 – 10:00 am
Minneapolis Central Library, Doty Board Room
300 Nicollet Mall

At the first work group meeting we will:

·         Discuss the timeline for posting reports.

·         Review health inspection information from other city and county websites.

·         Discuss, and begin developing, information for the general public about health inspection reports for the city’s website.

Please RSVP if you plan to attend. We need to know how many people to expect. Contact Leslie or call 612-673-3544.

Somali food

Food Safety Classes in Somali

In response to requests from Somali business owners, the Minneapolis Health Department is sponsoring food safety training classes in Somali.

Three sessions of food safety training classes taught in Somali will be offered in July and August at the Midtown Global Market basement meeting room, 920 East Lake Street, Minneapolis, MN.

The run from sessions 9:00 am to 1:30 pm for three days.

A Certified Food Manager exam will be given on the third day.

Session 1: July 20, 21, and 22
Session 2: August 3, 4, and 5
Session 3: August 17, 18, and 19

Cost is $50 for food workers and operators working in businesses licensed by the City of Minneapolis.
Cost is $150 for non-Minneapolis business operators.

For registration call:
Farhiya Farah 612-702-5051

More trainings will be offered in the fall.

Proposed Food Code Language Posted Online

The Minnesota Food Code has been under revision for the past several years.

Draft language has been posted online for each chapter, except chapter three. The draft proposed language can be found here for review.

The Minneapolis Health Department will be hosting another community forum for food establishments to provide comments  about the proposed language in the fall.

Watch for more information. In the meantime, you can submit comments or questions to the Minnesota Department of Health here.

Somali business forum

Save the Date: August Somali Forum

The next Somali Community Business Forum will be
August 25, 2015
9:00 to 11:00 a.m.
Abubakar Islamic Event Center
2824 13th Avenue South, Minneapolis, MN 55407

Topics to be discussed are

  • Support for businesses including sharia compliant loans.
  • Minneapolis Police Department rules for officers working off-duty.
  • Buying tobacco products and youth compliance checks.
  • Food Safety training classes in Somali

Watch for more information!

Over 110 people attended the Somali Community Business Forum on April 21, 2015, to learn about issues that impact their businesses including:

  • Packaging changes and the Green To Go ordinance
  • Changes to the Staple Foods Ordinance
  • Health Inspection reports online
  • Extended hours for Ramadan
  • Getting a translator when calling 311

Problemas mas comunes con las inspeciones

Justo Garcia and Edwardo Mardones, bilingual Health Inspectors, conducted a four hour training titled, “Most Common Problems Associated with Food Services Inspections” on June 8, 2015.

The training was conducted entirely in Spanish. The training was tailored to front line staff that works in Latino owned restaurant or establishments with large number of Latino employees.

Interactive activities focused primarily on the most common critical violations such as hand washing, cooling, cross contamination, illness reporting and others. Thirty-three (33) participants from 13 different facilities attended the training. A certificate of completion was awarded to each participant.

The workshop will be offered again. If you are interested in a future workshop or contact Justo Garcia at 612-673-3619.

About this newsletter – Environmental Health eNews is published by the City of Minneapolis Environmental Health. If you have questions, please contact

For reasonable accommodations or alternative formats please contact Leslie Foreman, Minneapolis Health Department Environmental Health, at or 612-673-3544.

People who are deaf or hard of hearing can use a relay service to call 311 agents at 612-673-3000. TTY users can call 612-673-2157 or 612-673-2626.

Para asistencia 612-673-2700 •  Rau kev pab 612-673-2800 • Hadii aad Caawimaad u baahantahay 612-673-3500.

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