A taste of change on the Iron Range

June Apple Kitchen will hold a pop-up restaurant event at the Iron Range Makerspace on Aug. 16.

On Thursday, the Iron Range Makerspace hosts its first pop-up restaurant event, highlighting another small possibility of change in this blue collar region.

June Apple Kitchen, a small catering business operated by Megan Reynolds, will cook a four course Mediterranean and serve at 6 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 16. For $40, all you have to do is show up to the bright yellow Makerspace building on the Highway 169 Beltline in Hibbing and enjoy the experience.

For one night only, June Apple Kitchen prepares a full, 4-course meal, traversing the boundaries of Spain, Greece, Turkey, Lebanon, Israel, Morocco and more! Join us for a delectable tour of Mediterranean cuisine served family-style around the big Makerspace table, and experience the bounty and variety this region has to offer. The specially designed menu is top secret, so let cook Megan Reynolds be your guide!

You can make reservations here or here. Seating is limited.

Reynolds operates out of the commercial kitchen available at the Iron Range Makerspace. You might also recognize her as the guitar player in the Don’t Tell Darlings from my last Great Northern Radio Show. Megan cooked a similar spread for my family this year. I can vouch for the excellent meal you’ll have.

There’s a truism about food songs that they’re never just about food. Food represents so much more than nutrition. It’s culture and identity, too. That’s why places with lots of interesting restaurants become attractive to young professionals and tourists.

The restaurant business is one of the toughest industries due to the tight operating margins and the variability of supply and demand. But events like this allow small entrepreneurs and potential customers to experiment with a product.

It works the same way for other business models, too. That’s one of the advantages of the makerspace concept, and one that can and should be replicated by others.

It’s this sort of thing that adds zest to modern life on the Iron Range. Small business and home grown ideas can become far bigger with local support.

Imagination and hard work will serve the Iron Range well. Ideas can come from anyone, especially you.

You don’t have to wait for an invitation. Pull up a chair.


  1. Aaron! Thanks for featuring this event, and thank you for putting into words EXACTLY how I feel about food, cooking, culture, and community! Food is just food, it’s not an exclusive club, it’s an invitation to participate in a collective experience. But food also feeds more than our bellies. It nourishes our soul’s need for connection, our culture’s need for sharing, and the, and the community’s need for understanding and togetherness. Given the huge response to this event, you can be sure I’ll continue offering more culinary adventures where we can meet other Rangers around the big table, talk, eat, and enjoy all that our neighborhood is. As an unabashed outsider, I’m delighted and honored to have been welcomed to that table, and I’m proud to share the food that I love with folks in my new home.

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