Turkey Guys, Inc. Receives Turkey Promoter of the Year Award

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Contact:  Lara Durben

Phone:   (763) 682-2171


Turkey Guys, Inc. Receives Turkey Promoter of the Year Award

(Buffalo, MN )  … The Minnesota Turkey Research and Promotion Council (MTRPC) has honored Turkey Guys, Inc. with its 2012 “Turkey Promoter of the Year” award.

Turkey Guys, Inc. – owned by Twin Citians Daniel Perkins and Drew Levin – has been instrumental in expanding the reach of Minnesota Turkey’s “Turkey To Go” restaurant at the Minnesota State Fair. Not only do the Turkey Guys currently manage the State Fair operation, but they are licensed by MTGA for the use of its “Giant Juicy Turkey Sandwich” and the use of the Turkey To Go name beyond the State Fair.

In 2010, the company opened up its first Turkey To Go outlet – a mobile food cart – in downtown Minneapolis. In 2011, they expanded to include a location at the Minnesota Twins’ Target Field as well as indoor store fronts in downtown Saint Paul (Alliance Bank Building food court) and downtown Minneapolis (Baker Building food court). In 2012, they will add a second location of the Turkey To Go concession at Target Field.

“By taking the our Giant Juicy Turkey Sandwich beyond the State Fair and building additional fan base, Turkey Guys has significantly increased sales at the State Fair,” said MTRPC Executive Director Steve Olson. “We value and appreciate the commitment and passion for promoting Turkey To Go that both Daniel and Drew have shown over the past few years and we look forward to what the future will bring for Turkey To Go.”

The award was presented at the MTRPC Annual Meeting on March 14 in Saint Paul, Minn.

For more information about the Promoter of the Year Award or the Minnesota Turkey Research & Promotion Council, please call 763/682-2171, email or visit



Turkey To Go: A State Fair Mainstay that’s Expanding Across the Twin Cities!


Lara Durben, Minnesota Turkey Growers Association – Ph: 763/682-2171 or


(Buffalo, MN) … What do the Minnesota State Fair, Target Field and the Twin Cities mobile food cart scene all have in common?  Turkey To Go – home of the Giant Juicy Turkey Sandwich!

Now in its 53rd year, Turkey To Go concession will serve up the tastiest turkey at the 2011 Minnesota State Fair. The Minnesota Turkey Growers Association (MTGA), which owns the concession, also is excited to announce some upgrades to its menu – including a Half-Pound Giant Turkey Sandwich for those with the heartiest of appetites for turkey, and three new optional toppings for the sandwich and the popular turkey drumsticks.  The topping choices include: bleu cheese crumbles and buffalo sauce; brie cheese and cranberry sauce; and crispy chopped bacon and sweet glaze.

“Customers at the Turkey To Go mobile food carts in downtown Minneapolis have raved about the toppings, so we are very pleased to be able offer these delicious options to State Fairgoers as well,” said Steve Olson, Executive Director of the MTGA.

“The toppings pair equally well with the turkey sandwich or the jumbo turkey drumstick, which is even bigger in size this year – averaging a whopping two pounds!” said Drew Levin of Turkey To Go. “And of course, the turkey drumstick will be available in original, sweet glaze and buffalo flavors, as well.”

For the fourth straight year at the State Fair, MTGA is proud to announce that a portion of every sale at Turkey To Go will be donated to Hunger Solutions Minnesota (, an organization that is dedicated to ending hunger.

In addition to the State Fair location and its popular mobile food carts in downtown Minneapolis, Turkey To Go debuted this year at Target Field, home of the Minnesota Twins, and can be found near section

113 on the main level behind home plate.  And this fall, MTGA is excited to announce that two new Turkey To Go storefronts will open on the skyway level in both downtown Minneapolis and St. Paul. The skyway locations will be in the Baker Building, 706 Second Avenue South, Minneapolis, and in the Alliance Bank Center, 56 East Sixth Street, St. Paul.

“Turkey To Go continues to expand its presence throughout the Twin Cities,” said Olson. “It’s been exciting to be able to showcase delicious and healthy turkey products raised right here in Minnesota by nearly 250 family farmers who are dedicated to raising the highest quality turkey for consumers.”

About Turkey To Go

Turkey To Go concession at the Minnesota State Fair is located at 1256 Clough Avenue, next door to the All-You-Can-Drink Milk Stand.

Turkey To Go’s mobile food cart locations in downtown serve the same menu and can be found most weekdays during lunch at South 8th Street and Nicollet Mall.  A second location option at South 6th Street and Hennepin Avenue is utilized during Minnesota Twins’ home games, and the food cart is also in Uptown Minneapolis on weekend nights. For up-to-date location information, follow Turkey To Go on Twitter (@TurkeyToGo).

Fans can find Turkey To Go on Facebook (, Twitter (@TurkeyToGo), and at

About MTGA

MTGA is a nonprofit trade organization that began in 1939 with a mission to foster a successful turkey industry in Minnesota. The state ranks #1 for turkey production and processing in the U.S. with its 250 turkey farmers raising approximately 46 million turkeys annually. Minnesota has the most family-owned turkey farms of any state in the U.S. and many of these turkey producers are 3rd, 4th and 5th generation farmers. For more information, visit or

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10 Fun Facts about Minnesota Turkey and Turkey To Go Concession


Lara Durben, Minnesota Turkey Growers Association

Ph: 763/682-2171 (office),  612/554-0920 (cell),


Minnesota Turkey Growers Association (MTGA) has been serving up turkey at the Minnesota State Fair for 53 years (since 1958).  Our State Fair concession stand, Turkey To Go, is known for its signature Giant Juicy Turkey Sandwich and Slow-Roasted Turkey Drumsticks.

We expect to cook approximately 50,000 pounds of turkey at Turkey To Go this year.

Turkey To Go has expanded its mobile food cart presence into multiple locations around the Twin Cities. Up-to-date location information can be found at

  • Downtown Minneapolis – On most weekdays during lunch, Turkey To Go’s Mobile food cart is located at South 8th Street and Nicollet Mall. During Minnesota Twins home games, the cart is set up at South 6th Street and Hennepin Avenue.
  • Target Field – Turkey To Go is behind home plate between sections 113.
  • Uptown Minneapolis – Friday and Saturday nights.

Turkey To Go is opening two new store fronts this fall!

  • Downtown Minneapolis in the Baker Building (skyway level), 706 Second Avenue South
  • Downtown St. Paul in the Alliance Bank Building (skyway level), 56 East Sixth Street

Turkeys raised in U.S. are free of added hormones and steroids.  In fact, there are no hormones or steroids approved for use in turkey production in the U.S.

Nutritionally, turkey has more protein than chicken or beef – plus fewer calories with zero trans- and saturated fat. Our Giant Juicy Turkey Sandwich (eaten without the bun) and Jumbo Turkey Drumstick are gluten-free.

Minnesota is ranked #1 for turkey production, processing, and hatching in the U.S. and is home to 250 turkey farmers who raise approximately 46 million turkeys annually on 600 farms.  Minnesota has the most family-owned turkey farms of any state in the U.S. and many of our turkey producers are 3rd, 4th and 5th generation farmers.

Formed in 1939, Minnesota Turkey Growers Association (MTGA), is a nonprofit trade association dedicated to fostering a successful turkey industry. Today MTGA and its sister organization, Minnesota Turkey Research Promotion Council, work on behalf of Minnesota’s turkey industry in the areas of research, promotion, public relations, issues management, education and government affairs.

MTGA’s Web site – – features links to more than 1,700 turkey recipes for consumers and the foodservice industry. We also have recipes at our State Fair booth in the Dairy Building.

Producing a quality, nutritious and safe product is the top priority for turkey farmers as well as turkey processing companies, which follow USDA guideliness for food safety. Consumers, too, need to do their part to ensure that turkey is handled properly in the kitchen and cooked to an internal temperature of 165 degrees F., as measured by a food thermometer.

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