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Your Challenge- Experience ExpoCulinaria 2012


Fri, Sep 7th, 2012
Posted in Rushford Arts & Culture

“Bring it to the table,” is not just an engaging command or culinary taste bud invitation, but it will also prove an entertaining challenge for the upcoming professional chef cook-off in Rushford, MN. At the feature September 22nd attraction of ExpoCulinaria—An Experience in Taste, two “seasoned” chef’s talents and knowledge will be put to the fire under the big top in downtown Rushford as they create an array of scrumptious appetizers, entrees and desserts. Utilizing an unknown pantry of food and surprise ingredients in a limited amount of time, the chefs will vie for top honors and prizes from a panel of judges. The winner must achieve the highest point score for presentation, creativity and taste.

Returning to defend his 2011 winner title is Chef Douglas Dahlgren of LaCrosse, WI. Dahlgren attended the Art Institutes International Minnesota in Minneapolis, receiving an Associate’s degree in the Culinary Arts. While attending school, Dahlgren worked professionally at Barbette in uptown Minneapolis. Here he learned the importance of working with local farmers, and how to utilize local and seasonal ingredients in his menus. After graduation in 2005, Dahlgren began working at Signatures Restaurant in Winona, MN as a line cook, quickly working his way up through the ranks; Lead Line Cook, Pastry Chef, Sous Chef, to the title of Executive Chef. He is currently Executive Chef at Culina Mariana Café at the Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe in LaCrosse. Dahlgren believes fully in the farm to table concept by educating the public about where their food comes from. Also that we all have a responsibility in supporting our local economy by buying as much as we possibly can locally. Dahlgren doesn’t see this as a fad, but an ethical obligation. Chef Dahlgren’s approach to food, “Start with good fresh seasonal ingredients, animals raised by people you know, and do as little as possible to mess it up.”

His 2012 competitor Chef Steven Burdey grew up in Green Bay, WI, and studied Education at Concordia University in Milwaukee, WI. In the midst of his book studies, Chef Burdey came to the realization of his love of and the desire to create with food. Chef Burdey has 25 years of restaurant experience, studying under Chef Kevin Cassidy of Currents Restaurant in Alma, WI. Most recently Chef Burdey studied with Chef Laurie Farley at Kate and Gracie’s Restaurant also in Alma, specializing in pastas and cheesecake. He is curren .....
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Taste of the Trail and Fall Fest in Preston September 15

Fri, Sep 7th, 2012
Posted in Preston Arts & Culture

Bikers from near and far are invited to join in Preston’s “Taste of the Trail” event on Saturday, September 15 from 10am-3pm at the Preston Trailhead. Event schedule as follows: 10:15am-12:15pm – the “Root River Blue Grass Band” performs ..... 
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Project America 79-day marathon run comes to Preston

Fri, Sep 7th, 2012
Posted in Preston Arts & Culture

On Monday, September 10, marathon runner and veteran, Mike Ehredt, will arrive in Preston, one of 79 stops along his 79-day journey. Ehredt started out from International Falls on August 23 and is currently running a marathon a day in honor of falle ..... 
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Four Daughters Vineyard & Winery to host Nashville-based country artist Becky Schlegel

Fri, Aug 31st, 2012
Posted in Spring Valley Arts & Culture

Spring Valley, MN. August 30, 2012—Four Daughters Vineyard & Winery will play host to Nashville-based country artist Becky Schlegel on September 7th. She’s visiting Minnesota from Nashville and the winery is on her tour schedule! Becky has be ..... 
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Food is the focus on the Root River Trail system in September

Fri, Aug 24th, 2012
Posted in All Arts & Culture

On three Saturdays in September, the Root River Trail System will feature local food and cuisine in a new trail wide event, Taste of the Trail. Taste of the Trail is similar to many “Taste of … “ events in many towns all over the Midwest. In ..... 
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Lanesboro Commmunity Theater presents a silent in the park- in the dark!

Fri, Aug 24th, 2012
Posted in Lanesboro Arts & Culture

Lanesboro, MN – Saturday and Sunday evenings, September 8 and 9, the Lanesboro Community Theater will premiere two showings of their own locally produced silent movie in Sylvan Park. The movie stars a cast of dozens of local residents and visiting ..... 
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Winners at ‘50s-’60s Day in Mabel on Sat. August 11, 2012

Fri, Aug 17th, 2012
Posted in Mabel Arts & Culture

CAR SHOW Best of Show: •Jeff & Chelay Playter of Sun Prairie, WI with a 1930 Ford Model A Other 1st Place Winners in their individual classes: •Duane Peters of Caledonia •Roger Bakewell of New Albin, Ia •Don Gallegher of Waukon, Ia ..... 
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ExpoCulinaria, a food lovers event - you be the judge

Tue, Aug 14th, 2012
Posted in Rushford Arts & Culture

By Team ExpoCulinaria The date Saturday, September 22nd is circled on calendars and hungry culinary fans are getting their tickets early for the 2012 ExpoCulinaria—a taste of Rushford, MN. Relished from the success of last year, ExpoCulinaria is ..... 
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Two Lanesboro youth tour Europe with the Minnesota Ambassadors of Music

Fri, Aug 10th, 2012
Posted in Lanesboro Arts & Culture

Two Lanesboro youth, Megan Kiehne and Kirsten Ruen, recently returned from a 16-day Minnesota Ambassadors of Music tour of seven European countries from July 6 to 21, 2012. The Minnesota Ambassadors are comprised of a select high school band and cho ..... 
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