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Your Challenge - Experience the Taste of ExpoCulinaria 2013


Fri, Aug 23rd, 2013
Posted in Rushford Arts & Culture

By Team ExpoCulinaria

‘Bring it to the table,’ is not just an engaging command or culinary taste bud invitation. It will also prove an entertaining challenge for the upcoming professional chef cook-off in Rushford, Minn. At the feature September 7 attraction of ExpoCulinaria—An Experience in Taste, the talents and knowledge of two chefs 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 three guest judges. The winner must achieve the highest point score for presentation, creativity and taste.

Proclaimed the ‘Year of the Battle of Women Chefs’, 2013 welcomes both well-seasoned and newly-seasoned competitors. Competitor Lisa Yunker was born and raised in a quiet south suburb of Chicago. Yunker had the blessing of a mother and a grandmother on her dad’s side that taught her to love food. She started professionally cooking at the age of 32 in California, and ended up in northern Minnesota, where her career really took off. Yunker is currently a chef at Tilly’s Bar and Grill in Oronoco. Minn.

Her favorite foods to prepare are what some call good old fashioned American cuisine, ranging from high-end steak, seafood, poultry and pork entrees to a list an arm’s length long of sandwiches, wraps, salads and lots of homemade desserts. Chef Yunker prides herself on a work ethic learned from her best friend, her father, and her former Head Chef Cody Zavadil. “I learned so many things from him, professionally as well as personally. He encouraged my imagination, he supported my decisions, and was/is my biggest cheerleader,” says Chef Yunker. “He is like a son to me and I’m forever grateful to him for his tutelage.” continues Chef Yunker. “In my spare time, (laughingly), I absolutely love to garden. Fresh herbs, flowers, and vegetables. I love to plant things and see them grow into beautiful and yes, edible, things. Yard work used to be a punishment of sorts when I was a kid. Now, as an adult, I really enjoy it. It’s kind of my way of winding down and tuning out. My other passions are cooking at home, my 17 lb. Maine Coon cat Spaz, and creating a safe home for the two of us. My cooking at home is at times abstract. I never follow a specific recipe. I start .....
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Commonweal Theatre Company Presents “The Memory of Water”

Fri, Aug 23rd, 2013
Posted in Lanesboro Arts & Culture

LANESBORO, Minn. — The Commonweal Theatre Company presents Shelagh Stephenson’s beautifully moving story, “The Memory of Water”, September 21 through November 10 with discounted tickets available for previews September 13 to September 20. Ca ..... 
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Lemonade stand

Fri, Aug 23rd, 2013
Posted in Preston Arts & Culture

All smiles, Gracie Pfaff and Kendyl Kraling set up a lemonade stand in Preston, Minn. during the hottest days of August. Photo by Jason Sethre

Artist Reception for Local Author Nancy Huesenga, celebrating her new book ‘Behind the Door Marked “Private”

Fri, Aug 23rd, 2013
Posted in Lanesboro Arts & Culture

Lanesboro Arts Center will host an artist reception on Saturday, Sept. 14 from 6-8 p.m. for local author Nancy Huisenga, celebrating her new book ‘Behind the Door Marked “Private” – Confessions of a Small Town Bed & Breakfast Owner.’ The ..... 
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SEMAC Announces October Grant Application Deadline

Fri, Aug 23rd, 2013
Posted in All Arts & Culture

The Southeastern Minnesota Arts Council announces a call for grant proposals in three categories. The postmark deadline is October 1, 2013. SEMAC is a non-profit arts agency and is the State of Minnesota Arts Board-designated regional arts counc ..... 
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Facing Wykoff Photo Exhibit Opening September 1

Fri, Aug 23rd, 2013
Posted in Wykoff Arts & Culture

The Wykoff Fall Fest Committee, the Wykoff Historical Society and the Dreamery Rural Arts Initiative invite the public to attend the Facing Wykoff opening reception and exhibit “unveiling” on Sept. 1 from 2-4p.m. in the Wykoff Community Center a ..... 
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Music, Authors and More...at “Lanesboro Live! Conversation, Comedy & Cool Jams...”

Fri, Aug 23rd, 2013
Posted in Lanesboro Arts & Culture

LANESBORO, Minn. – Author interviews, music, and more...Host Damon Prestemon will manage spontaneous comedy while welcoming various guests onstage for the upcoming “Lanesboro Live! Conversation, Comedy & Cool Jams...” show on Sunday, Sept. 1 a ..... 
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Center Stage Series

Wed, Aug 21st, 2013
Posted in All Arts & Culture

‘Ring of Fire: The Music of Johnny Cash’ at Luther College DECORAH, Iowa—Luther College invites you to a musical tribute to one of the world's most legendary musical artists, Johnny Cash. The performance begins at 7:30 p.m. Saturday ..... 
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Book signing event held for Preston author

Fri, Aug 16th, 2013
Posted in Preston Arts & Culture

By Jade Sexton Tom Driscoll of Lanesboro, Minn. decided to start a publishing company, and he wanted to launch his business with a book written by Nancy Overcott. Shipwrekt Books published “Living in a Dream,” and a book signing was held on Au ..... 
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