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ExpoCulinaria returning for food and entertainment appetites

Fri, Jul 13th, 2012
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By Team ExpoCulinaria

On the heels of last year’s celebrated success, rave reviews of participants and patrons and back by popular demand, ExpoCulinaria—an experience of taste, will fill the streets of downtown Rushford, MN on Saturday evening, September 22.

This delectable culinary event sponsored by the Rushford Area Chamber of Commerce, was created to showcase food talents and experience the tastes of Rushford’s local restaurants and beverage vendors. The event also coincides with the month of September’s Taste of the Trail events in communities along the state Root River Biking Trail.

ExpoCulinaria guests will once again dine and delight, sample and sip from mouthwatering fresh, distinctive and organic cheeses, hors d’oeuvres, desserts, spreads, wines, beers, sodas and more. The big show of the evening, as entertaining as it is appetizing is the Chef Challenge, Bring It to the Table. This is an entertaining, outdoor culinary competition between professional chefs who will be intent on creating and preparing scrumptious appetizer, entrée and dessert plates, utilizing surprise ingredients, for a panel of judges. Winning entrees will be sampled by lucky VIP sponsors. In addition to vendor presentations, attendees will again feast their ears on the live jazz music of Swing Inc. In addition, prizes will be awarded to attendees.

A new addition to the Chef Competition under the big top on Jessie Street will be Master of Ceremonies Brian Prudoehl of Lewiston, MN. A former Rushford resident and 1989 RHS graduate, Prudoehl says, “I grew up in Rushford and I have many fond memories of living and growing up there.”

Prudoehl performed in three musicals with RASA (Rushford Area Society of the Arts), and enjoyed every one of them. Coincidentally, Prudoehl played the part of the dance competition MC and radio disk jockey Vince Fontaine in a Rushford production of Grease.

“I’ve loved music for as long as I can remember,” says Prudoehl. “Music itself has been a big part of making me who I am today.” The first time Prudoehl performed in a band was when he was 15 years old and has been in many bands since then.

Prudoehl relates, “A big life-changing moment was when my mom was taken away from me and my family because of cancer. This changed much of my focus and I wanted to learn more about myself and my faith. I was drawn to my church and started singing with a couple of guys in my church. In 2003, we started a professional musical group called Crossings.” Crossings has become a well-known “instrument” of music in the area and region.

Prudoehl who works in the construction field as an electrician, lives in Lewiston, MN with his wife Wanda, and their sons John and Brad, where he says they have “given much of themselves to their community and just try to better themselves by helping others.”

“I’m very excited to be the MC for ExpoCulinaria to test myself and see how well I can shoot some humor from the hip without going too far overboard,” remarks Prudoehl. “Shorty (Wanda) and I like to watch the food network, but I usually don’t do the cooking at home so I’m barely qualified to be your MC. Yet I believe we’ll have a fun evening. And maybe I’ll surprise you with what I do know.”

‘The ExpoCulinaria committee is thrilled to have Prudoehl as the MC for the 2012 event,” says co-chair Peggi Redalen. “With his outgoing personality and comfortable, affable presence with people and the public, we are confident in Brian’s ability to perform this MC role.”

Tickets go on sale for the event at local Rushford restaurants on August 1. Visit and the ExpoCulinaria Facebook page for more details and highlights as they become available.

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