Category Archives: Columns

MasterChef Contestant Shari Mukherjee

Blending Cultures, Traditions, families and Flavors
By Heather Weller

Long before Shari Mukherjee made a name for herself as a self-taught chef finalist on Fox Network’s “MasterChef,” she was a newlywed. A newlywed that could not cook. In fact, about 10 years ago, Mukherjee’s husband jokingly nominated her to be a contestant on the show “Worst Cooks in America”—a show designed to turn terrible cooks into competent ones in a matter of weeks.   Continue reading

This entry was posted in Cover Stories on October 30, 2019 by rwwpadmin.

From the Editor


In 1999, I was approached about starting a family magazine in Rochester. I was 29, married with two preschool children and working full-time as the director of marketing for a computer hardware, software and services company (RESPONSE, Inc.). That fall, I started researching what would become a 20-year journey. Continue reading

This entry was posted in From the Editor on October 30, 2019 by rwwpadmin.

FEAST Your Eyes on This

Art adds flair to food festival
By Emily Watkins

During the holiday season, gatherings with friends and family revolve around food and drink. Get ideas for holiday fare at FEAST! Local Foods Marketplace
on December 7 at Mayo Civic Center from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.   Continue reading

This entry was posted in Women in Art on October 30, 2019 by rwwpadmin.

Strong is Beautiful Makeover

By Leanna Gerry
Photography by Cami McElmury, Blue Jean Photography

Tears filled the eyes of Jayne Pompeian when she learned that the stylists of Rocco Altobelli Salons had chosen her as their strong is beautiful makeover model. “I don’t think I am that strong,” she confesses—which is a sure sign that she is. At 62, Pompeian can say that she has been a loving wife, caring mother and doting grandmother to her three “darling little boys.” Besides spending quality time with her family, the retired nurse enjoys playing the piano, singing, cooking and baking, knitting, crafting, going out to movies and sometimes simply staying in to watch Turner Classics. Pompeian also appreciates a bit of culture in her life, so she occasionally indulges in travel, plays or a concert or two.   Continue reading

dwell local, Take Two

More destination shopping in Zumbrota
By Holly Galbus
Photography by Dawn Sanborn Photography

Dwell Local, a boutique favorite of Rochesterites since its opening in 2014, is now also in Zumbrota. The eclectic shop features locally handcrafted and uniquely curated gifts and home decor, furniture and fair-trade items. Owner Paul Bennett, transformed the building located at the corner of Main Street and West Third Street in Zumbrota, in just a few weeks to create a new shopping experience for those familiar with the Rochester store. “The space is entirely different,” Bennett says. “It has its own identity, while still feeling like Dwell Local.” The physical space is larger and, with 40 feet of windows facing Main Street, substantially brighter. Continue reading

This entry was posted in Shopping on October 30, 2019 by rwwpadmin.

The Voices Keep on Going

Music Strikes A Note with Those Living with Dementia
By Maka Boeve

“Sing. Sing a song. Make it simple to last your whole life long,” crooned the ’70s phenomenon, The Carpenters, as they made joyful music. Music captures memories and inspires a range of emotions. Formed in 2018, the Resounding Voices chorus strongly believes in the power of music, starting each practice singing this uplifting song.   Continue reading

This entry was posted in Community on October 30, 2019 by rwwpadmin.

Visiting Angels

A helping hand at home
By Alison Rentschler

Visiting Angels provides elder care services and incorporates activities of daily living. Joe Sedelmeyer, owner and director of Visiting Angels in Rochester, Minnesota, notes the local office has been in Rochester for over 10 years. It includes about 100 caregivers, six office staff and four registered nurses. According to Sedelmeyer, they see about 100 clients and have helped thousands in the last 10 years. Visiting Angels has been providing elder care services since 1998, and now has more than 600 locations throughout the U.S.   Continue reading

This entry was posted in Community on October 30, 2019 by rwwpadmin.

Decadent Dessert Drinks

Satisfy Your Sweet Tooth
By Nicole L. Czarnomski & Emily Watkins
Photography by dawn sanborn photography

Decadent desserts are more than rich, gooey, chocolatey bites oozing from your fork—they also can be made to sip from cocktail glasses at a local restaurant or at home. I talked with Mike Sedor at Andy’s Liquor for a few do-it-yourself dessert drinks, and also gathered favorites from the bar managers at Terza and Five West.  Continue reading

This entry was posted in Food and Wine on October 30, 2019 by rwwpadmin.

Quartz and Granite and Laminate, Oh My!

Choosing the Right Countertop Doesn’t Have to be Overwhelming
By Trish Amundson

There’s no place like home—especially the kitchen and bath. These are frequently-used rooms that should be comfortable and convenient with functional countertop spaces.   

Countertops are available in a number of colors, textures and patterns that comprise a range of costs and maintenance requirements. Whether you’re building or remodeling, choosing a specific product from hundreds of options can be overwhelming if you don’t have direction from a kitchen and bath expert. Here, three local professionals offer a variety of counter selections. Each provides insights into a current trend while sharing pros and cons to help you make your selection with care.  Continue reading

This entry was posted in Home & Garden on October 30, 2019 by rwwpadmin.

Outdoor Holiday Decor That Inspires

Creating a Memorable Seasonal Display
By Kristie Moore

THE HOLIDAYS ARE FINALLY HERE, AND WHAT BETTER WAY TO GREET YOUR FRIENDS, FAMILY AND NEIGHBORS, THAN WITH CREATIVE OUTDOOR DECOR? Decking your home out for the holidays involves more than just Christmas trees and seasonal music. The real magic of the season happens outdoors, where strings of twinkling lights illuminate the fresh snow and sprigs of evergreens add vibrancy and interest to a sleeping landscape all winter long. Continue reading

This entry was posted in Home & Garden on October 30, 2019 by rwwpadmin.