Mar/Apr
2018

From Behind-the-Scenes to Front of House

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Written by Tori Utley

What motivates three women restaurateurs.

Some of the best moments in life happen around the dinner table. Whether in the comfort of our own home or at one of our favorite eateries, these conversations, reunions and celebrations are formative—and some become memories that last a lifetime. For three restaurateurs, this is exactly the kind of experience they’re bringing to our community—experiences that are people-centric, memorable and unique to the heartbeat of Rochester.

Rochester Restaurant Scene

Rochester’s dining scene has continued to grow, steadily bringing in new talent, tastes and experiences. Women are leading the charge as owners, managers, servers, bartenders, bakers, chefs and behind-the-scenes gurus making it all happen. Whether it’s managing staff or thinking up new menu creations, it’s apparent that women play a valuable role in the restaurant industry.

For a viable career opportunity with variety and excitement, the dining scene is an exciting way for women to thrive. Meet three women from local restaurants and learn what inspires them to stay healthy and hustle in an industry that never sleeps.

 

Mar/Apr
2018

Women in Philanthropy

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Written by Emily Watkins

Dedicated to helping others.

IN TALKING WITH SOME OF THE BEST PROFESSIONAL FUNDRAISERS IN ROCHESTER, THEY ALL MENTION THEIR SERENDIPITOUS PATHS TO THEIR PROFESSION, THEIR PASSION FOR THEIR ORGANIZATION AND ITS MISSION AND THE IMPORTANCE OF DEVELOPING RELATIONSHIPS WITH DONORS. MEET SOME AMAZING AND GRACIOUS WOMEN IN PHILANTHROPY. 

THE JOURNEY TO GIVING

Jennifer Woodford, president of Rochester Area Foundation (RAF), says that as part of her college major she was required to do a practicum. She ended up at a nonprofit, working with a major company sponsor, where she continued to work during college. Fast-forward to her arrival in Rochester, as the executive director of Channel One Food Bank. 

 

Bringing a modern feel to the Historic Riverside Building.

THE WHITE STONE STEPS TO THE TOP FLOOR OF THE RIVERSIDE BUILDING SHOW THE WEAR FROM COUNTLESS SHOES OVER DECADES. THE STEPS ARE SMOOTH, AND A BIT BOWED IN PLACES, REFLECTING THE LONG HISTORY OF THE LARGE BUILDING IN DOWNTOWN ROCHESTER. 

The latest footsteps now come from hundreds of students from Winona State University who climb the staircase to the third floor regularly. “It’s kind of a coincidence,” says Jeanine E. Gangeness, associate vice president and dean of Winona State University’s School of Graduate Studies. “(Both) the building and Winona State University Rochester have been here for 100 years.”

CONTEMPORARY PLACE

At the top of the stairs, students are greeted with a modern skyline of Rochester drawn in bright purple, the school’s color. They circulate through large, open spaces and meet professors in glass-enclosed offices. There’s a soundproofed studio for podcasting. It has an ingrained history, but WSU-Rochester’s center atop the Riverside Building today is an engaging contemporary place.

 

Mar/Apr
2018

Handy Gal’s Guide to Home Maintenance

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Written by Cindy Mennenga

WHAT YOU CAN DO THIS SPRING.

SPRINGTIME IS A GREAT TIME TO CONSIDER HOW WELL YOUR HOUSE IS EQUIPPED TO WAGE WAR AGAINST MOISTURE. THE SNOW THAT HAS KEPT US SHROUDED IN WHITE FOR THE PAST SEVERAL MONTHS HAS BEGUN TO LOOSEN ITS GRIP, MELTING INTO RIVULETS OF WATER SCURRYING FROM THE ROOF AND SNOW BANKS LINING OUR DRIVEWAYS AND SIDEWALKS, IN SEARCH OF THE FASTEST ESCAPE ROUTE. 

If you have a great moisture intrusion management system already in place, then you can sit back and welcome spring and all its attendant glories. However, in the event your moisture intrusion management system is not up to snuff, you may be taking a hold-your-breath-and-wait-and-see approach. That tactic is tantamount to playing roulette. 

DOWNSPOUTS AND RAINWATER MANAGEMENT

When winter’s snow begins to melt quickly or there is a rain event that drops a large amount of rainwater in a short period of time, having your home protected by a well-maintained gutter and downspout system is invaluable as a defense against water damage or moisture intrusion in your home.

 

Mar/Apr
2018

Raising Rochester

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Written by Renee Berg

Spring break options that won’t bust the bank.

NO SPRING BREAK TRAVEL PLANS? NO WORRIES, THERE ARE PLENTY OF REGIONAL OPTIONS. HERE ARE SOME CLOSE-TO-HOME IDEAS.

FINDING BIG FUN IN NATURE

Pack some snacks and hit the road. No need to go far to find big fun in the outdoors.

Head to Whitewater State Park in neighboring St. Charles, urges interpretive naturalist Sara Holger, and check out the flowers coming up. Grab a flower ID sheet at the visitor center and hit the park on your very own treasure hunt, finding a variety of flowers as you go.

Hiking is another big hit at Whitewater in the spring, as is trout fishing and morel mushroom hunting. You can even help plant trees at Whitewater sometime in April. Check out the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources website (dnr.state.mn.us/state_parks/whitewater).

 

Mar/Apr
2018

Shops in Oronoco and Pine Island

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Written by Alison Rentschler

Take a quick drive to explore nearby towns.

MANY OF US WHO LIVE IN ROCHESTER PASS BY ORONOCO AND PINE ISLAND ON A REGULAR BASIS WHEN DRIVING TO OR FROM THE TWIN CITIES ON U.S. HIGHWAY 52. HAVE YOU EVER TAKEN THE PINE ISLAND OR ORONOCO EXITS TO EXPLORE THE AREA? HERE ARE THREE PLACES YOU CAN CHECK OUT NORTH OF ROCHESTER.

BETTY SUE’S BETTER BREW CAFÉ

Betty Sue’s Better Brew Café is a bustling coffee shop in the heart of Pine Island. On a Saturday morning, it is filled with people chatting, having a hearty breakfast and drinking coffee or espresso drinks. The cafe offers homemade meals for breakfast, lunch and dinner, as well as homemade desserts such as pies and cakes.

Owner Bobbi Jo Kennedy says she bought the cafe in July 2017. “My husband is from Pine Island, and my girls are getting older, and it seemed like a good time. We wanted good food for Pine Island people.” Kennedy has lived in Pine Island for more than 20 years and her family–including her husband, their three daughters and her mother–also work at the cafe with her.

 

Mar/Apr
2018

A Night at the Derby

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Written by Cindy Mennenga

 

American Heart Association’s Go Red Gala to raise awareness about heart disease and stroke.

HEART HEALTH AFFECTS EVERYONE AND MANY OF US KNOW SOMEONE WHO HAS BEEN IMPACTED BY CARDIOVASCULAR DISEASE. THE AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION HAS BEEN ON A MISSION TO EDUCATE KIDS AND ADULTS ALIKE ON HEART HEALTH, DISEASE PREVENTION AND THE IMPORTANCE OF LIVING A HEALTHY LIFESTYLE THROUGH PHYSICAL ACTIVITY, WEIGHT MANAGEMENT, STRESS MANAGEMENT AND SMOKING CESSATION. THE AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION IS A NONPROFIT ORGANIZATION THAT RELIES ON GENEROUS DONATIONS FROM THE COMMUNITY TO RAISE AWARENESS ABOUT HEART DISEASE AND STROKE WITHIN THE LOCAL AREA.

A FUN FUNDRAISER

Rochester Go Red Gala – A Night at the Derby is Friday, May 4, 2018, at Mayo Civic Center. The event will begin with a reception at 4:30 p.m. then dinner and a program at 6:30 p.m. 

 

Jan/Feb
2018

Love

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Written by Jorrie Johnson

Who do you love? What do you love? What do you love to do? In this January/February 2018 issue of Rochester Women magazine, delve into desires and passions of your heart. Read  “The Passion Test” (page 10) and “Desire Mapping” (page 12).  

Last winter, for my soul and social life, I gathered a group of women from church at Dunn Brothers Coffee one evening a month. I looked forward to getting out with other women for stimulating conversation, coffee or wine. (Yes, they serve wine at Dunn Brothers Coffee.) Developing a community of women is what I love doing with Rochester Women magazine as well. See “Community Begins with Coffee” (page 40).

 

Jan/Feb
2018

The Passion Test

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Written by Emily Watkins

 

Getting out of your head and into your heart.

The Passion Test is a process that helps people identify their top five priorities and use them as guidelines for decision-making in their lives. It is a philosophy, a way of life, focused on living those things you care about most. 

DISCOVERING THE POWER OF PASSION    

LuAnn Buechler, master trainer, coach and transformational speaker, was introduced to “The Passion Test” book in 2007. She fell in love with the concepts and became certified as a Passion Test facilitator in 2010. 

Buechler now helps people live their lives with intention and purpose to find joy and fulfillment. She says, “I wanted to live the philosophies of the Passion Test, and I knew teaching it to others was the perfect way to implement it for myself.” During the training she found “peace of mind, a true state of calm and peace with myself. I finally knew who I was and what I wanted to do with my life.” 

 

Jan/Feb
2018

Desire Mapping

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Written by Gina Dewink . Photography by Fagan Studios

Bring Back Who You Were Before the World Told You Who You Should Be

In 2014, Danielle LaPorte wrote a book that caught the attention of so many women, even Oprah noticed. The book, “The Desire Map,” suggests we are setting goals in the wrong order. Instead of creating to-do lists, completing our tasks and hoping to feel accomplished, Desire Mapping recommends we first figure out how we want to feel. By repositioning our feelings to the top of our priority list, LaPorte claims decisions will be less stressful to make, it will be easier to say no and we can all be a little more open-minded and optimistic. Simply put, Desire Mapping is a method for framing your life around your desires. 

DESIRE MAPPING IN ROCHESTER 

Heather Ritenour-Sampson is the owner of Yoga Tribe, a boutique urban yoga studio located in heart of downtown Rochester. “I discovered the Desire Map process when working with a business coach from California,” Ritenour-Sampson explains. “When my coaching began, I couldn’t even say what I really wanted for my life. As a wife and mother, I felt like my primary role was to make sure everyone else was happy, not to focus on myself. I also didn’t believe what I wanted mattered, because I couldn’t have it anyway.” 

 

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