0011This outstanding dish was created by Tony Pester, chef at Pescara.
It serves 2 as an appetizer.


0003Reprinted with permission from “Winemaker Cooks.” See review p. 58.



Poetry by Michelle Fimon

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Written by Michelle Fimon

Dew Point

Sky awakens along side hardened ribbon
as travelers pass one another
unaware of stories sewn a few feet away.
Heavy quilts of green line the view
on a highway that stretches from sleep.
Miles and miles of grasses, patchwork fields,
woven with browns of all hues,
chestnut to that nearing charcoal
– the darkest earth of all.


0006I was in the back corner of my hometown Kmart when I experienced that moment that every child eventually does—the moment I first realized my teacher didn’t live in her classroom.

    There she was, my beloved fourth grade teacher, and she was wearing—gasp— jeans! With a purse slung over her shoulder and a couple of kids tagging alongside the cart, she smiled as if it was the most normal thing in the world to bump into each other near the Blue Light Special.



Celebrate Autumn in Northfield

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Written by Amy Acheson

0018Just an hour northwest of Rochester, you’ll discover a diverse arts and cultural scene in the lively town of Northfield. Brimming with creativity, the artists’ town celebrates fall with an abundance of events.

    The 50th Annual Riverfront Fine Arts and Crafts Festival Sept.10–11 showcases artists’ wares as part of the Defeat of Jesse James Days (DJJD). This five-day, family-friendly event stirs up a quite a commotion with its annual bank raid reenactment the weekend after Labor Day, paying tribute to Northfield’s heroic past, while the Northfield Arts Guild Theater’s presentation of Jesse Jane’s Jamboree 5 offers a playful rendition of the Old West.


0009When the landscape glows gold, orange, russet and red, Mississippi River Valley communities celebrate—and invite guests—to festivities accenting art, autumn, music and indie films.

Meet you at Goatback Road

Fresh Art Fall Tour 2011, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., October 7–9, will feature 17 studios and galleries scattered round Wisconsin’s Chippewa Valley and Lake Pepin region. The artists represent a range of media: pastels, oils, pottery, stained glass, jewelry and more.


0005Alice Mayo was known for her hospitality, artistic sensibilities and her social conscience. Rochester was fortunate that the girl born Alice Varney Plank found her
way here.

    Alice was born in Upper Darby Pennsylvania, outside Philadelphia, to Chester and Lillian Plank. In Pennsylvania, her father provided for the family as a butter and egg man. Here Alice learned ballet and horseback riding and studied art. She completed three years at the School of Design for Women, where she was studying to be a painter.



All Diets Work - That's the problem

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Written by Debi Neville

0010Even in tough economic times, the diet industry is a multi-million dollar business. The clamor for weight loss magic is growing with obesity numbers increasing. Powders, pills and purchasing complete meals are short-term, complex and costly fixes.

    Jen Brewer’s new book, “All Diets Work, That’s the Problem,” is, surprisingly, not a diet book. Instead, it is a guide through lifestyle changes that will lead to a healthy and long life as well as weight loss.


Ever wonder what winemakers drink, other than wine? Or about their favorite food-wine pairings? Meet a few here. In addition, learn what each thinks is the biggest misconception about Minnesota wine.

Vincent Negret (Cannon River Winery, Cannon Falls) was hired in 2004 to help design the winery and launch their winemaking. He was “born into the business,” in Colombia, South America, later pursuing winemaking in Chile, California and Ohio, before landing in Minnesota. (Initially he wanted to be an architect, “but destiny brought me back and infused me with the wine virus.”)
Favorite pairing: Seafood paella or fresh walleye pan fried in butter and garlic, served with lime or lemon and a good Sauvignon Blanc or a St. Pepin grape-based wine (Cannon River Winery’s, which he
has crafted).
Favorite non-wine beverage: A cold glass of high quality whole milk.
Misconception: That it is not possible
to make good wine (from dry to sweet)
from the cold-climate grapes varietals.
“It’s true that the industry is still very young and that many beginning wineries have to professionalize themselves in order to compete with the world, but bit by bit we are getting there.”
Steven Patton (Post Town Winery & Patton Family Vineyard, Rochester/Byron) was born in Iowa. After frequent trips to wine country in California, he and wife Bonita “caught the wine bug.” They became involved with the Minnesota Grape Growers Association and the U of M to understand the feasibility and challenges of Minnesota viticulture. All of the wines they make are Minnesota grown.
Favorite pairing: Chianti and pasta.
Favorite non-wine beverage: Beer, specifically Bud Light. (There’s a saying
around wineries that it takes a lot of beer
to make wine.)
Misconception: That wine grapes can’t grow in Minnesota and that Minnesota wines are inherently “sweet.” What some people call sweetness is actually “fruitiness.” There are unique aspects to every grape-growing region and the upper Midwest is marked by prominent fruit flavor.
Dustin Ebert (Salem Glen Winery, Rochester) was born in Pennsylvania moved
to Rochester at age 5. About 11 years ago
he and his father started making wine. It
was the “art” of making good wine that captivated him.
Favorite pairing: Fireside Red (Salem Glen’s port style wine) and Amablu Blue
(Bleu) cheese from Faribault.
Favorite non-wine beverage: Beer
and cider.
Misconception: That Minnesota grapes
can only be made into sweet wines.
“While there are many sweet and fruit wines available, there is also a wonderful selection of wines on the dry and off-dry end of
the spectrum,”emphasizes Ebert.

Eric Hanlon (Whitewater Winery, Plainview) was born in Pennsylvania. More than 30 years ago he started helping his father with their hobby vineyard in Penn., making fruit and flower wines. Eric planted his first vineyard as an extra credit project for an enology class at Penn State. He notes he’s “gotten a little smarter” with each vineyard he has planted since.
Favorite pairing: A great steak and a heavily-oaked red wine.
Favorite non-wine beverage: Beer.
A nice cold ale like Summit’s Pale Ale on a hot day; a Guinness during winter months.
Misconception: That wines from
cold-hearty varietals can’t taste as good as typical liquor store wines such as California vinifera-based ones.


margocopyEver wonder what winemakers drink, other than wine? Or about their favorite food-wine pairings? Meet a few here. In addition, learn what each thinks is the biggest misconception about Minnesota wine.


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