2015 Guests & Hosts

You can also view the printed invitation online!

Guest Highlights:

  • Wine Sommelier

Kingsley Calvo-Jordan

Kingsley Calvo-Jordan is a wine connoisseur for Grape Beginnings. He enjoys his interaction with wine reps, and gets a kick out of working with customers. He says, “Know your product, get used to hearing no for an answer...and don't take it personally!”

http://www.grapebeginnings.org/

Hosts: Carole & Ignacio Garrigos 

Location: St. Louis Park

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Guest Highlights:

  • Delicious food & wine

Carole Garrigos

"Be passionate, be organized and enjoy the company."

Carole Garrigos began her culinary career at the local old favorite, Cocolezzone where she fell in love with the food industry. From there, she has built a reputation in the Catering, Hospitality and Entertainment industries where her passion for food stands above all.

Carole and Ignacio Garrigos hosting a very special evening in St. Louis Park, presenting the theme: Mediterranean cuisine with a Spanish sea side twist. Wine pairings presented by Kingsley Calvo-Jordan, expert wine connoisseur.

https://www.linkedin.com/pub/carole-garrigos/10/845/4a8

Hosts: Carole & Ignacio Garrigos 

Location: St. Louis Park

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Guest Highlights:

  • Local News Celeb

Jason DeRusha

“Take a nap, and don't apologize for it!” and “Work harder!”

Jason co-anchors WCCO 4 News This Morning with Jamie Yuccas. He’s been nominated for 20 Regional Emmy Awards and has earned eight Emmy Awards. The the city of Minneapolis proclaimed Sept.21 “Jason DeRusha Day”.

Sandy and Jason Sondell are pleased to host this special “taste of Wayzata” (in Wayzata, of course) featuring Jason DeRusha’s favorites and specialty cocktail preparations of Jon Olson.

http://minnesota.cbslocal.com/personality/jason-derusha/

Hosts: Sandy & Jason Sondell 

Location: Wayzata

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Guest Highlights:

  • Cocktail creator

Jon Olson

“It's not the years, it's the mileage!”

Jon began his career tending bar at local hot spots. It wasn't until he joined Tradition Wine & Spirits that he realized he had a strong passion for wine in addition to his passions for food and spirits.

Sandy and Jason Sondell are pleased to host this special “taste of Wayzata” (in Wayzata, of course) featuring Jason DeRusha’s favorites and specialty cocktail preparations of Jon Olson.

http://www.traditionws.com/

Hosts: Sandy & Jason Sondell 

Location: Wayzata

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Mary Leonard

“Never, never, never give up!”

Owner of Chocolat Celeste, Mary was named one of the 10 best emerging chocolatiers in America in 2004, and in Twin City Pages in 2012. She began her business 46 after traveling through France on my bicycle.

The Redleafs are excited to be hosting this evening in Lilydale with a menu of international foods highlighting lots of yummy chocolate desserts.  Bring on the chocolate!

http://www.chocolatceleste.com/

Hosts: Rhoda & Paul Redleaf 

Location: Lilydale

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Guest Highlights:

  • Foodie File Writer & TV and Radio Host

Stephanie March

Stephanie has opened over 50 restaurants, and written for local and national publications. She is Senior Editor of Food & Dining for Mpls. St.Paul Magazine, hosts the weekend radio show, MyTalk 107’s Weekly Dish, and contributes on Twin Cities Live.

Your hosts are pleased to bring you this lively evening in Golden Valley. There’s sure to be lots of great advice from Stephanie on where to find that perfect bite in the Twin Cities and beyond.  Learn about the new, kosher treasure, Prime Deli, from Chef Jacob Schloner.

http://mspmag.com/Blogs/Foodie-File/

Hosts: Susie & Howard Held, Jon & Becca Kvasnik and Layne & Dave Rosen 

Location: Golden Valley

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Guest Highlights:

  • Executive Chef at Prime Deli

Jacob Schloner

“You’re going to love this!”

Schloner is a self-taught chef, who you could say launched his career at age 5 by cooking and watching cooking shows with grandmother, Estelle. Twenty-five years later, after many diverse experiences, Schloner is Executive Chef at the kosher Prime Deli & Restaurant.

Your hosts are pleased to bring you this lively evening in Golden Valley. There’s sure to be lots of great advice from Stephanie on where to find that perfect bite in the Twin Cities and beyond.  Learn about the new, kosher treasure, Prime Deli, from Chef Jacob Schloner.

http://www.primedelimn.com/

Hosts: Susie & Howard Held, Jon & Becca Kvasnik and Layne & Dave Rosen 

Location: Golden Valley

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Guest Highlights:

  • Sommelier and Amusee founder

Leslee Miller

“Enjoy the wine world for what it is – fun!”

As a certified sommelier, Leslee shares her passion for wine across the globe. Her enthusiasm is contagious, and the topics Leslee covers are wide and are always guaranteed to come packed with one thing, fun!

The Hartmans are excited to host this evening in Minnetonka with Leslee Miller, sommelier.  You’ll be sure to impress all your friends with all the interesting things you will learn about different types of wines and possible pairings.

http://amuseewine.com/

Hosts: Nancy & Bobby Hartman 

Location: Minnetonka

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Guest Highlights:

  • Executive Chef at Birchwood Cafe

Chef Marshall Paulsen

"Go local or go home!”

Chef Marshall Paulsen has put local food in the spotlight.  Maintaining a supply chain of 40-plus Minnesota, Wisconsin and Iowa producers is the only way he works. What comes out of Birchwood Café’s kitchen day after day is absolutely amazing!

Shelli and Michael Smith will be your hosts in Mendota Heights where Chef Marshall Paulsen will be your guide to exploring a locally sourced “farm to table” meal which will include organic wine. 

http://birchwoodcafe.com/

Hosts: Shelli and Michael Smith 

Location: Mendota Heights

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Guest Highlights:

  • Co-Owner of Kafe 421

Georgia Sander

"Don't look back!"

Georgia emigrated from Greece at the age of 14.  She began her career as a server at the legendary Lincoln Del. Now, Kafe 421 Restaurant & Catering touts her Greek hospitality and is run by Georgia and her daughter, Antigoni Sander McCloud.

Your hosts are excited to hold this event at Kafe 421 in Minneapolis.  The talented restaurant owners, Georgia and Antigoni will tempt you with a wonderful meal and Antigoni will tell you about cooking on live television and all about those exciting cooking competitions!

http://kafe421.com/

Hosts: Jennifer Gray & Mark Freeman, Nancy & Jeff Getzkin, and Lisa & Mark Lerman 

Location: Minneapolis

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Guest Highlights:

  • Co-Owner of Kafe 421

Antigoni Sander McCloud

Like Mother, Like Daughter!

Restaurateur, food expert, and host, Antigoni is inspired by the flavors of the Mediterranean, and can be seen regularly on the TV Show, Twin Cities Live. She also enjoys working with her mom, Georgia, at their family restaurant Kafe 421.

Your hosts are excited to hold this event at Kafe 421 in Minneapolis.  The talented restaurant owners, Georgia and Antigoni will tempt you with a wonderful meal and Antigoni will tell you about cooking on live television and all about those exciting cooking competitions!

http://kafe421.com/

Hosts: Jennifer Gray & Mark Freeman, Nancy & Jeff Getzkin, and Lisa & Mark Lerman 

Location: Minneapolis

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Guest Highlights:

  • Founder, Summit Brewery

Mark O. Stutrud

“Skol!”

President of the Summit Brewing Company, Mark founded Minnesota’s first-ever craft brewery in 1986 by aiming to brew 4,000 barrels/year in St. Paul. Today, SBC has an annual capacity of 240,000 barrels.  He has served his industry in multiple capacities and has earned many awards.

Your hosts are excited to bring to you this fun-filled event at Summit Brewery in St. Paul featuring a brewery tour, beer tasting and a wide variety of good ole’ American foods.

http://www.summitbrewing.com/

Hosts: Carole Davidson, Diane & “Chopper” Mintz, Ben Rinkey and Rollye & Chuck Rinkey 

Location: St. Paul

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Guest Highlights:

  • Wine and beer pairings

Under 40s - Stanley's Northeast Mineaapolis

Your hosts are pleased to present a dinner with beer and wine in Minneapolis.

Learn more about pairing your favorite beer and wine with dinner from the experts.  Don’t miss this great event!

http://www.stanleysbarroom.com/

Hosts: Jenny & Jon Benowitz and Cassie & David Benowitz 

Location: Minneapolis

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Guest Highlights:

  • Jocks and Nerds Unite!

Under 40s - Park Tavern

Calling all Jocks and Nerds!  Dress the part and strike up conversations with friends while enjoying cocktails, good eats, and bowling.

We'll see you at Park Tavern for a lively night.

http://parktavern.net/

Hosts: Ali and Josh Berdass, Kara and Jeremy Frank, Melissa & David Kieffer, Samantha & Brian Rosenberg, Louise and Steven Schoenberger 

Location: St. Louis Park

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