2017 Guests & Hosts

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Guest Highlights:

  • Kaplan is a Channel 9 producer. Charchian is the Godfather of Fantasy Football.

Seth Kaplan and Paul Charchian

Seth Kaplan is the Executive Producer at FOX 9. Seth has been in the TV News business for over 15 years with stops in Madison, Chicago and Minneapolis. He began his career as an associate news producer and quickly moved up the ranks to news producer. In Chicago, Seth began as a news producer and then switched over to the sports world to produce nightly sports shows. He moved back to his hometown to become the Executive Sports Producer at FOX 9 covering the teams he had been following since he was a young boy growing up in Edina. From there, he moved to the news side again to become the Executive Producer of the 9:00 and 10:00 nightly newscasts. Seth oversees daily content, station strategy and a large staff of producers, reporters, anchors and photographers to give viewers the best newscast in the Twin Cities every night. In his free time, Seth loves spending time with his family, watching sports, playing sports, debating politics and enjoying the fine foods of this area. Seth is married to his wonderful wife Rory and they have three kids (Twins, a boy and a girl, and also the new edition of a baby girl) and two dogs.

The Godfather of Fantasy Football. He was one of the first people in this country to see the grandness that would soon become Fantasy Football. He also does radio for KFAN and is a frequent guest on national football shows.

Join us for a football themed burger battle brought to you by Troy Reding and his chef from Rock Elm Tavern!

Hosts: Jennifer & Jeff Lewin 

Location: Plymouth

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Guest Highlights:

  • Movie critic with Star Tribune

Colin Covert

Colin is the movie reviewer for the Star Tribune. His work is syndicated nationally and internationally through the McClatchy News Service. He has interviewed Michael Caine, Steven Spielberg, James Cameron, George Clooney, Peter Jackson, Christian Bale, Kristin Wiig, Jodie Foster, John Waters, Nora Ephron and John Travolta. In 2011, Colin won an award for web based reporting from the Edward R. Murrow Foundation, a writing award from the national Society for Features Journalism, and was named “America’s most scathing film critic” by one website.

Hosts: Cindy & Perry Witkin / Randi & Barry Wolfish 

Location: Edina

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Guest Highlights:

  • Founder of the unPrison Project

Deborah Jiang-Stein

Deborah Jiang-Stein is a skilled storyteller and national speaker. She’s founder of the unPrison Project a nonprofit working to empower incarcerated women and girls with programs, resources, and tools for life skills and mentoring.

Her memoir, Prison Baby, is described as “One woman's struggles, beginning with her birth in prison, to find self-acceptance, proving that redemption and healing are possible, even from the darkest corners.” For more than 10 years, Deborah has championed support for people in need of freedom, life skills development, education, shelter, and career building. MSNBC, The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, USA Today, and the Washington Post have published her story.


Hosts: Diane & Chopper Mintz / Judy & Orrin Kessel / Carole Davidson 

Location: Minnetonka

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Guest Highlights:

  • Blue Ribbon Baker and celebrity on national TV

Marjorie Johnson

Marjorie Johnson’s most proud career accomplishment is having won over 1000 blue ribbons and having been on national TV numerous times with Jay Leno, Rosie O’Donnell, Wayne Brady, Dr Oz and Martha Stewart. When asked what advice she would give to other bakers, such as herself, she says that to be a great baker, one needs to practice, practice, practice! Marjorie lived in Tokyo with the occupied military while he husband performed dentistry for the Air Force. Her favorite quote is; If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again.

Hosts: Jane & Todd Lifson 

Location: Minnetonka

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Guest Highlights:

  • Counter Terrorism Expert, author of From Jerusalem to Minneapolis: Applying the Israeli principles of proactive security in the Unites States

Zvi Kremer

Zvi has more than 25 years of security, counter-terrorism, management, and business experience. He completed the Israel General Security Service/Israel Security Agency (SHIN-BET) Advanced Security and Anti-Terrorism Management training and was EL AL Israel Airline’s chief of security in Moscow. Later in Chicago, Zvi joined ICTS International where he served as a regional manager overseeing operations at 10 major airports in the U.S., and then as a director of special projects with ICTS USA. He has developed advanced security training programs and provided consulting services in the security industry. Zvi is a former Israel Defense Force Major (company commander).

Hosts: Wendy & Steve Baldinger / Michelle & Steve Shaller (Kosher Dinner) 

Location: Mendota Heights

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Surly Brewery and Surly’s Chef

Enjoy a chef-driven experience that aims to build on the movement of bringing the pint to the plate — by pairing exceptional food with exemplary beer. Executive Chef Jorge Guzman and his chef de cuisine developed an elevated and ambitious dining menu that will change frequently and challenge diners’ tastes. The quality and thought that goes into the food reflects the same passion we put into Surly beer. True to our philosophy, all menu ingredients are from local or well-sourced farms and reliable vendors.

Hosts: Shelly & Ira Golden / Lisa Heilicher / Barbara Bank & Phil Finkelstein  

Location: Minneapolis

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Appearances by Timberwolves and/or Lynx players

Come to the Experience Center at MayoClinic Square and see what happens behind the scenes with the Minnesota Timberwolves and Lynx. The Timberwolves chefs will prepare a wonderful meal to enjoy while you l ear n and explore this beautiful complex that was part of the recent renovations at the Target Center.

Hosts: David Raskas underwritten by the Minnesota Timberwolves at the Experience Center / David & Julie Sherman 

Location: Mayo Clinic Square in Minneapolis

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Chef Stewart Woodman

Stewart Woodman began his culinary career in New York City, having held Sous Chef positions at Le Bernardin NYC, Jean-Georges’ NYC, ADNY-Alain Ducasse at the Essex House, and serving as Executive Chef for Zoe. After moving to Minneapolis in 2005, He served as Executive Chef for Turtle Bread Company before opening, managing, and serving as Executive Chef for Five Restaurant & Street Lounge and Heidi’s, both of which received numerous accolades Career Highlights include 2-time James Beard Foundation Semifinalist, 2009, 2012, Food & Wine’s Best New Chef, 2006, Star Tribune’s Best New Restaurant, 2007 and Citypages Best Restaurant Minneapolis, 2009.

Hosts: Debbie & Chad Goldenberg / Billy Lipschultz  

Location: Hopkins

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Guest Highlights:

  • Weather man

Barry ZeVan

Inducted into The Minnesota Broadcasting Hall of Fame in 2013 and the Society of Montana Broadcast Legends in 2011, Barry ZeVan is an International 2006 Telly Award-winning documentary producer/writer/director and three-time Emmy nominee. Barry began his professional broadcasting career in 1943, at age five-and-a-half, as a singer and actor on KDKA radio (the world’s first commercial radio station) in his native Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Barry has acted, produced, written and directed for and with the world’s most celebrated stars and celebrities, on Broadway, in local and regional theater, national tours, national television and motion pictures. His personal and professional life history “living it” with world leaders, major stars and directors as friends and co-workers is almost unmatched. With the written permission of his longtime friend, actor/comedian Jerry Stiller, Barry’s autobiographic memoir, now published on all Amazon sites is sub-titled THANK you, Jerry Stiller…for urging me to write this book, with the main title, Barry ZeVan: My Life Among The Giants, A Memoir. The reason for the sub-title is Jerry’s years of urging Barry to write Barry’s incredible life story, from rags to riches and in-between, for over 70-plus years. A direct quote from Jerry, circa February, 2015: “You’re a self-made man and should be much more recognized”. Barry’s non-acting broadcast career has included garnering the highest-rated local television weathercasts in broadcasting history (KSTP-TV, Minneapolis-St. Paul, 1971 through 1974, snaring a 51 percent share of the audience, in July, 1974). Barry also heads a foundation he created in 2013, based in Warsaw, Poland and Minneapolis, to help Polish orphans and orphanages. Barry lives in a Minneapolis suburb, is married, has two daughters, four grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren. His hobbies are landscape painting, writing and traveling.

Hosts: Cathy Gorlin & Marshall Tanick 

Location: Golden Valley

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Under 40’s — Pinstripes, Edina - Sunday Burquest

Sunday Burquest’s life changed forever when she was diagnosed with breast cancer. During the yearlong treatment process, Sunday clung tightly to her family, friends,and faith for emotional support. She remained strong through it all to finally achieve the title, Breast Cancer Survivor! This gave her the boldness and courage to follow her lifelong dream to pursue another title, Sole Survivor. She competed in the 33rd season of the #1 ranked reality television series Survivor: Millennials VS Gen-X. Sunday will quickly tell you that she brought the lingering emotional effects of cancer with her to the Island of FIJI and through the experience on the reality TV show, she was able to leave them behind. After Survivor, Sunday, along with her husband Jeff, made the decision that she would leave her position as a Young Adult pastor and pursue her passion for traveling and speaking. Sunday draws on her personal experience while sharing amessage of hope. She now devotes her time to sharing her inspirational message of how she became 'Survivor Strong'.

Pinstripes was built out of a passion to gather, to celebrate, and to experience sophisticated fun. Take a break from routine; gather with family and friends and rival each other in a game of bocce or lace up your bowling shoes in Pinstripes’ grand rendition of the classic American pastime. Plush seating and professional game-side food and beverage service invite you to connect, play, and change your frame of mind. Their menu features fresh, made from-scratch Italian-American cuisine.

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Single & Mingle — Jodi Livon (The Happy Medium)

Intuitive coach, Jodi Livon, aka The Happy Medium, is an accomplished medium with over thirty years of experience. The founder of The Intuitive Coach LLC, she offers corporate coaching, private readings, and inspirational presentations on a national level. Jodi is a popular local and national radio personality and resident psychic on Twin Cities Live where she has covered stories, conducted ghost investigations and read national and local celebrities. Her candid approach to everything intuitive is designed for people who want to fully understand the language of their own intuition whether they’re just curious or more metaphysically inclined. To learn more about Jodi, see her website www.theintuitivecoach.com.

Location: Kafe421, Minneapolis

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