Star Prairie Trout Farm
400 Hill Avenue
Star Prairie, WI 54026
August 21, 2011
$175 per person inclusive
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HOST VENUE - Star Prairie Trout Farm
Since 1856, Star Prairie's ice-cold spring water has provided and ideal natural habitat for commercial trout-raising. Fifteen hundred gallons per minute of flow at a steady rate and temperature provide open water and continuous growth and harvests year-round.
PREMIUM QUALITY TROUT are now available delivered direct from these springs to all Twin Cities area fish lovers. Quality is assured by our swift water flow, 47° degree temperature and natural, custom feeding. Freshness is assured by our proximity--less than an hour Minneapolis and St. Paul--and by our commitment to personalized service.
In our Class A hatchery, we raise trout fingerlings as well as mature pond fish for stocking.
We also feature the excitement of trout angling on the premises from May through September, and year-round by appointment. Our scenic, park-like grounds are bordered to the north by Apple River whitewater. No limit or license is required, bait and tackle are furnished, and we will clean and ice your catch for a small fee. We suggest bringing a cooler to transport fish. Picnic facilities are available.
GUEST CELEBRITY CHEF - Barton Seaver
Acclaimed chef, author, and speaker Barton Seaver is on a mission to restore our relationship with the ocean, the land, and with each other—through dinner. He believes food is a crucial way for us to connect with the ecosystems, people, and cultures of our world.
Seaver explores these themes through healthful, planet-friendly recipes in his first book, For Cod & Country (Sterling Epicure, May 2011), and as host of both the National Geographic Web series Cook-Wise and the three-part TV series In Search of Food (Ovation, May 2011).
A graduate of the Culinary Institute of America and executive chef at some of the most celebrated restaurants in his native Washington, D.C., Seaver is known for his devotion to quality, culinary innovation, and sustainability. In 2008, he was honored as a "Seafood Champion" by the Seafood Choices Alliance and as "Rising Culinary Star of the Year" by the Restaurant Association of Metropolitan Washington. He was named Esquire magazine's "Chef of the Year" in 2009.
As a National Geographic Fellow, Seaver works on ocean issues with Mission Blue to increase awareness and inspire action. He also works closely with D.C. Central Kitchen, the School Nutrition Association, the Center for Health and the Global Environment at Harvard Medical School, and Future of Fish.
Seaver's insights have been featured in Cooking Light, O: The Oprah Magazine, the Washington Post, Fortune, and Vanity Fair. He has appeared on CNN, NPR's All Things Considered, National Geographic Weekend, and Bloomberg Radio. In 2010, he gave a TED Talk aboard the National Geographic Endeavor.
GUEST CELEBRITY CHEF - Tim McKee
RESTAURANT - La Belle Vie, Sea of Change, Minneapolis
When you've opened up four of the most well received restaurants in the Twin Cities (La Belle Vie, Solera) you would think you have had enough. Tim McKee thought so too. In the last year he won the James Beard Award for the best chef in the Midwest and had just opened his two newest restaurants, Smalley's Caribbean BBQ and Barrio. But then Cue, the Guthrie's original restaurant, closed and the prime restaurant space in Twin Cities was ripe for the picking.
Not very long ago, you couldn't have mentioned the terms "Twin Cities" and "world-class cooking" in the same mouthful. But no more, thanks almost entirely to one man: Tim McKee. Over the past decade, he and partner Josh Thoma have slowly but surely (think Midwestern work ethic) built an empire; six award-winning restaurants later, McKee garnered himself the accolade of Best Chef Midwest from the James Beard Foundation—the top award in the industry—in 2009. As if this weren't enough, the news came on the heels of McKee's newest venture, Sea Change, the much-anticipated reopening of the Guthrie restaurant space (formerly Cue), a highly ambitious, all-sustainable seafood emporium. By all accounts, Chef McKee is having a very good year. But so are you, fellow eater, as you tuck into a quivering raw scallop, no longer relegated to the defense of our local culinary riches, nor your choice of the fish instead of the chicken.
HOST CHEF - Scott Pampuch
RESTAURANT - Corner Table and Tour de Farm
After putting his stamp on a legendary dish of pot roast, he opened his own restaurant, Corner Table, in 2004. Since then he has redefined what it means to be making local food by introducing the only menu in the twin cities that lists the few ingredients that are NOT local. He then stacked up the awards: Best Neighborhood Restaurant, Best Organic food, Best Localvore Restaurant, a nomination James Beard award for Best Chef Midwest, and so on... But, no, that wasn't enough: the fields called and Tour de Farm was born.
A new chapter has begun for local foods chef and advocate, Scott Pampuch, owner of Corner Table Restaurant in south Minneapolis and Tour de Farm. After consulting the Minnesota Valley Country Club's executive staff on taking their food and beverage program in a new direction, Kurt Stangler, Clubhouse Manager, offered Pampuch the executive chef position. Pampuch accepted the opportunity.
Recognized as the first country club in Minnesota to be a Certified Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary from Audubon International, the club demonstrates commitment to the health of the land, water quality, and wildlife. Pampuch's local food philosophies compliment their mission. "This is the biggest step that's happened in my career in six years," Pampuch explained, "I have the opportunity to introduce local, sustainable food to a new audience." The transition to local food won't happen instantly, but will be an evolution of bringing in new vendors, the farms, and training the kitchen and Front of House staff. Working with the grounds crew, Pampuch also has plans for a kitchen garden next Spring.
The Corner Table employees are excited for Pampuch's opportunity to expand local food in Minnesota. Corner Table will remain a leader in serving local, sustainable food with the seasons. Corner Table is open for dinner Wednesday and Thursday 5pm – 10pm, Friday and Saturday 5pm – 11pm, and breakfast on Sunday from 8am – 1pm.
SPECIAL GUEST & SOMMELLER - Dara Moskowitz Grumdahl
Award Winning Author
Dara Moskowitz Grumdahl is a James Beard Award-winning writer on food and wine, and the recipient of the 2005 Loft/McKnight Fellowship for fiction. In addition to her weekly City Pages column Dara currently writes a monthly column for the magazine Experience Life, and occasionally contributes to magazines including Gourmet, Wine & Spirits, Midwest Living, and Condé Nast's Traveler. She is a frequent radio and television guest, and can occasionally be heard on local Minnesota broadcasts of NPR's All Things Considered and Weekend America; on television she wears a wig and funny sunglasses in her role as monthly restaurant critic for local NBC affiliate KARE-11. She's also working on her first novel, a black comedy about adolescent girlhood tentatively entitled Tempest, Tossed.
SPECIAL GUEST - Andrew Zimmern
Bizarre Foods with Andrew Zimmern
Andrew Zimmern is a James Beard Award-winning TV personality,food writer, chef, teacher and is regarded as one of the most versatile and knowledgeable personalities in the food world.
As the co-creator, host and contributing producer of Travel Channel's hit series, Bizarre Foods with Andrew Zimmern and Andrew Zimmern's Bizarre World, he travels the world, exploring the food in its own terroir, wherever it's found. From restaurants to jungle markets, it's all about discovering the authentic experience.
In May 2010, Zimmern won the James Beard Award for Outstanding TV Food Personality. His online series, Toyota Venza's Appetite for Life, won an Effie in 2010. Bizarre Foods also took home two CableFax awards in 2009, one for Best Television Program: Food, another for Best Online Extras for Bizarre Foods in the Kitchen.
Bizarre Foods received high praise from The New York Times, The Washington Post, Outside Magazine and other national publications. He has appeared on Live with Regis and Kelly, NBC's Today show, the Food Network's Best Of and Tonight Show with Jay Leno.
Zimmern is also a columnist at Minneapolis-St. Paul Magazine
and his writing appears in numerous national publications including Food Arts, Restaurant Business, Delta Sky Magazine and Bon Appetit.
Andrew has served as SuperTarget's meal adventure guide, sharing his passion for ethnic foods with supermarket customers around the country. He is the international spokesman for Travel Leaders (formerly Carlson Wagonlit Travel) and Elite Destination Homes. He's also the star of Toyota's online web series, "Appetite for Life." Andrew's first book, The Bizarre Truth
, was released from Broadway Books on September 8, 2009.