August 2017 Southwest Metro Magazine

In our annual Prep Elite issue successful seniors offer flash back advice to freshman year.

Kelley Regan and her husband, Matthew Adam, traditionally take their two sons, Charlie, 18, and Chayce, 9, out on Red Rock Lake every Fourth of July to light Chinese lanterns.


When entertaining guests, a crowd-pleasing option remains the lovely charcuterie board, a great way for guests to enjoy its sweet and savory varieties, creating combinations as they please.


Paul and Terri Savaryn, owners of Sovereign Estate Winery, are celebrating their move into solar energy and putting their winery ahead of the competition with a carbon-neutral space.


It's time for our annual Prep Elite, featuring some of the area’s standout high school seniors. We received a host of worthy nominations from their schools, which, frankly, could ably fill the pages of Southwest Metro Magazine for months to come.


Patrick Smith has led an intriguing life. In fact, he’s experienced (and seen) more in his lifetime than most. Conversations with the Chaska resident provide interesting recollections and unexpected revelations.


The beginning of a new academic year can bring excitement and anticipation. For students and staff, gearing up for classes in September, it is likely that new experiences and challenges await discovery.


When shoppers step through Boutique 78’s doors in Chanhassen, they might encounter mischievous Norwegian trolls poking their heads out, catch a glimpse of sparkling tiaras or stop to admire intricate handmade jewelry from Barcelona, Spain.


Rita Andrescik has been wowing them ever since kindergarten. “I would sing anytime someone would listen,” she says. “Music has been my whole life. I can’t remember when it wasn’t.”


Digging for Richard III: The Search for the Lost King (revised edition) by Mike Pitts offers readers a meaty summer read. For centuries, speculation had abounded with respect to the fate of King Richard III’s remains—were they moved to another location or dug up, desecrated and scattered?


If you’re featuring a charcuterie board at a party, and you want to serve cocktails, choosing the event beverage depends on the food elements.


Have you dreamed of taking a trip out west to tour the wine country—soaking in romantic landscapes, sampling local wine blends and listening to live music playing softly on sun dappled patios? Perhaps you were thinking of California wine country.


Customs vary, but today, white, off white and ivory remain the most popular, traditional bridal colors in the United States. However, these hues weren’t always the color of choice.


Alex Tyson, a senior at Chanhassen High School, is one of this year’s Southwest Metro Magazine’s Prep Elites, chosen from a group of area students who were nominated by their high schools. (Read about other Prep Elites on page 18.)