December 2017 Southwest Metro Magazine

In the December issue find out how Aurelie Spirito brings French influence to her Metro catering business.

On a November 2016 afternoon, Lori Dozier and her two daughters ventured out to their front yard for some fun in the snow. It was there Dozier snapped a shot of her wide-eyed daughter looking straight into the lens of her Nikon D750 Camera.

 

In early 2000s France, Aurélie Spirito had a successful buffet styling company with a business partner. But when Spirito’s husband got a job offer in Minnesota, the couple jumped into the new adventure and landed in Eden Prairie in 2007.
 

 

The Chanhassen Dinner Theatres presents its 2017 holiday concert series, offering a variety of shows suitable for all age groups and musical tastes.

 

Ashley Browning has the inside track on all things entertaining, silly and downright fun for the kid (and kid at heart) set.

 

Kyle Wegner doesn’t have to trudge far to get to his favorite winter stomping ground. His family lives near the top of the Power Hill Park sledding hill in Chanhassen. The sophomore at the University of Minnesota—Twin Cities has been gliding down it for most of his life.

 

The genesis of Michelle Donovan’s passion for creating sweet treats can be traced back to when she was only 5 or 6 years old and found in the elaborate Christmas cookies she helped her mother bake every year.

 

Soni Styrlund and her daughters, MacKenzie and Maddi, decorate eight Christmas trees every year in their Eden Prairie family home. Soni says it all began with one tree—decorated with handmade ornaments and mementos that have special meaning.

 

As the holidays draw to a close and the tinsel is tossed, trimmings are tidied up and relatives return home, a dilemma remains—where to put, store or keep all the presents that marched, albeit with good intentions, into the house.

 

Cola de Mano
Serves 8

10 whole cloves
2 ½ cinnamon sticks
1/2 cup water
8 cups cold milk
2 tbsp. instant coffee granules
1/2 cup white sugar
1 ½ tsp. vanilla extract
1/2 cup pisco, white rum, brandy or other lightly-flavored liquor

 

In The Stranger in the Woods: The Extraordinary Story of the Last True Hermit, journalist Michael Finkel’s biography chronicles the improbable tale of Christopher Knight who, compelled to follow some internal bearing, took to the woods to live out his life.  How is it possible to survive for deca

 

In The Stranger in the Woods: The Extraordinary Story of the Last True Hermit, journalist Michael Finkel’s biography chronicles the improbable tale of Christopher Knight who, compelled to follow some internal bearing, took to the woods to live out his life.  How is it possible to survive for deca

 

The Staring Lake Outdoor Center has a long history that began with the State Emergency Relief Association (SERA) in 1935. SERA was an organization similar to the Works Progress Administration (WPA). However, it was state funded, instead of federally funded.

 

While they appear to be slumbering this time of year, natural elements still provide vibrant touches to decor, ideal to incorporate into winter and holiday milieu. Invite guests and the outdoors into your home for entertaining during the holidays.

 

He graduated from Chanhassen High School in 2016 and now attends Iowa State University, double majoring in management with an entrepreneur track and supply chain management—that only scratches the surface of Matt Hodges’ accomplishments, including launching