November 2015 Southwest Metro Magazine

In the November issue meet two local lawyers who have taken on a 90-day weight loss challenge, see how three area designers put their unique spin on the same space and join actresws Regina Marie Williams in her Chanhassen Dinner Theater debut!

When Eden Prairie’s Christine Neff Kojetin needs a girls’ night out, it doesn’t involve cocktails or shoes. Instead Neff Kojetin calls her best friend and partner in crime, Lisa Lorenz, grabs her camera and the two women meet up to take pictures.

 

Mmm…bacon, how do I love thee? Let me count the ways: Smoked, fried, baked, grilled and the list goes on. Bacon has been elevated to near cult status in recent years and appears in a range of innovative dishes both savory and sweet.

 

Oak Ridge Hotel & Conference Center in Chaska celebrated 25 years in business on June 11 with a party embracing its roots in the 1990s.

 

Brookdale Eden Prairie, formerly Clare Bridge of Eden Prairie, celebrated its grand re-opening on June 2.

 

Downtown Carver’s historic charm coupled with a variety of independently owned shops and businesses make it a delightful destination for a day of shopping.

 

There will be a little more ice in downtown Chaska this winter. This month marks the much anticipated opening of the Chaska Event and Curling Center.

 

We found an old bookshelf—destined for the junkyard—painted it white and challenged three local interior designers to create a room around it. Jane-Marie Bloomberg, Jessica Cook and Molly Gilbertson accepted our challenge, creating three unique “rooms” in the same corner of our photo studio.

 

There was Amelia, Iago’s wife in Shakespeare’s Othello at the Guthrie Theater and Lady Capulet in the Ten Thousand Things production of Romeo and Juliet.

 

Peruse any candy aisle at the grocery or holiday store and you’ll find shelves upon shelves of nuts in various combinations—chocolate covered, clusters, cinnamon sprinkled, shelled, un-shelled, trail mixes, tins with who-knows-what inside.

 

Marsh Halberg is adroit at strategizing through an argument or proposal even before a word is spoken. Verbal chess matches are his game, and he was ready when Luke Carlson arrived last year at Halberg Criminal Defense to meet with Halberg, other lawyers and staff.

 

Yes, it’s fun to chat and eat and drink, but sometimes the same old party routine gets a little stale. And it can be downright awkward when you’re trying to blend friends and family members with no common interests. Or crazy stressful if you’re hoping to entertain a pack of tweens.

 

The Uncommon Reader by Alan Bennett
Recommended by Lee Burkhalter

Alan Bennett’s mischievous and witty novella about the queen discovering the joys of reading when she stumbles upon a bookmobile will be sure to delight.

 

If you’ve ever looked at options for filling a blank wall, you’ve learned that it’s generally not a cheap proposition. Whether you make a canvas from a picture you’ve taken or frame kids’ art, it can get expensive to make a statement.

 

Take a look at Chanhassen High School senior Matt Shea and you’ll see evidence of why he calls himself a “hardworking student-athlete.”

 

Get married, have kids, move to the suburbs. If that life trajectory sounds familiar, you’ll want to check out the Minnesota History Center’s “Suburbia” exhibit.

 

Coffee, Irish cream and pumpkin pie spices make a seasonal dessert drink.

This is the perfect dessert for those of us who are too full for pie after Thanksgiving dinner.

PUMPKIN PIE

 

About 15 years ago, Katie Trent found her artistic stride. She always had a crafty side, but once she tried working with glass in a community class, she was hooked.