October 2016 Southwest Metro Magazine

This month, dive into the vibrant SOuthwest Metro culinary scene in the annual food issue.

Lisa Tomassen, an Eden Prairie resident, loves snapping photos of her children. In October 2014, on an annual pumpkin picking trip to Marshall’s Farm Market and very pregnant with her second child, Tomassen captured a moment of her oldest helping her pick out pumpkins.


The explosion of food trucks in the Twin Cities is a recent development, and following on its heels is another: the transition from food truck start-up to full-fledged, brick-and-mortar restaurant. Much of this type of expansion has occurred within Minneapolis and St.


Waconia Brewing Company is celebrating two years in business with an all-ages party featuring Rolling Hearth Bistro food, live music by No Stone Unturned and, of course, new and re-released beers.


A few years ago, an editor presented me with an assignment that seemed somewhat insurmountable. Somewhere in the suburbs, there were groups of moms who gathered together to plan and exchange meals. Could I find one and write an article about it?


The world of food and beer pairings is reaching new heights. It’s a fun experience for both brewers and restaurants, and there are many approaches to making the food and drink experience go hand in hand.


Sara Trosen has an eye for creating beautiful spaces. As the owner of Madison House Interiors in Eden Prairie, she’s spent the last 16 years in the interior design industry and the previous two years running her own firm.


A napkin. The driver simply reached to retrieve a napkin. That seemingly innocuous action led to the death of 19-year-old Shreya Dixit, who was on her way home from the University of Wisconsin-Madison to celebrate Diwali, an important Hindu festival, with her Eden Prairie family.


June Rosckes saw herself as a boutique owner well before she became one. It came to her in a vision over two decades ago.


For a group of Eden Prairie residents, raising chickens is not meant only for farm hands. Currently, backyard chickens are allowed only in rural areas of Eden Prairie.


Kyle Meinke, a senior at Southwest Christian High School, doesn’t limit himself to one passion. As a captain on the varsity soccer, basketball and track teams, and as a trumpet, baritone and flugelhorn player, he finds time to pursue sports and music in addition to academics.


Relish: My Life in the Kitchen by Lucy Knisley
- Recommended by Lee Burkhalter

A humorous and whimsical memoir about growing up in a foodie family with recipes to try out at home. This graphic novel is aimed at teens, but it’s good for adults, too.


1.5 oz. Canadian whiskey (Crown Royal)
1.5 oz amaretto liqueur (Disaronno)
4 oz. cranberry juice

Fill a tall glass with ice. Pour in the whiskey and amaretto, fill to the top with cranberry juice. Stir and enjoy.


While the Christmas light show is a time-honored tradition that’s only improved with the invention of LED lights and programming software, one Chaska couple hopes to start a Halloween light show trend.


When Wendel Strong started baking bread, he was aiming to make something healthier than the processed products he was finding on store shelves, but his first mission was to make it taste good.