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2016 was a great year for Fargo Monthly. We learned a lot, tried new things, put out issues we’ve never done before and tested our creative limits. And it’s all to bring you, the reader, the best magazine we can. Here are some of my favorite things from Fargo Monthly this year. Favorite Photoshoot February Meet Your Local Celebrities cover I may or may not have gotten inspiration for this cover from a popular *NYSYC album, and it turned out pretty wonderful. The local personalities and everyone who volunteered as the paparazzi played their parts perfectly on our makeshift red carpet scene and it was a blast. (Photography by J. Alan Paul Photography)

Favorite Story

Favorite Design

Memorable Food Discovery

June The Flavor Awards I’m so proud of how this issue turned out in general and I can’t thank the restaurants and public enough for supporting our first ever Flavor Awards. Our graphic designer Sarah Geiger absolutely nailed it with the cover story designs to showcase the winners. Just when I thought the food photos couldn’t look more award-worthy (pun intended), the design elements put the cherry on top of the cake. Or bacon on top of a burger, whatever you prefer. (Food photography by Paul Flessland)

Deep Blue Seafood 4480 23rd Ave. S, Fargo It’s no secret that we visit a lot of restaurants on a monthly basis. One of my favorite food discoveries this year happened when we went to Deep Blue Seafood for one of our “5 Things To Eat & Drink This Month” columns. I love seafood and trying new, exotic things so when we tried the buffalo shark bites, homemade clam chowder and the fish & chips I instantly fell in love. (Photos by Paul Flessland)

Event Highlight

Favorite Cover August Chef BOY-ardee Every so often, someone’s story is more inspirational than normal to me. My story on Carter Cassola, a local 12-year-old aspiring chef and a 2016 contestant on Food Network’s Chopped Junior, was one of those stories for me. Watching Carter cook for us and talking with his dad, Steve Cassola, about their experiences and chasing your dreams was an interview I will always remember. Plus, Carter’s dish was delicious and I’m also a big fan of the Chopped shows, so it was fun to hear about their time on the show. I also can’t thank Chef Eric Watson enough for letting us use his kitchen, too. (Photos by J. Alan Paul Photography)

August 13 Things To Love About Downtown Fargo Not only does this issue have my favorite cover of the year, but it also has my favorite cover story. Our “13 Things To Love About Downtown Fargo” story turned out to be incredibly informative. Overall, I think it properly highlighted the exciting things that are happening downtown and it has great information I didn’t know beforehand. I love downtown, and this story made me love it even more. And that cover is a true piece of beautiful artwork that I’d hang on my wall any day. (Cover design by Sarah Geiger, photography by J. Alan Paul Photography)

2016 AAF-North Dakota ADDY Awards We at Spotlight Media, the parent company of Fargo Monthly, had a great time attending this year’s ADDY Awards at the Holiday Inn in Fargo. Fargo Monthly took home a gold award in “Collateral Material: Publication Design – Series” for our May June, August and September 2015 covers and feature stories. Our sister magazine, Design & Living, took home a silver award in “Collateral Material: Publication Design – Cover” for its May 2015 cover. 19

Fargo Monthly December 2016  
Fargo Monthly December 2016  

We took a look back some of the great community highlights of 2016, from events and happenings to all of the new local businesses that opene...