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6 Spotlight: The Avalon Events Center 952-460-1930 | PlanetMediaCom.com VOLUME 2 - ISSUE 6
PUBLISHERS Scott Holgate
6 Spotlight: The Avalon Events Center 8 February Fun in Fargo 10 Fargo’s Best Bakes & Cupcakes 12 Steep Me A Cup of Tea: Offering More Than Just Beverages 14 Valentine's Day Tips & Ideas
Burt Bauman REGIONAL SALES MANAGER Josh Heath GRAPHIC DESIGNERS Karen Van Oss Ryan McClellan MANAGING EDITOR Rachelle Gordon
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18 Saving Money On Your Wedding - How Not to Break the Bank on Your Big Day 20 Milt's Barn: Weddings, Parties, and More... 22 Music & Events Sponsored by: Property Recourse Group 24 Recipe: Rockin' Red Velvet Trifle 25 The History of Valentine's Day
26 Job Guide 28 Luna Fargo: So Much More than Just Coffee 30 Vintage & Variety Wines to Try Today! 4 |
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by Rachelle Gordon If you’re looking for the ideal setting for your wedding or event, The Avalon Events Center is the perfect choice. Located minutes from downtown Fargo, the property has a staggering seven ballrooms, meaning it can accommodate anything and everyone - including multiple events at once!
“It caterers to all types of gatherings; from corporate
“If anyone has attended an event they always talk
conventions to beautiful weddings, from 25 people
about the food! Our Executive Chef is second to
to 2,500 people,” explains Brett Colliton, Director of
none!” exclaimed Colliton.
Sales & Social Media at The Avalon. We run the event center like a five-star hotel - nothing is overlooked!”
Planning the perfect wedding or event is simple with The Avalon - their professional and friendly staff
The Avalon Events Center is not only versatile but
will ensure your special day is everything you ever
also features state-of-the-art technology that is
unmatched in the area. Each and every room at The Avalon is outfitted with large projection screens
“We truly try to streamline the process of booking
or televisions, easy to use connections for your
and setting up your event,” says Jackie Bruenjes, The
computer and devices, multiple microphones for your
Avalon’s Social Events & Marketing Manager. “We are
presentation or panel discussion, and color changing
detailed and have a team that works together to have
ambient LED lighting all included. There are also
a very successful event from start to finish.”
movie theatre quality screens with surround sound. Additional touches include theatrical mood lighting, “We have a different look and feel than most event
drive-in loading docks for ease of delivery, large on-site
centers,” says Joe Gooding, Food & Beverage Manager.
parking accommodations, ticket office, and so much
“We have the newest technologies that we can offer
more that you’ll have to see to believe - The Avalon
to our weddings, events, and corporate parties.”
even has a glamorous way home for event-goers.
The food and drink is another big draw for those
“We offer limo rides free of charge to our guests from
looking to create the perfect meal for their event.
9:00 pm to 1:00 am who are staying in hotels in our
The Avalon offers one-of-a-kind dining experiences
area. Guests are very appreciative of this service,”
that can cater to any group.
We have great signature dinners, lunches, and
The Avalon Events Center is the perfect venue for
breakfasts that our executive chef specializes in,”
any wedding, corporate party, or special event.
explains Gooding. “We are able to hold a very large
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amount of guests at once and still able to provide
S P OT L I G HT
4 To 8 Weeks Out FF FF FF FF FF FF FF FF FF FF
Mail All Invitations and RSVPs (8 weeks) Apply for Marriage License-Bring Proper Documents Order Tuxedoes for Groom and Groomsmen Meet with the Caterer to go Over Menus, Wine Selections, etc. Do a Hair and Makeup Run-Through (Include Veil) Finalize Honeymoon Arrangement Decide on Rehearsal Dinner Outfit Make Honeymoon Packing List Finish Bridal Shower Thank-Yous Finalize Ceremony Readings
4 Weeks Out FF FF FF FF FF FF FF FF FF FF
Buy Bridesmaids, Groomsmen, Parents & Children Gifts Work on Seating Chart Finish Writing Vows Finalize Ceremony Outline & Programs Create Weekend Outline Send Out Rehearsal Reminders Make Nail and Spa Appointments Buy or Make a Day-of-Emergency Kit Schedule Final Fitting for Bride and Bridesmaids Dresses Finalize and Confirm Arrangements for Out of Town Guests
2 Weeks Out FF Confirm Details with the Photographer, Florist and Other Vendors FF Finalize Wedding Day Transportation FF Arrange to Change Name on License, Social Security Card, etc. FF Finalize Guest Numbers with Caterer FF Order Wedding Rings FF Confirm Wedding Ceremony and Reception Music FF Compile All Lists of All Vendors and Wedding Party with Contact Information FF Confirm Payments with Vendors FF Write Your Rehearsal Dinner Toast FF Wrap and Write Cards for Groomsmen, Parents & Children’s Gifts
1 Day Out FF FF FF FF FF FF FF FF FF FF
Confirm Receipt of Marriage License Arrive Early at Rehearsal Bring Attendants Gifts Enjoy Rehearsal Dinner Gather Something Old – Symbolizing Continuity with Family & Heritage Gather Something New-Symbolizing Optimism & Hope for the New Life Ahead Gather Something Borrowed-An Item from a Happily Married Friend or Family Member Gather Something Blue-Symbolizing Love and Fidelity Decide on Perfume for the Day Confirm Wedding Day Details with Wedding Party
Day Of Your Wedding FF FF FF FF FF FF FF FF FF FF
Bring Wedding License Eat Lightly In the Morning Have Hair and Makeup Done Start Dressing 1 to 2 Hours Before Ceremony Relax and Remain Calm at All Times Have Personal Attendant Next to You for Touchups, Extra Lipstick, Water, etc. Eat Lightly In the Afternoon Prior to Ceremony Starting, (about 15 Minutes) Take Quiet Time with Your Wedding Party Smile at Your Future Partner! Enjoy This Beautiful, Once-in-a-Lifetime Day Surrounded by Friends and Family!
1 Week Out FF Confirm Honeymoon Arrangements & Make Copy of Itinerary for Emergencies FF Pack for Honeymoon FF Check Size and Fit of Rings FF Arrange for Pickup of Wedding Attire FF Enclose Any Fees Due on Wedding Day in Envelopes for Distribution FF Appoint a Trustworthy Person to Bring Important Items (cake knife, toasting glasses, etc.) to Reception FF Put Tip Money Aside for Vendors FF Double-Check all Details with Photographer, Videographer, Florist, etc. FF Arrange Photographer, Videographer and Attendants Arrive 2 Hours Before Ceremony FF Arrange Music to Begin ½ Hour Prior to Ceremony
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shopdinelive.net Downtown Ice Rink: It’s no secret that Fargo is well-known for its ice rinks. However, as with the majority of the city’s rinks, the very popular and family friendly downtown spot only typically stays open as long as the weather permits. Be sure to grab a friend and a hot drink, and enjoy a few relaxing laps while watching the downtown hustle and bustle while there’s still time. If you haven’t seen the rink already on your commute, it’s located right off Broadway and Main Ave. Open until 9:00pm, the rink runs both weekdays and weekends. Skaters can also enjoy a fire pit to stay warm.
Fargo Park District Events: Check out the Fargo Park District’s website and calendar at FargopPaks.com/ events-calendar for a variety of fun and family friendly events scheduled throughout the month of February. Be sure to stop by the Fargo Pond Hockey Classic tournament scheduled for February 11th and 12th at Edgewood Golf Course featuring tents for those looking to stay defrost while the games take place. For those of you looking to get a taste of a family vacation to the Caribbean, be sure to check out Destination Anchor Island, hosted by Fargo South High School on February 4th. The event features games and prizes and runs from 1:00 pm to 5:00pm.
Climbing Wall: Get out of your comfort zone by scaling new heights at the Schlossman YMCA’s 32’ climbing wall at 4243 19th Ave. South. Not only a great workout, the climbing wall is the perfect
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way to escape the cold and pretend you’re on an outdoor adventure. Drop-ins are welcome so even if you don’t have a membership, you are welcome to purchase a day pass and try the wall. Climbing shoes are available on-site, but be sure to wear comfortable clothes that will allow you to move freely. Introduction to belay is a 75-minute class that will teach you the basics so that you can belay on your own at the Y. It’s also fun to bring a friend! Rock climbing clubs are also available for those in the 7-12 and 10-15 age groups.
Cross Country Skiing: Edgewood Golf Course also offers a range of winter activities, including cross country skiing, snowshoe rentals and a sliding hill. Snowshoe and ski rentals are available on site during chalet hours from $5.75 for youth rentals and $11.50 for adults. The clubhouse also features a snack bar and a fireplace for those wanting to warm up after a run. Hours of operation are Monday through Friday, 12:00 – 6:00 pm and Saturday and Sunday from 12:00 – 8:00 pm. Sleigh rides are also available starting January 7 from 1:00-4:00 pm. Other cross-country ski trails also include Forest River, Orchard Glen, but be sure to check the Fargo Parks District web page at FargoParks.com for more information. You can also check out snowshoe and full rental ski packages for individuals and families available at MB Johnson Park in Moorhead until February 26th. All trails are weather dependent.
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by Ana Mitrovic
Baked goods always taste best when they are made locally. If you’re searching for a scrumptious treat, be sure to check out some of the area bakeries listed below. The best part is that many of these delicious treats are also available as gluten free or vegan. These local goods are sure to be a hit!
Lucid is Fargo’s only fully vegan bakery.
You can find Lucid’s baked goods at the Green House Café on Broadway, Youngblood Coffee Co., or at the Red River Market in the summer. What makes Lucid so special is its commitment to using local ingredients as often as possible. Lucid also uses no preservatives and bakes from scratch so that each tasty treat is always fresh and full of flavor. Lucid Bakery can bake custom made orders or check out some of its tried and true varieties of cookies such as Double Chocolate Brownie and Frosted Shortbread. While sampling, should also probably give the Vanilla and French Lavender cupcakes a try. There is also Almond Bliss and Loaded Carrot, or, if you’re feeling adventurous, a Beer and Peanut Butter Pretzel cupcake. Cupcake flavors are also offered by the slice or by two and three-layer full cake versions, and the bakery also offers bars, muffins, and quick breads. Find Lucid at Green House Café at 68 Broadway North, Fargo or at Youngblood Coffee Co. at 623 Northern Pacific Ave., Fargo.
shopdinelive.net Nichole’s Fine Pastries: Nichole’s excels in the baking department and pretty much does it all. From cupcakes at $27 a dozen, and options for fillings that include raspberry preserves, strawberry preserves and caramel (an additional $3 a dozen), Nichole’s also offers a range of specialty frostings upon request. If bars and cookies are more your thing, why not go for a 60 or 97 cookie and bar tray. If you prefer to go even bigger, Nichole’s also specializes in mousse cakes and a number of delicious cheesecakes, such as Turtle Cheesecake, a chocolate filled cake topped with pecans, ganache, and caramel and the Mascarpone Cheesecake, featuring a cashew crust and either a caramel or berry sauce. Consider giving the gift of confections from Nichole’s,
Bakeology: Although not a traditional
such as a 9-piece gift box of chocolate truffles for $15 or heart-shaped Anna Shea chocolates (made in Illinois). Find Nichole’s at 13 8th St. South, Fargo.
bakery, Bakeology offers its baked goods at Unglued on Broadway from Monday through Sunday. Bakeology also offers special orders and you can take them boxed to go. This bakery rents a commercial baking space to create their masterpieces. Bakeology offers an impressive range of cupcakes from Cookies N Cream, Eggnog, to the Man Cake from the Party Line, a chocolate cake featuring caramel schnapps, salted caramel, and topped with candied bacon. If bacon really is your thing, you can also order the gluten free Maple Bacon with maple syrup buttercream and topped with candied bacon. Gourmet cupcakes are $2.50 and Party Line and gluten free cupcakes are $3.50 each. Find Bakeology treats at Unglued at 408 Broadway,
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Offering More Than Just Beverages by Jamee Larson
The essence of today’s society is embodied
only be described as a labor of love to the
in the belief that faster is better. Fast food,
Red River Valley. “We researched the store
high-speed internet, drive-through service…
approximately two years prior to opening,”
it’s all about getting from point a to point b as
Terisina explained. “We purchased teas and
quickly as possible. Steep Me Up a Cup of Tea,
spices and herbs and started working on
the area’s newest beverage house, is trying
how these items all work together.”
to promote the opposite. For Terisina and Jerry Hintz, quality is something that simply cannot be rushed.
“We offer a top notch loose tea in our store that is unmatched,” Terisina explained. “Plus, because we blend our teas ourselves... we can customize any of the teas for each customer’s need.”
For those unfamiliar with tea, “steeping” is
In fact, their latest business venture is their
the process of letting dry ingredients soak
fourth. Steep Me Up a Cup of Tea is different,
inside a liquid until that liquid tastes like the
however. Part business, part lifestyle…the
dry ingredients. It is a method that cannot be
duo wants to help others make the type of life
rushed and anyone who has ever had a stellar
changes they have accomplished themselves.
cup of tea understands why.
“We started our business in 2008 and Jerry
Steep Me Up a Cup of Tea originally opened in Bismarck in 2008. The success of that location gave Terisina and Jerry the
Tea wasn’t new to Terisina and Jerry, as both come from an entrepreneurial background.
confidence to expand and bring what can
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weighed 299 and I weighed 270 and we needed to make a lifestyle change,” Terisina explained. “We went into the tea business trying to find an answer to getting healthy.”
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which teaches them about our teas, why they
believed that the beverage can help fight heart
are important, what the differences are, etc.”
disease, improve circulation, protect teeth and strengthen bones, improve digestions, strengthen the immune system, and prevent dehydration. Tea can also help with weight loss, as Terisina and Jerry can attest to.
For Terisina and Jerry, their excellent customer service and superior products will make return customers out of virtually any visitor. “We offer a top notch loose tea in our store that is unmatched,” Terisina explained. “Plus, because
Since opening Steep Me Up a Cup of Tea,
we blend our teas ourselves...we can customize
Terisina and Jerry have lost 70 and 110 pounds
any of the teas for each customer’s need.”
respectively, but their lifestyle changes are what fuels the business. “We have been there and done it so we have the experience with ourselves and can relate,” she said. “We opened our store with 35 teas and now have over 200 and a full line of remedy specific teas that have been tried by our customers. We feature healthy beverages made from our teas and we love to teach people how to make tea at home.” It is the symbiotic relationship between owner and customer that has made Steep Me Up a Cup of Tea such a success. It is also what sets the business apart from similar competitors. “We are very much vested in each of our customers
The company’s commitment to foster healthy living for all customers is also unique to the business. “We teach our employees to teach customers that they are worth the hard work and the changes they are making to be healthier and tea is a great accompaniment to what they are doing daily,” she said.
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and teaching them all about tea,” Terisina said.
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Valentine’s Day is a day set aside to celebrate that someone who is most special to you. For some, planning the perfect Valentine’s Day can be more stressful than it should be. Here are few ideas for the upcoming day that will help make sure that it isn’t this year that also won’t break the bank.
Surprise Breakfast in Bed No matter who you are (and what day it is), breakfast in bed is a wonderful surprise to wake up to in the morning. Try your hand at heart shaped pancakes to celebrate the day, or if your loved one is perfectly content with cereal or granola in the morning, you may want to dress it up and 14 |
make it a little bit more special by adding some
a heart-shaped marshmallow instead. For
fresh fruit (strawberries are great for this) cut
a fun twist on eggs and toast, you can try
in the shape of hearts.
heart-shaped eggs in a basket. Simply trace
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the shape of a heart on two slices of white If you are feeling an extra bit talented,
bread and place the slices on a Pam sprayed
you may want to check out a few YouTube
pan with a pat of butter in a heart-shape.
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Crack the egg in the hole, and turn over to
on your SO’s latte. A no-fail idea is to opt for
cook the other side once the egg sets.
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Lunch Delivery For anyone working on Valentine’s Day, consider sending them a surprise floral arrangement from Country Greenery, which a wide variety of roses and other flowers as well as local delivery. You might also want to check out Edible Arrangements, which offers a range of delicious gift baskets featuring delicious items such as heart-shaped pineapple and chocolate covered strawberries. Surprising your significant other with lunch (even delivered in person) from a favorite shared restaurant will surely be a nice surprise that makes your partner feel special. For Country Greenery see CountryGreenery.com, and Edible Arrangements see: EdibleArrangements.com.
Dinner If you’re looking for something to do outdoors, bundle up and surprise your significant other with a sleigh ride this February. Rides are offered February 11th and 14th. The rides begin and end downtown at the Hotel Donaldson, for about 15-20 minutes. You can check out Dakota Carriage Company at DakotaCarriageCompany.com to book your reservation in
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advance. When you need to warm up, stop in for a cocktail or glass of wine after your ride after your ride at the Hotel Donaldson. Staying in for a quiet night in with wine and chocolate is always a good option for Valentine’s Day, especially if you’re looking to escape the crowds and longer waits. On the other hand, if a bustling night out on the town is more your thing, you have plenty of options to consider in Fargo this year. You make want to set up any dinner reservations well in advance in order to ensure a table. | 15
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“Years from now, you’ll look back on what a great time everyone had, with or without the waiters with the white gloves!”
One of the main ways that couples save money on their wedding is by holding it on a day other than Saturday and/or during an off-peak season. Venues, caterers, and DJs want full schedule books, and may even offer a significant discount if you hold your event on a Friday or Sunday. And remember that planning a wedding is a lot like buying a car - it’s okay to haggle for a better price!
Buy Used and Save the Difference
Lots of people buy used furniture, clothing, and housewares - why not buy gently loved items for your wedding? The event will only last one day and no one has to know the stuff is used.
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Consignment stores and online retailers are great places to find
remember that other people could be - list your used items
bridal attire and accessories while sites like eBay and Craigslist are perfect for decor (think LED candles, vases, etc.). If you aren’t comfortable using secondhand items in your ceremony,
after the wedding and get some of that money back!
DIY - But Don’t Spread Yourself Too Thin
Getting crafty is a wonderful way to save big bucks on your wedding, but remember that it takes a lot of work. For every Pinterest-perfect wedding, there are two where the bride was scrambling to finish the centerpieces an hour before she was due at the altar. Pick areas you’re comfortable with, whether it’s reception favors or felt boutonnieres and give yourself plenty of time to complete the projects you pick. Don’t be afraid to enlist help - inviting your bridesmaids over for wine and weaving can be a lot of fun!
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“Milt’s Barn was built in 1898,” explained co-owner Mary Seifert via email. “It is named after Milton Seifert, who purchased the building site and farmland back in the 1960’s. Milt had the vision of turning the barn into a dance/community gathering place for the Pelican Rapids area. Milt’s dream did not become a reality before he passed away in 1992.” Determined to keep Milt’s dream alive, Mary and her husband Ross (Milt’s son) took over the property and in 1997 were the first couple to wed at the newly developed event center. In 2011, Milt’s Barn became available to the public for use. “This venue is seasonal, late May through early October - holding only one event each weekend,” said Seifert. She added that this ensures an intimate event with plenty of time to get every detail right.
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The History of Valentine’s Day It’s All About Love
by Jamee Larson
In 1375, Medieval English poet Geoffrey Chaucer made the first written
Ribbon and lace may not be as prevalent in today’s Valentine gestures,
connection between St. Valentine’s Day and romance in his poem
but it was prominent in years past. The tradition dates all the way
entitled “Parliament of Foules.” Prior to Chaucer’s line, “For this was
back to King Arthur’s court, when a knight would ride into battle with
sent on Seynt Valentyne’s Day / whan every foul cometh ther to choose
the scarf or handkerchief of his sweetheart. It was believed that such
his mate,” the holiday celebrated the life St. Valentine, who secretly
tokens would keep the knight safe and therefore keep the lovebirds
performed marriage ceremonies in defiance of Claudius II. The Roman
emperor believed that bachelors made better soldiers. Red roses have long been considered a symbol of love. It is said that red The connection between St. Valentine’s Day and love stuck and
roses were the favorite flower of the Venus, the Greek goddess of love.
February 14th is now celebrated around the world. Until the 19th
Intriguingly, when rearranged, the letters of “rose” spell out Eros, the
century, Valentines in America consisted of hand-written notes
Greek god of love.
exchanged between lovers. That all changed in 1840, when Esther A. Howland began selling the first mass-produced Valentine. Howland became known as the “Mother of the Valentine,” and the rest is greeting card history. It is estimated that over 180 million Valentine cards will be exchanged this year alone.
No explanation of Valentine’s Day is complete without a mention of cupid. Although often a cartoon-like caricature in contemporary lore, Cupid was a very prominent figure in ancient ideologies. In Latin, the word “cupid” translates to “desire,” and Cupid was considered the god of desire, erotic love, attraction, and affection. It was believed that
Many people are surprised to learn that there were several saints
two people struck by the same arrow from Cupid’s quiver would fall
named St. Valentine. Although the saint described above is the one
hopelessly in love for the eternity of their lives.
most commonly associated with Valentine’s Day, there are thirteen more with the same moniker. Regardless, St. Valentine is considered the patron saint of engaged couples, happy marriages, and traveling. Interestingly, he is also the patron saint of beekeeping, epilepsy, plague, fainting, and traveling.
The true essence of Valentine’s Day cannot be found in a card or box of chocolates. The holiday was born out of the respect and admiration for the power of love, an emotion that predates both materialism and consumerism. It is about recognizing the value of relationships and embracing the vast potential that those relationships create. In the
There are several symbols associated with Valentine’s day, including
end, all that really matters is love.
the heart, ribbons and lace, red roses, and of course, cupid. Although most people embrace these symbols without much thought, they all
“True love is a discipline in which each divines
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the secret self of the other and refuses to believe
scholars knew that the heart was the center of all emotions. Even
in the mere daily self.”
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So Much More than Just Coffee by Aaron Black
With a full menu, a huge retail cheese and meat case and so much more, Luna has gone beyond coffee to make the culinary scene in Fargo stand out.
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city’s Hawthorne District, just north of Bernie’s Wines and Liquors. What once was a quiet neighborhood coffee shop has now transformed into one of Fargo’s best casual fine dining establishments. Luna is owned and operated by proprietor Nikki Berglund. Several years ago, Berglund partnered with local chef Ryan Nitschke in order to create full menu offerings to go along with her neighborhood wine bar concept. Inside, you’ll find a calm and inviting space featuring relaxing house music and soothing lighting. Luna’s walls are decorated with local art that is featured monthly and its servers are
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there to provide you with a top level dining experience. Shop. Dine. Live. caught up with owner Berglund to get her thoughts on Luna’s transition and what plans she and her team have for the future. Shop. Dine. Live.: How did you and Chef Ryan come to know each other and form your partnership? Nikki Berglund: It was just pure good fortune really. He was looking and I was looking. Of course I had eaten his food already quite a few times so I knew how talented he was. At the time I hadn’t yet realized the full potential of Luna and really didn’t even know exactly what direction I wanted to go. When Ryan came on board, and we all started hashing out ideas, I knew fairly quickly that we were on the same page and the rest is history. What I appreciate most about him is the fact that I can just leave him be and he is constantly surprising me and amazing me with his
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shopdinelive.net SDL: Luna features a huge selection of cheeses and meats that customers can purchase from your take away cheese counter. What’s your favorite cheese? NB: I have too many favorite cheeses to mention. There are so many great ones! As a wine person, I am most drawn to the ones that complement a nice glass of wine. I went to Napa earlier in the year and tried an aged goat cheese from Cypress Grove called Midnight Moon. Chef Ryan ordered it in, and it has become a favorite of both customers and staff alike. Really though, he orders in the most interesting things that are equal parts approachable and special. This is not the cheese you buy at the grocery store, because why would it be? They do their thing, and we do ours. We also source the majority of our meats from Red Table Meats out of Minneapolis which is fun as well. Chef Ryan has taught me a ton about both cheese and charcuterie to the point where I have decided to take it a step further and become a Certified Cheesemonger- yes that is a real thing! Our cheese case can look a little overwhelming and it feels really good to help people realize that it isn’t as complicated or expensive as it looks. You can come in, ask a couple of questions, and leave with a really nice selection of cheeses for no more money than you would pay at the grocery store for a big chunk or two. Getting people comfortable with cheese is really satisfying. SDL: What do you think makes Luna unique and standout from the other casual fine dining establishments in this market? NB: Honestly I think most everything about Luna is unique to Fargo which is something we are really proud of and also something that was a main objective in the first place. The Fargo/ Moorhead restaurant scene has grown so much in the last 10 years and I love seeing the increasing diversity. It makes it easier for a concept like ours to be a success. Our restaurant scene is getting cooler all of the time and we are excited to be a part of that. Having a menu that changes daily requires a chef who is willing to constantly be creating and planning and utilizing what is available. I know a lot of people throw around the whole “farm to table” thing and even we hesitate to use it too often, but Chef Ryan has some amazing relationships with our local farmers and that is something we support as much as possible. Even in the winter there are farmers in and out of Luna constantly. I love that. SDL: Can you give us a hint about what’s in store for Luna in the future? NB: Oh man, Chef Ryan and I have so many fun ideas up our sleeves I wouldn’t know even where to start. For the time being we are just working hard at making Luna as successful as possible! We will continue to host wine and beer dinners which have been a huge success for us. My husband Paul and I live on 12 acres so we are going to dabble a little with sourcing our own produce for Luna this year, so that will be fun. As far as our future plans, you will just have to wait and see… but I promise we won’t disappoint!
Specials and Events Luna hosts a monthly wine or craft beer dinner, as well as offers a variety of weekly specials and happy hours for its customers. Reservations to Luna’s monthly wine and beer dinners can be made by calling the restaurant. Whether you’re in the mood for a cup of coffee, need a cheese platter for your next party, or are looking for a unique lunch spot or a romantic dining experience, Luna has everything you need. Stop by and visit, you’ll be glad you did. 1545 University Drive, Fargo Reservations (701) 293-8818
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Wines to Try Today!
by Ana Mitrovic
You might already have your favorite wine, or maybe you’re still searching for
Sauvignon Blanc: If you’re interested in trying a dry wine, then look no
“THE ONE” – that perfect wine to share with friends or to unwind with after a
further than the very popular Sauvignon Blanc. Many regions produce
long day at work. It’s easy to forget however, that there are a lot of great wines
this wine both in the United States and internationally, from California
out there, each one offering something different and new without breaking the
and Washington State to New Zealand. This wine is best described as
bank. While some may prefer the taste of sweet white wines with low alcohol
refreshing and crisp. It features citrus and herb tones that pairs best
content such as Moscato or richer flavors of the Pinot Noir, it might be time to
with lighter seafood dishes, oysters or even walleye.
branch out and explore a few untasted treats of the terroir. You never know what you might find that could be a hit at your next party.
TO TRY: Decoy Sauvignon Blanc (Sonoma, CA)
RIESLING: Although most people think of Riesling as having the same
Sparkling White Wine: Sparkling white wine is a great addition to any
sweet flavor palette Moscato, this varietal is native to the Rhine region in
special occasion and there are a number to choose from. For example,
Germany and comes in both dry and semi-sweet. The Riesling is notable
Italian Prosecco comes in dry, sweet or semi-sweet can be used in
for its fruit tones such as apricot, pineapple, and pear with additional
mimosas for brunch or as an aperitif before your dinner. Champagne,
aromas that include honey, ginger. You can try pairing this wine with
the most popular of all the sparkling wines comes exclusively from the
spicy foods or meats such as duck and pork for a sure hit.
Champagne region of France, and pairs well with oysters. You may
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however, like to try a more affordable Spanish Cava which is an excellent companion to ham or chorizo.
TO TRY: Barcino: Cava Brut (Spain) Merlot: Interested in a smooth red wine? Then this wine is for you. Produced in both cooler and warmer climates, Merlot yields different results. With hints of cherry, raspberry and plum this delicious wine compliments your next roasted duck or chicken and veggies, and hearty beef dishes.
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party, zin goes well with gouda or goat cheese.
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