Jessica Bainbridge, catering event planner
Monday, May 5, 2014
“If people did not love one another, I really don't see what use there would be in having any spring.”
― Victor Hugo, Les Misérables
Spring is here and it’s time to reconnect with all those you love! You know – all those neighbors, friends and family hibernating during the extreme cold of the winter months.
The hope of spring and all the new life coming forth offers so much inspiration for gatherings big and small. We have a few ideas for your next spring get-together!
Susan Bachman West, executive director of perishable operations
Thursday, May 1, 2014
While we wait to get our hands truly dirty, pansy bowls are the perfect option to start embracing spring’s pending arrival because they’re not afraid of a little cold!
Grown locally, they’re hearty and can go outdoors now. Of course, if there’s an unexpected dramatic drop below about 25 degrees (not that uncommon for a Minnesota spring), move them inside for a while. Ultimately, this beautiful plant offers great color with minimal care, which is another bonus.
Sarah Lukemire (Miss CandiQuik), Log House Foods, Inc.
Wednesday, April 16, 2014
It’s finally starting to feel like spring here in Minnesota. To go with it, I’ve whipped up a few Easter treats that will be perfect for you to make with the family or serve as a party favor!
This one is a favorite! Chocolate dipped strawberry ‘carrots.’ I originally saw these in a Harry & David magazine and knew I had to create my own version. They’re very simple to make and will have your friends and family “oohing and awing” over them!
Amy Fouks, bakery category manager
Thursday, February 28, 2013
I know I’m not alone when I say it’s time for spring to get here. Minnesotans are so resilient when it comes to winter – not even a snow storm can stop us! But after a while it’s time for the snow to melt. Unfortunately that won’t be happening any time soon. We can live in a little bit of denial and start thinking about spring with treats from our bakery!
Our ultimate spring item of course is the angel food cake. In small and large sizes, it’s just that perfect base for your fresh strawberries and whipped cream. We’ve got a new gluten-free chiffon cake from Down in the Valley now, too – be sure to give it a try!
by Molly Ledin, food experience manager
Wednesday, May 25, 2011
When the snow finally melts and the trees begin to bud, I find myself planning my first al fresco dining event. I have to admit, my first thought is, “Will the Minnesota weather cooperate with my grandiose plans to dine under the branches of my big oak tree or will she turn to rain and wind therefore forcing me to my always planned ‘plan b’?” Either way, I assure myself that this will be the second focus of this event. The first will be the food. I start to plan…what are those signature edible spring treats? Certainly there the standards - asparagus, pea pods, but for those more adventurous, fiddlehead ferns. I sauté these gems with a little butter and finish with a grind of sea salt – it is springtime perfection!