August 2021

“Ever since I was a young child, I’ve been interested in cooking. My mother set up a little table in the kitchen, and I’d do little kitchen tasks and help out. I then got interested in [chef] Emeril Lagasse … He’d shout, ‘Bam!’ when adding various ingredients, and I’d followed suit in making my own cooking videos when I was very young.” —Spencer Olson, food blogger

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Lake Minnetonka Magazine August 2021

We’re well on our way through summer with fall in our sights. Typically, this issue would include our annual Prep Elite article. Each year, we ask area high schools to nominate incoming seniors, who exemplify the schools’ standards of excellence in a multitude of areas.

zipping around lake on the tube

“The pure joy on their faces,” says Tracie Bea Daum when asked what she appreciated about her photo of her children, Ava, 12; Elias, 9; and Penelope, 8 (at the time of the photo).

Spencer Olson

Excelsior aspiring chef Spencer Olson may only be 18 years old, but he’s already packed in three years of culinary training.

Tour de Tonka

Strap on your helmets, and load up your bike racks—Minnetonka’s 16th annual Tour de Tonka returns after being canceled last summer and replaced by the smaller Fall de Tonka ride in the autumn.

Sara Swan

While Sara Swan has over two decades of experience in special education, she initially didn’t have plans to turn a one-off mentorship into a full-fledged organization.

paddleboarding with a dog

Who said letting the dogs out was a bad thing? With Adventure is Barking, there is no limit to what you and your pet can do together; whether it’s dining out, shopping, outdoor adventure seeking or even participating in weekly training.

Lauren Taylor of Shorewood

Planning for college can be an exciting time for families. But, like many other situations, the pandemic has changed the way students find their perfect university.

Amanda Boots, MCE Chakradance instructor

Creating a dynamic space for individuals to discover themselves through active movement, Minnetonka Community Education’s (MCE) Moving Meditation with Chakradance program connects participants’ bodies to internal energies sourced from their aura, spirit, intelle

shroom burger

An entirely plant-based restaurant is fresh on the Wayzata scene, and while vegetarians, vegans and plant-based diet devotees may rejoice, we get the feeling more than a few curious omnivores are going to explore STALK & SPADE’s burger and shake fare and fin

Evan Abrahamson painting from series: Eulogy for Beauty

“I used to dream about opening a floral shop with vintage curated clothing,” says Art Girls co-founder Hollie Gaines. “For me, it was a recipe crafted with aromatic scents and a sweet nod to creating a signature style. This oil painting stopped me in my tracks.


There comes a time when we may need to help our parents downsize and move from their homes. Being well organized can make this process much easier. 

El Presidente

I’ve chosen another novice-level cocktail for the Dog Days of Summer, and I thought it’d be good to hang onto the last bit of the season with a rum-based cocktail. 

El Presidente 

Historic photo of Excelsior High School

In March 1915, ground was broken for the construction of Excelsior High School on the corner of what is today Highway 7 and Oak Street. The red brick building with white stone belting was designed by LeRoy Kinport of Manitou.

cooking in kitchen with kids

Start teaching your kids to cook early and slow with safe, confidence-boosting challenges before progressing to more complicated or hazardous undertakings. You know your child best; use your comfort level and their confidence and ability levels as guides.

Float Plan

Anyone who’s missed traveling will enjoy vicariously exploring the Caribbean through the pages of this novel. Float Plan’s heroine, Anna, struggled with grief since the death of her fiancé and desperately needs a change.