November 2015 Lake Minnetonka Magazine

In the November issue try out some lakeside dining recipes from cookbook author Tiffany Winter, visit the upcycle store, Happy Mamas and step up to the small plate with small-scale culinary delights.

Matt Chapman, who captured this image of the aptly named “Christmas Barn,” says, “One of the things I love about my house is that I’m walking distance from downtown Excelsior, yet I have this country, rural feel looking out across my backyard.


Grazing has always been an enjoyable way to eat—think of all those contented cows—and it’s more interesting than ever. True foodies recognize the pleasure of tasting more and eating less; bites of this and that allow the curious gourmand to sample an array of dishes.


In July, Insight Brewing hosted Sharing America’s Marrow (SAM) with live music by Orono musician Steve Noonan. SAM is a cross-country venture working to enroll bone marrow donors in hopes of finding a match for those in need.


The Orono Foundation for Education has raised more than $4 million for Orono Public Schools since its launch. In April, supporters gathered at Wayzata Country Club for the foundation’s annual gala.


The holiday season is all about bringing people together, and for the last nine years, downtown Excelsior has done just that with their Christkindlsmarkt festival the weekend after Thanksgiving.


Orono High School alumnus Matt Kling has had a long-time love for good wine. But in 2004, his passion became a business and a decidedly different lifestyle choice when he and his wife Amy Lillard purchased a vineyard, La Gramière, from a retiring farmer in the south of France.


Author Tiffany Winter’s book is much more than a cookbook. Lake Minnetonka Eats: Recipes from the Lake Area’s Favorite Restaurants is more of a celebration of lake life and the rich selection of local restaurants around Lake Minnetonka.


Miki Huntington has worked in the White House. She’s flown Black Hawk helicopters. She has lived overseas. She spent 25 years in the U.S. Army. She served as a member of President George W. Bush’s administration.


There was never a dull day on the farm where Eddie Ulrich grew up in southern Minnesota. “I had ample opportunities to exercise my imagination,” says Ulrich.


Necessity is the mother of invention.


Long Lake singer-songwriter Steve Noonan’s lyrics travel the spectrum of love, loss and life. But during one recent concert, he took the stage to give back: to inspire and educate concertgoers about bone marrow donation.


In 2015, breast cancer is not an unfamiliar disease. It is, in fact, all too familiar for many families. But a local organization is working to end some of the fear a diagnosis can bring.


The largest specialty cross-country ski store in the United States has just gotten bigger.


St. David’s Center senior director of pediatric therapy and autism services Beth Fagin was recently named the 2015 Transformational Leader by the Minnesota Council of Nonprofits.


When Justin M. Anderson of Minnetonka, now 14, found a cat and her kittens in the park near his house last summer, he made a conscious decision to help. After rounding up the cats with the help of his mom, Rachel, they brought them to the Animal Humane Society.


Wayzata resident Kate Shannon wrote her first book when she was 5, but it wasn’t until she had a child of her own that she wrote her second. She realized that there were good books for children, but they could be better. So she wrote Hey, Baby, Look!


WWII Memories (pictured above)

Chris and Monique Kleinhuizen brought LMM, featuring World War II veteran Herb Sueth, to Utah Beach in Normandy, France, site of the Allies’ D-Day invation.

La Tour Eiffel (pictured below)


The daily pressures of schoolwork can add up, noticed Stephanie Weitz, a mom of Wayzata High School students. She thought high schoolers needed a pick-me-up, so she started the parent-run volunteer group Stress Busters.


The Orono U13 and U14 Girls Soccer teams made it their mission this year to experience the Women’s FIFA World Cup. They washed cars, sold Orono “wrappers” and ran a raffle, raising a grand total of $22,000.


With gift-giving season around the corner, it’s time to start thinking about options. PoppedCorn, which opened about a year ago in Minnetonka, is selling a traditional snack in untraditional ways.