Thank You for making Chef Fest a success!

 

Thank you to everyone who attended  Chef Fest 2017! You helped make this year’s event a resounding success. Everything about Chef Fest exceeded our expectations, and hopefully yours as well.

Thanks to you and your generous donations, the Woodbury Community Foundation will be able to continue to support our partners, kick off our new volunteer initiatives in partnership with the City of Woodbury, and raise funds to re-initiate our community grants program.

Without your support, we could not accomplish our mission to connect people with causes that matter and enhance the quality of life within our community.

THANK YOU!!

CHEF FEST 2017 SPONSORS

Dixie Ewing/Ewing-Hrastich Team, Edina Realty Dick and Diane Hanson, Horizon Fund
AJ ALBERTS PLUMBING
KOINS FOR K9’S -BRUCE STAFFORD LEGACY FUND
EDWARDS JONES,ERIC RISLOVE
Custom One Homes
WOODBURY FIREFIGHTERS ALUMNI ASSOCIATION

 

 

Chef For a Day Winners!

Congratulations to Troy Miller and Ruth Watkins for winning the Chef for  a Day Raffle!

Troy and Ruth will go behind the scenes on Sunday before Chef Fest and learn cooking skills from some of the best! vThey will also receive their own professional chef coat.

Thank you to everyone who bought tickets, and thank you to the American Culinary Federation for giving your time to support this opportunity for the community.

The money we raise with Chef Fest helps to support the work we do in Woodbury. There are still a few tickets available – contact us for more information.

CHEF FEST! CHEF SPOTLIGHT – Chef Andrea Sutliff

Meet some of the local Chefs who will be cooking up some fun at the WCF’s annual fundraiser and community event on Sunday Nov 19. 

Chef Andrea Sutliff’s culinary career is a true Cinderella story.  Andrea began as a server when Crave Woodbury opened.  Her exceptional skills as a server lead to the opportunity for her to expo on a busy Saturday night.  When her shift was over she was hooked on the kitchen side of the business.

Crave prides itself on the highest quality of food and perfect execution, and as  a company, seeks to promote from within especially when they find raw untouched talent that is waiting to be groomed.

Chef Heather VanHorn took Andrea under her wing and she began learning every station behind the line.  It was clear that she had a natural culinary skill, as she quickly mastered each station, including Sushi.   She worked long and hard over the next 18 months and her dedication to culinary perfection paid off as she was offered a position as Sous Chef at Crave Woodbury For the past year she has worked side by side with Executive Chef Christian Erickson and she has consistently excelled in all areas of management.

She is working diligently to become an Executive Chef and Crave expects Andrea will be a great Executive Chef with the company one day.  Chef Andrea’s pride and passion is evident with every dish she creates and it is reflected not only in the taste but also the exquisite presentation.

 

The Woodbury Community Foundation, in partnership with the American Culinary Federation (ACF), present the premier culinary event of the season, CHEF FEST 2017 which will bring together the Twin Cities finest ACF Chefs to dazzle your tastebuds and challenge your palate.
Sunday November 19, 2017

To purchase your tickets and for more information CLICK HERE

CHEF FEST! CHEF SPOTLIGHT – Chef Keith Huffman

Meet some of the local Chefs who will be cooking up some fun at the WCF’s annual fundraiser and community event on Sunday Nov 19

 

CHEF KEITH HUFFMAN, Luzette Catering

Chef Keith Huffman is currently the Executive Sous Chef with Luzette Catering.

His background has also included Mintahoe Catering & Events and was Sous Chef for Hilton Minneapolis St. Paul Airport. After eleven years in food service with the U.S. Army he received a degree in Culinary Arts from St. Paul Technical College.

A member of the American Culinary Federation since 1993, Chef Huffman has been the recipient of a number of awards over the years, including American Culinary Federation Chef of the Year in 2014.

Chef Huffman also volunteers his time working with children at the Kids Café at Perspectives, Inc.

The Woodbury Community Foundation, in partnership with the American Culinary Federation (ACF), present the premier culinary event of the season, CHEF FEST 2017 which will bring together the Twin Cities finest ACF Chefs to dazzle your tastebuds and challenge your palate.
Sunday November 19, 2017

To purchase your tickets and for more information CLICK HERE

In Memoriam – Jack Lanners

 It is with great sadness that we share the news that, after a hard-fought battle against cancer, Jack Lanners passed away this week.
Jack was the owner of MGM Wine and Spirits, and was past chairman of  the Metropolitan Airports Commission.  He made enormous contributions to Woodbury through the Woodbury Chamber of Commerce and the Woodbury Community Foundation, and the Woodbury Lions, to name a few.  
His energy, intelligence, dedication, sense of humor and friendship to all of us cannot be replaced.  He was a wonderful friend to all of us.
 
The Woodbury Community Foundation extends its deepest sympathies to Jack’s wife Norma, and children Sally, Tracy, and son-in-law Branden and their families. 
 
On November 14, a visitation will be at St. Ambrose church from 9 to 11, and services at 11 o’clock.  The celebration of life will be at 1 o’clock at the Pool and Yacht Club in Lilydale at 35E and Highway 13.

CHEF FEST! CHEF SPOTLIGHT – Chef Gary Hjellming

Meet some of the local Chefs who will be cooking up some fun at the WCF’s annual fundraiser and community event on Sunday Nov 19

PASTRY CHEF GARY HJELLMING, HyVee Shakopee
Award winning Pastry Chef Gary Hjellming creates and produces all desserts for HyVee Shakopee.

Named Chef of the Year in 2010 by the American Culinary Federation, he has served the savory and sweet sides of kitchens for casinos, hotels, restaurants and bakeries.

Chef Hjellming, President of the Minnesota Chapter of the American Culinary Federation, loves sharing his passion with peers and students and has authored articles for American Cake Decorating.

 

The Woodbury Community Foundation, in partnership with the American Culinary Federation (ACF), present the premier culinary event of the season, CHEF FEST 2017 which will bring together the Twin Cities finest ACF Chefs to dazzle your tastebuds and challenge your palate.
Sunday November 19, 2017

To purchase your tickets and for more information CLICK HERE

CHEF FEST! CHEF SPOTLIGHT – Chef Robert Velarde

Meet some of the local Chefs who will be cooking up some fun at the WCF’s annual fundraiser and community event on Sunday Nov 19

CHEF ROBERT VELARDE, CEC, Chartwells

Chef Robert Velarde is Kitchen Manager at Chartwells School Dining Services serving the K12 academic community. He held a similar role prior with Sodexo School Food Service.

Chef Velarde has also worked as a Chef with Lancer Hospitality supporting 23 accounts in the education and business divisions. A member of the American Culinary Federation Minneapolis Chapter, he was named 2015 Chef of the Year and honored with the 2014 CHEFFY Award.

He currently serves as Certification Co-Chair and for the last five years has been Test Administrator for the local practical exams.

Chef Velarde has worked in the food industry for over 30 years and has been a member of the American Culinary Federation for sixteen.

The Woodbury Community Foundation, in partnership with the American Culinary Federation (ACF), present the premier culinary event of the season, CHEF FEST 2017 which will bring together the Twin Cities finest ACF Chefs to dazzle your tastebuds and challenge your palate.
Sunday November 19, 2017

To purchase your tickets and for more information CLICK HERE

CHEF FEST! CHEF SPOT LIGHT – Chef Virgil Emmert

Meet some of the local Chefs who will be cooking up some fun at the WCF’s annual fundraiser and community event on Sunday Nov 19

 

CHEF VIRGIL EMMERT, CEC, CCA, Oak Ridge Hotel & Conference Center

Chef Virgil Emmert, longtime Executive Chef at Oak Ridge Hotel & Conference Center in Chaska, began his food career at L’Hotel Sofitel in Bloomington after graduating from Mankato Technical College.

He has also worked with Embassy Suites, Bloomington, Minneapolis Marriott Southwest in Minnetonka and Sheraton Park Place in St. Louis Park, where he owned and operated the first Kosher Kitchen in Minnesota.

Before joining Oak Ridge in November 2002, he was Executive Chef and Food and Beverage Director for the historic Rosewood Room at the Crowne Plaza Hotel Minneapolis where he was a three-time recipient of the prestigious DiRona Award.

Chef Emmert was included in the Top 25 Chefs in Minnesota by Foodservice News in 2008 and named American Culinary Federation Chef of the Year in 2013. He is also an Approved Culinary Evaluator.

The Woodbury Community Foundation, in partnership with the American Culinary Federation (ACF), present the premier culinary event of the season, CHEF FEST 2017 which will bring together the Twin Cities finest ACF Chefs to dazzle your tastebuds and challenge your palate.
Sunday November 19, 2017

To purchase your tickets and for more information CLICK HERE

CHEF FEST 2017 SPONSORS

Dixie Ewing/Ewing-Hrastich Team, Edina Realty Dick and Diane Hanson, Horizon Fund
AJ Alberts Plumbing
Koins for K9’s -Bruce Stafford Legacy Fund
Edwards Jones,Eric Rislove
Woodbury Firefighters Alumni Association

CHEF FEST! CHEF SPOTLIGHT – Chef Jeremy Reinicke

Meet some of the local Chefs who will be cooking up some fun at the WCF’s annual fundraiser and community event on Sunday Nov 19


CHEF JEREMY REINICKE, HealthEast

Chef Jeremy Reinicke has a broad food background from Chef Instructor at Le Cordon Bleu, to Restaurant Manager, to Cooking School Coordinator with Cooks of Crocus Hill. In his early days on the scene he worked at Tim Mckee’s Solera, as well as Robert Mondavi and Julia Child’s “COPIA” in Napa Valley.

Jeremy has always been passionate about great food and loves helping others take command of their own kitchens. He continues to teach cooking classes to the public at locations all around the Twin Cities Metro.

His current focus is the operation of the teaching kitchen at HealthEast’s Ways to Wellness on the Woodwinds Health Campus, where he teaches nutritious and delicious cooking classes and provides one on one consultations for patients and the community.

The Woodbury Community Foundation, in partnership with the American Culinary Federation (ACF), present the premier culinary event of the season, CHEF FEST 2017 which will bring together the Twin Cities finest ACF Chefs to dazzle your tastebuds and challenge your palate.
Sunday November 19, 2017

To purchase your tickets and for more information CLICK HERE

CHEF FEST 2017 SPONSORS

Dixie Ewing/Ewing-Hrastich Team, Edina Realty Dick and Diane Hanson, Horizon Fund
AJ Alberts Plumbing
Koins for K9’s -Bruce Stafford Legacy Fund
Edwards Jones,Eric Rislove
Woodbury Firefighters Alumni Association

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

CHEF FEST! CHEF SPOTLIGHT – Chef Joe Nagel

Meet some of the local Chefs who will be cooking up some fun at the WCF’s annual fundraiser and community event on Sunday Nov 19. 

CHEF JOE NAGEL, Envision Catering and Hospitality
Award winning Executive Chef Joe Nagel  brings over 30 years of experience to the food industry and was named Chef of the Year in 2001 by the American Culinary Federation.

A graduate of St. Paul College and long standing member with the American Culinary Federation, Chef Nagel has delivered quality food and beverage for the PGA tournaments over the past 15 years and now devotes his culinary talent to leading on and off premise catering with Envision Catering and Hospitality in Oakdale, which is also host to, and a generous sponsor of, the Woodbury Community Foundation’s Chef Fest.

Chef Nagel’s area of expertise is in gourmet presentations and high volume production.

He is detail oriented and passionate about working with clients to fulfill their individual culinary needs.

The Woodbury Community Foundation is grateful to Chef Joe and the team at Envision who will help bring this event to life in less than two weeks! Get your tickets today.

THANK YOU ENVISION FOR YOUR SUPPORT OF CHEF FEST!

The Woodbury Community Foundation, in partnership with the American Culinary Federation (ACF), present the premier culinary event of the season, CHEF FEST 2017 which will bring together the Twin Cities finest ACF Chefs to dazzle your tastebuds and challenge your palate.
Sunday November 19, 2017

To purchase your tickets and for more information CLICK HERE

CHEF FEST 2017 SPONSORS

Dixie Ewing/Ewing-Hrastich Team, Edina Realty Dick and Diane Hanson, Horizon Fund
AJ Alberts Plumbing
Koins for K9’s -Bruce Stafford Legacy Fund
Edwards Jones,Eric Rislove
Woodbury Firefighters Alumni Association