Win a chance to be Chef for a day!

Have you ever wondered what it’s like to be a professional Chef?

Have you ever wished you could get some additional training or skills from a top chef like they do on one of those Food shows?

The Woodbury Community Foundation in partnership with the American Culinary Federation are offering two lucky foodies the chance of a lifetime.

You could be “Chef for a Day!”

 ENTER TO WIN

To enter the Chef for Day contest, purchase raffle tickets from the Woodbury Community Foundation for $20 each. The proceeds of ticket sales will help support the Foundation and its non-profit partners improve the well-being for all in Woodbury.

Two lucky winners will each win their own professional chef coat, and the unique opportunity  to go behind  the scenes of a big event and learn how to create amazing fruit carvings and sculptures from sugar, which will be served up along with the dishes of 13 local Chefs for the Woodbury Community Foundation’s CHEF FEST 2017.

CHEF FEST will be held at the Envision Event Center Sunday, Nov 19 at 5:30 p.m. –the  two winners will get this once in a lifetime experience from 2:00-4:00 p.m on the day of the event.

Winners will be contacted by Nov 13.

Enter for your chance to win today!

 

For more information contact the WCF, at 651.505.7024 ext 7024 or email  wcf@WoodburyFoundation.org.

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 Fest Spotlight – Chef John Schlitz

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 JOHN SCHILTZ, Lake Elmo Inn & Lake Elmo Inn Event Center
Chef John Schiltz’s food career began at the Lake Elmo Inn, formerly Ben’s Elmo Inn, at age 16 as a dishwasher. He quickly worked his way up to cook and after high school enrolled in the culinary program at St. Paul College. Upon graduation he worked for the Broadmore in Colorado Springs, then the Amfac Hotel in San Francisco and with the Hyatt Corporation where he worked as a Sous Chef in Kansas City and Fort Worth.

Shortly after, he opened the Hyatt Regency in Minneapolis with over 70 kitchen staff and was soon promoted to Executive Chef in Des Moines. In 1983 at the age of 27, after honing his culinary skills with some of the finest restaurants in the country, Chef Schiltz heard the Lake Elmo Inn was for sale and bought it.

In 2006 Chef Schiltz and his wife opened the Lake Elmo Inn Event Center.

The past 34 years have been sprinkled with awards including top honor as Restaurateur of the Year in 2006 and being selected as one of the Top 10 Chefs in Minnesota by the Food Service News.

In addition to serving on the Board of Directors of the Minnesota Restaurant Association and providing world-class dining experiences close to home, he is committed to giving back to 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 Patrick Conway

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 PATRICK CONWAY, Chandler Place Senior Living
An early interest in food and cooking led Chef Patrick Conway to a career in food service. Currently Executive Chef at Chandler Place Senior Living in St. Anthony, he has also served as Executive Chef for Taher, Inc. and St. Albans Boat House in Minnetonka. Chef Conway has extensive experience working in assisting living communities and restaurants. A 20-year member of the American Culinary Federation, he received the Federation’s Chef of the Year award in 2007 and is a recipient of the Hans Gilgan award as Member of the Year. As a member of a corporate Chef’s Council, Chef Conway has travelled the world learning about food, including trips to Thailand, Spain, Turkey, Japan, Morocco, Peru and Italy.

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

Local TV Celebrity to Emcee CHEF FEST 2017!

Chef Fest 2017 is rapidly approaching. Be sure to join your friends and family for the third annual CHEF FEST, which this year will be emceed by Chris Shaffer, WCCO-TV Chief Meteorologist, and entertainment provided by Phil Thompson, Internationally Acclaimed Pop Pianist & Vocalist.  It’s an evening of great food and a great Woodbury community fundraiser!

This year CHEF FEST brings together a DOZEN top chefs for Woodbury’s

CBS Minnesota | WCCO Television Minneapolis Saint Paul

premier culinary event for a night of exquisite appetizers, culinary creations, delicious desserts, and silent & live auction items! Proceeds from this non-profit, community fundraiser come right back into the community through the Woodbury Community Foundation and the local chapter of the American Culinary Federation. Together with your help, we’re building a healthy Woodbury community.

Chefs will be preparing mouth-watering appetizers, samples of some of their signature dishes and delicious desserts,” said Dixie Ewing, Chair of Woodbury Community Foundation. “It’s a great cause that benefits Woodbury. It’s an evening you won’t want to miss!” Among the twelve Twin Cities finest American Culinary Federation chefs back this year to prepare their mouth-watering dishes include:

CHEF ANGELO MONTES, CEC, Sole Mio Ristorante

CHEF JOHN BYRNE, US Foods & (Ret.) firefighter with Woodbury Public Safety

CHEF JOHN SCHILTZ, Lake Elmo Inn & Lake Elmo Inn Event Center

CHEF JOE NAGEL, Envision Catering and Hospitality

2017 CHEF FEST will be held on Sunday, November 19, 5:30 pm at Envision Event Center.  Tickets are $60 per person. Tickets at the door will be $75. For tickets call 651-788-6586. Proceeds will support the programs of the Woodbury Community Foundation, which strengthen the community by connecting people and organizations with causes that matter, and are transforming lives for Woodbury’s future. Information on how to purchase tickets and sponsorships visit: www.woodburyfoundation.org

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 John Byrne

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 JOHN BYRNE, US Foods
Chef John Byrne grew up in Ireland where he developed his love of food from his mother, also a chef. He’s been with US Foods for the past 13 years including roles in sales, and now focusing on food trends and culinary innovation as the first Food Fanatic Chef for US Foods. Food Fanatics is a movement of food people who share their love of food to inspire business success and stay on the cutting edge of the culinary scene.

Previously Chef Byrne was General Manager for Macy’s Restaurants and a Director of Food & Beverage for Radisson Hotels Worldwide. He worked for Carnival Cruise Lines onboard eleven different Carnival ships before transitioning from Chef to Food & Beverage Manager.

Chef Byrne received his culinary training from the Dublin Institute of Technology in Dublin, Ireland.

He has appeared on television and radio in Europe and the United States, and hosted his own TV Show, “Metro Mixx”, featuring the Gaelic Gourmet. In 2002 “Metro Mixx” was awarded “Best Cable TV show in the Twin Cities” by SCCTV.

Chef Byrne not only serves up great food, for 17 years he served the Woodbury community as a firefighter/EMT.

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 Angelo Montes

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 ANGELO MONTES, CEC, Sole Mio Ristorante
Born in Licata, Sicily, and raised in Biella near Milan, Chef Angelo Montes has experienced first-hand the cuisine and tradition of the Italian culture. His passion for food began at a young age while working his way through kitchens in Italy.

He and his family moved to Woodbury in 1999. Chef Montes worked as Corporate Executive Chef for Chianti Grill for ten years.

In 2012 he opened Sole Mio Ristorante, where he is now Executive Chef and Owner. Chef Montes was awarded CHEFFY of the year in 2010 and Chef of the Year in 2012 by the American Culinary Federation (ACF).

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 Dan Vasterling

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 Fest 2017
Chef Dan Vasterling

Meet Daniel Vasterling

Daniel Vasterling is a seasoned professional in the culinary world with vast experiences to share. He entered the hospitality industry over 39 years ago as a dishwasher. Since that time he has participated in almost every aspect of the hospitality industry.
 
Dan graduated from North Saint Paul High School in 1977. While attending high school h
e took several classes involving food and business. He received a Degree of Occupational Profficiency in Chef’s Training through 916 Technical Vocational Institute in 1979. Dan later returned to school and received an Associate in Applied Science Degree in Culinary Arts from Saint Paul College in 2007. He is currently pursuing his Bachelor of Arts Degree with an emphasis on culinary management. He also continues his culinary education through various opportunities from Saint Paul College, Le Cordon Bleu, the American Culinary Federation Educational Institute, the National Restaurant Association, and the Minnesota Restaurant Association.
 
Dan is currently self employed running his own catering company called Young Dan’l inc.. Dan is currently teaching at Hennepin Technical College Brooklyn Park. He was employed by Saint Paul College as a Chef Instructor for two and a half years. He has also taught at Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts for several years. Dan is a staunch supporter of healthy eating, organic foods, sustainable agriculture and our ecology by practicing recycling and lessening the carbon footprint for the culinary industry. He is the former Owner/Operator of Dan & Molly’s Embers America, a family style franchise located in St. Paul, MN. He also continues to be on call for PROM Catering as a Banquet Chef. Before purchasing the Embers franchise, he was the Executive Chef and Clubhouse Manager at Midland Hills Country Club located in Roseville, MN. Prior to being at Midland Hills, Dan was the Executive Chef and Hotel Manager of the Best Western, White Bear Country Inn.
 
Dan is co-founder and former President of the St. Paul Chef’s Association, a chapter of the American Culinary Federation (ACF). Dan is a Certified Executive Chef, through the ACF. He has been the recipient of the St. Paul Chef’s Association Chef of the Year Award. In 2010 he was selected Educator of the Year by the Minneapolis Chefs Club. He was hand selected from a nationwide search by the ACF to participate in the food preparation for the 1997 graduating class of the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, MD. He has won numerous awards for his culinary abilities and humanitarian efforts. He has received recognition for hiring and working with the disabled and has also chaired several fund raisers for multiple charities. Dan also appears frequently with culinary students on a local TV station, “FOX9” for the past several years.

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

Come Meet Your Woodbury Neighbors!

You’re invited to be a part of the excitement of Woodbury THRIVES and attend “Coffee, Tea & Walk for Free!” a community event for ages 55+.

“This will be a great opportunity to gather together and get to know your neighbors,” said Laura Fairweather, Team Leader, Woodbury Thrives Social Connectedness and Inclusiveness Committee. “Woodbury THRIVES goal is to make Woodbury the best place to live and work in the country, now and in the future.”

Coffee, Tea & Walk for Free! will be held on Thursday, June 29, at the HealthEast Sports Center (formerly Bielenberg Sports Center), 4125 Radio Drive in Woodbury (at Rodeo Drive & Bailey Road):

6:00 – 9:00 am   Join your friends for a FREE Senior Walk in the field house.

8:00-10:00 am   Enjoy good conversations, FREE coffee, tea, treats, FREE raffle & prizes.

This event is made possible thanks for generous donations by AARP, City of Woodbury, Dorothy Ann Bakery, Dunn Brothers Coffee, HealthEast Care System, Islamic Society of Woodbury-East Metro, Summit Orthopedics, Trader Joe’s, Woodbury Community Foundation, Woodbury THRIVES and Whole Foods Market.

Woodbury THRIVES is a grassroots community effort by community members and organizations collaborating together to create a healthy place to live. The founders of the initiative have included the City of Woodbury, Washington County, Woodbury Area Chamber of Commerce, Woodbury Community Foundation, HealthEast and more than 30 other Woodbury organizations from all across our community.

Woodbury THRIVES is initially focused on three key areas including: Physical Inactivity/Growing Obesity, Mental Health/Stress Relief, and Lack of Social Connectedness/Need to Be More Inclusive. For information, visit Woodbury THRIVES Facebook by CLICKING HERE!

Citizens’ Academy Graduates Partner Together To Inspire High Schoolers

From Left To Right: Javier Salinas-Vega, Felipa Cespedes, Margaret Wachholz, and Sunshine. Photo courtesy of: Face Aging MN

For the past 6 years, the Woodbury Community Foundation, in partnership with the City of Woodbury, has been educating Woodbury residents about the multitude of ways they could engage in their community.  Over 150 residents have graduated the program and many of them are now serving in volunteer capacities throughout the community.  One of the outcomes the program hopes to achieve is to create engagement networks among the graduates. Such is the case with Margaret Wachholz, a member of the Woodbury Community Foundation Board, who is also the Community Relations Manager at Woodbury Senior Living and Javier Salinas-Vega, Director of Diversity and Underrepresented Student Recruitment at Inver Hills Community College.  The two met in the Citizens’ Academy.  Recently, they worked together to educate high school students about the value of working in the care giving profession.  CLICK HERE to read more about what these two Citizens’ Academy graduates were able to do.

To find out more about the Citizens’ Academy please CLICK HERE!

Woodbury Community Foundation Names 2017-18 Board of Directors

The Woodbury Community Foundation just approved its 2017-2018 Board of Directors and Officers. The new Officers of the Board of Directors and members of the Executive Committee include: Dixie Ewing, Chair; Roger Green, Vice-Chair; Donna Stafford, Secretary; Jack Clinton, Treasurer.

The Woodbury Community Foundation Non-Officer Executive Committee Members include: Claudia Millington, Development Committee Chair; Dick Hanson, Committee-on-Trustees Chair; Jack Lanners, At-Large and the Community Impact Committee Chair is yet to be determined.

The Woodbury Community Foundation new Board of Directors include: Christie Denson, Dixie Ewing, Roger Green, Mary Hanson, Jeff Jones, Eric Rislove, Jodi Ritacca and Ryan Smith. They will serve 3-year terms, July 1, 2017 to June 30, 2020.

Returning Woodbury Community Foundation Board Members include: Anthony Bohaty, Paul Parnell, Tom Pfotenhauer and Tim Swanson. Their terms of service end in 2018. Other returning Board Members with terms ending in 2019 include: Jack Lanners, Mary Guiliani-Stephens, Lee Vague, Claudia Millington, Mark Cavaleri, Jack Clinton, Jeff Hrastich, Matt Johnson, Holly Minners, Donna Stafford and Margaret Wacholz. Board members not returning are Robert Crawford, Dr. Marko Kamel and Lori Nixon. Candidates are currently being considered for the Foundation’s Teen Members, who will serve 1-year appointments.