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Food, art and spirits on event's menu

Are your taste buds primed for this Sunday's Art & Culinary Show in New Richmond?

Gourmet food will be one of the big attractions of the annual fund-raiser, sponsored by the Rotary Club of New Richmond.

Ticket holders will be able to taste a variety of delectable samples whipped up by area chefs, caterers and restaurants from 4 to 8 p.m. April 20. The event is at R&D Banquet Facility just south of New Richmond on Highway 65.

Organizers warn attendees to pace themselves, as a parade of delicious food will be served throughout the event.

The food portion of the event doesn't stop with taste treats. Several local chefs will be offering demonstrations on the preparation of some of their favorite recipes. Bring a pen and paper if you want to take notes.

J.V. Zontelli, chef and owner of Bellarietta Bistro in New Richmond, is returning for the third year as a presenter at the Art and Culinary Show.

He plans to create a stuffed pork tenderloin entree, stuffed with chorizo herbs.

"It's a recipe that's gone over well here," Zontelli said. "And I thought it would be an easier dish for people to learn -- something fancy that people can serve at home."

Zontelli said the Art & Culinary Show is a great opportunity for food, spirits and art lovers to come together for a night of enjoyment.

"It's good for New Richmond," he said. "It shows we can do art and culinary with the best of them."

Zontelli said he likes the interaction he has with food lovers at the show. People often come up to ask questions following his demonstrations, and they'll also comment on some of the recipes they've tried.

"It's nice to get out there and get some feedback that way," he said.

Brad Peterson, chef at Ready Randy's in rural New Richmond, will demonstrate the creation of the restaurant's "Moroccan Salad." The recipe includes chicken breast, curry powder, pea pods, spinach and more.

"It's a very good tasting salad," he said of the concoction. "And it's something everyone can make."

Peterson, who has been working at Ready Randy's for two years, is returning for his second stint at the Art & Culinary Show.

"I think it's a wonderful event," he said. "It brings everyone together for a nice evening. It's a nice, all-around cultural event."

Tangled up in Blue chef Ross Reed will be creating Dry Rub Baby Back Ribs with BBQ Buerre Blanc served with sweet potato mash, along with Citrus Glazed Shrimp Cocktail with grilled pineapple salsa. This is the first year Reed, whose restaurant is in Taylors Falls, Minn., will participate in the event.

Among the other recipes featured at the event will be taquitos with dipping sauces, created by Acapulco Restaurant; mahi mahi and beef tips with signature seasonings, created by Beach's Steakhouse; artist luncheons and specialty coffee by the Bean Bag Coffeehouse; chicken wild rice soup by Champs Sports Bar & Grill; creme-filled fruit tarts by Douville Bakery; chocolate caramel supreme pie by Joseph's Restaurant; smoked trout by the Star Prairie Trout Farm; garlic roasted shrimp with whiskey sauce and cocoa chicken salad on lavash, created by Sorella Special Event Planning; and special recipes from Tangled up in Blue.

Fresh vegetables with a variety of dipping sauces and garnishes, along with a chocolate fountain with fresh fruit, will also be provided during the event.


As for the featured artists at this year's event, the names and their various mediums are listed:

• Tai Allyn, abstract painter, nature

• Jon Beckstrom, painter

• Steve Brewer, oil painter

• Connie Burch, pastels

• Genie Castro, monotype print, oil ink on paper

• Marcie Danielson, oil painter

• Susan Davis, tatting

• Sarah Dudgeon, functional stoneware

• Lauren Edwards, stained glass

• Michael Farrell, pastel painter

• David Geister, oil paint on boards

• Carl and Sandy Holman, metal work

• Judy Hosvet/Paulson, acrylic, mixed media, handmade paper

• Candace Jacobs, clay

• David Ralph Johnson, photography

• Paul Keller, wood

• Marge Lindemann, oil pigment

• Allie Ness, painting

• Karla Ness, painting

• Margaret Rivard, painting

• Signe Shores, painter


The Art & Culinary Show will have an expanded list of participating businesses offering samples of various spirits.

Lumberjack Liquors and B. Dalton Liquors will be offering wine and spirits tasting, with Rush River Brewery and 45th Parallel on hand for samples as well.

Other fun

The Art & Culinary Show experience will be topped off by musical entertainment. There will also be prizes offered throughout the evening. There are auctions of various artwork throughout the evening as well.

Melissa Huber, artistic director of The Space in New Richmond, returns as the honorary co-chair of the show. She is joined by Rhonda Zontelli of Bellarietta Bistro, who is the culinary co-chair.

Tickets for the show are $40 in advance and $45 at the door, if any remain available. Tickets are available at Ready Randy's, The Space and Sweet Greetings in New Richmond, or by calling 715-246-5510. Tickets are limited to the first 400 participants.

All of the proceeds from the event go to fund the STRIVE Scholarship program, which helps students in New Richmond and Somerset work toward an improved grade point average and an eventual scholarship for further education.

The show raised $8,000 the first year and $10,000 last year.

Platinum sponsors of the event are AnchorBank, Bremer Bank and First National Community Bank.

Gold sponsors are The Space and R&D Banquet Hall.

Silver sponsors are The Deerfield, Doar Drill, Printing Plus and Reinhart Foods.