Todd About Town: December 2013

Who's who in the Twin Cities' gala and social circuit.

Photo by Kurt Moses
Dara Moskowitz Grumdahl and Rudy Maxa chat at Taste! in October.
The often mysterious but always gracious Bahram Akradi, founder of Life Time Fitness, is on a mission to make his healthier. He welcomed 150 guests to his home in the western suburbs to announce his efforts with Bertrand Weber, culinary director at Minneapolis Public Schools, to bring healthier school lunches to kids. Cities 97 radio personality/songstress Keri Noble entertained the guests, a who’s who of charitable givers, including Irwin, Alex, and Mark Jacobs; Tom and Angie Wicka; newlyweds Kelly and Connie Doran; and a true local legend: Wheelock Whitney. The even raised more than $200,000—a lot of lunches.

Over in St. Paul, hopes were high at the renovated Union Depot. The art event Station to Station rolled into town with a mishmash of disjointed exhibits including sensory tents with unsightly doors. I asked dapper Noah Eisenberg if the problem was that I hadn’t spent enough time studying art appreciation in college. Nope. He assured me if was “confusing and forgettable” before cutting out. When big-time arts supporters Sam and Sylvia Kaplan and Noah and Susan Eisenberg stay a whopping 20 minutes, you know you’ve hit a clunker.

Luckily, there’s always another gala, another party, another extravaganza, and I made it to plenty more: this mag’s very own Taste!, which was great, natch; We Day, featuring the last performance by the Jonas Brothers (sniff!); and Meritage’s Oysterfest, which attracted crowds—including Time Square’s Naked Cowboy—to the streets of St. Paul. As we like to say in Minnesota, that was interesting. See you on the scene!

Entertainment reporter Todd Walker covers the gala and social circuit for Mpls.St.Paul Magazine. Look for him at events and weekly on FOX 9 News.