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Nobel Creations at American Swedish Institute
Food, glorious food! The highlight of the fourth annual Charlie Awards was this year’s honorees, however the “chef’s special” for the evening turned out to be an appearance by the Minnesota Boychoir—also the cast members of Theater Latté Da’s Oliver!—who sang a memorable rendition of the classic show tune “Food, Glorious Food.” The hosts were WCCO-TV morning anchor Jamie Yuccas and baking goddess Michelle Gayer of Salty Tart. While they may not have followed the Tina Fey and Amy Poehler recipe for award show comic relief, the duo gave the perfect blend of sweet and sour remarks. The after party in the IDS Crystal Court, which has never seemed to find its groove, followed the well-plated tribute. Guests waited in long lines to sample miniature offerings of food honored at the show. Imagine a bad cocktail party where guests are juggling overfilled plates of unknowns. That’s disappointing for a community with explosive talent and a growing culinary scene. An event honoring great dining options brings a host of newly minted aspiring foodies. For the love of Martha Stewart, everyone now fancies themselves a foodie. As food editor Stephanie March so appropriately shared with me over cocktails, “There are food fans and there are foodies.” Aren’t the majority of us simply food fans? Here’s to hoping the self-proclaimed “foodie” title stays in 2014, along with Kim K’s shiny rump roast.
The American Swedish Institute has transformed the historic Turnblad Mansion into the House of Nobel with its current exhibition Nobel Creations: Inspired by the Nobel Prize. The show highlights the six complex Nobel subjects through fashion, music, and floristry. The kickoff event was dubbed An Enchanted Evening of Taste, Science and Sound. The black-tie affair treated guests to tasty Nobel-inspired dishes from FIKA, ASI’s café. Peter Agre, Minnesota native and 2003 Chemistry Nobel Laureate, presented a Nobel Prize replica to the ASI permanent collection. The always-enchanting VocalEssence Ensemble Singers entertained the crowd with a debut vocal piece from local composer Steve Heitzeg, celebrating the contributions of all Nobel Laureates.
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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.