Farm to Table cuisine is being served up at local eateries by chefs who create the freshest in fine culinary creations. Home cooks and chefs look to concoct the best entrees made with local produce and ingredients harvested from family farms. In warm climates like California, the Farm to Table or Farm-to-Fork movements are a year-round affair. "The Farm to Table food trend started in L.A. or California and the idea is to get your food within 20 miles," said Keith Russell, chef and owner of the new Rebel Chef restaurant in Farmington.
Caycee Lynn Bregel has been charged with 13 counts of animal cruelty in the connection with the death and neglect of cats. Bregel, 25, a former owner and operator of Minnesota Animal Rescue, was arrested in May after a search at her rural Castle Rock rental home found dead and neglected animals. Bregel has been charged with one felony count of mistreatment of animals and 12 misdemeanor counts of mistreatment of animals. The Dakota County Sheriff's Office worked with the Animal Humane Society to conduct the animal cruelty case investigation.
ROSEMOUNT — Food can bring people together. That sentiment led to the creation of Rosemount's inaugural Fall Food Truck Festival. Hosted by the city of Rosemount, the festival plans to entertain guests with an electric mix of food flavors. The festival hopes to offer up to 12 food trucks open 5-10 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 22, at Central Park in Rosemount.
Capturing cheering fans and country music bands through her camera lens makes photographer Jamie Miles's heart sing. For the eighth year, this Twin Cities photographer will capture thousands of shots of up-and-coming, country bands and cheering fans who scream and shout this weekend at Ramble Jam, the two-day country musical festival in Farmington.
You heard them first at Hastings' Make Music Day festival. Now The Rose Creek Boys featuring Hastings resident Chuck Benda will bring its Americana-style music 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 7, to Rosemount's Steeple Center. The other two band members are Rosemount resident Harley Colburn and Larry Erickson, who makes a home in Austin, Minn.
FARMINGTON — The Rebel Chef is ready to start a food revolution here. Staff said they hope to wow guests with gracious service, fine cuisine and a menu that pairs international world flavors with classic American comfort foods. The Rebel Chef name reflects owner and head chef Keith Russell's cooking style. Those who know and love him openly call him a food artist who can take a few ingredients and create a tasty, artful entrée in a short time without a need for a recipe.
Each year special engineering 4-H teams "MacGyver" machines to compete against other teams in the state. Next week, the Irrigators will demonstrate their project at 6 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 9, during the Dakota County Fair. This team is part of Top Notchers 4-H Club in Dakota County that includes more than 20 families from the Vermillion and Hastings area. The Irrigators also plan to compete in the engineering and design challenge this month at St. Cloud University.
Stephen Siller raced back to his Brooklyn, N.Y., firehouse when he heard news terrorists had attacked the World Trade Center Twin Towers. "He had just gotten off duty and was headed home to play golf with his brothers in Staten Island, N.Y., and he heard on his scanner in his personal pickup truck what was happening," said John Hodge, cousin of Siller.
Ten years ago Emma Gilhousen could not have imagined how Dakota County 4-H would influence her life. Gilhousen, 19, will "graduate" from the 4-H program this summer. This will be her last Dakota County Fair, Aug. 6-12. She said being a part of a 4-H club has given her a place to cultivate lifelong friendships while working on building life skills. She recalls numerous fair projects, but her favorite two have been caring for rabbits Theo and Pepper. "I have 20 projects left to do for this year and I keep adding more projects," Gilhousen said.
ROSEMOUNT — Children can discover cool creatures during Leprechaun Days at the library. Terry Rumpza, branch manager at Robert Trail Library, welcomes parents to bring youth to the library all summer, but especially during the annual festival. The famous Twin Cities RAD Zoo or Reptile and Amphibian Discovery Zoo returns to the library with a small-creature collection. The animals will be on display at 2 p.m. Wednesday, July 25, at the free library event. Space is limited, so early arrival is recommended.