July 2013

Eat Well to Be Well | Patio Prowl

Four years ago, Janet Campbell moved to Woodbury from Minnetonka to be near her two grandchildren and, of course, their parents. “I always have my camer,a and I take photos all the time, especially of my grandkids, Cassie and Joshua,” Campbell says.


Yes, it’s a cliché, but they grow up so darned fast, don’t they? As soon as you outfit your kids for one season, minutes later they’re straining the seams. It gets to be an expensive proposition.


Woodbury Community Theatre (WCF) is capturing Broadway’s classic production of Meredith Wilson’s musical The Music Man. “Though the WCT does several more contemporary productions each season, it’s always great to go back to the classics,” says Michelle Witte, WCT board vice president.


Do you use the parks and athletic fields? Wonder about efforts for affordable housing and incentivizing business growth? “Most citizens don’t realize the influence the residents have on the decisions that impact the community,” says Bob Klatt, city of Woodbury parks and recreation director.


The Wedgewood homeowners’ association turns 20 years old this summer. Although this planned development dates back to 1984 beginning with construction of Wedgewood (now Prestwick) Golf Course, the homeowner association was incorporated in 1993.


Since taking the helm of the Woodbury Chamber of Commerce six months ago, Barbara Tuccitto Warren has been out and about in our community, meeting with business leaders, government officials and local civic organizations.


Beer tastes best in the summertime. That’s probably because you earn those ice-cold brewskis while milling about in that oppressive heat. Maybe you were giving the ol’ lawn a sensible buzz cut with the mower, or perhaps weeding the garden’s unruly snarls under the sun’s merciless rays.


Brian Risch, the Woodbury resident and local franchise owner of Jersey Mike’s Subs, has brought the East Coast sandwich style to town. With 600 stores in the United States, Jersey Mike’s offers a true deli experience with cold and hot subs as well as wraps.


Grab a lawn chair or blanket, and soak up the summer sun at Woodbury Lakes this month with the Summer Concert Series. Concerts take place in the courtyard between Jos. A Bank and American Eagle; no pets or alcoholic beverages are allowed.


Vinnie Mustafoski sounds like a proud parent when describing his new eatery, Vinnie’s Family Restaurant. “We pay a lot of attention to the food and how it goes out from the kitchen; every single plate goes through me or my manager so we can see it, and it’s gotta be perfect,” he says.


Nothing says summer like a picnic. We turned to two local experts—Rachael Perron, culinary director at Kowalski’s and Bill Abrahamson, wine buyer/manager, Top Ten Wine and Spirits—for a summer picnic menu that can be enjoyed on your backyard patio, porch or deck.


When Minnesota finally gives up its iron hold on winter and the days flow from balmy afternoons to sultry nights, everyone is looking for an excuse to stay outside.


Consider these words: hospital food. Did your gag reflex kick in? It’s a natural reaction. One of the greatest ironies of our healthcare system is that our healing institutions prepare and serve unhealthy, uninspired and unappetizing food.