Twin Cities Slovenians

Membership meeting

January 18, 2014

The Heartland Restaurant, St. Paul


Welcome  by John Zakelj, president


Treasurer’s report Mary Ann Setnicker

                About 35 attended



                Lenny Russo –“ A Chef’s Tour of Slovenia”, by Lenny Russo, chef/owner of Heartland Restaurant & Farm Direct Market in St. Paul, the first Minnesotan to be named to the elite American Chef Corps, a culinary partnership with the U.S. State Department and the James Beard Foundation.  The corps links chefs to embassies and foreign audiences where they showcase American culinary traditions and foods.   Last April, Mr. Russo travelled throughout Slovenia to learn about traditional ingredients, dishes and preparations. Felina Films followed him and produced an eight-episode TV series for Slovenia called “Seasoned by Americans.”  At this special meeting of the Twin Cities Slovenians, Mr. Russo will talk about his amazing experiences in Slovenia, including a near brush with death when his car toppled from a mountain road into a ravine.  Thanks to Bob Grahek for helping facilitate.

            Singing – with Mary Ann Palmer

            Taste Slovenia – DVD presented by Rick Pisa

Upcoming meetings

Saturday, February 8th, 9:30 AM – Cultural Day Celebration- Dr Seth C Hawkins at the Julian Sleeper Museum, 66 St Albans Street S, St Paul.  -  Program will be Show and Tell – share mementos from your Slovenian heritage 

Saturday,, February 22nd, 9:30 AM – Travels in Slovenia, Summer 2013 by Isa Keller at the New Brighton Community Center, room 208

Respectfully submitted,

Liz Miller

Recording secretary