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Local Artist Selected for Grand View Lodge Wine Labels

Local Artist Selected for Grand View Lodge Wine LabelsGrand View’s Winter Culinary and Wine Experience weekend, sponsored by MN Monthly Magazine, was another great success this past February 7-9, 2014! With over 100 vintages, culinary classes and wine seminars, a soup challenge, annual artwalk and special guests, Amy Thielen and Robert Sinskey, the weekend was tastefully sensational.

Local Artist Selected for Grand View Lodge Wine LabelsThe weekend kicked off on Friday with the Robert Sinskey Vineyards Wine Dinner with special guest host Robert Sinskey. Saturday afternoon showcased several culinary classes and wine seminars such as the Tasty and Warm Soup Demo presented by Cooks of Crocus Hill, Cheese 101 presented by Great Ciao, Sushi & Sake Basics presented by Grand View Lodge and Southern Wine and Spirits, Loide Oils and Vinegar Tasting and so much more. Click here to view all classes and seminars.

Local Artist Selected for Grand View Lodge Wine LabelsAttendees were also able to sample ten distinctively different soups and vote for their favorite during the soup challenge. Taking 3rd place was the Lobster Bisque soup created by Grand View Lodge Sous Chef, Peter White. 2nd place was the Curried Chicken Wild Rice soup created by Grand View Lodge Breakfast Chef, Steve Wacholz. The 1st place soup was the Bourbon Shortrib soup created by Grand View Lodge Banquet Chef, Shawn Lowman. Click here for the winning soup recipe.

Local Artist Selected for Grand View Lodge Wine LabelsSaturday afternoon also featured Amy Theilen, Minnesota native and the host of Heartland Table on Food Network. Amy demonstrated her Midwestern classics – Glorified Rice Pudding with Candied Pineapple & Old Fashioned Pounded Cheese. Later in the day was a meet-and-greet and book signing. Amy is a 2011 James Beard Award-winning food writer, she has written for Saveur, Men’s Journal and the Minneapolis Star Tribune, and recently published her book, “The New Midwestern Table.”

Later that evening, attendees tasted over 100 of the finest wines from 20 vendors and variety of culinary flavors delicately prepared by our talented chefs during the de’Vine Grand Tasting. Click here to see what vendors and culinary stations offered.

Local Artist Selected for Grand View Lodge Wine LabelsThe de’Vine Artwalk followed the Grand Tasting and gave attendees a first-handed opportunity to vote their favorite canvas from the top 10 submitted. The final artwork chosen was from local artist, Maralee Gazelka.

Maralee’s ‘Moonlight Reflections’ was chosen for the 2014 Chardonnay vintage label and was inspired by a photo she took from a friends home on Gull Lake off of Hunter’s Point, while the ‘Restful Moments’ will be featured on the 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon vintage, which was inspired during a quiet, peaceful walk on a beautiful fall day with her husband Paul.

Local Artist Selected for Grand View Lodge Wine LabelsMaralee not only will have her artwork featured on both vintages, but will also receive one case of each wine, a $200 Gift Card to Grand View Lodge, and a certificate noting her creation and achievement.

The evening concluded with the talented Divas Through the Decades which is a musical tribute to some of the most influential female vocalists in American pop music, featuring songs from the 40’s, through today’s current hits! The weekend wrapped up with an exclusive Champagne Brunch Demo in Cru Restaurant and Wine Bar on Sunday morning.


Italian Gardens – the Little Italy of Grand View Lodge

Located on the west side of the Main Property

The flower gardens flourish around the Italian Gardens making for incredible colors and scents. Must be the italian cooking!

They may be far from Europe, but Italian Gardens offers family-style dining with authentic homemade Italian and Sicilian fare prepared by the talented Chef de Cuisine Matt Bankey.

Chef Bankey, who started cooking at the young age of 16, has been creating signature Italian dishes for the last 5 of the 11 years Italian Gardens has been open. A gentleman by the name of George Mauer first built the unique and cozy building to house him on his fishing excursions and in the 1950s Anna Hanson purchased the building and used it as a gift shop.

While the building of Italian Gardens has it’s own story to tell, so does the food. Chef Bankey’s forte lies within his nightly specials, which he coins “anything and everything” Italian. If you’re craving a true Italian dining experience, Italian Gardens has just the menu and nightly special for you, reflecting dishes that have been perfected since the origin of their creation in Italy.

“Mama Mia” is Italian Garden’s summer long special which includes a starter, salad, choice of three entrees and dessert, all served family style. There are also the traditional à la cart entrée features or if pizza is your fancy, they offer fresh hand-tossed take-out all summer long!

Great Italian food always must be accompanied by great Italian wine. Not only does Italian Gardens offer the proper wine to food pairings, but they also offer a unique tasting experience with wine flights, offering a sampling of three Italian wines with your meal.

Whether you decide to dine bistro style overlooking the vineyard or outdoor patio style, Italian Gardens welcomes you to dine with them this summer! They are open every Tuesday-Sunday 5:30-9:00pm.

What’s Cookin’ at Italian Gardens?

The taste of summer is finally here and all eight Grand View Lodge dining venues are open.  In celebration of the season opening of Italian Gardens, we wanted to share a piece of what we call ‘the little Italy’ of Grand View Lodge with this Parmesan Chicken Recipe.

If you can’t make it up to see us, at least we can bring the ‘little Italy’ of Grand View Lodge to you. Enjoy! (For a printable version of these recipes for your recipe box, click here, print and cut. Download Parmesan Chicken Recipe. )


The tastes of summer are almost here. From culinary classes to seasonal dish favorites, Grand View Lodge always has something new cooking. There is nothing more Minnesotan than eating fresh fish caught from one of our sparkling 10,000 lakes. Whether you’re … Continue reading

What’s Cookin’?

If you take a big whiff, you may be able to smell the sweet aroma of culinary treats here at Grand View Lodge. From cooking classes to seasonal dish favorites, Grand View Lodge always has something cooking. 

There is nothing more Minnesotan than eating fresh walleye caught from one of our sparkling 10,000 lakes.  If you are going through summer fish fry withdrawal, Grand View Lodge has a winter special incorporating our favorite fishy friend, Walleye Chowder.  If you can’t make it up to see us, at least we can bring a little bit of Grand View to you. Enjoy!

Click here to download the 4X6 recipe card for your use! Check www.grandviewlodge.com for the Resort’s latest culinary and wine experiences.