December 2011

Food & Wine | Holidays

This past September, the city of Plymouth and staff at Plymouth Magazine congregated a jury of artistic minds to select the winners in what’s becoming an annual photo contest, and this month we’re publicizing the results.


It’s that time. Happy hours with friends, lunches with coworkers and gatherings with family have got the December calendar teeming with engagements. Add to that last-minute gift-buying trips to the mall and forced conversations with an obnoxious uncle, and it starts to feel downright frenzied.


This year marks the 23rd annual Fire and Ice Festival, Plymouth’s celebration of all things winter, slated for February 4 at Parkers Lake Park. The event draws an average of 4,000 fun-loving attendees each year.


The mission is simple: to reconstruct lives, one bright, smiling face at a time. Since its inception in 2003, Smile Network International has been saving and changing the lives of patients born with cleft lips and cleft palates in underprivileged countries.


When a humanitarian crisis arises somewhere in the world, like the life-choking draught in Somalia or the devastating earthquake in Haiti, Plymouth resident Daniel Wordsworth sees it as a call to action.


Several years ago, when husband-and-wife Quillan and Kim Roe started the Roe Family Singers, there were only two Roes involved.


When attempting to plan a menu for your holiday entertaining plans—whether for an intimate group or a large family hoopla—no gathering is complete without the perfect wine.


Barbara Halsey thanked Jim May on a nearly weekly basis last winter. The Wayzata mother was showing her gratitude for May’s help with her mildly autistic son, Steve Halsey.


Sing “Happy Birthday” three times, spit, and rinse. Floss between each tooth, at least once a day. The lessons seem simple, but being taught dental hygiene is not a luxury many kids are exposed to.


After unwrapping the shiny red wrapping paper you discover the gift from Grandma isn’t what you wanted. What do you do? Throughout the holiday season many children are exposed to a variety of situations that make them uncomfortable because they don’t know what to do.


After receiving a postcard when she was 9 years old, Alyssa Laansma wanted to compete in the National American Miss (NAM) pageant so she could win a trip to Florida.


Created by local mixologists who are well-versed on what flavors “work” in combination, Joia sparkling sodas were released last June in four flavors that blend fruits, herbs and spices. Developed by Minneapolis-based Boundary Waters Brands LLC, Joia is an all-natural beverage made of sparkling wa