Amy Thielen Wine Dinner (3/22)

Join us at Coteau des Prairies Lodge on Wednesday, March 22nd for a one-of-a-kind food & wine pairing event featuring award-winning TV chef and food writer Amy Thielen.

Amy is known as the host of the Food Network show Heartland Table which is filmed in her kitchen at her home in rural Park Rapids, MN. Her fresh take on Midwestern foods has inspired a new generation of cooks to get back to the kitchen. She is also a James Beard Award-wining cookbook writer. Her book The New Midwestern Table has a prominent place in many Midwesterner’s kitchens.

You will meet Amy at this wine dinner and you will enjoy some of her favorite spring dishes paired with premium wines. There will be dry-aged Breker beef and yes…there will be crispy smelt! Eat your Midwestern heart out.


First Course
Curried Carrot Soup with Smoky Eggplant
Dr. Loosen Riesling ‘Blue Slate’ Kabinett 2014

Second Course
Crispy Smelt with Spicy Green Goddess Dipping Sauce
Emmolo Napa Valley Sauvignon Blanc 2015

Third Course
Japanese Sunday Salad with Miso, Wheatberries, Mizuna and Fried Shallots
Campo Viejo Rioja Reserva 2011

Fourth Course
Braised and Charred Beef with Red Chile Garlic and Grilled Leeks
Flora Springs Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2012

Fifth Course
Sour Raspberry Floats with Burnt Honey Marshmallow Creme
Quady Electra Moscato 2015

About Amy Thielen

She grew up in Park Rapids, Minnesota, near the headwaters of the Mississippi River, and graduated from Macalester College. For three years she and her husband, visual artist Aaron Spangler, lived in a rustic off-the-grid cabin he built in the Two Inlets State Forest outside of Park Rapids, where she picked up her cooking and gardening afflictions. In 1999, they moved to New York City where she worked for celebrated chefs David Bouley, Jean-Georges Vongerichten, Daniel Boulud, and Shea Gallante. In 2008, she left the hot line and she and Aaron and their son moved back home to northern Minnesota.

She is the host of the James Beard-nominated Heartland Table on Food Network, an instructional cooking show filmed in her rural kitchen in northern Minnesota. Her first cookbook, The New Midwestern Table, was published in 2013 and won the James Beard Book Award for American Cooking. She writes about food for newspapers and magazines, including Saveur, where she is a contributing editor, and has appeared in many others, including People, Food Network Magazine, Country Living, and Reuters, among others.

Her second book, a memoir called Give a Girl a Knife, comes out May 16 from Clarkson Potter.

Amy lives with her husband, Aaron, their son, his dog, a bunch of chickens, and a huge vegetable garden, in rural Park Rapids, Minnesota, in the house Aaron built years before–now fully hooked up to the 21st Century grid. A recovering professional chef, she now thinks of herself as a home cooking civilian, and develops recipes to fit her own small-town limits, sticking with ingredients she can find at the local grocery store, in her garden, and in the woods. Her food is rustic but extravagant, rich with honest fats and vegetables, original, and thrifty; she is not afraid of butter or burnt ends.

For more information about Amy, visit her website:

Amy Thielen’s Food & Wine Retreat

**Separate Event** Amy is also putting on a 3 day food & wine retreat at Coteau des Prairies Lodge on March 20-23rd. It’s not too late to register for the retreat if you want to spend some quality time at one of North Dakota’s best getaway spots with Amy. The retreat is limited to just 20 guests, so it is a great opportunity to get to know our ‘local celebrity’ chef. As a retreat guest, you have the choice to take part in the wine dinner as a dining guests or as an assistant to Amy. Click HERE for retreat details and to register.

Wine Dinner Details & Reservations

The event is on Wednesday, March 22nd at Coteau des Prairies Lodge. Everyone is welcome, but space is limited and meals are available by reservation only. Alcohol will be served only to those over 21 years of age. The price is $75 per person. The meal includes a gourmet five course meal and 3-4 oz. of wine served with each course. Water and coffee will be provided. Sodas and additional alcoholic beverages will be sold at the bar. Doors open at 4pm, guests are welcome to come early, tour the lodge and enjoy refreshments served at the bar. When you arrive at the lodge, sign your party in with our hostess. Guests will be seated for the meal promptly at 6pm.

For reservations, fill out the online form below or call 701-680-1175

Because we have limited space available, we kindly request advanced notice if you must cancel your reservation or reduce your party size so we can make room for other guests. Thank you.

You will receive confirmation of your reservation within 24 hours.