North Dakota Inspiration Wine Dinner – Thursday, June 6th

Join us Thursday, June 6th, 2019 for our North Dakota Inspiration Wine Dinner, a wine pairing dinner featuring the culinary talent of Chefs Sarah and Tony Nasello with wines from Bear Creek Winery in Fargo. Rod Ballinger, owner of Bear Creek, will be introducing each wine and sharing stories about his winery.

This menu was designed with summer in North Dakota in mind. Sarah and Tony Nasello are known as ambassadors for North Dakota in the food world and this dinner will feature their signature farm country fare with an Italian twist.

Tony and Sarah in action at Coteau des Prairies Lodge

This is a treat for North Dakotans (and friends of North Dakota). Not only will the chefs highlight foods we all love, but they are showcasing premium local wines from Bear Creek, one of the few North Dakotan wineries specializing in dry wines produced from North Dakota grown grapes. These wines are outstanding and they are produced in limited quantity. If you love North Dakota, you owe it to yourself to come out for this one-of-a-kind dinner.


Pre-dinner – Edamame Pesto Crostini on Flaxseed Baguette – Bear Creek Prairie Nouveau Spritzer

Appetizer – Walleye Roulade with Spinach, Tomatoes and Beurre Blanc – Bear Creek Sheyenne White

Salad – Springtime Barley Salad with Radishes, North Dakota Beans, Sugar Snap Peas, Walnuts, Parmigiano, Bacon and Chive Vinaigrette – Bear Creek Simply Red

Intermezzo – Frozen Raspberries with Honey Lavender Syrup

Main Course – Carved Roast Bison with Chokecherry-Blackberry Demi-Glace, Buxton Blue Cheese Potatoes and Roasted Rainbow Carrots – Bear Creek Crimson Pearl Red

North Dakota LegenDairy Dessert – Old Fashioned Icebox Cake with Pride Dairy Rhubarb Strawberry Ice Cream – Limoncello

Sue and Rod Ballinger

About the Winery

Founded as a family business in 2003 by Rod and Sue Ballinger, Bear Creek located in south Fargo is one of the original wineries in the Red River Valley. They specialize in dry blends, both red and white using cold climate hardy grapes that can survive our harsh Northern winters. After years of experimentation, they have chosen grapes varieties that are best suited to the wine styles we make. Their grape varieties include Petite Pearl, Crimson Pearl, Verona, Frontenac, Itasca, La Crescent, Frontenac Gris, and Marquette. Their hope is to promote innovative viticulture and wine making techniques that involve traditional methods to enhance all aspects of the industry. Visit their website at

Tony and Sarah Nasello

About the Chefs

For the past 20 years, Tony and Sarah Nasello have been entertaining folks throughout the region with their passion for food, wine, Italy and North Dakota. After working together aboard luxury cruise ships throughout the 1990s, Tony and Sarah returned to Fargo, Sarah’s hometown, in 2000 to open their restaurant, Sarello’s, and start a family. They welcomed their son, Giovanni, in 2004, and operated Sarello’s until 2015. Today, Tony is the general manager of the Hotel Donaldson, and Sarah develops recipes and writes a weekly food column for The Forum. In the summer of 2012, the Nasellos embarked on a legendary family experience called Lost on the Prairie, during which they spent every weekend from Memorial Day through Labor Day visiting a new place in North Dakota and blogging about it. This experience led to more great North Dakota adventures, including cooking for Banquet in a Field and at the Coteau des Prairies Lodge. This summer, the Nasellos will be visiting Tony’s family in Sicily, and they look forward to coming back to the Lodge soon with an authentic Sicilian menu.

Join us for a beautiful evening on the prairie!

Event Info

The event is on Thursday, June 6th, 2019 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 $85 per person. The meal includes a gourmet five course meal and 2-3oz. of wine served with four courses plus a cordial with dessert. 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.

4 thoughts on “North Dakota Inspiration Wine Dinner – Thursday, June 6th

  1. I just saw where to read about the rooms/pricing……

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