Recipe » Carrot Risotto

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2 tablespoons butter
1 tablespoon olive oil
1/2 small onion, finely minced
1 cup short grain rice, uncooked
1/4 cup dry white wine
4 cups chicken stock
3 carrots, trimmed and peeled
1/2 cup parmesan cheese, finely grated
Salt and pepper

Chop carrots into chunks, and puree in a blender or food processor with about 1/2 cup of stock. Melt butter over medium heat in a large, heavy saucepan. Add olive oil, onion and dry rice and sauté, stirring constantly with a wooden spoon, until onion is tender and rice is opaque and lightly golden, about 5 to 7 minutes. Add white wine and stir constantly until the wine is absorbed. Add 1/2 cup stock and continue stirring until stock is absorbed. Continue adding stock 1/2 cup at a time, stirring constantly and allowing stock to be absorbed before adding more. When 2 cups of stock have been added, sample the rice to test doneness. If rice is done, do not add any more stock. If the grains of rice are still hard in the center, continue adding stock 1/2 cup at a time until the rice is done. Once the rice is done, add carrot puree and parmesan cheese and stir to thoroughly to mix. Add salt and pepper to taste. If the risotto becomes too thick before serving, a little more stock may be added for a creamy texture. Serves 4.

Recipe and photo ©2009 Celeste Heiter, published with permission.

Taste 09 at Fitger’s » Duluth Food & Wine Event

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Date: Friday March 27th, 2009
Time: All Day
Location: Hallways at Fitger’s

It’s time to mark your calendars. On March 27, 2009, Fitger’s will once again be hosting the annual Taste event.

From 6-9 pm, over forty of the area’s finest local restaurants will be serving up their tastiest culinary masterpieces and most exquisite wines. 100% of the proceeds will go to local and national hunger relief programs.

Also be sure to purchase a raffle ticket for a chance at a themed gift package, each valued at $1000, which will be taking place from 6-8 pm in the Fitger’s Inn lobby. Each package will have a separate theme ranging from travel, food and wine, sports, entertainment, and a special mystery pack. We have many exciting items from local businesses and beyond. The perfect opportunity to combine a great evening out with a wonderful cause.

Tickets are now available! Call (218) 722-8826 or toll free at 1-888-FITGERS to order over the phone or stop by the Fitger’s Inn front desk at any time. Tickets are $40 each.

2009 Bockfest at Fitger’s Plaza » Duluth, MN


Three days of fun: Thursday March 12th - Saturday March 14th

Date: Friday March 13th, 2009 Time: All Day

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It’s time for Bockfest, our German celebration of Spring! March 12-14, the Fitger’s Courtyard is the place to be. As always, there will be campfires in the Courtyard, live entertainment, competitions, and of course, the legendary Split Rock Bock beer. So, grab your friends and family and come on down to the Fitger’s Courtyard.

6pm - Blessing of the Bock, Campfire, Food & Beer Tent Open

Date:Thursday March 12th, 2009 Time: All Day

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It’s a sure sign of Spring, when we bring the Leiderhosen in for dry cleaning, and dreams of Sugarplums make way for those of brats and Split Rock Bock beer. Even if you’ve never attended this “blessed” event, you still have time to mend your ways! March 12-14, the Fitger’s Courtyard is the place to be! As always, there will be campfires in the Courtyard, live entertainment, and of course, the legendary Split Rock Bock beer. So, grab your friends and family and come on down to the Fitger’s Courtyard.

5pm - Blessing of the Bock, Campfire, Food & Beer Tent Open

Date: Saturday March 14th, 2009 Time: All Day

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Be sure to mark your calendar: March 12-14, the Fitger’s Courtyard is the place to be! Join us for the Annual Bockfest. As always, there will be campfires in the Courtyard, live entertainment, and of course, the legendary Split Rock Bock beer. So, grab your friends and family and come on down to the Fitger’s Courtyard.

Noon - Food & Beer Tent Open
2pm - Volksmarch on the Lakewalk
3pm - Polar Bear Plunge
4pm - Team Stein Race
7pm - Blackforest Torte Eating Contest
8pm - Team Beer Drinking Contest

Leiderhosen and goats welcome, but not required.

The Shack Smokehouse & Grille » Superior, WI

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The Shack Smokehouse & Grille in Superior, Wisconsin evokes the spirit of the classic American supper club. A family friendly, neighborhood restaurant with entertainment such as dinner theater, live jazz & stand-up comedy shows. Expect great steaks, ribs, and seafood entrees, as well as pastas, sandwiches, burgers, and extensive appetizers. The Shack has several interesting menu twists such as Seafood Lollipops and build-your-own steak and seafood combos. The Shack has a comfortable lounge with classic cocktails and friendly regulars. An ever-changing feature menu is complemented by a Light Lunch menu ($6.99 and under), and $9.99 Eevening Specials on Sundays, or Prime Rib Kabobs on Wednesdays. The Shack also makes every holiday dining event a special experience. This is a perfect place not only for dinner, but to spend the entire evening as well as a great venue for banquets, family parties, or business meetings. Sign up for their bi-weekly webletter and receive a $5 coupon here »


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