MPR Day in Moorhead celebrates Minnesota food traditions

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Wild rice, venison, potato dumplings, wild berries, milk toast, boiled smelt...the food traditions of northern Minnesota have been shaped by climate, geography and waves of immigration into the area. For "MPR Day" in Moorhead, MPR News host Kerri Miller assembled a panel of food experts from the region at the Rourke Art Museum to talk about the traditions and ingredients that inspire them in the kitchen.


Amy Thielen is a chef, a TV cook, and two- time James Beard Award-winning writer. She's the author of The New Midwestern Table, and Give a Girl a Knife.

Andrea Baumgardner is a Fargo native, who is the Chef and co-owner for BernBaum's, a restaurant-bagel shop in Fargo. She previously was the chef of Green Market Kitchen in downtown Fargo, she also worked in San Francisco, Los Angeles and for the Hotel Donaldson in Fargo.

Bruce Engebretson and his husband Bud Parker live near Osage, Minnesota, where Bruce runs a studio teaching crafts like weaving and spinning. Bud is retired from the US Navy, he is also the caretaker of Calvary Cemetery in White Earth, and a historian and family researcher. They both grew up in the area around White Earth and know the food traditions well.

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