A chance encounter
By Joanie Buettgen
Meeting a strange man at a culinary event can be exciting. Especially when food is involved.
Last weekend was “Sister Saturday” a small town event which has held in the city of Waconia, Minn. This annual get-together was full of surprises. Today was exceptional.
This day-long girly get-together included stuffed gift bags which included many items some of which were: a fuchsia boa, a diamond-like bracelet, and scented candles. We all were in heaven.
My two girlfriends were scheduled for a morning and afternoon style show, which was held at the Green Olive. During this gathering the local businesses showcased their goods and services with many in store coupons and gift ideas.
For the style show a hair salon treated the models to a personalized hair cut/ style, and a professional manicure and pedicure. In addition, there were two boutiques that furnished all the apparel that could be purchased at a discount.
After the show, I excused myself and told my girlfriends, “I’ve got to go see Donna, At the Farm. One of her events includes a demonstration with a culinary guest, Joe Marzano. He will be teaching a class on, Using Herbs in Cooking.”
We all were rushed today, trying to get to the next scheduled event. I was already ten minutes late for the cooking class, so I sped to the farm, avoiding any detection on the radar.
Once there, I opened the squeaky screen door and excused my way to the front of the class. Marzano was a large man with wavy, brown hair. He wore a chef’s jacket and red peppered pants. On his work table sat many potted herbs, which he used during the session.
It was a delight to listen to a mutual foodaholic, as Marzano spoke of his love of herbs, cooking and baking. My salivary glands were working overtime as he passed around luscious samples of his prepared treats.
Afterwards, a bit of fresh spring air was in order. I walked outside and sat down at a table in the sun. Marzano strolled out of the class, and we chatted about our lives, our passions and our work paths.
Do you ever meet a stranger and feel a connection? Afterwards, you think to yourself, “Was that a coincidence?”
I think not!
Published: Minnesota Moments Magazine, Carver County Historical Society, Kansas City BBQ Society, Carver County News, and the National Barn Alliance.
Memberships: National Society of Newspaper Columnists, Toastmaster’s, Minnesota Newspaper Association, Erma Bombeck Writers’ Workshop attendee.