About Chris Ann

Chris Ann is co-founder of LoveFeast Life, a lifestyle company that focuses on gathering people around the table and capturing the moment as it unfolds. She is a skilled party planner who pays attention to all the details that create an amazing event, whether it’s a birthday party for one of her four children or a fundraising event for 50. Her home in suburban Minneapolis is filled with elements of great entertaining: crafts to make the perfect invitation, heirloom china with stories attached, a beautiful flower garden and the ultimate host, her husband Todd.

The Cove

Sometimes you just want to eat a burger. Eating a burger at The Cove, is like eating at your older brother’s apartment; your older brother that was into records, fishing, hunting, and skateboarding. The Cove has a relaxed hang-out type vibe where you can be comfortable, kickback, and hang with some friends. That is what “Good Vibe Ambassadors” and brothers, Bruce and Brock Larson, are trying to do with their burger joint. The menu is simple and inexpensive pub food. The hamburgers and hot dogs are served in basket with good … [Read more...]

Cherimoyas

Honestly, I didn’t know what Cherimoyas were a week ago. The Minneapolis Tribune did a tiny “meet and greet” this fruit article. So, I thought it would be the perfect “food toy” (see our definition of a food toy at the end of this post) purchase. At $9.99 a pound, it wouldn’t be my everyday go-to fruit! But, for “the blog” I went to hunt them out. Two grocery stores later, I found them high on a shelf at Byerly’s. When I went to pay for them, nobody knew what they were and it sent managers and check- out people a flutter as to … [Read more...]

Tuna Noodle Casserole Revolution!

When I read the Amateur Gourmet's post on Tuna Noodle Casserole, which included a challenge to reinvent it,  I thought "ick" why bother!  It had been years since I had made it.  I remember it being annoyingly crunchy on the side, or too sour, or too dry, or too mushy, or too tuna-y.  It is not something the peaks excitement around my house as an answer to "what's for dinner?" either. A few days later  I went to one of my favorite restaurants, Lucia's.   Picking up something from the takeout side of Lucia's restaurant is one of … [Read more...]

Banana Bread In A Can Trick

Grandma Bessie's kitchen was always warm.   I remember looking up to the white oven and being shooed away and warned of the heat as I came in through the back door.  In the winter, we came in the back door because often the front porch was covered up in plastic to seal out the North Dakota cold.  That back door led to what Grandma called the back porch, which was merely really a small hallway to enter the house.  To the left, inside the back porch, was a small dresser, lined on top with a row of silver coffee cans filled with wax … [Read more...]

Baked-Up From Baked

My sister-n-law, Kim, who I think will forgive me for sneaking a look into the cookbook Baked: New Frontiers in Baking, that gave I her as a gift, has read the cookbook cover to cover.  She also has agreed to submit to a lie detector test has agreed to an interview.  Kim is in the beginning stages of launching her own baking company.  Let's see where she gets her inspiration! What is your favorite food memory? Um, learning to make chocolate chip cookies in 4-H.  We had to measure all the ingredients into butter dishes.  That … [Read more...]

Bigtime Blogging, Believing the Dream!

Well, it just might be time for some P.R. (Personal Relishing).  Somehow, in our short time in the blogosphere we have made it to the top.  In fact, we have made it on Alltop!!  See our new bad selves with our funky Alltop button?  See where this blogging journey is taking us?  We're going to rub shoulders with the best!!  Bloggers like Smitten Kitchen, Orangette,  Whipped, and Coconut & Lime.  Bloggers we admire, follow, look up to!  Bloggers, we have even stalked (we're sorry Amateur dude, we're not psychotic, we're … [Read more...]

Feel This Red Velvet Cake

My sister-n-law, (aka, the "Holiday Sangria Lady") has long been an incredible baker.  She has awed our family with gooey rolls, known as monkey bread.  She is an expert in bars, cookies, and pies full of butterscotch, caramel, and chocolate.  For a long time she has collected all sorts of recipes.  It makes sense, then, after years of wow-ing friends and family she has recently begun the journey of launching a baking business in the Chicago area.  So, when I came across a cookbook called Baked: New Frontiers in Baking--I thought … [Read more...]

Bites From Bytes & Books Ball On President’s Day

Well, since it is President's day I thought I share a bit about the 2009 Bytes & Books Inaugural Ball, that my husband Todd attended (see picture seven under George Lucas).  You see, right after New York, while we were in Baltimore with Kristin & Devon, Todd had to go out to "the ball".  We all stayed home, and wondered how his parking would go down.  Turns out, he easily drove in, and actually parked right in front of the Folger Shakespeare Library, right behind the Capital, next to the Library of Congress.  He didn't … [Read more...]

Pig Cake & Shebang Cheesecake

Actually, really it's Orange & Bourbon Chocolate Cake from The Spotted Pig in NYC.  The Spotted Pig was on our hit list for restaurant's in NYC but, we didn't get there.  So, after I got back and was planning my girls' night out party, I was super excited to find this recipe in the back of my In Style magazine (February 2009 issue, p.192). Now, usually when I have parties my husband is the go-to guy.  You just turn around once and shebang there's a cake!  He is famous for his cheesecakes, many from our Philadelphia … [Read more...]

Warmed at Hearth

Our time in New York City was great!  We found inspiration in many places.  We found it where we stayed-the Waldorf.  We found it where we shopped-ABC Home & Carpet.  We found it in the simplicity of a good breakfast at a common table, and we found it with our friends around the good food at Hearth.  Under the glow of the red wall, our table, because we were with foodie friends that like sharing, sampled each others' food. Our favorites were the braised lamb shank, the polenta, the arugula and fennel salad, and the … [Read more...]