Cooking Demos

Location: Exhibit Hall

FEAST! is all about engaging people around food, so we hope you ask questions and make the most of these demos!

Share pics with us using #localfeastdemo and tell us what you think!


10:30 am

Jena Eria

Kitchen manager, People's Food Co-op

Jena is the Kitchen Manager at the People's Food Co-op. She lives in Rochester with her husband and two fur babies. Jena is passionate about the environment and sustainable food systems.





11:30 am

Erik Kleven

Chef and Co-owner, Bleu Duck Kitchen

Erik enjoys using local products for seasonal menus. The Bleu Duck name comes from Adam Sandler's fictional character Billy Madison, and just like him, they like to try new things. Bleu Duck also features an exhibition kitchen — creating an environment of not only “fine-dining” but also “fun-dining.”




12:30 pm

Shari Mukherjee 

a.k.a. Spiced Up Mom Blog writer, Cooking/baking teacher, MasterChef Season 10 Top 6 Contestant

Shari rose to the Top 6 of MasterChef Season 10, and has recently been sharing her skills by teaching classes at Figue in Rochester. Follow her @spicedupmom




1:30 pm

Adrian Williams

Kitchen manager, Tonic Local Kitchen and Juice Bar

Adrian started at Tonic as a prep cook in August 2016 and was promoted to kitchen manager in September of this year. He came to Tonic after serving as kitchen manager at Hy-Vee Market. His culinary training is from Florida Culinary Institute in West Palm Beach, FL.




2:30 pm

Beth Dooley

Beth Dooley's Kitchen

Beth Dooley has covered the local food scene in the Northern Heartland for thirty years: she writes for Mpls.St.Paul Magazine, the Taste section of the Minneapolis-St. Paul Star Tribune, and Heavy Table and appears regularly on KARE 11 (NBC) television and MPR Appetites with Tom Crann. She is author of Minnesota's Bounty: The Farmers Market CookbookThe Northern Heartland Kitchen  and coauthor with Lucia Watson of Savoring the Seasons of the Northern Heartland, among other books. Learn more on her website,


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