The Minnesota Chapter of the American Society of Interior Designers (ASID) celebrated 40 years of representing interior design, both residential and commercial. Their 2015 Showcase Home was a beautiful home near Lake Harriet. Faith’s Lodge founders and the ASID Showcase homeowners Susan and Mark Lacek were excited to be a part of this process, according to the Mpls.St.Paul Magazine Home and Design publication. This is the 17th year that the magazine and ASID have partnered on a home project.
Besides ticketed tours that ran from September 19 – October 11, 2015, many special events were held at the home. An Opening Night Gala, Designer-Led Tours, Ladies’ Night Out and my personal favorite Culinary Nights.
We participated in the last Culinary Night on Wednesday, October 7th from 6-8:30 pm. Mpls.St.Paul Magazine wine writer Bill Coy was on hand as well as the head chef from the Aster Café, Andrew Ledo. Dinner was prepared in the Showcase Home kitchen. Small, tall tables were placed in the kitchen and dining areas so all could see the activity behind the scenes in preparing our meal. Prior to sitting down to dinner, we toured the home in small groups with an ASID designer that had worked on an area of the home.
The home’s theme was one of water and the coast and every room reflected a tranquil, peaceful feel. Each room and cozy nook area flowed into the next. The homeowners were very involved in the process. We learned about choices in wall treatments, flooring, hardware, lighting, fabrics and more. Coastal Chic is the term they used to describe this complete home transformation. Homeowners Mark and Susan, who also participated in the Culinary Night, said that every part of the process has been fun, but they are anxious to get moved in and start enjoying.
After our tour, we enjoyed a multi course meal. Wine expert Bill Coy greeted us in the kitchen with a Cave Rose from Spain. Our first course was Ropa Vieja Empanada, which literally melted in your mouth. The main entrée was Black Cod with yucca, saffron broth, olives and peppers served with Cuban black beans and rice. This was complimented with a wine from France and another from Spain, both equally as good and well paired. Dessert was a flan with a shot of Cuban Coffee and a glass of port. It was an amazing meal and Andrew and his wife worked hard preparing, plating and serving for an intimate group of 17.
This was such a fun way to see and experience the ASID Showcase Home. Another reason we were glad to participate in this event was the connection through Faith’s Lodge, the non-profit sponsor. The owner of Fazendin Realtors, Andy Fazendin and his wife Elizabeth have both served on the board for this wonderful place that helps families coping with the life-limiting illness or death of a child. Our Management Advisory Team has rented the Faith’s Lodge facility for our retreats on days when programming is not taking place. For more information on Faith’s Lodge, click here.
Don’t miss this tour opportunity next year. I would highly recommend the Culinary Nights where they bring in a different chef for each night. For more details and to see past ASID homes, click here.