February’s Hot Dish
In this month symbolized by love and Saint Valentine, we have Anne as our “Hot Dish,” a feature that highlights a fabulous and sassy single person from Minnesota who lives in New York, who you can meet at the Minnesota Monthly Happy Hour at Le Poisson Rouge this Friday.
Anne has been mentioned here on these blog pages before – she was a contestant in last fall’s “Miss G Pageant.” She made it to the semi-finals, but we think she should’ve won – not only because of her charm and stylish good looks, but because she writes for two local websites or newspapers reporting on neighborhoods that are on the G train. Anne is the fashion blogger for Williamsburg Greenpoint News + Arts, and blogger on the New York Times’ The Local – Fort Greene and Clinton Hill.
This go-getter has many passions and pursuits beyond these writing endeavors, including politics, music and linguistics. In fact, she is fluent in Turkish and lived in Istanbul for over 3 years. Her roots are midwestern, of course, and she lived in Chicago for 5 years getting her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees.
During her formative years back in Minnesota, Anne nurtured all these passions as she came of age in Northeast Minneapolis and then Plymouth. First, the politics – Anne interned with Senator Wellstone (RIP), our home state’s hero. Second, the music. Anne shook her booty at First Ave’s Sunday Night Dance Party all through high school, went to laser light shows at the Minneapolis Planetarium, and saw Portishead play at the Guthrie (whoa, seriously jealous!).
In many ways, Anne had a classic Minnesota upbringing. This girl is 3/4 Polish, and couldn’t resist breakfasts at the famous Kramarczuk’s in Northeast. Her high school job was at Gander Mountain, the outdoor store, and despite being a strict vegetarian, she sold many a fishing license and outdoor gear to the likes of Terry Steinbach and Frank Vascellaro. She grew up between the banks of Medicine Lake and Lake Minnetonka in our homeland of 10,000 lakes.
And as far as dating goes, a fun date for this Brooklyn writer would be checking out one of the new restaurants that always seem to be springing up in this homey borough. She’s not a vegetarian anymore, so the options are endless. Anne is full of fascinating stories and insights, so she will keep things interesting!
If you want to meet Anne, come introduce yourself to her at the Minnesota Monthly Happy Hour this Friday at Le Poisson Rouge! please email me at minneappleNYC [at] gmail [dot] com for an introduction.