Great Expo-tations

I’ve enjoyed attending and participating in the Daily Globe Women’s Expo for the past several years and am looking forward to it this year. It takes place from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Saturday at Minnesota West, and I highly recommend it.

Not that I mean this to sound like an advertisement for the event. It’s just that I enjoy working the booth at the Expo and the regatta each year, usually spend a bit of time at the Globe’s fair booth and pop in on several other occasions where staff shows up to help out. It’s fun to visit with readers, check out the sights of whatever event I’m at, and sample the food offerings, which are always top notch. What’s not to like? At any given event, I generally wander then work, then wander, then work. Oh, and nibble and eat. Then nibble and eat some more.

OK, I’ll admit it. I got into journalism because of the food.

There are some new booths at the Expo this year I’m looking forward to checking out. If you’ve never attended, I highly recommend it. House stuff and gift stuff and kitchen stuff, plus a whole lot more. In the past few years, I’ve gotten a makeover, had the alignment of my neck checked, taste-tested some wines and a wide variety of food samples, watched some pretty interesting seminars and had a darned good time in general. I’ve also bought myself a couple of nice kitchen tools, scoped out some nifty candles and jewelry, learned some interesting health tips and gotten some great recipes from Sue Doeden’s cooking seminars.

Speaking of Sue, from the looks of the Daily Globe schedule of staff working at the Expo, I have taken a step up in the world.

For the past two years I have been responsible for cleaning up after Sue does her wonderful seminars. Yep, I do Sue’s dishes one day a year. It’s kind of like camping, because I can’t just toss them in a nearby dishwasher. It takes a bit of creativity to get the stuff to a nearby sink and work with limited supplies to get things cleaned up. I like a good challenge, so it has been fun. I generally consult with Sue in the middle of the controlled chaos to figure out where the dishes came from, how they get returned and what happens to the leftovers. Last year I got lucky enough to take some nummy tidbits home.

See, there’s the food thing again. Every journalist should have a sign that says, “Will write for food.”

This year, I’m happy to say, I have been asked to help Sue on stage during her second seminar. See? I’m moving up the ladder. Not like anyone is waiting around the corner to give me my own cooking show, but hey, it should be a blast.

Afterward, however, I still have to do the dishes. But that’s OK. It’s all part of the great adventure.

Head on out to the Expo Saturday and you can watch Sue try to keep her patience as she deals with me as an assistant for her 2:15 p.m. seminar. I’ll also be at the Globe booth between noon and 2 p.m., and I think I have sports editor Aaron Hagen coerced into working the booth with me, so feel free to stop by and chat. I’ll be at the Expo most of the day, so if you see me or our expert photographer Brian Korthals aim a camera your way, don’t forget to smile!

Hope to see you there!

3 thoughts on “Great Expo-tations

  1. Justine, I loved having you and Aaron as on-stage assistants yesterday afternoon. What fun! Thanks for making sure everything went smoothly during that cooking demonstration. Sorry you got stuck with dirty dishes afterward, though:)

  2. We had a darned good time helping you, Sue, and we now know Aaron is capable of cooking shrimp! Just watching his expressions while he was being handed utensils made it worth it for me – I laughed so hard! I look forward to doing the dishes again next year :)

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