Taste of Lake Superior

Chefs Compete, You Eat.

September 24 • Glensheen Historic Estate

The fourth annual Lake Superior Fish Classic is a judged chef cook-off and tasting event focused on fish from Lake Superior, 5:30 to 8 p.m. at Glensheen, the Historic Congdon Estate in Duluth.

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The Competitors

Robert Wohlfeil

★ First Place (recipe)

Robert Wohlfeil – The Oceanaire Seafood Room

Minneapolis, Minnesota

Robert has a superior culinary passion that lies with creating dishes that use fewer ingredients and simpler preparations while accentuating the natural flavors in fresh seafood.

Uriah Hefter

★ Second Place (recipe)

Uriah Hefter – Ledge Rock Grille

Larsmont, Minnesota

Uriah joined Ledge Rock Grille at Larsmont Cottages in 2012 as Executive Chef, bringing more than 15 years of experience. He often can be found entertaining guests while preparing a signature six-course dinner.

Tom Hanson

★ People’s Choice (recipe)

Tom Hanson – Duluth Grill

Duluth, Minnesota

Tom and Jaima Hanson took over the Duluth Grill in 2001. Beginning with homemade pancake batter, they converted nearly the entire menu to scratch-made, and it now includes meals that can range from grass-fed beef and banana cream pie to quinoa mint pilaf and duck burgers.

Avery Cassar

Avery Cassar – At Sara’s Table

Duluth, Minnesota

Avery is mostly self-taught over the last 8 years working in food preparation. His interest in using local, sustainable produce comes naturally – when he’s not in the kitchen or spending time goofing off with his family, he’s out tromping around foraging for mushrooms and taking it in.

James Damon Mount

James Damon Mount – Fitzgerald’s at Eagle River Inn

Eagle River, Michigan

Damon was born and raised in the Keweenaw Peninsula and grew up working in kitchens. In 2009, he joined the staff at Fitzgerald’s as Head Chef and has since garnered the restaurant numerous awards.

Matt Chingo

Matt Chingo – Old Rittenhouse Inn

Bayfield, Wisconsin

Matt joined the staff at Old Rittenhouse Inn in 2010, serving as Sous Chef for two years before being hired as Executive Chef in May 2012. He is comfortable in any culinary genre, from formal gourmet to downhome cooking.

Ryan Carstens

Ryan Carstens – The Landmark Inn

Marquette, Michigan

Lead Chef for the Landmark Inn, Ryan, who is inspired by playing with different flavors, helps his team of young chefs create a rotating, innovative menu that features local and regional ingredients.

Thomas S. Malone

Thomas S. Malone – Restaurant 301

Duluth, Minnesota

Thomas started his culinary career at age 13, washing dishes in Minneapolis. After stints as Executive Chef at restaurants around the country, he returned to Minnesota, where he looks forward to a long and rewarding career creating culinary delights at Restaurant 301.

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Try Lake Superior fish entrees

Top Northland Chefs

Chefs from Michigan, Minnesota and Wisconsin will prepare sustainably caught Lake Superior fish entrées on-site, judged by a panel of culinary experts. After sampling the dishes, attendees can vote for the People’s Choice champion.

On the grounds of Glensheen

On the Grounds of Glensheen

The historic Glensheen Mansion is the centerpiece of a 7-acre estate on the Lake Superior shore, featuring gardens, bridges and the famous 39-room mansion. Tours of the mansion will not be available during the event.

Sample craft brews, fine wines and more

Local Food & Drink

In addition to the opportunity to vote on your favorite chef and their fish entrée for the People’s Choice Award, you’ll be able to sample locally produced craft brews, fine wines and visit with other area businesses.

Enjoy live music

Live Music by Area Musicians

Enjoy the accompaniment of musical groups, who will perform during the festivities around the Glensheen grounds and beach.


Special Musical Guests:

The Judges:

American Culinary Federation Certified Executive Chefs:

  • Gary Baregi, Executive Chef at Bellisio’s Duluth
  • Glenn D’Amour, Executive Chef and Culinary Instructor for the Duluth School District
  • Paul Madsen, Executive Chef retired
  • Plus: Juli Kellner, host of “WDSE Cooks”

And a People’s Choice Competition judged by YOU!

Shuttle Service:

  • Due to some construction, you may find that the parking lot at Glensheen is full. Should this happen, we have arranged for overflow parking at East High School, just a few blocks away on 40th Avenue East and Superior Street. A complimentary shuttle, provided by The Duluth Experience, will take you to the Fish Classic from your car.


2014 Lake Superior Fish Classic
2014 Lake Superior Fish Classic
2014 Lake Superior Fish Classic
2014 Lake Superior Fish Classic

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Lake Superior Magazine


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