Sterling Cross Communications News at Sterling Cross Communications Tue, 26 May 2015 06:28:09 -0500 Zend_Feed_Writer 1.10.2 ( Scena Tavern Puts Italian Inspired Meals on Center Stage for the Uptown Dining Scene Wed, 20 May 2015 10:52:54 -0500  Scena Tavern Puts Italian Inspired Meals on Center Stage for the Uptown Dining Scene


Chefs to interact with diners - pulling fresh pasta and cutting captivating crudo while bartenders are shaking up original craft cocktails.
Minneapolis, MN - An established entrepreneur in the culinary world, restaurateur Paul Dzubnar and his operating partners today announces the launch of their newest Minnesota based dining offering - Scena Tavern.  The casual yet upscale eatery showcases Mediterranean flavor profiles while putting its own unique signature to the dining experience within a two story restaurant that offers two patios and open and airy tall ceilings.   At the heart of the restaurant is a large round bar that will seat 25.  An open kitchen will showcase several types of pasta made daily, including fresh rolled and extruded varieties.  A separate Crudo bar will allow diners an intimate demonstration of their fresh raw fish and shellfish offerings, along with cocktails designed by the Bittercube team to perfectly match the delicate flavors of the crudo bar.
Located in the heart of Uptown at 2943 Girard Avenue South (cross street of Lake Street), Scena Tavern will be open from 11AM-1AM Monday-Thursday, 11AM-2AM on Friday & Saturday, and 11AM - 1AM on Sunday.
Consulting on the kitchen and menu are Jamie Malone, Food & Wine Magazine’s Best New Chef of 2013, and formerly at Sea Change and Porter & Frye, and Erik Anderson, Food & Wine Magazine’s Best New Chef of 2012, and formerly at The Catbird Seat, Sea Change, and Porter & Frye. They will be selecting an Executive Chef and are also pulling together the staff and will conduct ongoing training.
The menu will feature fresh, seasonal ingredients and signature menu items such as Carbineros with black olive salt (prepared live at their Crudo bar), house-extruded Canestri with potato broth and wild mushrooms, and many shareable dishes, including steamed clams with N’duja and flatbread with scrambled eggs and Sunday gravy.
The Cocktail and Bar Program is being developed by Nick Kosevich of Bittercube and formerly of Town Talk Diner. Kosevich is planning a selection of artisanal and historical cocktails that will pair well with the delicate and nuanced flavors of the menu. Chefs will craft cocktails to match the Crudo selections at the Crudo Bar. The taps will be filled with local brews.
Dzubnar commented, "Scena is Italian for 'scene' or 'stage'. Our restaurant will put our dining offerings in the spotlight as we crafted our 7,500 square feet into a two level space that both puts our chefs and bartenders on center stage.  We've designed a large circular bar on the main level that encourages social conversation with patrons as well as the skilled bartenders that offer a wide offering of craft cocktails, wine, and 30 craft beers - including many from local breweries. A curving staircase leads up to a mezzanine level that houses a second bar that while servicing cozy dining nooks and a patio to aid in the al fresco enjoyment of a Minneapolis sunset skyline view."
Smart & Associates was tapped for interior design for the new build.  "Scena will offer wide open views through the use of large doors that literally open the restaurant to the street," said Smart.  "The energy and movement from within spills onto the sidewalk making the entire first floor feel like it is part of the sidewalk dining scene."

About Scena Tavern:
Scena Tavern is an American eatery inspired by the flavors of the Mediterranean. Open 7 days a week, they offer two outdoor dining options and open cooking kitchen and interactive crudo bar that put their chefs and bartenders in the spotlight. For more information please visit or
Minnesota United Partners with Massage Retreat & Spa Tue, 05 May 2015 16:12:36 -0500 Minnesota United Partners with Massage Retreat & Spa  

United Announces Massage Retreat & Spa as Official Massage Partner 
MINNEAPOLIS, Minn., (Tuesday, May 5, 2015) -- Minnesota United is excited to announce Massage Retreat & Spa as its official massage partner. Massage Retreat and Spa’s services will help United players improve recovery time after matches and help prevent injuries to players.
"We are honored to be selected as a partner to provide weekly deep tissue therapy for Minnesota United players," said Massage Retreat President/CEO Lee Oberg. "With the highly physical nature of professional soccer, a commitment to an overall conditioning regime, including massage, is essential in producing maximum flexibility, durability, stamina and pain relief among these world-class athletes."
Massage Retreat & Spa will be providing massage and recovery services for players every week, ensuring they are ready for every match.
"It's imperative for our players to get the treatment they need to fully recover after games and training sessions," said United President Nick Rogers. "We are happy to partner with a great organization like Massage Retreat & Spa to provide our players with the highest quality massage therapists to help them be at their best to be successful on the field."
“Having Massage Retreat & Spa massage therapists gives us the edge we need to shorten the recovery time between games,” said United midfielder Jamie Watson. “In professional sports, recovery is vital and the extremely talented therapists at Massage Retreat are there week in and week out helping us get back to 100%!”
In honor of the new partnership, Massage Retreat & Spa will be giving away a $100 gift card to two lucky fans at this Saturday’s match as a part of Soccer Mom Appreciation Night presented by Carousel Motor Group. Get your tickets today by calling 763.4SOCCER or visiting
About Massage Retreat & Spa
Massage Retreat & Spa provides Massage and Spa services by professional and licensed therapists in an award-winning, relaxing upscale spa environment. Offering seven Twin Cities locations, they are open every day of the week offering Massage, Facials, Retreat Spa Packages, Full Body Waxing Services, plus Eyebrow and Eyelash Tinting.  All massage and spa services are customized to meet the goals of the customer.  Visit for more information and appointment availability.
About Minnesota United FC
Minnesota United FC plays in the 11-team North American Soccer League (NASL), which also includes the Atlanta Silverbacks, Carolina RailHawks, FC Edmonton, Fort Lauderdale Strikers, San Antonio Scorpions, Tampa Bay Rowdies, Ottawa Fury FC, Indy Eleven, Jacksonville Armada and the New York Cosmos. Find out more about Minnesota United at,, and on Twitter @MNUnitedFC.
BuzzFeed CTO Mark Wilkie & space150 CEO Billy Jurewicz to Keynote at 6th Annual Mobile March Mobile Conference. Tue, 03 Mar 2015 16:05:46 -0600  

Minneapolis, MN – Mobile March organizers today announced the keynote speakers for the 6th Annual Mobile March conference to be held March 26th, 2015 at the Earle Brown Heritage Center in the Minneapolis suburb of Brooklyn Park.
This year’s edition of Minnesota’s longest running mobile conference includes Keynotes from Mark Wilkie, CTO of social sharing and entertainment company, BuzzFeed on app strategy and the role it plays in this  fast growing company. Also scheduled to speak is Billy Jurewicz, founder and CEO of Twin Cities digital agency Space150. He’ll offer a peek into the future and recap the state of digital to physical technology with insights on what's to come, what’s a fad, and how businesses can navigate these choppy waters.
With a nod to the growing Mindfulness movement, a special lunchtime keynote from Alex Haley of Present Endeavors will explore the concept of managing stress in a tech crazy world.
Mobile March organizer Phil Wilson noted, “This year’s keynotes represent what Mobile March is all about; sharing information and educating on multiple topics in mobile development, business and use.” He goes on to say, “Keynotes of this stature are really icing on the cake of the full day of sessions covering all kinds of mobile insight.”
Mobile March will include multiple tracks of learning including Mobile Development and Design, Mobile for the Enterprise, Connected Devices, Mobile Lifestyle and more.  
Registration is found at or directly through Eventbrite at    Registration is $115. Registration includes all meals and refreshments. Student discounts are available as well. 
About Mobile March 
Founded in 2010, Mobile March is an event dedicated to exploring the latest in mobile technology and trends. The name Mobile March not only denotes the month in which it takes place, it also emphasizes the ongoing advancement and growth of mobile technology and the related lifestyle. 
By offering content that appeals to mobile developers, business people, and users we hope to facilitate a greater understanding between the constituencies that make mobile happen.  Whether you make money with mobile or just use it to stay connected, we invite you to join us for Mobile March. 
Former Minnesota Twin: From the mound to a mission with Tom Johnson Tue, 01 Dec 2015 11:56:22 -0600  

Minnesota boy Tom Johnson found his wildest dream come true when he made it to the big leagues as a Major League Baseball pitcher for his hometown Minnesota Twins.
After posting an outstanding season in 1977, Tom understandably looked forward hopefully to a long career in baseball. Then came a devastating injury, and an early exit from the game.
What came next is detailed in an interview he recently gave to Faith Radio KTIS-AM 900 Click Here for the full interview:
HelmsBriscoe Puts Needs of Local Charities as Guest of Honor at Holiday Gathering Wed, 19 Nov 2014 15:42:23 -0600  

Fifth annual HB Cares Minnesota event to provide more than $70,000 in donation gifts to seven charities

Minneapolis, Minn - HelmsBriscoe, the global leader in meeting procurement, today announced they will host their annual HB Cares holiday event on Thursday, November 20th from 5PM - 8PM at the Radisson Blu at the Mall of America.  Sponsoring seven Twin Cities charities, through its partners, the firm this year has raised more than $70,000 to purchase care packages and other tangible goods their sponsored charities are in need of to support their various missions.  Over the past four years the firm has raised and provided gifts totaling $221,000.
With an expected headcount of 300, Associates, Clients, along with their Hotel and Destination Partners, will gather and travel through stations to provide volunteer manpower to assemble "Welcome Home Baskets" for homeless families getting back on their feet and moving into a new home, care packages for veterans, and decorating hats for children going through chemotherapy. 
The following charities will be the recipients of donations from this year's event:
·        Ronald McDonald House Twin Cities - Volunteers will make baking or soup mix in a jar so families can bake or cook a meal from scratch - the kind of activity they would do at home.
·        Love Your Melon - Volunteers will decorate and embellish hats with messages/graphics and assorted bling to keep the heads of kids going through chemotherapy warm while providing them confidence to get through a tough time in life.
·        The Simpson House - Volunteers will fill a laundry basket with necessities for moving into a new home. The baskets will  assist the homeless clientele the house shelters once they are ready to move into their own home. 
·        Bloomington Theatre and Art Center - Volunteers will assemble art kits this organization uses when they visit Alzheimer patients, under-privileged children and nursing homes.
·        MN Assistance Council for Veterans - Volunteers will assemble backpacks filled with necessities such as hats, gloves, personal care products for veterans in need.
·        Earle Brown Charter School - Volunteers will assist the school's Baby Steps program designed for teen moms committed to completing their education.  Eleven families are being adopted and equipped with gift cards, toys, books and warm clothes.
·        National Ataxia Foundation - Volunteers will assemble upscale baskets or containers featuring various themes to be used at their silent auction fundraising event.
"Seven local charities will benefit from the dollars, time, talent, sweat and labor of our Partners, Associates and Clients, said Michael Bergman, HelmsBriscoe Vice President.  "In the spirit of the season of giving, we have received overwhelmingly positive feedback from past attendees as our annual gathering serves up so much more than food and drinks in a stuffy ballroom.  This special event brings together all who make our business possible and allows us to celebrate our partnerships while intentionally giving back to the community."
About HelmsBriscoe
HelmsBriscoe is the global leader in meeting procurement for a variety of corporate, Association and government clients. Spanning more than 55 countries, their highly respected network of more than 1200 procurement specialists booked 4.6 million room nights last year. By using their proprietary technology, collective market knowledge, and volume based purchasing power, HelmsBriscoe Associates facilitate the research and contracting processes, thereby mitigating the risk and increasing the return on their clients’ meetings. For more information, visit

HelmsBriscoe Puts Needs of Local Charities as Guest of Honor at Holiday Gathering
Union Gospel Mission Twin Cities to Feed Over 50,000 Men, Women & Children this Thanksgiving Tue, 11 Mar 2014 14:22:43 -0500  

Union Gospel Mission Twin Cities to Feed Over 50,000 Men, Women and Children this Thanksgiving

Three-pronged approach makes their outreach the largest local effort
St. Paul, MN - Since 1902, food has been a crucial offering of the Union Gospel Mission. For over 50 years, providing a Thanksgiving feast to those in need has been a priority and continues this Thanksgiving with a three-pronged approach which will feed more than 50,000 individuals. On November 24th and 25th the Union Gospel Mission (UGM) will deliver nearly 10,000 bags of groceries with contents to feed families in need throughout the Twin Cities area.  Over 1,000 bags of those bags will be delivered to military families in need in the Twin Cities and surrounding area. With food demand on the rise in the Twin Cities, the Mission expects to see an increase in the number of families that apply for a Thanksgiving meal.
In addition to the bags of food, UGM will cook and serve a Thanksgiving meal to between 250-350 people at the Men's Campus in St. Paul on Thanksgiving Day. Volunteers will also serve meals to low income St. Paul high rise and senior community homes to feed an additional 1,000 people.  
Approximately 350 volunteers will be enlisted for this Thanksgiving effort.
The pickup meals consist of:
·        1 frozen turkey (10 lb average)
·        1 bag of white rice (1 lb or bigger)
·        2 cans of green beans
·        2 cans of peas
·        2 cans of whole kernel corn
·        1 can of cranberry sauce
·        1 can of yams/sweet potatoes
·        1 box of stuffing
·        5 pounds of fresh potatoes
"Hope begins with a meal," said Brian Molohon, Director of Development for the Union Gospel Mission.  "Our ministry to hungry and hurting men, women and children comes both with the provision of the food, as well as the spirit in which it is served. When people's immediate needs are met, they can focus on their health and getting help in other areas of life.  We're honored to serve our community this way and will continue to offer Thanksgiving meals to those in need with compassion and a spirit of thankfulness."
Nearly 30 churches and businesses are participating in food drives which supply many of the items for this year's Thanksgiving meal bag distribution.  The public is encouraged to drop off food at the Men's campus location (435 University Avenue, St. Paul, MN 55130) through November 18.
Union Gospel Mission Founded in 1902, the Union Gospel Mission is a Christian ministry dedicated to serving the homeless, poor, and addicted in the Twin Cities of Minnesota community. By meeting physical, spiritual, emotional, and educational needs, our Mission is changing lives! The Mission offers a medical clinic, vast educational programming offerings, a men's campus as well as a women and children's facility.
Daily Diner Frogtown to offer $1.96 meals through end of year to bring awareness to Hunger Issues Thu, 30 Oct 2014 09:51:35 -0500  

Daily Diner Frogtown to offer $1.96 meals through end of year
Starting October 28th diners can enjoy a menu of nine meals all day on Tuesday for the comparable cost of a meal and care at the Union Gospel Mission.
The Daily Diner Frogtown, the Union Gospel Mission's culinary training program and full service diner, today announced they will offer a meal special that will run all day on Tuesdays starting October 28, 2014 culminating on December 23rd.  On that last Tuesday of the promotion, the Daily Diner will in addition to the special meal pricing, serve 30 gallons of free soup and chili in the giving spirit of the holiday season.
The meal cost - $1.96 - is the cost that their parent company the Union Gospel Mission, a service agency providing housing, counseling, resources and meals, spends to provide care and one hot meal for Twin Cites men, women and children that are in need.  The special menu will be served all day and includes:
  • Cinnamon Roll French Toast- Slices of our handmade delicious cinnamon roll grilled to a golden brown sprinkled with powdered sugar.
  • Waffle- A crisp, fluffy Belgium waffle served with custom cinnamon maple syrup and whipped butter.
  • One egg plus- one egg, any style, served with your choice of toast or pancake.
Lunch- Served with a pickle spear and your choice of coleslaw, cottage cheese, potato chips, or French fries.
  • BLT Sandwich- Bacon, lettuce, tomato, and mayo layered on toasted whole wheat bread.
  • Tuna Salad Sandwich- White albacore tuna salad, served on grilled bread with lettuce and tomato.
  • 4 the Love of Grilled Cheese: Cheddar, Swiss, American, and Pepper Jack cheese with grilled tomatoes, served on grilled wheat bread.
  • The Diner Wedge- A wedge of crisp iceberg lettuce topped bleu cheese dressing, bleu cheese crumbles, fresh bacon bits, & diced tomatoes.
  • Quarter Fried Chicken (dark)- Hand breaded and cooked in our pressure fryer. Served with French fries and coleslaw.
  • Mac and Cheese- Our special house-made cheese sauce topped with Cavatappi pasta and served with bread sticks.

For individual photos of the meals visit Daily Diner on Facebook at:



October 25th Minnesota Blogger Conference Offers New Leveled Learning Offerings for Business and Lifestyle Bloggers Mon, 10 Feb 2014 15:17:20 -0600  

October 25th Minnesota Blogger Conference Offers New Leveled Learning Offerings for Business and Lifestyle Bloggers
Who:                Bloggers of all levels – beginner, intermediate, and advanced. Marketing & advertising folks are also welcome to attend.
What:               5th Annual Minnesota Blogger Conference.
The MN Blogger Conference, is a full-day educational conference for professional and hobbyist bloggers. Keynote speakers, featured guests, and panelists elevate the local blogging community by sharing industry news, best practices, and networking opportunities.
When:              Saturday, October 25, 2014 9AM - 5PM
Where:             St. Catherine University, St. Paul 2004 Randolph Ave St Paul, MN 55105
Why:                Blogging is not a static communication tool – it is ever-evolving and closely interlinked with changes in the social media space. The MN Blogger Conference offers attendees the opportunity to learn and grow by pulling together expert speakers & panelists for a full day of education. Beginner, intermediate, and advanced sessions will be available at this year’s event.
Dan R. Morris (@DanRMorris) – Keynote Speaker
Lee Wolfe Blum (@Blumlee) – Building Your Blog as a Platform for Book Sales
Kristen Brown (@happyhoureffect) – Pitch Yourself for Exposure & Growth: 5 ways to connect with media & event planners to build your audience
Adam Dince (@adamdince) – Google & People-Friendly Blogging
Jeff Ferrazzo (@JeffreyFerrazzo)- Engagement Marketing: Building relationships that drive blogging success
Pete Goddard (pete_paco) – RedCurrent: Telling stories about time
Tai Goodwin (@TaiGoodwin) – Visual Marketing
Erica Hanna (@MeetErica) – Vlogging: Confessions of a media professional
Katie Konrath (@katiekonrath) – Blogging For The Brain
Rachel Martin (@finding_joy) – Session Title to be Announced
Lee Odden (@leeodden) – Blogs as a Marketing Tool: How to be the “Best Answer”
Nick Rosener (@nickrosener)- Targeting: Grow Your Blog by Knowing Your Audience
James Svoboda (@Realicity) – Search Engine Marketing for Bloggers
Christoph Trappe (@ctrappe) – Blog Scheduling
Memorial Service Planned for September 27 for Minnesotan Man Who Died From Ebola Fri, 26 Sep 2014 12:59:11 -0500  

Memorial Service Planned for September 27 for Minnesotan Man Who Died From Ebola
Widow Decontee Kofa Sawyer to launch the Kofa Foundation to eradicate Ebola and assist families left behind from victims of infectious disease.
Coon Rapids, Minn - Decontee Kofa Sawyer will hold a memorial service for her late husband Patrick Sawyer at the Brookdale Christian Center (6030 Xerxes Ave. N., Brooklyn Center, MN) at noon on Saturday, September 27, 2014.  A non-denominational Christian service will begin at noon with a reception and the launch of the Kofa  Foundation to follow downstairs.  Open to the public, Kofa Sawyer encourages attendees to contribute financially to the Foundation and/or bring sterile medical supplies such as gloves, masks, & hand sanitizer to the reception.  The supplies will be donated to her Foundation's partner Global Health Ministries who will airlift these Ebola fighting supplies to Liberia. 
Sawyer was the first American citizen to die of Ebola. Sawyer, a diplomat with the Liberian Ministry of Finance had been based in Liberia due to his work in economic development within the region.  He contracted Ebola while care taking his sister who, unbeknownst to him, also had the disease.  He passed away on July 24, 2014.  He had planned to travel in August to see his family in Coon Rapids and celebrate his daughters' birthdays. 
"Patrick was excited to meet Bella (his youngest daughter of three) for the first time.  His loss is devastating to the Liberian community both in Minnesota and in Africa because of the crucial work he did as a diplomat.  I too mourn this loss and grieve more so for my daughters who will never have their father in their life," said Kofa Sawyer.  "I'm creating a non-profit foundation with a goal of eliminating Ebola while offering resources for those left behind of those that die of infectious diseases.  My foundation's mission is to provide family and loved ones that feel ostracized and lonely, the assurance and resources needed to believe that it is not their fault, and they are not alone."
The Kofa Foundation ( is a non-profit organization with a mission of eradicating the Ebola virus.  With a focus on the victims of Ebola and other infectious disease the Foundation will provide:
·        Mental health counseling
·        Emergency funding
·        An educational fund for the kids of parents that die from infectious disease
Saving Grace - a Night of Hope Celebrates its 10th Annual Fundraising Event Providing Education & Resources on Preeclampsia Thu, 14 Aug 2014 12:57:24 -0500  

Saving Grace - a Night of Hope Celebrates its 10th Annual Fundraising Event Providing Education & Resources on Preeclampsia
Originating in Minneapolis, the national Preeclampsia Foundation is happy the event has come home.
Who:                Preeclampsia Foundation (
What:               Saving Grace - a night of hope fundraising event - Goal is to raise $250,000
When:              September 12, 2014                                                                                                                                                       5:00 PM VIP Reception/6:00 PM Silent Auction/7:30PM Dinner and Program
Where:             The Depot Minneapolis - 225 South 3rd Avenue Mpls 55401
Who:                Event Founder/Mother of Grace Jaime Nolan will host the night. Tim Mahoney to                                                 provide entertainment. Jaime's story details here
Why:                Preeclampsia is a life-threatening disorder that occurs only during pregnancy and                                                 the postpartum period. In the U.S., a woman is diagnosed with severe                                                              preeclampsia every 6 minutes.
  • Worldwide, preeclampsia claims the lives of an estimated 500,000 babies and 76,000 mothers each year.
  • Preeclampsia accounts for 15-20% of the 13 million premature births worldwide.
  • Half of all pregnant women do not know the warning signs of preeclampsia.
  • The cause, and therefore a cure, still eludes the medical community.
The Preeclampsia Foundation is a non-profit resource that reduces maternal and infant illness and death due to preeclampsiaHELLP syndrome, and other hypertensive disorders of pregnancy by providing patient support and education, raising public awareness, catalyzing research and improving healthcare practices. 
Money raised at event will go towards the following initiatives:
Educate, support and empower women – and their friends and loved ones - on the warning signs, long term consequences and medical understanding of preeclampsia, including their need to get timely, appropriate care.
  • 700 active volunteers trained in awareness-raising, patient support and education, including online forum moderators
  • 2,250 stories shared by survivors and/or their family members
Increase public awareness of preeclampsia, including raising global attention on this devastating maternal-fetal health issue.
Enable professional training, resources and research to improve the clinical practices of health care providers.
  • 140,000 patient education brochures and materials distributed to clinics, health centers, and provider offices
  • 500 health care providers educated through in-person and online CME/CEU courses and symposia over the past three years
Fund and advocate for research and improved policies to meet critical gaps in scientific knowledge and inspire new thinking.