Prairie Organic Vodka

For Prairie Vodka, Substance is Style

“Organic” isn’t a word I usually associate with vodka. Sure, organic is commendable. Organic is responsible. Organic is even noble.


But these homespun virtues don’t exactly dovetail with vodka’s typically glitzy image. Commercials for big-name vodkas often beguile the viewer with fussy fantasy worlds that feature dazzling women, surreal Norse landscapes, ice palace discos, and fashion runways a-pop with camera flashes.


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Simple, Enlightening, and Tasty Earth Day Community Dinner at the Birchwood

Last Sunday night's Earth Day Community Dinner at the Birchwood Cafe was an event for the ages.

It wasn't just the food that made it that way, although the exceptional four-course menu (and appetizers) created by chef Marshall Paulsen featured pork belly, fiddle head ferns, beef tongue, and more (most foods purchased directly from local farmers). It wasn't just the music performed by Jack Klatt and the Cat Swingers either, although that was terrific too. It wasn't just the lovely dining room, which was decked out with the Birchwood's Sunday best.

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Drink Local for the Holidays: Boozy Suggestions from the Folks at Phillips Distilling Company

By now you might know that I'm a fan of Phillips' brand Minnesota-local Prairie Organic Vodka, so when the Phillips' PR folks asked me to share a few of Dean Phillips' new holiday "hot toddy" recipes, I was game from the start.

A hot toddy, as far as I can figure out, is any drink that includes alcohol and is best served warm. Hot toddies warm the belly, and I'm pretty sure the right one can warm the soul too. Here's what Dean Phillips, CEO of Phillips Distilling Company says:

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