A local chef to the stars will be helping promote Northarvest dry beans in the future.
The Northarvest Bean Growers Association recently commissioned Dennis Narlock also known as Chef NarDane to develop four signature dishes using dry edible beans grown in the region.
Chef NarDane has been recognized widely for his culinary skills and flair for design.
The 35-year-old Oslo, Minn., native operates a catering business called A Touch of Magic, a division of NarDane, Inc. The company is based in Grand Forks, N.D., and Beverly Hills, Calif. and caters about 300 events a year.
Chef NarDane started A Touch of Magic in the northern Red River Valley. About eight years ago, a guest at a Grand Forks event asked him to bring his talents to Colorado Springs. Chef NarDanes flair for design and his culinary talent quickly led him from Colorado to Beverly Hills. There he has catered banquets and designed dishes for many entertainment industry stars including Elizabeth Taylor, Debbie Reynolds, Henry Winkler, Shirley MacClaine and Jose Eber.
Chef NarDanes 10 designer cheesecakes are world renown. Prince Constantine De Vigo Palcologo recently gave Chef NarDanes talents his royal approval. Chef NarDane has even presented Pope John Paul II with one of his cheesecakes.
Chef NarDane is earning recognition from other commodity groups, too. The Red River Valley Potato Growers Association recently contracted with him to develop signature foodservice dishes using red potatoes.
For the Northarvest Bean Growers Association, Chef NarDane has created four signature foodservice dishes for use in supermarket delis. They include a Northarvest Baked Beans, Chicken and Turkey Chili, Black Bean Salsa and Multi-Grain Bean Salad.
Dry beans are a wonderful ingredient, says Chef NarDane. Not only are beans healthy and nutritious, but they also lend themselves to new exciting designs. Dry bean dishes are now considered one of the culinary trends.
In the coming months, Chef NarDane will be working with the Northarvest Bean Growers Association and meeting with supermarket deli chefs in North Dakota and Minnesota to promote the signature dishes.
We are excited to have Chef NarDane helping with our promotion efforts. We think these signature recipes will help create special recognition for Northarvest beans, says Mark Streed, a Milan, Minn., bean grower and chairman of the Northarvest Bean Growers Associations promotion committee.
By focusing on the home meal replacement market one of the fastest growing segments of the food industry the Northarvest growers association will get the most impact from the money it invests in promotion.
The aim of our program in recent years is to target our promotional dollars to the people who influence what thousands of people will eat every day, Streed says.
Chef NarDane is confident Northarvests new signature bean dishes will be a hit.
Many people dont know how wonderful dry beans can be, he says. But as soon as they sample my creations, you see the smiles on their faces.