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The Gymnasium
Studio 206
2637 27th Avenue South
Minneapolis MN 55406

Yesterday’s Recipes and Tomorrow’s Energy

  • Lucia Watson is the proprietor and chef of Lucia’s Restaurant, which opened in 1985 in one of Minneapolis’s oldest neighborhoods.  Ms. Watson, a third generation Minnesotan, learned to cook from her grandmother, Lulu, who used to pick blueberries and bake bread in a wood stove in the family’s summer cabin on the Canadian border.

    Lucia is co-author of Savoring the Seasons of the Northern Heartland with writer Beth Dooley, and Cooking Freshwater Fish. In 2004, 2005 and 2006 she was nominated for Best Midwest Chef by the James Beard Foundation. In 2009 Lucia was knighted by the French Government and awarded a “Chevalier du Merit Agricole” for her work in agriculture. She owns a house in Brittany France where she vacations to cook and study. Lucia lectures and teaches nationally and locally, often in support of sustainable food.


  • Alissa Oppenheimer has 20 plus years of experience in the energy industry. Prior to becoming Managing Director at Chamisa Energy, Alissa spent eight years doing resource planning, economic analysis and modeling for Xcel Energy. She worked on both the electric and gas sides of Xcel’s business. Resource planning included long range capacity planning of both conventional generation resources and renewable resources for inclusion in the Xcel Energy portfolio.

    Alissa spent six years at Gas Research Institute in Chicago, IL as a Technology Manager and Account Executive. In that role she managed multimillion dollar public/private research, development and commercialization projects related to the use of natural gas in existing and emerging end-use technologies.