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Super Bowl 52 Party Guests Respond with Arms Wide Open

More than 200 guests joined the celebration at Gamut One Studios for Super Bowl 52 . Whether cheering for the Eagles or the Patriots, this can be a very divisive event; however, these fans were unified around one common goal: helping locals in need.

Gamut One Studios’ 8th annual Super Bowl party was a benefit event for Open Arms of Minnesota, a nonprofit that cooks and delivers free, nutritious meals to people living with life-threatening illnesses in the Twin Cities.

And with arms WIDE OPEN – the response from our amazing guests was like a big hug for the Twin Cities’ charity.  We collected over $2,000 for Open Arms of Minnesota, through purchase of silent auction items and cash donations. In addition to donations, our guests responded with literally shopping carts full of cereal to help overflow our cereal drive.

The gluten-free cereal drive was a huge success totaling 103 boxes of cereal and 15 bags of granola.

A special thanks goes out to all our corporate sponsors who donated items to our silent auction: Wild Wings, Frost River, Stevie Rays Improv, 3M, Swedish Comfort, Droolin’ Moose, Wooden Hill Brewing, Marketing Architects, Caribou Coffee and Heartfelt Gifts.

In addition to our kids’ zone with the inflatable obstacle course, basketball shoot-out, and football passing challenge, this year we had our very own 80s arcade with classic games like Galaga, Ms. Pac-Man, and Dig Dug. Many from young and old enjoyed.

The annual chili cook-off contest is one of the most talked about offerings at our party, and the biggest question each year is who will take home the coveted Golden Chili Pepper Award?  This year we had 8 varieties of chili for our guests to sample and savor, with names like: “Butt Burner”, “Howlin’ Horseradish”, “Better with Bacon” and many more flavor-packed crock pots.

This year it went to Joe Monsoor for his “Sir Meats-a-lot” chili that hailed a trio of meats including beef, pork sausage, and corned beef brisket. This was Joe’s 2nd victory, after winning last year for a delicious chili made with duck.

When this writer asked Joe about his chances for a hat trick next year, Joe replied, “You know, last year I had the duck, this year it was the holy trinity of meat, and next year I may need to bring a buffalo!”

Joe has now secured his 2nd spot in the G1 Studios’ Chili Hall of Fame. When Greg Kamin, 3-time chili champion, was asked about Joe’s victory, Kamin only chuckled and said, “I don’t care if Joe brings buffalo, antelope, or elk next year, Joe’s time with the [Golden] Pepper is over!

As always, we love it when our guests have fun in the photo booth. This is a compilation of some of the best poses and great expressions. Enjoy!

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8th Annual G1 Studios Super Bowl Party

Number Eight is going to be Great!

Could this be the year that the Minnesota Vikings play in U.S. Bank Stadium for Super Bowl 52? It just might happen!  Bring friends & family to tailgate, play games and of course, cheer on the team of your choice (Skol! Vikings!) as we watch and celebrate our home town Super Bowl.

Doors will be open at 3pm and we’ll have hot chili, cold beer and new this year, an 80’s style arcade room with a few of your favorite childhood video games.

This year we are proud to support Open Arms of Minnesota, a fantastic non-profit that delivers fresh, nutritious meals to people struggling with cancer, HIV and other life-threatening illnesses.  We’ll have some great silent auction items and a Gluten Free Cereal Drive.  We hope you will join us and bring a box or two to support the great work that Open Arms does in our community.

See the Gamut One crew in action at Open Arms

Find out more about  Open Arms of Minnesota

Please help us with preparations by reserving your spot here….  [ RSVP Here ]


Helpful info for our Gluten Free Cereal Drive…

Popular Gluten Free cereals:

  • General Mills’ Cheerios
  • Rice Chex
  • Corn Chex
  • Nature’s Path Corn Flakes
  • Assorted Nature’s Path Cereals
  • Puffed rice

Popular Gluten Free Granolas:

  • Bakery on Main Gluten-Free Granola
  • Boulder Granola
  • Trader Joe’s Gluten-Free Granola
  • Udi’s Gluten-Free Granola

Gluten Free Oatmeal

  • Some oatmeal can contain trace amounts of gluten. Look for gluten-free labels.


A little recap of last year’s party.

G1 raises the roof for Super Bowl 51

Highlights from our  7th Annual Super Bowl Party benefitting Children’s Home and Lutheran Social Services Adoption Support Fund

With six years of big game partying for charity under our belts, it was exciting to once again welcome our party regulars, (many who have attended all 7 years in a row!) and greet a group of first time party goers, too.  All the newness may have contributed to the crowning of a new chili king with Joe Monsoor (Cathy’s son) winning the coveted best chili award for his spicy sensation, New Delhi Chili with Chicken & Duck.  It was unusual that our repeat chili champion’s Dewey Koshenina or Greg Kamin didn’t win…but neither did Greg’s Packers. Ouch.

While the chili competition was heating up, the silent auction was also a scene of good natured competition for coveted items like Wild Hockey tickets, Droolin’ Moose chocolates and Frost River’s acclaimed bags. This year Gamut One’s charity partner was Children’s Home and Lutheran Social Services of Minnesota Adoption Support Fund, two wonderful organizations providing grants to families committing themselves to adopt children with known special needs, school- aged children and large sibling groups. These amazing charities are also near and dear to the hearts of our own, Bill Bartlett and his wife Therese as they are blessed to have grown their family through adoption.  To top it off, over $2,200 was raised for the charities from Gamut One’s Silent Auction, donations and premium seat program!  Thank you to our generous silent auction donors: Droolin’ Moose, 3M, Wild Wings, Loews Hotel, AmericInn, Swedish Comfort, Marketing Architects, Ryan, Hodgins & Associates CPAs and Frost River. Combined with the equally generous bidding and donations of our guests we are proud to have made a substantial contribution to the charity. THANK YOU.

In addition to the auction action and the mad rush for Barb’s famous cookies, or Jeff’s mom Becky’s scrumptious brownies, the ‘Kids’ Zone’ was the place to be.  With a full size bouncy house, crazy kid games, candy and whole lot of hoopla, the kids had as much fun as the adults.  To top it all off, there was no tears or tantrums during the auction bidding for the ever-popular Stuffies stuffed animals.  Crisis averted.

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For a good laugh and a peek at the party highlights check out our photo recap of the event with snaps from Gamut One’s trademark photo booth.

Lucky #7 – G1 Studios 7th Annual Super Bowl Party

Here we go again for Lucky #7.  It’s Super Bowl time and we are ready to party.  Yes, the Vikings got our hopes up early in the season and then ripped our hearts out, but hey we’ll get over it.  Maybe Greg will get lucky again with his Packers.


Good times are sure to be had with our famous chili cook-off and other great tailgating fare. The “Kids’ Zone” of the studio is where all ages will have fun with the bounce house, playing games, winning prizes, getting creative on the graffiti wall, and making memories at the photo booth.

This year our silent auctions will be supporting the Children’s Home and Lutheran Social Services Adoption Support Fund.  Two wonderful organizations providing grants to families committing themselves to adopt children with known special needs, school- aged children and large sibling groups. Child-specific grants provide additional advocacy for children who wait because of their particular need.  Please visit them here for more information.

Doors open at 3pm and we hope you will join us.  Please be sure to RSVP so we can plan accordingly.  [RSVP Here]

Here’s a recap video from last year’s party.  Enjoy!

2016 Super Bowl Party Recap

We’re All Winners Here

Football fans and fans of fun gathered Sunday, Feb. 7th at Gamut One Studios for our 6th Annual Super Bowl party blow out.  With the game blasted up onto our 35’ cove ‘screen’, a plethora of spicy and savory chilis, hot-off-the-grill brats, ice cold beverages and a super cool kids’ party space—the party offered fun for everyone!

The feel good time was about more than the pick up truck full of beer on our studio floor or the 9 varieties of chili — it was a night to help those in need.  Once again Gamut One Studios selected a local charity to benefit from the night. This year we supported The Greater Minneapolis Crisis Nursery, that works to end child abuse and neglect and create strong, healthy families. They support families in crisis 24 hours a day, 365 days a year through a free, voluntary service.

Clients, friends and family generously donated items to create a stellar silent auction that along with donations, raised over $2,000 as well as a truck full of much needed nursery supplies!

Of course, it wouldn’t be a Super Bowl party without Gamut One Studios’ famous Chili Cook Off!  Greg Kamin’s Smoked Andouille Sausage and Beef Chili took top honors this year but whispers of the Imperial Pumpkin Chili and Chili Verde were heard to be close contenders.

Some sweaty, sugared-up younger party-goers also raised the roof in Studio B with a giant bounce house accompanied by carnival games, prizes and candy galore.  All in all, time enjoyed with family and friends while raising money for a good cause left both Bronco and Panther fans alike as the night’s big winners.

A special thank you to Myron Wolf and Cathy Monsoor who put in a ton of extra work to get the studio ready and prepping the food, which is always fantastic.  We also wish to thank our friends at Wild Wings, Zoom Works, Hunters Reserve, Frost River and Swedish Comfort for their generous donations that helped make our silent auction another great success!

See your photos from the photo booth here.

See all the photos from the party here.

Our 50th Annual Super Bowl Party

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Just kidding!  No, it’s not our 50th annual Super Bowl Party, but we will be celebrating Super Bowl 50 in grand style like we have the past five years.  In spite of the Vikings failing once again to make a special appearance, we expect it to be a rip roaring good time.


Of course we’ll have our famous chili cook-off and other great tailgating fare.  The back studio will be loaded with fun stuff for the kids, including the bounce house. Don’t forget our always fun photo booth, games, and prizes.

This year our silent auctions will be supporting the Greater Minneapolis Crisis Nursery, a great organization that works to end child abuse and neglect and create strong, healthy families.  Anyone wishing to help us support this great cause is asked to bring an item or two for our door collection. Critical need items are baby food, diapers, wipes, and laundry detergent.  You may (download) full donation wish list.  *Please note they can only accept new items by law.

Doors open at 3pm and we hope you join us.  Please be sure to RSVP so we can plan accordingly.  [RSVP Here]

Announcing XLIX G1 – 5th Annual Super Bowl Party

High fives everyone! Super Bowl 49 is right around the corner and we hope you’ll join us again.  Last year Mr. Manning and the Broncos failed to show up as the Seahawks sacked their way to an easy win.  Our crowd at Gamut One Studios still had a fantastic time.

Again, we’ll have the big game projected in HD on our 35 ft. cove wall. The back studio will be loaded with fun for the kids and of course, great food, beer and our famous chili cook-off.  Greg was a repeat champion last year with his Poblano Peppers and Beef chili.  The question now is can anyone knock him off?

We hope everyone will help us support this year’s charity, Soles4Souls, by donating their gently used shoes. If your shoes are too stinky to donate, we’ll have some great silent auction items and raffles to help make a difference.

Help our preparations with a RSVP on our party page.  Doors open at 3pm. We look forward to seeing everyone again!

XLVIII G1 – 4th Annual Super Bowl Party

Year number four, here we go!  Last year was a blast, great food, great friends and a ton of fun as we watched the Harbaugh brothers battle it out.  This year we hope the lights will stay on (at the stadium) and we’ll all be warmer than everyone at the big game!

Tailgating starts at 3pm and don’t forget to bring some non-perishable food items to help support the wonderful work of the Groveland Emergency Food Shelf.

Of course we’ll have the big game projected up in HD on our 35 ft. cove wall. There will be games, prizes and bring the kids to jump around in the inflatable obstacle course. Taste, enjoy, and vote on the abundance of homemade selections of chili, as we compete again for the coveted G1 Chili Pepper Award.  Can Greg be the first to repeat as Chili Champion?

Help our preparations with a RSVP on our party page.  We can’t wait to see everyone again!

Halloween meets Winter Olympics

What do clowns, cowboys, Twinkie the Kid and even Donkey Kong all have in common?
They were among the over 450 participants that raced in the Bedrace for Bridging event on Saturday, March 2nd, 2013. The 15th annual fundraiser at Buck Hill was another huge success and Gamut One Studios was there to capture it all.

Bridging, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization serving the greater Twin Cities, is the largest furniture bank in North America. Providing furniture and household goods to families and individuals transitioning out of homelessness and poverty, Bridging gives hope–and for many–a leap toward financial stability for the first time.

The 15th annual Bedrace for Bridging brought in $80,000 which will greatly help local families and individuals in need!

The event is like Halloween meets the Winter Olympics — a fun, exciting event with everyone in costume racing down the tubing hill competing to be one of the three team finalists. A team is made up of four riders and you must stay on the mattress for the entire ride down the hill or you are disqualified.

There were 113 teams competing to take home a trophy, either for the race or the most coveted honor of “Best Costume.” Cities 97 radio personalities and producers cast the silent votes for the top 3 best Costumes. Brian Oake announced the winners.

Fran Heitzman, founder of Bridging addressed the crowd in the Buck Stone Lodge with an enthusiastic expression of gratitude. He told everyone that “when good people get together, we can do good things“.  Sara Sternberger, executive director of Bridging, is pictured with Fran and of course the Subway Sandwich dude.

The party continued in the Buck Stone Lodge with live music by Meatsauce and The Whalers followed by The Chris Hawkey Band.

G1 Studios’ photographers at this event were Greg Kamin and Jeff Schmieg.  Till next year… think about getting your bedrace team together and help support this great local charity.

A “Raven”ous Crowd at the 3rd Annual G1 Super Bowl Party

It was a great crowd that packed G1 Studios for our 3rd Annual Super Bowl Party. The fans came to enjoy great food, wine, beer and overwhelmingly cheered for the Baltimore Ravens… or maybe it was just against the 49ers (and Randy Moss).

We truly enjoy hosting this party for you: our clients, friends, and family. We are especially grateful for YOUR help and generosity in making this party and benefit a success!

This year we supported the Catalyst Foundation. Whether you donated silent auction items, bid on auctions, bought raffle tickets, or helped with the party — Thank you for helping to make a difference in the lives of so many who are in need.

All together you helped us raise almost $750!

The crowd brought their appetite to enjoy our large selection of appetizers including over 850 meatballs, 250 hotdogs, 100 brats, Cathy’s famous mushrooms, countless desserts and of course the tasty array of chili.

Annual Chili Cook-Off

Greg Kamin took home the Golden Chili Pepper Award this year. It came down to less than 10 votes that separated 1st and 2nd place (Dewey’s Hawaiian Chicken Chili). Greg calls his winning recipe an “homage to Wisconsin” with his Jalapeno & Cheddar Brat Chili. Previous years winners were Dewey (2012) and Bill (2011).

V.I.P Lounge

Many bid, but only a few could win for the coveted seating in the V.I.P. Lounge. Thanks for your support in this fund raiser!

Kristin Baur and family won the 1st quarter seating for the V.I.P. seating.

Photo Booth

We look forward to seeing you back at the next party!
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