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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.

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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.

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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.

XLIX G1 – 5th Annual Super Bowl Party Recap

The 5th installment of our annual Super Bowl party was another great success. Guests stomped off the snow and shook away the cold as they flooded into Gamut One Studios on Super Bowl Sunday, greeted by the welcoming aromas of chili cooking and brats being grilled.

 

Chili-gate? The Patriots and Seahawks put on a good show, but the contest of contention was to see who will wear the Chili Cook-Off Champion ring this year. Tensions were high and smack talk abound, to see if Greg Kamin could pull off a three-peat with his crockpot of goodness. Guests huddled and debated while carefully tasting each chili and anonymously voting Dewey’s White Chicken Chili to victory. Becky Schmieg received high accolades for her almost-too-pretty-to-eat Patriot and SeaHawk themed cookies. Barb Koshenina holds her rein as Queen of the Cookie, as she once again treated guests to her scrumptiously-addicting chocolate-chunk cookies. Diets were not on the invite list.

Personal Foul! Shockingly, the most penalty flags were thrown during G1’s typically calm silent auction as the adorable Stuffies created bidding pandemonium! With just five cuddly stuffed animals to bid on and a disparate number of cute kids with their doting parents – begging and bribing was the name of the game. One super star mom finally plunked down an exceptionally generous bid to claim both victory and a peaceful drive home!

Of course, the tears and cheers were all in good fun as the silent auction benefitted Gamut’s charity of choice this year, Soles4Souls, a global not-for-profit institution dedicated to fighting the devastating impact and perpetuation of poverty. Once again we were amazed by the generosity of our guests with the silent auction tables, VIP seating auctions, and cash donations, totaling close to $900. Not to mention, guests brought in pair after pair of new and gently used shoes to fill our lobby – 230 pairs in all!! Thank goodness the delicious smell of chili cooking subdued the foot locker ‘fragrance’!

Many thanks to our friends and clients who donated their products and services for our silent auction. It is because of your help that we were able to raise the amount of funds we did. Thank you: Marketing Architects, Droolin’ Moose, Frost River, 3M, Wagner Spraytech, and Wild Wings.

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!

Big Game, Big Hearts! – XLVIIIG1

If the Broncos could only have played with HALF as much heart as our guests showed at the 4th Annual G1 Super Bowl party, they may have had a chance against the Seahawks.

XLVIII-G1 Super Bowl Party (2014) from Gamut One on Vimeo.

The generosity showed by our guests was truly amazing. With the silent auction tables, VIP seating auctions, and cash donations, the total raised for the Groveland Emergency Food Shelf was $908. In addition to this, our guests brought over 30 bags of food donations!

We want to wish many thanks to our friends and clients who donated their products and services for our silent auction. It was because of your help that we were able to raise the amount of funds we did. Thank you: Wild WingsMindwareDroolin’ MooseSkyline StadiumsTrain Me Tom,  and Frost River.

Yes, the Broncos were trampled by the Seahawks 43-8 in Super Bowl 48. The Seahawks came to play and play big – just like the 75 or more kids who rushed into Gamut One Stadium’s fun zone.

The G1 Super Bowl is where a kid can be a kid, Ok so someone else has that tagline, but it fits here. It fits well.

Our studio B kids’ zone is always a big hit with our 36’ obstacle course, basketball shoot out, and touchdown pass challenge. This year we added a new G1 signature bean bag toss and the graffiti wall.

Kids don’t try this at HOME! Really. Many grabbed the Sharpies by the neck and took to the graffiti wall. “Go Seahawks”, “Broncos”, “Sponge Bob”, “I love Cathy”… whatever your message, we offered 160 sq. ft. of white space to let the creative juices flow.

The 30 foot HD screen and amped up sound in the studio never disappoints, unlike the Broncos attempt to put points on the board.

Greg won the G1 Chili Cook Off  for the 2nd year in a row. He left the jalapeno brats in Wisconsin this time and opted for a new recipe from his pepper arsenal: Poblanos! When asked about the recipe, he said, “I have to give some credit to Paige (his 14 yr. old daughter). She was my taste tester for the early experimentations of this recipe and helped me turn this into a winner!”

If you missed this year, be sure to plan ahead for the 5th annual event. At Gamut One Studios our mission is: to enjoy what we do, who we do it for, and produce the best images to create success for our clients.

The annual Super Bowl party is just an extension of our mission: we really enjoy to share this time with our clients, family of clients, and of course our friends and family.

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!

An Old Holiday Favorite, In a New Light

At this time of year, holiday traditions centered around food often ‘consume’ much of our time and energy.  This year, Gamut One Studios wanted to spotlight the problem of hunger in the Twin Cities.  Cans of green beans, cream of mushroom soup and fried onions were cleverly shaped into a Christmas tree for our annual holiday card, by our own food-savvy photographer, Jeff Schmieg.  With help from the crafty hands of stylist, Laurie Goeman, and G1’s builder-extraordinaire, Myron Wolf, they created a wonderful image that will hopefully warm up the holidays in more ways then one.

While it would be fun to grab our can openers and whip up a super size casserole, this work of art is a small part of Gamut One Studios’ gift to the Groveland Emergency Food Shelf (GEFS). Started in 1975, GEFS is located in the basement of the Plymouth Congregational Church in South Minneapolis. They serve over 1,500 households every month with a mostly volunteer staff.

Gamut One Studios is proud to support their much needed work with a donation on behalf of our clients.  The gratitude expressed by the GEFS volunteers and their clients was incredible and confirms the validity of ‘It is better to give than to receive.’

If you are looking for a way to give back this season, GEFS accepts food donations of all varieties in person and gratefully accepts cash donations through their website at www.grovelandfoodshelf.org.  It’s amazing how they can leverage their food dollars in ways that consumers can not with a normal grocer.

Gamut One Studios will continue to support the Groveland Emergency Food Shelf with a fundraiser and food drive at our 4th Annual Super Bowl party in February.  We look forward to seeing you all there!

Feels like it’s been around forever…

Campbell’s Green Bean Casserole recipe (using their cream of mushroom soup) was developed in 1955.

That’s a lot, but they need more…

Groveland Emergency Food Shelf buys 70-80% of the more then 30,000 pounds of food they distribute every month.

Did you know? Green beans are also called snap beans because of the sound they make when being broken. Green beans can also be called string beans because many varieties used to have a long string that ran along the seam of the bean.

Extending the reach…

The Groveland Food For Youth program was the state’s first food shelf specifically aimed at helping homeless and at-risk youth to age 23 with food and referrals to other organizations.

Happy Holidays from Gamut One Studios!

Faces of Hope

We created our Holiday card to be much more than just well wishes for a great Holiday Season. We believe in making an impact with our time, talents and resources.

There are so many people who are hurting, homeless, and hungry. And, there are incredible programs reaching out and making a difference in the community. We wanted to shine a light on one such program – The Union Gospel Mission.

Since 1902, The Union Gospel Mission (UGM) has been helping thousands of Twin Cities’ residents who are homeless, hungry, and have chemical addictions. The mission depends on contributions and volunteers to meet the needs of those like Doug, shown in our studio Christmas card.

The Faces of Hope campaign was created out of several trips Photographer, Greg Kamin made to meet some of the people blessed daily by the UGM.  Each person has a different story of where they came or how much they were hurting, but the common thread is that each person now has hope.

Helping others is contagious.

Another one of the subjects for the ads, Greg, was so grateful for the help he received from the UGM that he now works there to help others.

“This place saved my life,” Greg said about the UGM.

On November 17th, 2010 Gamut One Studios participated in the Union Gospel Mission annual Radiothon on WCCO. This day was a huge success for the Twin Cities residents in need and for the UGM.

On this one Radiothon day, a total of $103,898 was donated to the UGM, which included all corporate sponsors and individual pledges. This amount will provide more than 54,000 meals.

To learn more about the Twin Cities Union Gospel Mission, visit their site at: http://www.ugmtc.org.

All of us at Gamut One Studios wish you a Holiday Season and New Year filled with hope!