Opening Celebration and Community Dinner

Opening Celebration Gallery


Our third $3 Community Dinner took place on Thursday, Jan. 17, as part of our Opening Celebration. VNF staff served a chili and cornbread dinner with fixings. Several local vendors were on hand sampling their product as owners and customers toured the remodeled store. BOGO deals were featured throughout the store, and attendees could register to win one of three $100 VNF gift cards. More than 600 chili meals were sold at the event, making it our best attended Community Dinner to date.

Prior to the Community Dinner, we held the dedication of the Susan McGaughey Education Room, named in honor of Valley Natural Foods’ former general manager of 37 years. Dozens of visitors were on hand, including representatives from the Burnsville Chamber of Commerce, Wilkus Architects, contractor Kraus-Anderson, and Old National Bank, as well as project investors and staff from other metro-area co-ops. Following a welcome from Burnsville Mayor Elizabeth Kautz, VNF CEO Nick Seeberger and Board President Mike Jensen gave remarks, after which Susan and the mayor cut the ribbon in front of the new Education Room. Refreshments were then served in the co-op’s newly expanded seating area and attendees were able to tour the new Education Room.