The chef/owner of Heartland joined his counterparts from around the world at a Washington, D.C., gathering. Updated Aug. 6, 2013
Follow Twin Cities chef Lenny Russo as he embarks on a culinary journey to Slovenia as part of the American Chef Corps.
Lenny Russo's adventures in Slovenia took a frightening turn when his car toppled from a mountain road into a ravine.
As Lenny Russo's adventure in Slovenia comes to a close, he visits a few more wineries.
Lenny Russo explores a new winery and samples many cured meats in Slovenia as part of his tour for the American Chef Corps.
Lenny Russo found a 400-year-old farm and tasted krape and sausages as he traveled the countryside in Slovenia. It's the latest installment as part of a diplomatic mission for the American Chef Corps.
Lenny Russo heads outdoors to experience foraging for truffles sea salt, and checking out the olive trees and vineyards.
Lenny Russo heads to the northwest region of Slovenia and learns to make krape and decorate gingerbread as part of a chef-driven diplomatic tour.
Lenny Russo heads to the countryside to visit Movia Winery. Then he checks out the markets to pick out the best local food for the first dinner he's preparing in Slovenia.
All in a day's eating: Lenny Russo found that an Easter dinner in Slovenia takes five hours to work his way through, at least when it's chef-prepared. Russo's Slovenian language skills may be limited, but the language of food and wine needs no interpretation.
As Lenny Russo of Heartland Restaurant & Farm Direct Market arrives for his culinary adventures in Slovenia, he finds that the country is divided over its two beers, the red-label Union and the green-label Lasko. Guess which one he preferred?
Photos by Christopher Wurst Lenny Russo at the market on a rainy day in Slovenia.