Store Specialist Spotlight

Scott Ramharter, Wine & Spirits Manager
Scott Ramharter has been Hy-Vee S. Minnesota’s Wine & Spirits Manager for 9 years and is a Gallo Certified Wine Specialist. His experiences include visits to Napa Valley and Sonoma County and has attended many educational seminars.

From the complexity of wine making to even the glasses you drink from, Scott can enlighten you or your guests in a personalized way for an enjoyable event. He specializes in events and parties tailored to your taste. He can inform you about wine and spirits in a private in-home wine or spirit tasting for large or small gatherings. He can also customize your wine cellar if you so choose.

Scott states, “Educating people in their growth of enjoying wine & spirits is what I love to do. It is fun to work with the beginner and help and watch him or her grow into a wine connoisseur. "  Please contact Scott at 1632winemgr@hy-vee.com or give him a call at 605-  335-3918.


Julie Stupka, Catering Specialist
With Julie Stupka’s many years of experience as a catering, wedding and party planner, she can provide unique ideas to help you create memories that will last a lifetime for you and your guests. If you are hosting the largest of conventions, or the smallest of business meetings, from a large wedding reception to the most intimate in-home party, Julie can organize it all.

She has been featured in such publications and events as the Argus Leader’s “The Link," at many of Hy-Vee’s Club Room cooking classes and “The Expo” for her seminars in Sioux Falls.

Julie would love the opportunity to talk with you about your event. You can reach her at 1632catering@hy-vee.com or give her a call at 605-334-7231.


Penny Hemmingson, Club Room Coordinator
Penny Hemmingson is currently the Club Room Coordinator for the Cooking and Lifestyle Club Room at the South Minnesota Ave Hy-Vee. We offer an array of classes and demonstrations to help our guests gain ideas and inspiration for making their lives easier, healthier and happier. Each month, Hy-Vee’s Cooking and Lifestyle Club Room offers classes showcasing new recipes and cooking tips, shared by one of several professional culinary chefs with a passion for food. Each class is unique due to the diverse education, experience and personality of the accomplished culinary chefs. We want the guests in our Club Room to learn to prepare all types of cuisines, taste wines and have fun in the process. From learning to eating, cooking to socializing, the Hy-Vee Cooking and Lifestyle Club Room has something for everyone. Pre-registration is required for all classes by simply calling the store or e-mailing 1632clubmgr@hy-vee.com. We look forward to seeing you soon!


Chef Karen, Catering Chef
Chef Karen graduated from Hennepin Tech College with a Culinary Arts Degree in 1999.  She has 11 years of experience in a variety of positions including personal chef,  pastry chef and  has operated her own personal chef business, “How Sweet It Is!” since 2000.  Chef Karen is excited to share her passion for cooking with you so if you have cooking questions you would like to ask her please stop by your S. Minnesota Ave. Hy-Vee Wednesday through Saturday where she will be available to help answer them. 


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