Story by Tracy Nicholson
Photography by M. Schleif Photography

Famous for their holiday soirees, we consider Monte Jones and Jerry Erbstoesser, entertaining elites. After moving from their Downtown Moorhead condo last year, the two happily settled into the suburbs of West Fargo. While this summer we took you inside their first garden party fundraiser – nearly one year ago, we crashed their Christmas. See inside the couple’s festive, annual gathering, uniting their beloved, old and new neighborhoods with holiday cheer.

“Everybody, don’t be shy; if there’s a flat surface, park it,” laughed host, Monte Jones. A bit of advice when attending one of Jones and Erbstoesser’s gatherings – leave your formality at the door and get ready to mingle with the friendliest folks around. Don’t let the elaborate decor and Jone’s glittery attire confuse you; what appears to most as an exclusive soiree of who’s who in Fargo-Moorhead, is actually an inclusive celebration of neighbors and friends, old and new. Jones and Erbstoesser are born entertainers with a contagious enthusiasm for gathering in the name of friendship. If we had to guess their party-planning motto, we can only assume it would be, “The more, the merrier.”

Jones and Erbstoesser set the bar high when it comes to cuisine and cocktails. Both work in fine dining and catering with Delta Hotels by Marriot and Urban 42, so naturally, they recruited James Labonte, the hotel’s banquet chef to create an exquisite mix of cold and hot appetizers with an array of delectable desserts.

Guests happily grazed on antipasto platters, shrimp ceviche, crackers with brie, spiced walnuts and balsamic reduction, along with Southwest skewers and avocado cream, flank steak sliders and spinach and artichoke paninis.

“Our friends make us happy and that’s what makes this party – it’s all of our friends. It’s simple; we like all of our friends, so we assume that all of our friends will like each other. That’s what brings us joy,” said Jones.

For more information on Jones and Erbstoesser’s catering, contact:
Delta Hotel | Marriot
1635 42nd Street South, Fargo
701-277-9000