Chef and Top Chef contestant Justin Sutherland served plates of food at his restaurant the Handsome Hog in St. Paul, Minn., on Thursday, January 17, 2

'Top Chef' contestant's St. Paul restaurant Handsome Hog closing temporarily

Chef Justin Sutherland announced the restaurant would 'take a break' until indoor dining can resume.

These Twin Cities restaurants are offering Christmas takeout meals

December 7, 2020
Provided by Landry's Christmas dinner from The Oceanaire.
Let someone else do the cooking during this holiday season, and order a Christmas lunch, dinner, brunch or fixings at these Twin Cities restaurants.

These Twin Cities restaurants are offering Hanukkah takeout meals (and latkes)

December 8, 2020
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Let someone else do the cooking during this holiday season, and order a Hanukkah dinner (or latkes) at these Twin Cities restaurants.
Eat & Drink
December 5, 2020
Jojo & Co. Chai rum raisin challah

Twin Cities bakers put their own twist on challah

The pandemic has fueled an increase in demand for challah, and Twin Cities bakers have stepped up.
Variety
December 4, 2020
Rick Nelson • Star Tribune  Cheeseburger at Bebe Burger

5 best things our food writers ate in the Twin Cities this week

Food writers Sharyn Jackson and Rick Nelson highlight the favorites of their weekly dining experiences.
Eat & Drink
December 3, 2020
Gift basket from the Cookie Cart

11 tasty holiday gift baskets for the food lover in your life

These food and drink gift baskets highlight Minnesota makers.
Eat & Drink
December 3, 2020
Photo: Dennis Becker; Styling: Lee Svitak Dean and Lisa Golden Schroeder Chai meringues, by Zia McNeal

Cookie finder: Try nearly 100 of our best recipes

Nearly 100 recipes to use all year long.
Variety
December 3, 2020
Photo: Dennis Becker; Styling: Lee Svitak Dean and Lisa Golden Schroeder Spumoni Squares by Joanne Holtmeier

These are the winning recipes of the 2020 Star Tribune Holiday Cookie Contest

The bakers share what went in to creating their winning cookies.
Politics
December 2, 2020
Noble Pour general manager Tyler Schwanke made one of their signature cocktails, Midnight Song, behind the bar on Thursday December 12, 2019.    ] ALE

Struggling Minnesota bars and restaurants want to sell cocktails to go

Struggling restaurants and bars want permission; some lawmakers hesitate.
Variety
December 2, 2020
Rooms have been reconfigured for private dinners at Minneapolis' Hewing Hotel.

With restaurants on pause, Minneapolis' Hewing Hotel will deliver a 7-course dinner via room service

Rooms can accommodate two to four diners.
Eat & Drink
December 1, 2020
RENEE JONES SCHNEIDER • renee.jones@startribune.com Chef Justin Sutherland during a 2019 “Top Chef” viewing party at his Handsome Hog restaurant

7 more restaurants close in the Twin Cities, some temporary and some permanent

The pandemic has made things "unattainable."
Variety
November 30, 2020
The dining room of the Grand Cafe. ] ANTHONY SOUFFLE • anthony.souffle@startribune.com   Restaurant review of the Grand Cafe with chef Jamie Malone

Jamie Malone's award-winning Grand Cafe in south Minneapolis has closed

The lauded restaurant served its last dinner on site on Nov. 14 but still offers meal kits.
Restaurant roll call: Even amid closings, new restaurants are springing to life
Restaurant roll call: Even amid closings, new restaurants are springing to life
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What's open, what's closed and what's still to come in the Twin Cities and beyond.
Variety
November 27, 2020
A trio of sauces help dress up leftovers, but you'll want to keep them on hand year-round.

3 sauces and a soup that will revamp your Thanksgiving leftovers

Make the most of your leftovers with sauces that are good any time of year.
Eat & Drink
November 25, 2020
Mississippi Market locations are open from 7:30 a.m. until 2:30 p.m. Thanksgiving Day.

These Twin Cities supermarkets are open on Thanksgiving

(Truly) last minute shopping for Turkey Day essentials? You're covered.
Variety
November 25, 2020
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Making Thanksgiving dinner for 2-4? Try this sheet-pan dinner

Here's a no-fuss way to make Thanksgiving dinner with all the trimmings and none of the hassle.
Eat & Drink
November 25, 2020
Revival's southern fried chicken is headed to St. Louis Park.

Revival's top-rated fried chicken is coming to St. Louis Park

The Southern-style restaurant is set to open in the Texa-Tonka shopping center in April.
Variety
November 25, 2020
Provided    A map in the Eagan offices of T-Rex cookies shows were their online orders have been shipped.

Be a food tourist without leaving your dining room table

A growing number of restaurants and bakeries are bringing a taste of home right to your front door.
Taste
November 25, 2020
Sharyn Jackson • Star Tribune Borscht and Pierogis from Veselka

Want to order food from other cities? Here are 10 to try

Cross-country tastesIf you want to try tastes from other cities, here are 10 ideas.Pierogies and borschtVeselka, New York CityOrder: goldbelly.com/veselkaGooey butter cakePark Avenue Coffee,…
Taste
November 25, 2020
MEREDITH DEEDS • Special to the Star Tribune Italian Wedding Soup is the perfect way to use leftover turkey.

Italian soup makes good use of leftover turkey

But you'll want to make this hearty soup all winter long.
Eat & Drink
November 24, 2020
Apple Cardamom Pecan Star Cookies (from baker Jana Freiband). ] The winner and four finalists in the 2015 Taste Holiday Cookie (Cooky) Contest: Chocol

Join us for a virtual cookie exchange celebrating the Star Tribune Holiday Cookie Contest TEST

How did we pare 300 cookie recipes down to just five?To find out, join us at 11 a.m. next Thursday, Dec. 3, for a virtual…
Magazine
November 23, 2020
LEILA NAVIDI • leila.navidi@startribune.com  Helgolander, Dampfwerk’s herbal liqueur, makes an appearance in a Bitter Guiseppe.

3 locally made herbal liqueurs that harness plants and spices to warm you up

Space heaters and thick sweaters aren't the only ways to warm up. Try another route with a throat-tingling herbal liqueur.These complex elixirs are best suited…
Magazine
November 23, 2020
CARLOS GONZALEZ • cgonzalez@startribune.com Here's the Deal Spice Co. has a mix of spice blends, including Togarashi.

Twin Cities company Here's the Deal spices things up with its blends

When Tom and Nicole Dokman got married in 2017, they created a spice blend to hand out as gifts for their guests. Requests for refills…
Variety
November 23, 2020

The Get Down, a new black-owned coffee shop to open in north Minneapolis

Houston White has big plans for his brand, thanks to a little help from a friend.