Food & Drink

Gavin Kaysen, owner of Demi, Spoon and Stable and Bellecour

Five Twin Cities chefs are among the contenders for Best Chef: Midwest, and the full list of James Beard Award semifinalists features several other local chefs and restaurants.

A rose by any other name may smell as sweet, but rosé wine can run from sweet to dry, light to dark, and most of us don’t have a clue what we’re buying. That’s where the wine experts in your neighborhood come in.

Readers who enjoy authors Luke McCallin, Ben Pastor, Joseph Kanon, Susan Elia MacNeal, Alan Furst and Philip Kerr should dive into James Benn’s series, featuring Billy Boyle.

Valentine’s Day is the day of all days to impress the one you’re with! Serve this perfect cocktail to someone special.  

As we enter the new year, an age-old question sits at the tips of our tongues: Will it ever be warm again? Twenty-below wind chills threaten at our doorsteps and aggressive snow piles can weigh down our spirits. But we must remember: We are Minnesotans who can thrive in this weather.

Cinnamon White Russian
4 parts J. Carver Lake House vodka
3 parts coffee liqueur
3 parts cinnamon simple syrup (see recipe below)
2 parts cream

In early 2000s France, Aurélie Spirito had a successful buffet styling company with a business partner. But when Spirito’s husband got a job offer in Minnesota, the couple jumped into the new adventure and landed in Eden Prairie in 2007.

Cola de Mano
Serves 8

10 whole cloves
2 ½ cinnamon sticks
1/2 cup water
8 cups cold milk
2 tbsp. instant coffee granules
1/2 cup white sugar
1 ½ tsp. vanilla extract
1/2 cup pisco, white rum, brandy or other lightly-flavored liquor

You might have seen it before on a restaurant menu, but then again, maybe not. It’s lovage: an herb commonly used in Europe that’s starting to sneak onto menus this side of the pond.

Bestselling author of Girl With a Pearl Earring, Tracy Chevalier, is a master of compelling historical fiction. In this slim but powerful new novel, she takes Shakespeare’s Othello and sets it into the racially-charged 1970s world of a suburban Washington, D.C. middle school.

1 sugar cube
2 dashes Angostura bitters
2 dashes Peychaud’s bitters
1 oz. Templeton Rye whiskey
1 oz. Remy Martin VSOP cognac
1 tsp.  Lucid absinthe
3 star anise pods