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.

Did You Ever Have a Family by Bill Clegg
Recommended by Mary Severson

Sparkling Winter Sangria

Skip the meal prep, but find plenty to be thankful for with this traditional Thanksgiving dinner from Axel’s in Chanhassen.

If you’re looking to enjoy a delicious Thanksgiving meal without the hassle of preparation, check out these southwest metro venues.

Hasse Apple Pierita

2 oz. Travis Hasse Apple Pie Liqueur
1 ½ oz. Tierras Blanco Tequila
¾ ounce fresh lime juice
½ tsp. agave nectar
Ground cinnamon to taste

Dark Tides by Chris Ewan
recommended by Charlotte Johnson

This page-turning thriller had my heart thumping at times. The plot was great and had me thinking of the characters long after I finished the book.

The explosion of food trucks in the Twin Cities is a recent development, and following on its heels is another: the transition from food truck start-up to full-fledged, brick-and-mortar restaurant. Much of this type of expansion has occurred within Minneapolis and St.

The world of food and beer pairings is reaching new heights. It’s a fun experience for both brewers and restaurants, and there are many approaches to making the food and drink experience go hand in hand.

Relish: My Life in the Kitchen by Lucy Knisley
- Recommended by Lee Burkhalter

A humorous and whimsical memoir about growing up in a foodie family with recipes to try out at home. This graphic novel is aimed at teens, but it’s good for adults, too.

1.5 oz. Canadian whiskey (Crown Royal)
1.5 oz amaretto liqueur (Disaronno)
4 oz. cranberry juice

Fill a tall glass with ice. Pour in the whiskey and amaretto, fill to the top with cranberry juice. Stir and enjoy.

Chef Aaron Anderson arrived in Minnesota after a three-year stint in Hawaii, and he’s bringing some Hawaiian ideas and ingredients into play with more traditional Minnesota offerings for a bright, fresh take on event food at Hazeltine National Golf Club.