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.

The warmest days of the year call for a bright, fresh and delicious drink, and white port and tonic is the perfect summer thirst-quencher.

With summer in full swing, there’s no better time to load up on seasonal fresh fruit. While we’re as big a fan as the next person when it comes to a slice of watermelon or a bowl of fresh raspberries, these beloved flavors can make any dessert into something special.

Whether you’re a lemon meringue lover or a tried and true pecan pie loyalist, there’s a seat waiting for you at the Egg & Pie Diner in Chaska.

This year we’ve seen a surge of un-oaked chardonnays hit the liquor store shelves. Un-oaked chardonnays refer to chardonnay wines not barrel fermented, which taste only of the green apple, lemon, pineapple and similar varietal characteristics the wine is known for.

Whether you’re on the pie or cake side of the on-going pie vs. cake debate, it can be argued pretty handily that cake is the overall winner.  After all, we don’t celebrate our birthdays with pie. So, with our apologies to the pie loyalists out there, we’re all about cake this month.

“Coffee tastes better out of a ceramic cup,” Jon Schmidt insists. The owner of the Mocha Monkey coffee shop in Waconia knows what he’s talking about—after all, he actually makes all the cups that he uses in the café.