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.

Looking for a good mystery for Mother’s Day?

Food lovers rejoice. The Noble Lion will pounce onto the Victoria food scene next month, and it’s time to roll out the red carpet. The restaurant offers solid crowd pleasers from steak to mussels to frites with pleasant surprises in store for everyone. The menu is focused yet inclusive.

When spirits and juices conspire, there’s no need to travel far to enjoy a little taste of paradise.

April in Paradise

Sometimes the best surprises come from the most unexpected places. Sushi in Chaska—yes! Sake Sushi serves authentic Japanese sushi, sashimi, noodles, hot sake and other Asian favorites with a few pleasant extras to add to the appeal.

Lina Holman is a spirited conversationalist. She is one of the founding partners at Waconia’s J. Carver Distillery and, with 30 years in the hospitality industry, Holman knows her product and how to tell a story. She has managed liquor stores and restaurants and is a certified sommelier.

  • 1 1/2 oz. Jefferson’s Very Small Batch Bourbon
  • 1 oz. buttered brown sugar simple syrup (recipe below)
  • 4 oz. apple cider
  • 2 oz. Q Ginger Beer
  • Dash of Bittercube Blackstrap Bitters
  • Ice

Hidden behind an unassuming exterior along West 78th Street in Chanhassen is a long-time member of that community’s culinary history. Originally opened as an American Legion Club outpost, the location eventually morphed into the more upscale Riviera, which operated as an old-school supper club.

Celebrate Mardi Gras (Fat Tuesday) on February 28 with one of my favorite Cajun cocktails. I hope you enjoy it as much as I do.

Creolo Cocktail
Makes 1 drink

At one end of an unassuming strip mall in Eden Prairie is Bay Leaf Indian Cuisine, an eatery providing Indian and Indochinese food to the southwest suburbs.

Honey Berry Sling

The Honey Berry Sling is a bright, refreshing winter drink made from Miodula Honey vodka, Chambord raspberry liqueur, cranberry juice and lime.